Iron Mines Loop #2 (Southwest) in Harriman-Bear...

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Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop Trail. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop Trail. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop, Black Rock Mountain. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop, Black Rock Mountain. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop, R-D Trail, Bald Rocks. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Harriman State Park, Iron Mines Loop, R-D Trail, Bald Rocks. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

This loop hike climbs to viewpoints from the summit of Black Rock Mountain and passes the historic Hogencamp, Pine Swamp, Surebridge and Boston Mines.

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

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November 07, 2015
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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...
TrekkerHikes
November 02, 2015
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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.
rdgee65
June 19, 2011
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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
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