Iron Mines Short Loop

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Hiker at Cape Horn on the Long Path - Iron Mines Short Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Hiker at Cape Horn on the Long Path - Iron Mines Short Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This hike in Harriman State Park passes interesting remnants of old iron mines.

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From the kiosk at the northwest corner of the parking lot, bear left and follow the aqua blazes of the Long Path along the north shore of the lake on a rocky footpath through a mountain laurel thicket. After about ten minutes, the trail bends away from the lake, crosses Pine Swamp Brook, and passes by a huge rock ledge to the right. A little over a mile from the start, you'll climb to a...

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October 04, 2014
Iron Mines Loop - Bear Encounter
Went to do this loop in reverse. So started out on the A-SB trail from the north end of the parking lot. It was a quick hike up to a lovely view of the lakes belows. After following the trail up on the ridge of Pine Swamp Mtn, the trail turns left and descends toward the area on the map called Pine Swamp. it was near the bottom of this descent my hiking buddy and I saw two black bears foraging off the trail and to our left.  The bears continued their foraging; having not run off from the noise we made nor from the whistle I carry. We made noise and backtracked on the trail. At one point we lost the trail head, having climbed over downed branches that were marking a side trail as NOT the trail. Knowing to look for the blazes we soon after realized our mistake and walked back to the trail.  Hope to do this quick loop in its entirety one day. But when hiking those parts of the park that are less travelled or when hiking during quieter times in the park, stay alert of your surroundings. I didn't expect to see bears in this part of Harriman State Park. 
August 26, 2012
Iron Mines Loop
We were short on time, so we chose this loop for our hike yesterday. It took us 2 1/4 hours, including stopping to let our dogs swim at the end. We had no problems following the directions. We've been to the Times Square intersection before, so we were familiar with the cross roads. The instructions for getting onto the A-SB trail were spot on. It was a pleasant hike. The only parts we didn't like were the very beginning & the very end. The parking lot is right next to Lake Skannatati. We've found that parking lots at lakes attract a lot of non-hikers. There was a lot of trash, and TONS of broken glass on the trail. We spent some time picking up a bag full of broken glass and trash. We saw another man near the end doing the same. Once you get away from the lake in the beginning, the trail was fine, until we got to the overlook near the end - that is where the broken glass started again.
June 23, 2012
What a great little hike
The directions were perfect.  We had no trouble staying on track at all.  They definitely could add a few more blazes but it was pretty straight forward.  We completed the hike including about 15 minutes of rest time in 2 hrs and 15 minutes.  It was on the easy side of moderate although there were some steep rocky sections especially at the end.  We saw a deer very much up close that allowed me to take pictures without running off.  The whole hike is very nice but the best part is definitely the scenic overlook at the end.  The view is stunning.  Bring a lunch and eat up there.  The trail could use a bit of maintanence as it was a little overgrown long pants are probably a good idea.  This was our first hike in Harriman and we definitely plan to come back.
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