Sunday, November 22, 2020

Pine Swamp Mountain to Lake Tiorati Area

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze
"Pacman" Trail: Pacman blazes
Pine Swamp Road: Unblazed
Bottle Cap Trail: Bottle cap blazes
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles

Pros: Nice views, mostly quiet area after the beginning
Cons: No remarkable views
Hike Type: Loop hike

Google Maps of Parking:

This was a dreary, cold and gray day. It was cloudy and windy for the hike, with few people out on the trail. I parked at the Lake Skanatati Parking area, and took the Arden-Surebridge Trail for a short distance and then took the old trail route above the rock scramble. I then took the old trail to the Pine Swamp Mountain view no longer serviced by the trail. I noticed some new trail markers on this original, now disused trails. They were surprisingly different blaze symbols relating to Pacman: Pacman, ghosts, and digital raspberries and strawberries. I am not sure if this was some sort of Halloween prank, and if it was put up by someone without authorization. But what I did find interesting is that there were no marked symbols at the beginning or end or the trail to notice from the Arden-Surebridge Trail. The end markers were only on the other side, so if you weren't looking you wouldn't notice the trail marking. I would love to get more information about this.

I then continued on the Arden-Surebridge Trail, and at the northern area of Pine Swamp Mine. I then took the unblazed Pine Swamp Mine Road North towards Seven Lakes Drive, crossed the road, and then took the paved road to Camp Thendara to the Bottle Cap Trail. This Bottle Cap trail is not the same as the one nearby on the west side of Seven Lakes Drive. It's a short trail, not listed on the map as marked, that connects the Camp Thendara Road to the Red Cross Trail. I then took the Red Cross Trail to the view and down the mountain to the northern part of Lake Askoti. I took the Red Cross Trail across the road, back up the hill, and back up to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Lake Skanatati

Arden-Surebridge Trail

Pacman Trail Marker

Ghost Trail Marker on the "Pacman" Trail

Fire Pit Atop the Pine Swamp Mine Lookout with Lake Skanatati and Kanawauke Below

Lake Skanatati and Kanawauke from Pine Swamp Mountain

Lake Skanatati from Pine Swamp Mountain

Looking West Towards Black Rock Mountain

Me at Pine Swamp Mountain

Ghosts at the End of the "Pacman" Trail

Small Pit at the Pine Swamp Mine

Looking Towards Lake Tiorati from Thendara Road

Large Exposed Rock at the Bottle Cap Trail

Start of the Unofficial Bottle Cap Trail

Bottle Cap Trail Marker

Cairn at the end of the Bottle Cap Trail at the Red Cross Trail

View Towards Hogencamp Mountain from the Red Cross Trail

Descending Towards Lake Askoti

Lake Askoti

Lake Askoti from the Northern Shoreline

Peninsula at Lake Askoti

Rock in the Water at the Northern End of Lake Askoti

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