Appalachian Trail/Long Path Loop from Silvermine Picnic...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

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This loop hike follows portions of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path, passing Silvermine Lake and Lake Nawahunta.

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This hike climbs over a series of ridges in the northern portion of Harriman State Park. It includes sections of two long-distance trails – the Appalachian Trail, which extends for over 2,150 miles from Maine to Georgia, and of the Long Path, which runs for about 350 miles, from the George Washington Bridge to near Albany, New York. The hike offers only limited views, especially in the summer...

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March 10, 2018
3
Late Feb. hike
Amazing how the lakes have thawed out so quickly. Only 3 weeks ago folks were walking out on the lakes and fishing , now only some smaller ponds have any ice . ..and it's only February!.. The weather was actually perfect for hiking and really enjoyed getting outdoors for a late winter hike. The trails and terrain were varied and the climbs and distance were just enough to make this hike a valid workout. Even with the trees being bare, the views were nothing exceptional but the hike is still interesting and the varied terrain makes it nice. One warning. I passed right by the start of the yellow blazed Menomine trail along the Long Path trail and climbed a steep bluff to the Stockbridge shelter before realizing my error and backtracking to the trail head. The markings are off to the right not far below Hippo Rock...or to the left if you're backtracking ...
rdgee65
June 16, 2014
0
hike directions
Daniel, We took this hike this past weekend as well as another and can say that any messups were our own and if you don't see a marker within a few minutes, you should know enough that you did something wrong.   What, however, is confusing about this hike is the junction at the Brien shelter.   Maybe this has changed over time as hikers have redefined the main trails.   I would currently describe the yellow Menomine Trail as passing directly in front of the shelter.   I would ALSO describe the AT trail as passing directly in front of the shelter making the two trails overlap for that short distance.  So, if you pass the shelter on the left and continue 50 feet down the yellow trail, you've technically passed the AT junction you wanted to turn right on.  There was a red on white maker for the RD trail that you will see but many campers use that area as well and you might end up walking through their camp.   Even if you do that, you can get confused because there are some other white looking markers that you can confuse for the AT markers that take you to a small spring.   We followed those and then saw no more markers wondering where we got lost..   We were later told by another hiker who agreed that those markers may look white but are technically real light blue and actually do just take you to that spring and that's the end of them.   So, the right turn you want really is slightly BEFORE the shelter.   Hopefully, this will help other hikers.
jd
February 03, 2013
0
directions are correct
Daniel is absolutley correct as usual. It is a little confusing at the shelter, we too missed the south turn on the AT for about 100 yards - but, having a map, went back and found the south turn. Trail is easy, 3.5 hours. Thanx as always, Daniel.
william.walsh
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