Pine Swamp Mountain and Hogencamp Mountain Loop

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Harriman State Park

Pine Swamp Mountain and Hogencamp Mountain Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 761 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
23 minutes ago

Beautiful trail if you can find parking. They are fining cars parked along the road $250 and there’s a ranger guarding the Lake Skanatati Parking lot, and he decides when to let in cars. We arrived at 12:30 and were lucky to find a spot. We did the hike counterclockwise at a very leisurely pace with two kids aged 9 and 7 and a picnic and it took us 4h. The instructions in the reviews regarding trail markers were super helpful and having the downloaded map on the app as well since there is no phone signal. We met several people who got lost, or didn’t know where they were going, and we walked off the red triangle trail once and then it took us a moment to find the red circle trail, so I‘d recommend using GPS and monitoring the route. Hogencamp Mountain offers a beautiful view and is a perfect picnic spot. Trail was moderately trafficked on a Sunday afternoon. Really enjoyable!

Nice loop hike with some varied terrain that’s different from other spots in Harriman. Woods and swamp to start, then some steeper parts on the red dot trail after the Times Square rock (you’ll get it when you see it) leading to an expansive nearly 360 degree view. Then a really cool section that alternates between thickets and large exposed rock sections of the mountain. Per the other reviews, left turn to yellow trail not marked too well, but you’ll find it if you know where to look. Final part on the yellow and aqua trails descends through the woods with a few hops across streams. Except for the beginning and end, didn’t see too many people even Memorial Day with nice weather, so recommended hike for social distancing!

hiking
7 days ago

Really nice hike, beautiful view and great terrain variety. Up until the half way point we had no problem finding the trail, but would have gotten lost without the GPS for the second half.The worst part was that the parking lot was full and the attendants were rather rude and not helpful at all to find an alternative. Parking on the side of the road right by the parking lot results in towing. Tip: Get there very early or after 4:30 on a busy day. If the lot is full drive back to the roundabout and take the exit to Lake Welch. Look on the side of the road for a mint green blaze about 0.2 miles in. Park on the side of the road. Cross the street and follow the mint green blaze which will bring you to the parking lot and trail head. (Red triangle to red circle, then yellow blaze to mint blaze. Note: if you get to a plateau with a hut and campers on the red circle you went too far. The yellow blaze is very hard to find. It's at the bottom of a steep stone flat. Watch your GPS so you don't walk in the wrong direction on yellow. After that it's straight forward!)

hiking
9 days ago

We were there early. When we left, parking spot was closed at afternoon. Beautiful views on top mountain.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail.. the terrain keeps changing and it’s all in all beautiful.. definitely need a map to follow as their were split offs which you’d go wrong way. Also first 30 min of hike from the beginning was done by a drunk person who just takes you off the trail and without a map on live you’d have no way of following. No markings and just through randomness.. In hindsight it was nice but you can stick to the main trail which you catch back up to after about 30 min for the rest of the hike..

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muddy
rocky
27 days ago

Great hike but pretty muddy in certain spots from recent rains. Went on a Monday and not many people at all.

hiking
bugs
muddy
27 days ago

Went yesterday (Sunday) starting at 2pm and it wasn’t crowded at all, although the parking lot was full/closed and we had to park on the side of the road. Great hike, would recommend. Beautiful walk within the woods and spacious sunny peak. Brisk waterfalls and streams. Was pretty well marked although took us a moment at some parts. Took red to yellow, counterclockwise. Note: pretty muddy in some parts, totally do-able but wear good shoes. Gnats. My GPS tracked 6.7 miles, it took us 4 hours at a fairly relaxed pace, several breaks included.

recorded Recording - Apr 27, 01:58 PM

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very good trail. Lots of ups and downs. Great scenery.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail, but is easy to get lost and go off trail at some points. keep following your GPS.

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flooded
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Love this trail. Very diverse terrain. The uphills are easy/moderate with really nice views. We went counter-clock wise giving us the nice leisure walk down on the back side. Very muddy is spots.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Nice high energy hike!!! No long uphills but lots of gains and down hills have to go trailblazing to hit the summit of pine swamp

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icy
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scramble
6 months ago

Excellent trail - really great variety of scenery and quite different from anything I’ve seen in these parts (though I’m relatively new to the region). It is fairly well marked but quite easy to get lost - definitely charge up your phone and download the map. It’s pretty muddy at the moment and even has icy patches so boots or trail running shoes are a good idea (though I did it in sneakers and managed).

A very nice and pleasant hike. Child and dog friendly. Lots of nice plateaus. Blazes are a bit confusing at some spots.

An excellent loop but definitely helps if you follow the GPS map because following the blazes can be tough at times, especially the turn at the halfway point. Also, this hike is 6+ miles, contrary to the official description. My wife, 13-year-old son, and 11-year-old lab did it. We took our time and enjoyed the turning leaves.

Strenuous at times. Minor scrambling. If you start heading to the right on the loop and go counter clockwise, the lake at the end is a nice relaxing spot. Rock flats at the top get very hot during a clear day. You’re guaranteed to miss the yellow square turn around 2.9 miles. Keep an eye out. Leisurely pace took me about 3 hours with a fit dog. Good luck.

hiking
8 months ago

Very poorly marked and mileage is off. Clocked this at 6 miles exactly, red triangle, to red circle, to yellow, to green (who paints green as a trail marker in the woods???). First part of trail is quite boring, majority of trail is really cool though, with mixed terrain, big boulders, scrambling and a pretty view just shy of the halfway mark. I’d do this hike again now that I know what to expect. Great moderate hike for those looking for more mileage than a challenge.

hiking
8 months ago

Great Moderate trail. The red triangle and red dot markers were clearly seen but we missed both the yellow turn off and the green turn off because they were not, so watch your gps to see when you are getting close and you’ll find the turn offs to complete the loop. You can see signs that the foliage is starting to turn so we are planning to come back to do this loop again in a couple of weeks. The sights are beautiful at the top of the many peaks we went over on the red dot trail and we look forward to seeing it in full color soon.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a fun trail. “Times Square” was a little flooded and wet. But the rocks up top were great for picnicking. It was a little confusing finding the trail back down. The markers are on the floor and hard to find at times.

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