Elk Pen Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Arden, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,512 feet Route Type: Loop

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As of May 2020, the trailhead parking lot is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. It is only reachable by foot or on a bike. There are many trails to explore in the area. This hike starts out on the A.T. Climb up Green Pond Mountain and then past Island Pond. The trail winds through Lemon Squeezer, a hole in some ledges and climbs up Island Pond Mt and Surebridge Mt. Take the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail on Finger board and Hogencamp Mountain. This stretch of trail has great views of the entire area. It is also the result of a forest fire some time ago. Take the Dunning Trail to the Boston Mine. From there, take the Arden-Surebridge trail down Green Pond Mountain.

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6 days ago

Arden valley road was closed from 7 lakes drive and 17, so we had to park about a mile from the start of the trail. The largest elevation gain is right at the beginning of the hike. After the initial climb it levels off for a nice hike

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9 days ago

Took us about 5 hours, not in our best physical shape but still think it would’ve taken us 4 hours. Lots of bug infested areas, nice beach/swim area, parking was pretty far up the road since the lots were closed, dangerous with cars flying around the bend too, be careful when walking the shoulder of the highway on the turns

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10 days ago

Interesting hike. The Surebridge Mountain bit is interesting with rolling open rock outcrops

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17 days ago

We had to park far away and walk because the lot is closed. I definitely enjoy the hiking but the bugs were out of control so we only went to the lake before turning around this time.

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28 days ago

The lot and Arden Rd were closed on Sat. Had to park about 3/4 mile away in another lot off Route 17 , 25 min brisk walk to the start of the trail. Waterproof shoes, bug spray all trail map very helpful. Trail is not well marked in some parts, so the map really helped and is easy to use.

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30 days ago

Definitely a challenging trail. Lots of mud and water to cross. Having waterproof shoes would be a plus. And some bug spray. In addition the lot is closed and anyone parking on 17 may possibly get a $100 ticket for parking on the pavement. Just an FYI

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30 days ago

Difficult but not impossible. Many different trails to follow. Suggest just using map

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1 month ago

Amazing views and different terrains make this trail amazing!

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1 month ago

Great trail.

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1 month ago

Varied terrain keeps the hike interesting! Lots of ups and downs and clocked in closer to 9 miles on my phone. It took about 3.5 hours at a brisk pace. The parking lot and park entrance road were closed today and I was fine parking on the side of 17. The app map is helpful at a few points so I recommend using it in real time. Highly recommend!

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1 month ago

Awesome hike. First off, parking lot is currently closed off, so we parked on the shoulder alongside several other cars. The extra walk added idunno mile or so. Several rocky ups and downs but not horribly difficult. Lake was beautiful and serene. Trail was muddy and wet but not bad. Few rock scrambles were fun. Also not horribly difficult. I had to pick up the dog once or twice to get him up the scramble around the lemon squeeze area. Cool seeing a few different environments. Cons- lots of flies, especially around the few swampy areas. Trail was tough to follow, didn’t get lost because I used alltrails map but we got twisted around a few times. Overall great trail, would recommend. But use a map and maybe bug spray.

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1 month ago

Trail is in good condition and it is a very enjoyable hike always. There are a good number of people starting to use the trail after 10 am and gets a bit crowded after 1 pm during weekends. Parking is on Rt-17 at the entrance to Arden Valley Road because of park closures. At this time of year, greenery is still minimal but bugs have started their rounds. Keep a net to cover your face from bugs if you pass through certain shaded and dense areas.

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