Black Mountain via Silver Mine Lake Loop

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Harriman State Park

Black Mountain via Silver Mine Lake Loop is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highland Falls, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and fishing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.1 miElevation gain738 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a moderately difficult trail beginning from Silver Mine Lake, making your way up to Black Mountain, and then descending and coming back around the lake. Though overall not that difficult, there are some very steep and rocky parts on your journey up. There is a parking lot with a $6 fee.

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Tony O
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One of my best warm up hike

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Gladys Lee-Hwang
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Deceptively challenging hike due to the rocky terrain. If you go past Black Mountain towards the Silver Mine you are rewarded with lovely views of the Hudson and NYC. We went a few days after a rain storm. Several areas were muddy and buggy. The water level was high so the runoff from the dam was very fast, making it difficult to cross around mile 4 (going counterclockwise).

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Izabela Gaines
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Great hike, going clockwise loop is not marked until you get to Black Mtn, after that is clearly blazed.

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Isaiah Blanks
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Aly Prado
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Microspikes is a must for this hike as of 3/6/21.

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Tara McLaughlin
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It was a beautiful day for a hike! I was able to do the loop only because the lake is still frozen enough to cross above the dam... the stream is pretty high at the moment, and I’m not sure the ice will last much longer. The hike started out nice on spikes, with nicely packed trails, however, as the morning warmed up, the snow became slushy and sticky. Despite that, it was a gorgeous day on the trails!

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Kate Hoekstra
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We went counter clockwise and followed the yellow trail up. Then switched to the white/white and red markers to get to the top of Black Mountain. It appears more daunting than it is. I was definitely breathing heavy at times, but certainly manageable for a non-avid hiker. The snow made it a bit slick and tricky, but the view was worth it. The way back is much shorter and not marked, but we followed the tracks. We walked to the road instead of across the dam. Not sure if it was crossable or not. This was possibly my favorite hike I’ve ever done. I can’t get over that view.

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sam bowden
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Perfect day, packed trail, microspikes, snowshoes not necessary unless bushwacking

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sandra horton
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Clifford Ossman
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Rob Atkinson
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basic loop around the lake. hard to cross the stream at the end. nice view of the city and hudson from the top of black mountain

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Heather Loraine
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Robert Edward Ferrer
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Nazy Modiri
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this is about a 3:15hr trip with little break if you want to go up to top at black mountain and do silver lake loop. also the trails are confusing. you need to take the white with red dot trail from bottom by lake to the top by the hut and then take yellow trail down to continue on the loop. lots of ice out there today too.

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Valerie Simkins
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christopher parrella
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Fun trail, stream crossing can be a little tricky if it’s been raining

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Megan Reilly
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River at end was not possible to cross. Possibly because of melting snow and high water levels but not the best trail and had to finish it by walking on highway. BAMBOOZLEMENT.

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Ryan Plut
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Conor Callagy
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Well marked. Popular spot along the AT.

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Steven Benario
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Lovely trail for 90% of the time, but the river crossing at the end was NOT easy. Maybe water level was too high? 12/11/2020

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Matthew Wemple
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Pretty great, well blazed, good condition, nice little features. Monday afternoon was completely quiet.

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Peter Boyle
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Couldn’t find the old silver mine.

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Sarah McGuigan
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My family—including kids (7 and 5) and small dog—absolutely loved this hike. We did it counterclockwise, which I recommend. The shelter was the perfect lunch spot, and the scramble to the white trail is a blast. Wear good shoes—there is lots of climbing but most with steps. The ascent to Black Mtn. is a great climax to the trip and doesn’t take too long. The hardest part is finding your way across the stream at the end. Do this hike when there hasn’t been too much rain the days before. Also, with kids this was a solid four hours, maybe more.

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James Augustine
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Nice fall hike, enough incline to get the heart going but never felt overly difficult or dangerous. Great hike for dogs, we saw at least a dozen off leash but very well behaved along the trail.

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Lesley Gerber
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Overall a nice and genuinely moderate trail. The lake is absolutely charming! Scrambles manageable for adults but quite challenging for our pup to manage on his own. Probably beautiful and lush in the summer and fall, though with the leaves having already fallen it left something to be desired. Caution against doing this hike in poor weather and/or after rainfall as it would be very slippery and dangerous.

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