Appalachian Trail: Long Path to Elk Pen is a 16.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arden, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
4 months ago

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!

backpacking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hiked from the parking lot to the Island Pond and it only took an hour. Ran into some AT through hikers which was cool. A few campsites exist next to the pond. It's pretty big. Bring but spray. Saw a non poisonous snake (I think) in the lake. Use a water filter if you decided to drink from it.

hiking
30 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017