Silvermine Lake to Black Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile loop trail located near Highland Falls, NY and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Nice moderate hiking trail
Great moderate hike. A few rocky uphill inclines but all manageable with our dog. She loved climbing up the rocks with us. Keep an eye open for wildlife (and snakes).
Tip: The silver mine road you take off the Appalachian trail (before the AT starts climbing up again) heads back to the lake. If you follow that to the dam and cross the creek you can walk along a footpath that leads right back to the parking lot and avoid the main road.
Hiked on a week day and didn't see other hikers cept the two I was with. Hiking along road on way back and not realizing trail loop cut up behind shelter only two issues. Most drivers gave ample space ✔️ and losing trail was my own fault :-/. Torrential rain actually made it more interesting. Raspberries along the lake portion of the path were a great addition to a great day. Definitely worth it.
The hike itself was pretty cool! Lush scenery and a good workout. The biggest issue was the markers... Kind of got off trail and hiked longer than planned. Overall had a great day despite getting soak and wet. Had a cool hiking partner as well.
First part is great. Once you pickup the mine road it's a little basic, and walking back to start on the highway is never all that fun. Still, overall a good hike.
Silver Mine lake trail was a fun hike. I mistakenly took the cut path up the old ski slope thinking that was the trail head, beat some bush linking back up to the main trail. Stick next to the lake and between the ski slope for the easier start or be adventurous like me and my German Shepherd dog, it's all good! Pretty tunnel of wild flowers up top.
Another trail rated "easy" and as a beginner I wouldn't consider it easy. There were no markings after following the R/At trail to turn onto silver mine rd to get back to 7 lakes dr. We wound up climbing to the top of Black Mtn and then had to double back.
Nice trail. What you need to know: when you start the trail, you are following the yellow trailblazers. Once at the top of the hill, where the shelter is, you must start following the Appalachian trail (red on white trailblazers) if you want to complete the loop.
Great trail, beautiful views of NYC skyline. Good mix of bouldering and uphill
One of the better hikes in the region! Trail is very well maintained and a relatively easy to moderate hike with the exception of two or three steeper sections once you pass Silver Mine Road. However, you are rewarded many fold with views looking back to Silver Mine Lake and then further one with Manhattan. We did the hike a day after 10 inches of snow fell on the area. The track was still in very good condition and well packed by others - expect for the steeper AT section after Silver Mine Road. It was still a great hike!!
This is one of the better hikes around this area. It's nicely maintained. There are two short steep sections, but overall it's a moderate hike. The best part about this trail is the view you are rewarded with near the end. You get a great view point looking back towards Silvermine Lake, and a great view towards the Hudson and Manhattan at the summit of Black Mountain. Unlike a lot of Hudson Valley hikes, you don't see a lot of houses or roads below.