Green Pond/Boston Mine Shorter Loop from Route 106

Overview

This loop hike passes the historic Boston Mine and pristine Green Pond.

Details
Time:
2 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Length:
2.8 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Historic feature, Woods
Publication
First Published:
05/03/2011

Updated/Verified:
05/03/2011
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Green Pond Harriman State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

Parking


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See also
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.234516, -74.148972
Driving Directions

Coming from the south, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A  (about 2.4 miles north of Tuxedo). Turn right at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.

Coming from the north, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A  (about one mile south the intersection with Orange Turnpike in Southfields). Turn left at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.

Description

From the parking area, cross to the north side of the road and bear left on the White Bar Trail, blazed with white horizontal rectangles. The White Bar Trail parallels the road for about 500 feet, then turns right and crosses a stream on a metal culvert. A short distance beyond, it bears right at a fork (the road that goes off to the left will be your return route) and continues ahead on a woods road.

In a quarter mile, the white-blazed Nurian Trail joins from the right (both trails are blazed white, but the Nurian Trail blazes are vertical, rather than horizontal). Continue ahead on the woods road, now following both White Bar and Nurian blazes, for about 500 feet. When the two trails split at a large boulder, bear left and continue along the Nurian Trail (vertical white blazes).

The Nurian Trail follows a footpath, soon crossing over an interesting ridge, with valleys on either side. It continues through dense mountain laurel thickets. About half a mile from the junction with the White Bar Trail, the Nurian Trail reaches the unmarked Island Pond Road – a wide woods road – and turns right.

Follow the white blazes as they head north along the road, but when the Nurian Trail turns left and departs from the road, continue ahead along the unmarked Island Pond Road. In a short distance, the yellow-blazed Dunning Trail joins from the left. Continue to follow the road, now blazed yellow, but when the Dunning Trail turns right, leave the road and follow the yellow blazes.

In about 500 feet, you’ll come to the entrance to the Boston Mine (see photo). This mine, which was last worked in 1880, is cut into the hillside, with a water-filled pit at the northern end. The mine entrance is usually quite wet, and caution should be exercised if you wish to explore the open mine cut.

After taking a look at this interesting mine, retrace your steps, following the yellow blazes back to Island Pond Road. Turn left onto Island Pond Road, but when the Dunning Trail turns right, leave the road and follow the yellow blazes. You’ll briefly join the white-blazed Nurian Trail, but continue along the yellow-blazed Dunning Trail, which soon reaches the shore of Green Pond. This pristine pond - one of the very few in the park that was not enlarged by the construction of dams - is surrounded by reeds. At one point, the trail passes beneath an overhanging rock (see photo).

After climbing to a rock ledge that overlooks the pond, the Dunning Trail ends at another junction with the white-blazed Nurian Trail. Turn right and follow the Nurian Trail back to Island Pond Road (again crossing the Dunning Trail on the way). Turn right onto Island Pond Road, and continue following the unmarked road when the white blazes depart to the left. In three-quarters of a mile, the White Bar Trail joins from the left. Continue straight ahead and follow the White Bar Trail back to the parking area where the hike began.

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Directions are great. I'm a ditz.

Nice hike, great directions. I made the mistake of thinking I had already turned right onto the white Nurian trail after the lake and went left downhill. BIG MISTAKE. I don't know why I kept going, but I said to myself, there is no way this is an easy hike. Scrambling down boulders, etc. Finally I realized I was being stupid and turned around only to realize how far downhill I had ventured. Hiking back up was really hard for me as I'm out of shape and had my two chihuahuas with me but it was manageable. 

Anyway, since I knew where I made my mistake finding my way back was easy and finding the right path was fine. 

Lesson....if you start to think you're going in the wrong direction, stop and think instead of plowing ahead like you know where you're going! :)

Perfect for first-timers

My wife and I live in NYC and are both around 50. Our fitness habits have, in all honesty, been confined to walking to and from the bus to head to work. It doesn't help that living in NYC it is utterly impossible to get any peace and quiet at all - none. Nor is there anyplace close enough to which we can walk or bike. So we are either to be shut-ins for the rest of our lives or we have to drive somewhere to get the quiet we desperately crave. Hiking seemed a great way to restore both our inner peace and our fitness.

We chose this trail as our first hiking experience and it was absolutely perfect for several reasons. One, it taught us that the proper equipment, while minimal, isn't optional if you're going to take a hike, no matter how short. Having a good pair of hiking boots is of the utmost importance. I did, but my wife didn't and her feet suffered somewhat towards the end of the trail. Second, bring food and water with you, no matter how short the route. We didn't, and although we didn't suffer as a result, the hike would have been more enjoyable if we had been able to stop for lunch. Fortunately, it was a cool fall day and neither of us found ourselves perspiring and wishing for a drink. Finally, spend a minute learning to read the trail signs, lest you begin scratching your head the minute you encounter the first marker and wonder whether to go left, right or straight ahead - or go back to the car and head home.

It would be presumptuous of me as a neophyte to offer further tips on what is or what isn't important in hiking. So I'll leave my advice at that and just say that if you are a first-timer, keep them in mind.

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike and are absolutely certain it will become our new hobby. For the out-of-shape, it offers just enough of a challenge to make you feel that you're getting some excercise (you are) while at the same time not discouraging you with terrain that is beyond your capacity. It is picturescque, at all times, and especially so walking down Island Pond Road, around Green Pond and near the beginning, which is so lushly green with moss in spots that it seems as if you've stepped into a Lord of The Rings film.

The route took us 3'53", but only because we weren't paying close attention to the trail markers and had to backtrack several times.

In the end, we left feeling tired but mentally refreshed. And that is precisely what we set out to achieve.

Much thanks to those who maintain these trails.

 

Me & the dogs

So serenely beautiful, this hike.  I love a hike that takes you over a stream, through a hemlock woods, down to a pond, around its rooty and rocky edges.  This hike has it all and isn't taxing or strenuous.  Even the woods roads -- not a feature I usually like -- were lovely and interesting.  High bush blueberries at the top of the hill where yellow meets the white trail -- they should be plentiful in the summertime.  Also, the unmarked woods road out and back to the parking lot is full of blueberry bushes on both sides!  Mind the bears.

Great hike

This was my first hike after a long hiatus and was perfect for getting back into hiking shape. We took one brief wrong turn early on (getting back into hiking shape includes remembering how to follow directions) but easily got back on track. I like how the hike remains relatively easy until you're about 2/3rds of the way through then it progresses to moderate with a few brief scrambles and ascents after you pass around the lake. I loved the variety in landscape which made the hike run a bit longer than we had planned because we kept stopping to take it all in and admire the views. We also renamed the unmarked Island Pond Road the "Road to Narnia" since we jokingly expected a centaur to come galloping down the road! Thanks for posting this hike!