Pine Swamp Loop is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
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
Nicely marked trail. Take green to red triangles. About 4/5 mile loop back to parking lot. Lots of rocks and branches
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!
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.