Sunday, November 1, 2020

Fingerboard Mountain and Greenwood Mine Fall Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Tiorati Brook Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Hurst Trail: Blue blaze
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 2:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.1 Miles

Pros: Scenic, quiet area of park with historic mine
Cons: No remarkable views
Hike Type: Loop hike

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

Google Maps of Parking:

This was a cold and cloudy lake fall hike. It had been very cold over the weekend, and in fact the rainstorm on Friday had ended as snow on top of the mountains, and there was still some residual snow on the top of the mountain. There was rain predicted for late afternoon, but the storm had arrived much quicker and arrived as soon as we got into our car at the at the completion of the hike. We were grateful for getting in just in time.

We parked at the Lake Tiorati parking area, and took the short Tiorati Brook Trail to the end at the combined Appalachian and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail along the ridge above Fingerboard Mountain. We took this trail to Hurst Trail and veered off a short distance to the snow-covered shelter, and then went back to the Appalachian and headed down the mountain towards the Greenwood Mine. We explored the mine area, and then took the Surebridge Mine Road to the Long Path. We took the Long Path to Arden Valley Road, which has been closed all season, and walked along the deserted road back to the Tiorati parking area and then back to our cars.

Map of the Route

First Snow of the Season

View of Lake Tiorati from Fingerboard Mountain

Ascending the Fingerboard Mountain Summit

Me Climbing the Rock to the Top of Fingerboard Mountain

Scenery at the Top of Fingerboard Mountain

Fall Leaves Across the Fingerboard Mountain Ridge

Along the Ridge of Fingerboard Mountain

Bare Rockface Above Fingerboard Mountain

More Snow Along the Ridge

Appalachian and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail on Fingerboard Mountain

Me on the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail

Yehudah Atop Fingerboard Mountain

At the View of Fingerboard Mountain

View Facing East from Fingerboard Mountain
Zoomed into the Above View

Trail Marker at the Hurst Trailhead

A Melting Snowman

Snow Atop the Fingerboard Mountain Shelter

Rope Near the Fingerboard Shelter, Presumably to Keep Packs away from Bears

Yehudah Ahead on the Appalachian/Ramapo Dunderberg Trail Split

Greenwood Mine Pit

The Main Pit at the Greenwood Mine

Mine Dumps at the Greenwood Mine

Greenwood Mine Swamp at the Long Path

Another View of the Above Swamp

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