Elk Pen Loop Trail

MODERATE 223 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
1604 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. 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.

4 days ago

Great hike - strenuous - there was a lot of snow and ice when I went - be prepared and careful treading through ice. We came to a point at the end of the hike where it was a straight path of frozen water and had to maneuver very carefully to finish. Amazing visuals and changes in scenery.

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1 month ago

Great trail, not far from NYC. Beautiful Island Pond is en route.

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2 months ago

Great place to hike.

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2 months ago

hiked, just watch for some fallen trail markers

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4 months ago

We made our way to the Pulpit view point from the Blue Rocks Family Campground. The uphill hike was a bit challenging for the inexperienced hikers in the group, nevertheless, we managed to make it up in good time; about 2 hours up, and 1 hour down.

Fantastic trail --- so beautiful

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5 months 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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5 months 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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6 months ago

Super chill, yet rigorous. Lots of different terrains on this route. GPS on AllTrail app was spot on. Some of the path on Dunning fully covered with water, so bring waterproofs. Counter-clockwise route was great for a dip in Island Pond towards the end.

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6 months 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!

6 months ago

Great trail. We followed the track almost exactly. Completed 7.5miles in 4 hours. The part through the Lemon Squeezer was nice and 'adventurous'. Be preparers for the massive climb up in the first hour (either way you take the track from Elk Pen parking. The views around the Island Pond were great. Though overall views were average, since the tree cover never let's you see much. Very convenient one hour drive from our place in Westchester

6 months 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!

6 months ago

Smack yo mamma good

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6 months ago

Awesome! Easy to get lost though, have a full cell phone battery.

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7 months ago

very good hike, just wish the trails were marked better

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Got there at 3:30 pm. First quarter of the hike is steep, but not "hard" by any means. After you intersect with the Long Trail (green blaze), it's all smooth sailing for the rest of the trail. Very gentle inclines / declines with a few brief steep, rocky switchbacks towards the end of the trail. Quite swampy from the Long Trail 'till you turn right on the White Bear Trail (white triangle blaze), so bring gators if you hate being wet. Make sure to check out the old iron mine, a eerie, dark yet beautiful cave inside a "canyon" with clear, blue water and a mysterious essence, about a mile after the W-B becomes the yellow blaze trail. The last half (or quarter) of the hike is great, super easy walk with the exception of rocky, semi-steep switchbacks leading towards the end of the A-B trail. Beautiful field at the end with tons of wildlife, great for birding. Beware if you plan to finish the trail through this field, there's TONS of ticks. Besides that, it's a great semi-short, semi-challenging yet fully beautiful day hike.

8 months ago

We hiked here 2 weeks ago. It was absolutely amazing! We even had a close encounter with a black bear and a snake!

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8 months ago

The variety of trails you can choose from makes it very fun to wander around and shorten or lengthen your trip as desired. We saw a black bear, too!

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