Elk Pen Loop Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Elk Pen Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1794 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

There are many trails to explore in the area. This hike starts out on the A.T. where you climb up Green Pond Mountain and then past Island Pong. The trail also takes you through the Lemon Sqeezer, a hole in some ledges that you have to push your way through and then a nice ledge to boulder up. Then the trails climbs up Island pond Mt and Surebridge Mt. Then 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. You will then take the Dunning tr. to the Boston Mine. From there you will take the Arden-Surebridge trail down Green Pond Mountain. The best part of the hike was the trails go through many Hemlock forest, past swamps and you get great climbs.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful, magical hike. Steep in places but highly rewarded with a swim in the pond--be sure to swim out to the little island in the middle!

1 month ago

The varied terrain made for a really fun hike. We had to backtrack a couple times to find the right trail, especially at Times Square rock and after the vistas when you turn into the yellow trail. All in all, more like 8.5 miles. Took us about 4 hours with break for lunch. Will definitely do this one again!

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3 months ago

Hello all. I did a modified 19+ mile hike today. Even with the weather it was a nice hike. The standard hike is a medium hike to me. That is why I added more hiking to it.

hiking
4 months ago

Overall is pretty moderate/easy. Not able to find the sign in the middle, so detoured to Lichen trail (blue color short cut). Nice view with a small cave, little far away from the lake for picture. Hiked for 5.5hrs as a white collar worker... :p.

hiking
4 months ago

I enjoyed the hike, but if you're going because of the Lemon Squeezer you're going to be disappointed. The Lemon Squeezer is only 50 feet long in total so I don't understand why it's even worth mentioning on all these hikes. This loop itself is hard to do without the use of the Alltrails map to keep you on trail because it's a bunch of trails connected to make the loop. You start by following the AT, then the aqua blue blaze, you pick up the white and red dot blaze at the Times Square rock, then you take a yellow blaze, and at some point you turn onto the white with red triangle blaze to finish. Got lost for a bit and had to bushwack my way back onto the loop and wouldn't have know I was lost without following the Alltrails map. Overall I enjoyed the hike. It had some cool things to see. It took me 5 hours and 10 miles to finish

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

very nice trail. varied terrain. it took about 3.5 hours to do.

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6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and diverse trail. It's much longer than AllTrails says. Closer to 8.5 miles than 7. Some areas are more difficult than moderate but overall not hard.

10 months ago

Love it

hiking
10 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

camping
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The loop was great. Had great elevation and extremely beautiful to backpack through. The camping area was awesome as well with many to choose from. Very glad I did this loop

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016