Sunday, January 10, 2021

Silvermine Lake and Black Mountain Winter Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Menomine Trail: Yellow blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Silvermine Road: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:35
Estimated Distance: 4.5 miles

Pros: Great views, scenic lake, good climb
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Map of Route:

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

This was a cold January day, and were surprised to see snow cover on the ground once we entered the higher elevation of Harriman State Park. We parked in the Silvermine parking area, and crossed the bridge towards the old ski hills. We took the Menomine Trail alongside Silvermine Lake, and then continued on the trail as it climbed up Letterock Mountain. We then took the combined Appalachian/Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail up the steep climb past the Letterock Shelter. We continued on the combined trail along the ridge and the descended to the valley where Silvermine Road was.

We crossed Silvermine Road and took the trail up the new stairs to the Black Mountain view. This area was recently refurbished with new stone steps. On my hike the week prior, I met a hiker on Storm King who told me about the newly refurbished trail, so I had wanted to check it out. It was indeed as he said, and in fact I met him there atop the Black Mountain view. We continued east past the view overlooking Silvermine Lake, ascending along the ridge to the summit of Black Mountain, where there is another great view. 

We then turned around and went back down Black Mountain along the new steps, and then took Silvermine Road further down alongside the eastern side of Silvermine Lake. We then crossed the Queensboro Brook past the dam, and took the path the northern side of the lake and back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Old Ski Hills at the Beginning of the Hike

Snow Covered Area at the Beginning of the Hike

Silvermine Lake at the Beginning

Trail Sign at the Menomine Trail

Beautiful View of Silvermine Lake

Fallen Tree in Silvermine Lake

Ascending the Mountain on the Snowy Menomine Trail

Mountain Laurel Evergreens and Snow

Tents at the Letterrock Shelter

Me at the Letterrock Shelter on the Appalachian Trail

Me at the new Steps on the Appalachian Trail up Black Mountain

View of the Step up Black Mountain

Yehudah Ascending Black Mountain

More Newly Hewn Rock Steps

Snow at the top of Black Mountain

Black Mountain View Looking Towards Silvermine Lake

Silvermine Lake

Black Mountain View

Me at the First Black Mountain View

Yehudah at the First Black Mountain View

Lone Pine Tree at the First Black Mountain View

View from the Black Mountain Ridge, Facing South Towards Silvermine Road

View of Haverstraw and Palisades from Black Mountain

Scenery Atop Black Mountain

View from the Black Mountain Summit, Facing Southeast

View from the Black Mountain Summit, With the Manhattan Skyline in the Distance

View from the Black Mountain Summit

Me at the Black Mountain Summit

View Facing East/Southeast to the Hudson River

Yehudah at the Black Mountain Summit

Zoomed in Towards Haverstraw from Black Mountain

Pine Trees at the Black Mountain View

Small Waterfall Below the Silvermine Lake Dam


  1. Hey Heshy,

    Thanks for the post, did you have trouble crossing the Queenboro brook? Is there a plank there now or you had to cross through the water?

  2. It's somewhat difficult when the water level is high. The flow of water was strong but there were enough rocks making it crossable. Though I have been here in a rainy season where crossing was more difficult.