Lemon Squeezer

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Lemon Squeezer is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 1731 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Left one car at the Elk Pen at Arden Valley Road and one car at Tiorati Circle

26 days ago

This hike was challenging from the beginning with a steep uphill climb from Elk Pen. I would recommend a pair of good hiking shoes because the trail is very rocky throughout (and poles/walking stick make a difference too). Sadly, we had to turn back around after walking half way down the white bear trail because we were losing daylight. Next time we will definitely plan to be out on the trail early and pack a lunch to relax for an hour. Overall, it was a great hike and we loved the challenge- definitely will be back next season to complete the entire loop!

1 month ago

Awesome trail and the views from the top are incredible.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Long day, but worth it. Great views. I am a beginner so it's the longest one I have done but loved it. Highly recommend.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Wasn't ready for all the rock climbing--"hike for your mother's birthday" is how my parents framed this to me--but it was a really cool experience! Not sure if I'd take a dog on the rock climb though. There are 90* fully vertical ascents that it would be hard to hold a leash during.

hiking
2 months ago

Took the AT from Elk Pen to the lemon squeezer loop, then back again. Nice trail, there is a rocky pass with an "easy way" around but if you like bouldering (I do) the "hard way" is a fun little climb. I did this trail with some people who had tricky knees, and there are some steep and long downhill sections that gave them both trouble.

2 months ago

Fun hike. Kids love it. Sucks with backpack on!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike, don't expect spectacular views, which is disappointing after all the climbing. None the less, this is s very pretty enjoyable hike.

Pay close attention to the blazes and trail intersections, otherwise very easy to get on the wrong trail.

hiking
4 months ago

We took the red trail to the white trail. It was nearly 5.5 miles. Rained hard last night so it eas muddy in spots. Very buggy and lots of high grasses. Trails are well marked Not very scenic.

backpacking
6 months ago

Nice climb and walk.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Extended a bit to turn this nice day hike into an easy overnighter. Not the most scenic views, but nice mixed terrain with a few neat bouldering projects, an abandoned mine, and the serene Island Pond.

hiking
1 year ago

Great Hike

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Did it with 6 kids and 6 adults. Great hike. I'd recommend it for anyone over 8 years old. The start from the parking lot was easy across a big field into the woods... the vertical gain immediately thereafter had us all breathing hard & working up a sweat. After that, there were only moderate ups & downs... it was nice. The initial part was tough... got us warmed up... the rest was easy. TAKE A MAP. There are lots of intersecting trails... the NY/NJ Trail Conference does an awesome job maintaining the trails.

We didn't follow this exact trail... here's a link to the one we followed...

http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/island-pondlemon-squeezer-loop?gclid=CjwKEAjw65GqBRCj3fLFwK2SpWoSJABa3E3cAMfFlhKKgAXtOoGoBqILVAM_XVYjm0wvryw6rlWvVBoCxybw_wcB

5-1/2 hours to complete (with kids in tow)... 4-1/2 hours of actual moving time... our distance was 7.5 miles.

Take your camera! Enjoy!

1 year ago