Pine Swamp Loop

EASY 48 reviews
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Pine Swamp Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 months ago

Light hike but not too easy as the terrain can get uneven with roots, rocks and stream crossings. Nice views of the lake and swamp. There was plenty of water in the streams when we went so we found a spot to take a break and enjoy the waterfalls.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail near a lake.

Just be mindful that it is a relatively complex trail system. It is quite easy to lose the trail (or join a different one) if you are running fast.

The map in this app was really helpful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for beginners. Not much views. Nice rock formations and wildlife

3 months ago

Great loop trail. We did white w/red and then turquoise. Some cool rock formations/caves. Pretty views of the swamp & two lakes. We hiked with our dog & 3 kids, ages 13, 10 & 3. The youngest spent about half the time in a backpack carrier & walked the rest.

hiking
3 months ago

Go early on a weekend... great for kids who love the woods... we went red triangle to yellow to blue

4 months ago

Lovely walk and easy enough for small kids but does take a few hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail. Fun. Beautiful woods. I would go back.

hiking
4 months ago

I added the little climb to Hogencamp Mountain and found a gorgeous view. To get there, follow the RD from Times Square (red circle with a white outline) and backtrack once you're done.

7 months ago

Thanks

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike for family with young kids. We went with a 1 year old in a carrier and a 4.5 year old who has hiked before. He was fine though a little tired and slow towards the end. We got a little confused and had to backtrack when the trail turned. We did red triangle to yellow to green. If you follow red triangle up you can add a little more distance and elevation but we didn't want to chance it with the kids. Interesting hike and plenty to keep our son occupied he needed to stop or jump every few steps. Only complaint is there isn't a lookout or scenic stop to hang out by and take a break.

hiking
7 months ago

We took our 1 yr old son (in a pack) and our 4 yr old daughter. My daughter was able to hike 95% of the time with a fair amount of hand holding (lots of rocks) and some occasional shoulder rides. The hike was beautiful. Lots of little streams to cross which was fun but may require some agility and carrying of little ones. The bugs were definitely around so recommend some bug spray. Overall a very pretty hike that we would do again.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Easy to find, connected to Google Maps for directions from the All Trails app. It's a well marked trail but there are a lot of intersecting trails you'll have to be mindful of when navigating. Some parts of the trail were flooded so watch out for that. I also got 2 tick bites on this hike so be sure to come prepared! Overall a nice Mother's Day hike minus the ticks.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great and well marked trail with the kids today. A few things though. Anyone that think this trail is 'Hard' needs to retire from hiking. This was very easy and my 8 year old practically ran the entire way. Also, All Trails doesn't tell you which trails to take (maybe if you pay for pro) but without a map it can lead you to get lost as many other trails intersect. We got to 'Times Square' and went the wrong way. Thankfully the app on my phone showed us off course so I had to backtrack. They also don't have any maps in the parking lot (almost none ever do). I would totally do this again with others that are not looking for a workout.

9 months ago

This is a beautiful hike, rewarded by some nice waterfalls along the way. For the regular loop, go up the inverted red triangle with white circle, and return in the green blaze. It's confusing at the "Times Square" intersection so know where you're going or you'll add an extra hour to your hike. Also the parking lot was full. We parked on the street and got a parking ticket, despite no signs prohibiting it. Be careful.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Followed the green trail after reaching Times Square. Never went that way before and it took an extra hour back to parking lot. The whole hike took about 2 1/2 hours.

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

Good loop for beginners and heavily hiked on nice days. Went with a small group and explored Pine Swamp Mine, then made the mistake of trying to climb up the mountain above the mine for a quite break spot. We came face to face with a very angry snake and quickly made our way back down to the trail. Messed up after crossing the stream and took the wrong Red trail down towards Seven Lakes Drive rather than the one that takes you up to the scenic view before returning to the parking lot... Definitely recommend staying on trails to lessen likelihood of running into wildlife.

Update: I went back and did this hike with a friend last weekend, turns out the scenic view is no more, there is no longer a marked trail to it and it's "fenced off" with trees from below now blocking the view

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Nicely marked trail. Take green to red triangles. About 4/5 mile loop back to parking lot. Lots of rocks and branches

hiking
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Love this trail...we usually follow green in and loop back at Times Square following the red triangles. Much easier to see the markers this way!

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rocky, normal for Harriman. We started on the Red inverted triangle, finished on Long Path. Missed the trail switch at Times Square, painted on Rock face but to our backs as we walked on for another mile.

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