Green Pond/Boston Mine Longer Loop from Elk Pen

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Green Pond/Boston Mine Longer Loop from Elk Pen - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Green Pond/Boston Mine Longer Loop from Elk Pen - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike goes through the interesting Valley of Boulders, passes pristine Green Pond, and reaches the historic Boston Mine.

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Broken fence once used to enclose elk in The Elk Pen. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

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November 20, 2017
5
One of my favorites
I did this hike on November 19. I took the bus from Port Authority, and the driver is used to letting people off at Arden Valley Road. A lot of diversity in this hike: interesting rock formations, beautifully untouched Green Pond, the entrance of the Boston Mine, as well as some views (even if this is not the best hike for views). I did it in 2.5 hours, taking only a few short breaks. I wouldn't recommend doing this hike on a very windy day: there are a few dead trees next to the trail climbing up to the Valley of Boulders, and there were a lot of branches falling. There were a lot of cars parked at Elk Penn, but I didn't see many people on the hike. I had to wait for the bus back to the city for about 1.5 hours, so I climbed a bit on the AT on the other side of the road, it had some nice views as well.
Marie from France
October 21, 2015
0
You should have followed the yellow blazes
I was at Green Pond this morning and checked out the route of the hike.  I think I know where you went wrong.  You should have continued to follow the yellow blazes of the Dunning Trail all the way to Island Pond Road.  Instead, it seems that you turned off onto the white-blazed Nurian Trail.  The trails run very close to each other, so it is easy to switch from one to the other if you are not paying close attention.  The trick is to follow the yellow blazes, not the white ones.  I have edited the hike description to make this clearer.
Daniel Chazin
October 18, 2015
0
My dad and I did this hike
My dad and I did this hike today. We really liked it However, we got very confused after the part after Green Pond. We walked down next to the pond (which was so serene!) and passed the overhang rock; however, we ended up back where we started. The trail merged brieflty with Nurian but then we ended up back where we started (Nurian trail and Dunning Trail meet). We couldnt find the way to the mine (or anything called Island Pond Rd) and there were no other markings except to go loop back around the pond (and come out where we were) or go back the way we came. We opted to go back the way we came as there really was no other option the way we saw it :( We really wanted to see the mine, but oh well next time. If someone can tell us where we went wrong, we would appreciate it. Overall, lovely hike (at least the part we did). 
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