November 07, 2015
Bottle Cap trail
I have to agree with the person that posted that the Bottle Cap trail is hard to follow. The ground was so thickly covered by leaves, that the trail wasn't obvious. And except for a couple of bright yellow plastic bottle caps, most of the bottle caps are from beer bottles, so they are much harder to see. Someone does have good taste in beer though ;) Luckily our dog can easily stay on the trail in times where we cannot easily find it. If it weren't for him, we'd probably have spent much more time looking around trying to find the next bottle cap. Some photos: http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2015/11/iron-mines-loop-2-southwest-har...
November 02, 2015
Great hike ...
This is a great hike with a lot of views, varied terrain and historic features. Saw many hikers, groups of hikers and campers along the trail. Such a great time of year for hiking. Unfortunately , I missed the R-D / Dunning trail junction so did not get to visit the Bowling Rocks and Hodgencamp Mine. This was simply me being non-attentive. I continued on the R-D trail all the way to Times Square and picked up the hike from there. One observation on the Bottlecap Trail...I hiked this trail previously and you must keep a sharp eye out for the bottlecap markers on the trees. As you might imagine, they are very small and many are dark and / or weathered making them a bit of a challenge to see. This coupled with the fresh fallen leaves this time of year and the light use this trail gets, makes it difficult to follow at times. Just north of the Surebridge Mine Rd, you will have to scale a crag in the rock face, not too difficult but the way is not very obvious.
June 19, 2011
great hike today
Hiked this trail today, Sat 18th June 2011, with the wife and 2 kids (12 ans 10). this time of year is a good time to visit as the dogwood is in full bloom making the trails very picturesque. the turnoff for the nurian trail was poorly marked and we missed it at first and had to double back... beware....! we didn't see very much at hogencamp mine, but at pine swamp we climbed up off the trail 200' to the left and found the main mineworkings and the kids had a blast exploring. we decided to skip surebridge mine and instead we turned left onto the R-D at times square and back down on the lichen trail - this is strongly recommended as the views are spectacular. at the turn-off L onto the white bar we went straight on and let the kids have a go at the lemon squeezer, after which we returned to the white bar. after near 6 hours hiking the family decided to skip the detour along the dunning to boston mine and we went straight on down the white bar to the parking area. covered 9.6 miles with 1500' ascent in 6 hours or so - very enjoyable hike! parking at N 41° 14.159 W 074° 09.055
June 18, 2011
Main warning: Wet and Mosquitoes
Harriman State Park's wonderful vegetation is always inviting; and the hike was extremely pleasing that way. One main trick that we missed out on: Having mosquito repellants - especially since we were encountering atleast 3 swamps on the way..Another mistake we made was to not wear water-proof shoes; it had rained earlier in the week, and that made our hike slightly uncomfortable in places. Otherwise, a really nice hike. The Boston Mine was much more distinctly visible than the other two...