Iron Mines Loop #3 (Northwest/Lemon Squeezer)

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

A hiker at the Lemon Squeezer - Photo by Daniel Chazin A hiker at the Lemon Squeezer - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses the ridge of Surebridge Mountain, passes by the historic Greenwood and Surebridge Mines and climbs through the narrow Lemon Squeezer.

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Towards the southern end of the parking area, you’ll notice a triple blue blaze, which marks the start of the Lake Tiorati Trail. Proceed uphill on this trail to the ridge of Fingerboard Mountain, following the old route of Arden Valley Road for part of the way. At the top, turn left on the joint Appalachian Trail (A.T.) (white)/Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Trail (red dot on white), which follows a...

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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:
Manning Krull
June 05, 2012
Bradley Mine
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
Great Hike
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.
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