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Very nice work out with exquisite climbing portions and wonderful views

Trail is nice, well maintained, and not heavily trafficked at all. We did the loop as a two-day one-night hike. The trails are well marked, but if you're not paying attention you will wind up missing turns, as we did. Thankfully if you get off the correct trail, you're probably still on a trail, just not the one you want to be on. Course corrections are easy because of that.

Since we missed a turn, we wound up approaching Silver Lake Mine from the southeast, not the northwest as we had anticipated. Something to note that we missed since we came in from the south, there is a picnic shelter, a drink vending machine, and restrooms at the northwest tip of the lake, just where the trail enters / exits the parking lot at Silver Mine Lake. If you want a cold drink bring a couple of dollars, and if you want a place to use the restroom without digging a hole, you're covered in that respect too!

Lovely park with great variety of scenery... from pretty lakes to scenic outlooks. Abundant fauna.. we saw deer, a rattler, a black snake, frogs and black/blue butterflies. Definitely not hard though... more moderate. First section from road to lake heavily trafficked, quiet after that. Slow steady climb. Very lush plateaus and gullies. Flowers were out this time of year and the greenery was intense.

Beautiful. To be clear, you want to follow the green blazes, then walk right when you see the yellow blazes, then walk right when you see the white and red triangle blazes. It’s a wonderfully varied trail.

As of Sunday June 10, the section previously noted to be flooded is still flooded. You have to go off trail for quite a bit to get around and back on trail. I enjoyed the hike but it was a little bit on the difficult side. Lemon squeeze was fun. Would do again.

A decent enough stroll through the woods. Not that challenging and a couple of nice spots along the way for some pretty views and scenery.

I loved doing this trail! I hike a lot in Ringwood, Ramapo and Harriman and needed something new to do and found this gem. It is well marked with a little of everything, walking, inclines, some climbing, rocks, little streams, and a beautiful view! I had to review it so other people give it a chance too, I’m surprised it has less reviews except for the fact that there are more popular and well known trails down the road.

we really enjoyed this hike - the vista views off of the blue trail were lovely and the lake was nice, too. i'd say it's an easy to moderate hike - mostly easy but with a few rock scrambles, depending on the route you take. even without the views, though, the area is beautiful. overall, i would recommend it. a few things worth noting: the trail markers are pretty terrible. in some places, they're barely visible, and they were frequently difficult to follow. i don't know what we would have done without our map (we bought one at the visitor's center). second - beware of rattlesnakes! we nearly stepped on one where the trail opens up to the lake. thank goodness it rattled at us just in time. be mindful & pay attention!

this is hard and rocky with plenty of stream crossings. great place to camp or do some backpacking/bring some AT magic. bring a filter- no need to over pack water.

While I did not complete the entire loop, what I did hike was fantastic! As an avid hiker with a decent amount of experience I would say this is a pretty easy trail, a lot of walking. However, there is just enough climbing and steep hills to make this a moderate hike. Beautiful view, and very well marked. I parked in the little loop and walked back out to the path. Great for dogs, only had to give my dog a little assistance getting up a rock. I definitely suggest this hike, and if you don’t have time to do the whole loop, you can get to the scenic view pretty easily and quickly!

This hike was beautiful and fun. The red in white trail up to the lake was pretty easy, wide, well-maintained. Red/white to yellow to blue white on the way back was more challenging, more fun and more rewarding. We cut across the brook early (using orange to connect back to red/white) because we noticed a sign warning that the other bridges were out and blue/white would not connect us to the parking lot, so beware of that...

“Long Trail” along the lake has green blazes, connecting to yellow blazes of Dunning (wide trail), and then white with red triangles is the Arden-Surebridge. Trail is nice mix of scenery, valleys, small hills, view of lakes, crossing many small stream. Everyone and their mother stops at the parking lot on evening and weekends, especially for the sunset across the lake, and therefore the green trail can get pretty busy. Sometimes trash is left there too, so please help keep it clean! But just visited and it was pristine!

This would have been a nice hike except for two major issues. The Long Path trail was blocked by scores of huge trees fallen across the trail.....big ones. It made the going slow, and a little dangerous at times. It looked like a tornado had come through there. Consider skipping the AT Long Path northern outcropping as it is easy just to cut across.
The second problem was the Arden Surebridge trail section southwest of Island Pond. It was completely flooded out as far as the eye could see with no alternative trail. A half mile of bushwhacking south of the tail, hugging the high ground, was required to get around the water. Make sure these issues are resolved before endeavoring to take this hike.

This is one of my favorite trail in Harriman state park little mix of everything great views going up to the top with a nice lake view

Didnt realize part of this hike was off trail and hard going even in spring.

Great trail. Many pine trees, springs, very close to the city and isolated at the same time.

amazing trail

wow....this was my first longest hike so far, going up and down the hill was difficult but enjoyable. I'm happy to be a part of this hike and achieve a SBM medal for completing 23 miles.

1 month ago

Did the whole 23 miles very strenuous but great mix of everything you want on a trail.

Great hiking trail. My watch had the trail at about 8.6 without the offshoots shown on the map. Diverse terrain with no specific scenic outlook but overall a fun trail. Saw a few small waterfalls and the trail starts at a large lake.

Beautiful hike and as described moderately challenging. Apple Health app said we did about 120 flights, which is spot on for the elevation indicated. Ascents were enough to get the blood pumping but nothing crazy. Also came across a mid-19th century cemetery! A surprising amount of streams and waterfalls which made for some gorgeous photos and really helped this hike stand out. Would definitely hike it again!

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1 month ago

Great overlooks - be mindful with your dogs though because it crosses over the highway.

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1 month ago

Nice trail. We ended up doing more than what is posted here. Nice air. Nice views. Nice streams and brooks. The beginning was a bit crowded but once you get up towards the top we only saw people every 15 min or so.

Loved this trail. Very rocky good footwear a MUST and when we went very wet.

Beautiful sceneries, exciting hikes through cliffs and river view stop points large enough for having a snack. I loved it. Perfect for moderate to high level workout. climbing sticks make it much easier to pass.

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1 month ago

Hiked with my daughter. As many has said it is an uneven trail. lots of rocks, hills, trees and roots. No real photo opts, then again we didn't finish. We got halfway around then needed to turn back as the sun was going down.

Started at the Bear Mountain Toll House early in the morning. The first part of the Camp Smith trail is very steep in places, with a lot of rock scrambling, but there are a few nice views of the Hudson along the way. It's not as well traveled as the latter part of the trail leading up to Anthony's Nose, and there were a couple of times when it was a bit of a challenge to find the blue markings. After you hit the parking area closer to Anthony's Nose you are about 2/3 of the way there, but the hardest part is still to come. Lots of rocks on the way up to the peak, with a few scenic overlooks. The view from Anthony's Nose is worth all the effort, however. Just spectacular.

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2 months ago

Instant beauty the second you step foot on the trail.

The west/southwest part of this trail is non-existent. Literally. We found it but only because there’s no foliage in the undergrowth. If there were, it’d be unfindable.

You can string together a bunch of good sections - but be warned: you’re not going to do this ‘kite’ loop unless you’re prepared to break out your Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass.

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2 months ago

Beautiful at this time of the year. Saw a red shouldered hawk with full wing span circling around. We started with white, then yellow and then ended green trail marks at lake skanantati parking. Beautiful forestry with deciduous and evergreens trees and hidden water bodies.

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