Pine Swamp Loop

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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.

2.8 miles
308 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


14 days ago

Not sure who did the “loop” bc the map listed is incorrect. The trail ends at St John’s road which is about 1.4miles one way-there are no longer any trail markings and you have to turn back. Ranger said the map is not accurate via the app.

So technically the hike is ~2.8miles but this is NOT a loop. This is there and back hike. Very woody, wear strong bug spray, I did but still got bit all over. Easy markings for the actual trail. Not much to see, just woods.

28 days ago

Good morning hike!

1 month ago

Great trail, takes a little over an hour to do the loop at a reasonable pace. The trail markings are clear, so it is easy to make your way around. Good terrain changes to keep it interesting with lakes / rivers / rocks to take in as you go. Really good for beginners!

2 months ago

We really enjoyed the hike. The road was a bit uneven but not bad at all. The markings were good. There were couple of fallen trees but it didn't interfere us from following the marks. Started out on green > yellow > white with red triangle. Overall, the hike was great! The lake was beautiful too.

Con: bring bugs repellent. Several spots have mosquitos and bugs flying around.

3 months ago

Beautiful. To be clear, you want to follow the green blazes, then walk right when you see the yellow blazes, then walk right when you see the white and red triangle blazes. It’s a wonderfully varied trail.

3 months ago

“Long Trail” along the lake has green blazes, connecting to yellow blazes of Dunning (wide trail), and then white with red triangles is the Arden-Surebridge. Trail is nice mix of scenery, valleys, small hills, view of lakes, crossing many small stream. Everyone and their mother stops at the parking lot on evening and weekends, especially for the sunset across the lake, and therefore the green trail can get pretty busy. Sometimes trash is left there too, so please help keep it clean! But just visited and it was pristine!

4 months ago

Great trail. Many pine trees, springs, very close to the city and isolated at the same time.

4 months ago

Great overlooks - be mindful with your dogs though because it crosses over the highway.

4 months ago

Hiked with my daughter. As many has said it is an uneven trail. lots of rocks, hills, trees and roots. No real photo opts, then again we didn't finish. We got halfway around then needed to turn back as the sun was going down.

4 months ago

Beautiful at this time of the year. Saw a red shouldered hawk with full wing span circling around. We started with white, then yellow and then ended green trail marks at lake skanantati parking. Beautiful forestry with deciduous and evergreens trees and hidden water bodies.

5 months ago

Nice walk with a number of little streams to cross (at least in early April). As others have suggested, even though the distance is pretty short, the terrain is uneven so you get a decent calf workout. It certainly felt like more than 3 miles. I also took the triangle to yellow to green route, as a few others have suggested.

Some nice views at different points if you go before the foliage is fully grown in.

6 months ago

Fun trail

10 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
10 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.

11 months ago

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

11 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.

11 months ago

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017


Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

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

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

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