Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
3 Lakes Trail: Blue blaze
Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles
Pros: Quiet area and historical mines
Cons: Lacking good views
Google Maps of Parking:
Continuing along my hikes in Fahnestock State Park, this was a trip further up the Appalachian Trail in an area I had not previously hiked before. I am trying to complete all sections of the Appalachian Trail within a short driving distance from my home.
The weather was brutally hot, with a heat advisory in effect for the area, with temperatures in the mid 90's and high humidity. This hike was mostly shady, and intentionally didn't have any large elevation gains, but despite that it was uncomfortably hot and we couldn't have gone that much longer.
We parked at the AT Trailhead parking on Dennytown Road, and took the Appalachian Trail north up the ridge, and then down to Sunken Mine Road, a seasonal dirt road. We went on Sunken Mine Road up the hill and veered off at the Hamilton Mine, at the bend of the road. We explored the area and then took the unmarked trail to the 3 Lakes Trail.
The trail then went alongside John Allen Pond, and then we crossed over Sunken Mine Road again and continued along the trail, going up the ridge and then bushwacking for a short distance to the Denny Mine. This is a very large mine complex, with a long and deep pit and an extensive dump. However, it is very overgrown and hard to access, and it is also hard to get a photo of. We then continued back to the 3 Lakes Trail to the end at the parking area and returned to the car.
|Map of the Route|
|Information Kiosk at the Trailhead Parking|
|Ascending the Mountain on the Appalachian Trail|
|Me on the AT Trail|
|At the top of the Mountain on the AT Trail|
|Somewhat of a View at the Top of the Mountain on the AT Trail|
|Beaver Dam at the Pond|
|Another View of Hamilton Mine|
|Hamilton Mine from the Top of the Hill|
|Me at the Hamilton Mine|
|Fish Swimming in John Allen Pond|
|John Allen Pond from the 3 Lakes Trail, Looking West|
|John Allen Pond, Looking North|
|John Allen Pond, Looking South|
|Looking Down into the Denny Mine|
|Another View of the Denny Mine|
|Deep Pit in the Denny Mine|
|Mine Wall at the Denny Mine|