Elk Pen Loop Trail

MODERATE 182 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

beach

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

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Fantastic trail --- so beautiful

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15 days ago

Pretty challenging hike, but right after the "squeeze" walk about 100 yards to the left for a great view of the mountains and lake. Elk Pen for parking

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22 days ago

Although this is rated moderate it can get quite challenging at times. Do not underestimate. You'll definitely had a great time here. It's beautiful open scenery makes it all worth it.

This hike begins with a challenging, uphill terrain. As things level out, you will approach a picturesque lake, which is quite cold to swim in, even in the summer months. The Lemon Squeezer bit is short, but quite fun. There is a beautiful meadow at the top of the large boulders, right after the Lemon Squeezer. This meadow almost resembles the Swiss countryside. But it's just too damn close to New York City for me to imagine I'm in Switzerland!

I would recommend this hike for anyone in decent shape, and will definitely be back myself sometime soon.

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