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We took 3 kids, ages 11, 7 and 4 on the yellow trail to the lake and then back up. About 5 miles round trip.
We were looking for a fun, not to strenuous stream hike that we could do with the kids and that would involve getting wet on a hot day. This was perfect.
The kids loved hiking through the streams and climbing up some of the waterfalls along the way. We saw lots of frogs, a lizard and a snake. At the lake, we turned left and found a nice cleared area to sit, eat lunch and look at the fish up close. The hike back was more uphill but even our 4 year old persevered and made it. Be prepared for lots of mud along with the fun.

18 days ago

Honestly, I didn't expect too much from this hike but I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of hiccups though, about a quarter of the way through the hike there was about a 20 ft stretch of water about 3 feet deep. Had to cut underneath the lake and then did the hike coming from the opposite way. The lemon squeeze was unexpected and fun and the little peak at the top is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks. Overall the hike was very fulfilling, ended up doing 10 miles overall because of the back tracking and wandering off the trail hear and there. Definitely would recommend for a weekend day hike if you are moderately athletic.

For a rookie, it was easy to follow the trail with a map, very well marked. Some challenging uphill terrain, but plenty of opportunities to rest. Stopped at Tom Jones coming from Tuxedo train station.

Truly a joy of a trail to hike! Features a great variety in the terrain with some decent vert to boot. As others have noted, the trail is really flooded. With recent rain fall there’s probably 1.5 feet of standing water. On the bright side, some trail maintenance folks were out clearing the downed trees! (7/27). If you still want to do the loop, works as an out and back or you can put together a fun lollipop with the other trials in the area.

For what it was, it was a great hike. Moderate.....maybe. There is a lot of up with rocks and more up. I’d say it’s on the upper level of moderate but it was a good day. LOTS of bugs but that’s not the trails fault. LOL no bathroom facilities.

28 days ago

One of my favorites! As of July 21 the path that goes past meadow on the way to Island Pond is still flooded. If you’re brave and have water proof boots, stick to the right and it’s passable. LOTS of downed trees, so be prepared to climb over them. The view once you get to the lake is totally worth it, always is.

1 month ago

2 months ago

As of Sunday June 10, the section previously noted to be flooded is still flooded. You have to go off trail for quite a bit to get around and back on trail. I enjoyed the hike but it was a little bit on the difficult side. Lemon squeeze was fun. Would do again.

This would have been a nice hike except for two major issues. The Long Path trail was blocked by scores of huge trees fallen across the trail.....big ones. It made the going slow, and a little dangerous at times. It looked like a tornado had come through there. Consider skipping the AT Long Path northern outcropping as it is easy just to cut across.
The second problem was the Arden Surebridge trail section southwest of Island Pond. It was completely flooded out as far as the eye could see with no alternative trail. A half mile of bushwhacking south of the tail, hugging the high ground, was required to get around the water. Make sure these issues are resolved before endeavoring to take this hike.

4 months ago

Great 8 mile hike. Varied terrain, nice views at the top. At some points - it was difficult to find the trail markers. This trail loop was accurately rated as moderate. Looking forward to hiking it again.

Awesome trails!

One to avoid when snowy but nice views and varied terrain. Hiked march, the week after a snow storm. Took 4hrs20 (no stops). Phones measured at 8.5miles. Solidly uphill for first hour. Rocky ground + snow throughout made difficult. Lower trails were waterlogged due to melting snow. Many fallen trees on section of long path (green) adjacent to marsh made impassable but possible to skirt around higher up bank.

4 months ago

Nice in the winter, only saw a few folks the whole day.

6 months ago

Not very strenuous. Fairly flat through most sections. Great views off the lake.

Nice overnight spike camp experience

Great hike - strenuous - there was a lot of snow and ice when I went - be prepared and careful treading through ice. We came to a point at the end of the hike where it was a straight path of frozen water and had to maneuver very carefully to finish. Amazing visuals and changes in scenery.

8 months ago

Great trail, not far from NYC. Beautiful Island Pond is en route.

9 months ago

Great place to hike.

9 months ago

hiked, just watch for some fallen trail markers

Well marked, clean and clear and bonus of free parking by the preserve. Only did three miles this time but will be returning to go further.

It is a long trail. The elevation is moderate.

11 months ago

We made our way to the Pulpit view point from the Blue Rocks Family Campground. The uphill hike was a bit challenging for the inexperienced hikers in the group, nevertheless, we managed to make it up in good time; about 2 hours up, and 1 hour down.

Fantastic trail --- so beautiful

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The reason no one checks in on this trail is because you lose service after a mile or so out. The mileage is incorrect. This trail is 5.9 miles according to both the Sterling Forest trail map (available in Visitor's Center) and my Garmin watch. We did it in 2 hours. While the trail is easy, as indicated, you would do well to wear good hiking boots and long pants. Much of the trail is on old roadbeds, but there are some swampy areas, rocky ascents/descents and even a section that is poorly, if at all maintained, and you'll feel like you're bushwhacking. Overall, a nice hike (secluded too...we encountered few people) in a beautiful park that is often overlooked for the more crowded, nearby Harriman State Park.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Pretty challenging hike, but right after the "squeeze" walk about 100 yards to the left for a great view of the mountains and lake. Elk Pen for parking

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Although this is rated moderate it can get quite challenging at times. Do not underestimate. You'll definitely had a great time here. It's beautiful open scenery makes it all worth it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This hike begins with a challenging, uphill terrain. As things level out, you will approach a picturesque lake, which is quite cold to swim in, even in the summer months. The Lemon Squeezer bit is short, but quite fun. There is a beautiful meadow at the top of the large boulders, right after the Lemon Squeezer. This meadow almost resembles the Swiss countryside. But it's just too damn close to New York City for me to imagine I'm in Switzerland!

I would recommend this hike for anyone in decent shape, and will definitely be back myself sometime soon.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

on Elk Pen Loop Trail

Monday, July 17, 2017

Super chill, yet rigorous. Lots of different terrains on this route. GPS on AllTrail app was spot on. Some of the path on Dunning fully covered with water, so bring waterproofs. Counter-clockwise route was great for a dip in Island Pond towards the end.

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