Friday, December 24, 2021

Pine Swamp Mountain and Lakes First Snow Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 0:55 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.7 Miles

Pros: Good climb, nice view, scenic lakes
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop

Map of Parking:

This was the first snow season of the season. Although it wasn't all that much, a fast-moving Alberta Clipper brought about an inch of dry snow to the area. I took advantage being off from work to take a quick and scenic hike in Harriman. I parked in the Lake Skanatati Parking area, and took the Long Path for a short distance alongside the lake, then turned around and took the Arden-Surebridge Trail up. I veered off on the old Arden-Surebridge Trail before it was rerouted, and took it up to the view, where both Lake Skanatati and Kanawauke are in good view. I then turned back and went down along the eastern portion of the ridge back to the new Arden-Surebridge Trail, which I took to the Red Cross Trail. I took the Red Cross Trail down to Seven Lakes Drive, and then took Seven Lakes Drive south, alongside Lake Askoti, crossing the bridge at the stream outlet. I then took the Long Path back down to Lake Skanatati and back down to my car.

Map of the Route

Lake Skanatati

Long Path Alongside Lake Skanatati

Arden-Surebridge Trailhead

Ascending the Arden Surebridge Trail

View at Pine Swamp Mountain, with Lake Skanatati and Lake Askoti

Lake Askoti

Seven Lakes Drive

Lake Askoti

Lake Skanatati

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