Harriman State Park Lake Trail to Pine Meadow Lake

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Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park Lake Trail to Pine Meadow Lake is a 8.4 mile loop trail located near Sloatsburg, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,210 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

hiking
2 days ago

Good trail. if you need a challenging route with some ascents and light rock scrambling, you can start on the Red on white then turn right on Blue on white. There are a couple of viewpoints here and then make your way towards the lake on Yellow. Some markers are hard to spot and there are many open areas/unmarked trails, so its easy to lose your path. Watch out for snakes under rocks on mountain tops if you are going off trail. I would suggest getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowd on the trail and by the Pine Meadow lake

hiking
6 days ago

Solid trail, definitely recommend getting their early and doing the full loop, agreed with previous people, a few trail markers are hard to find but if you have your phone you can pull up the map on here and use to gps to guide you in the right direction, bring plenty of water

hiking
bugs
rocky
16 days ago

Nice trail. Trail markers can be tricky to find, but overall a solid hike that has great views of the lake/skyline of NYC. Ran into three rattlesnakes so be careful. Gang gang

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is very good but falls short in comparison to other ones in the area. It stars off as a very fun walk along the stream. Some bridges and lots of rocks. There’s not really much of elevation for a loooong while. The walk around the lake is pretty flat and boring. Saw few snakes but otherwise it was disappointing. This part took away the excitement expected from a usual hard trail. The fun part comes towards the very end. Hike gets more challenging climbs and definitely few fun descends! I’m glad I did it but wouldn’t come back.

hiking
bugs
rocky
17 days ago

Loved this hike - it had it all. You want plenty of wildlife like newts, rabbits, snakes and turtles? Check. A variety of grades spread throughout? Got it. Beautiful lake views, walking along a river, and shady trails? Yup. Plus - the hook part of the hike near the south side of the lake leads you to an old family cemetery! VERY cool. Get there early to avoid other hikers. We started left of the parking lot, following the red trail, clockwise. Not sure I would recommend counter-clockwise as I liked starting along the river, but it may be slightly easier counter-clockwise. Gotta be honest: the last 1/3 of the trail kicked our butts, with steeper inclines and less cover, but it was still great. My fitness watch clocked us in at 10.3 miles, not 8.4. Bring a LOT of water - with a short stop for lunch, this took us 6 hours. So far, my favorite hike in all of Harriman.

bugs
24 days ago

Me and my 2 friends liked the scenery of the lake. Elevation was solid and made it fun. Tons of nats and bugs but it did rain alot few days leading up. Lastley and this is very important. The trail heads have no maps or directory so use your all trails app to make sure you dont hike to far off in one direction

backpacking
rocky
24 days ago

We camped on the northside of the lake on a bluff overlooking it; beautiful site! We got hit with 3 snow squalls in mid-May so be prepared! There's maybe 5 campsites on the northside of the lake and another couple along the SW side of the lake FYI. They all already had stone firepits built from previous campers. You may consider hiking the red trail in and out instead of doing the loop as shown; the trail off the SW corner of the lake is hard to follow (got lost a couple of times) to connect and do the loop as given; as well I thought the nicest part of the hike was along the brook that leads to the lake.

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

It was a fun trail. We had a good view from walking around the lake. Pretty rivers, but it got a little wet at times. Rocky in some areas and we got off the trail a couple times so be careful.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Was a good hike with a beautiful stream at the start. Still busy during Covid with limited parking. Just be patient and you’ll get a spot sooner or later. Didn’t make it around the water because there were many snakes that we did not expect. Saw 5 black garter snakes in total on the path and one in tree above as big as 5ft. Always a surprise so watch out!

hiking
1 month ago

A good moderately difficult hike. A variety of landscapes including a lake and a few mountain tops. It's a very busy area but not many hikers do this trail but it's definitely worth it.

backpacking
muddy
2 months ago

Moderate, at times hard, trail. Solid one day or short one night venture, offers great views of Pine Meadow Lake. No shelters along this trail, however lake sites are available (may have to be rented).

icy
5 months ago

Good hike with limited icy patches...Its actually close to 10 miles with the racoon hill detour. Took around 3.5hrs with a couple of breaks. Will be back!!

Fine trail, mostly flat with some short difficult stretches. No great views but the part around the lake is pretty. Would be very slippery when wet because there were a lot of leaves down.

hiking
7 months ago

it's definitely longer than 8.4 miles. My Fitbit said I did about 13 miles that day. I'm thinking that maybe the up's and downs where not counted as forward miles, it was worth the hike. I saw deer and many different birds, Chipmunks and squirrels of course. The trail had some downed trees that have yet to be removed I was able to go around them. Definitely will do it again! If you are going to hike this trail go early to get parking. The bathrooms are closed except for the weekends. Be prepared to climb over trees and many rocks! Have fun!

hiking
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

We did it clockwise because we didn’t find the trail to go the other direction which wasn’t that good because the first half was easy to get to the lake and the summit, but then the other half was really challenging climbing up and down with rocky trail all the way back. Overall, very good and fun trail to do!

hiking
off trail
scramble
7 months ago

Did counter clockwise. the poached egg trail (yellow on white)is a bit oddly placed but u can just follow the lake as it comes into view. will do it again!!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Really nice trail. Had a lot of fun.

This was a beautiful, but popular fall hike with some challenging climbs and great views. There is a small parking lot available at the trail head that I was able to park in when I arrived at sunrise, but it fills up quickly and cars were parked a quarter mile down the road by early afternoon. Going counter clockwise, the beginning of the trail is quite challenging, especially with all of the recently fallen leaves. Make sure that you're paying close attention to your map as the trails are not always clearly marked and the trails often blended in with everything else because of the fallen leaves making it easy to miss any turns. One accidentally missed turn brought me to Raccoon Brook Hill though, which was well worth the detour and scramble to the top. Most of the trail on the way out is very rocky and secluded, but once I reached Pine Meadow Lake, the trails opened up and were quite busy. The hike back in is an easy, straight shot right to the parking lot. For a less challenging hike on a clearly marked trail, taking this trail out and back seems like a good option. Over all, while the trails on the way out were sometimes hard to navigate and could be frustrating, it was a fun challenge and led to a nice accidental detour and was peaceful away from the crowds of the easier out and back trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

This part of the Harriman State Park has a well developed network of trails. Good thing is you can easily customize your own hike, but if you decided to follow a certain route, it’ll require a good map/gps to keep you on the desired track. Overall the trails are mostly well marked and maintained, although some sections along the suggested route are overgrown due to less travel. I hiked counterclockwise, and the elevation gain was not as bad as expected because it’s not a continuous uphill/scramble—you’ll have flat parts in between climbs. If you decide to do counterclockwise as well, the trailhead is sort of hidden behind the parking spots opposite from the bathrooms, not next to the info panel or bike rack. The lake is beautiful and I enjoyed the loop around it. I saw a “no swimming” sign near the bridge but not sure if it meant for the whole lake. There were people in the water anyway, some were diving! And kudos to dog owners who kept their dogs on leash!!

Took longer route counter-clockwise because a bear was very active on one of the early trails. Put us on 7 Hills for a while, which was a beautiful trail. Swam lake. Tons of people on walk out.

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