June 10, 2018
Good long hike but clarification or trail maintenance may help
** Please read the revised instructions in Manning Krull's review before attempting this hike*** - I did not, and wish I had. Did this Friday Jun 8 with a friend, saw a total of 8 other hikers coming in or out and one at the Lemon Squeezer so it was a nice uninterrupted hike. We moved at a purposeful pace and even with a few setbacks completed the hike in 5 hours. Finding the BottleCap trail was NOT easy - we passed that descent and continued for about 15 minutes until reaching Times Square, which I realized was not in this loop. We had to backtrack and look for the white bottle caps. Unfortunately, there were a few problems here: 1. The bottle caps are NOT white-they are painted, rusted, many different colors, and 2. They are small and there are not enough of them for the amount of meandering that the trail does. We are no novice hikers and we spent about 20 extra minutes on the Bottlecap trail looking for the next bottle cap in all directions before making small advances along the trail. It became rather frustrating to two very easygoing people. The rest of the hike went well - all other trails were well-marked. About 5 minutes into the final Aqua Long Path loop, a running brook cascades down boulders just off to the left of the trail and this was a nice place to stop and see little crayfish and frogs in the water, though it is near the end of the hike. Overall I'd say this hike moderate, not really strenuous.
August 05, 2013
Great hike - A few notes for clarification
I just did this hike (August 2013) and really enjoyed it! There's so much interesting terrain and so many interesting things to see. I'd printed out the description above and brought it with me, and I found a few things confusing, so I've taken the libery of adding some notes to the description which will hopefully be helpful to other people who want to do this hike. I've posted the description with my notes here: http://www.manningkrull.com/hiking/iron-mines-loop-3.html
June 05, 2012
The description of the Bradley Mine interested me so, this morning I hiked from the Tiorati parking lot to the mine. There are two trails that lead up to the mine. Both of them are across the road from the norteast end of the swamp and within a 150 feet of each other. The left most trail is a much easier hike than the one to the right, which is rather steep and filled with loose tailings. Both trails have "Restricted Area, Do Not Enter" signs posted near the trails. The signs do not seem to stop people from visiting the mine as I removed a kitchen trash bag full of plastic bottles, cans, and candy wrappers from the mine. The previous commentor is correct, visiting the mine is "well worth the effort," The entrance is a narrow slit in the rock that goes back about 80 feet to the entrance of the mine, which appears to be over a 100 feet deep. Like all the other mines in the area it is filled with water, but there is a ledge along the right side that goes in about 50 feet. The mine is at least three times the size of the Boston mine. I'm glad I made the trip :-)
March 23, 2012
Did this hike on February 26th with some snow on the ground. Judging by the tracks easily visible there was much less people than wildlife out there which is preferable most of the time. The hike description was about as accurate as anyone can be. Well documented.
February 14, 2011
iron mines loop #3
For an additional mile, you can visit one of the best mines in the park, the Bradley Mine shown on the cover of Ed Lenik's book. Instead of turning on to the Long Path, stay on the Surebridge Mine Road which eventually becomes paved and passes some camp buildings before ending on Arden Valley Road. Bear right. After about a quarter mile you'll see the remains of an old mine road heading uphill on the left. In case you miss it, you'll soon see lots of tailings uphill on the left. Bushwack uphill to find the mine, a long open slot in front and large cave in back with openings to the sky. It's well worth the effort. When you're done , return to Arden Valley Road and follow it back to the parking area.