Sunday, November 4, 2018

Green Pond and Boston Mine Late Foliage

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Bar Trail: White blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze
Nurian Trail: Yellow blaze
Island Pond Road: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Quiet area, scenic pond, old historic mine
Cons: None

Hiking Partners:
Shimmy Rosenberg
Morty Roseberg
Elad Hillman
Paul Krieger

This was a great fall foliage hike. Although the foliage was past-peak, it was still very attractive with excellent weather conditions and relatively warm weather. The main White Bar Trailhead parking area was full, so we drove a bit further down the road and parked where the White Bar Trail goes north. We took a short detour to the small waterfall right down the road from the trailhead. This is a seasonal waterfall, and with all the recent rains it was quite strong.

We took the White Bar Trail north, to the Nurian Trail, where it turns towards Green Pond. Green Pond is a small, but very scenic natural body of water with a very distinct round shape. The trail goes along the northern and western part of the pond, with an interesting rock formation and climb on the western side. There are great views of the pond here from the cliffs above the pond. We then went to the end of the Dunning Trail, back to the White Bar Trail which we took a short distance north to the view above the Valley of Boulders. We then turned around back on the White Bar Trail, parallel to the Dunning Trail right near where we were previously, and then took the trail to the Boston Mine.

The Boston Mine is a very old mine worked for iron ore. We entered the mine area and looked around, and climbed out from the back up the hill back to the Dunning Trail. We then bushwacked back down cutting across to the White Bar Trail, and then continued along Island Pond Road back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Shimmy & Morty Rosenberg at the Beginning of the Hike

Small Waterfall at the White Bar Trail

Zoomed Out to the Waterfall

Me at the Waterfall

Morty Swinging on a Forest Vine

Shimmy and Elad on the Trail

Green Pond Swamp Area

Green Pond

Me on a Rock on Green Pond

The Round Green Pond

L-R: Paul, Morty, Elad, and Myself

The Same Crew Above Round Pound

Round Pond Foliage

Colors on the Side of Round Pond on the Nurian Trail

The Nurian Trail under a Hanging Rock

Western View of Round Pond

Me at the Western View at Round Pond

Me on the Rock above Round Pond

View of Round Pond from the Above Rock

Nurian Trail and Fall Colors

View Above Valley of Boulders

Same View Facing North

Shimmy at the Above View

Boston Mine Entrance

Inside the Boston Mine

Morty Inside the Boston Mine

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