Lemon Squeezer / Island Pond Loop

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Lemon Squeezer Trail  / Island Pond - Harriman State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Lemon Squeezer Trail  / Island Pond - Harriman State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the summits of Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains, goes through the narrow Lemon Squeezer, and passes the historic Boston Mine.

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From the parking area, follow an unmarked woods road east across the meadow. At the end of the meadow, you will notice three red-triangle-on-white blazes, which mark the start of the Arden-Surebridge (A-SB) Trail. Turn right and follow the A-SB Trail south for about 100 feet, where you will see a wooden sign giving...

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December 08, 2016
Nice hike
I did this hike on November 25, 2016. Although I had printed the hike directions, We continued on the Dunning Trail instead of turning right at Island Pond Road. By the time I realized my mistake we were not about to double back. We ended up taking Dunning Trail to its terminus, where we then jumped on the white blazed Nurian Trail and turned right onto the red bar on white blazed Stahahe Trail. From there we caught the Arden-Surebridge (A-SB) Trail and back to Elk Pen. Very nice area and we enjoyed it. For a virtual tour of this hike, please click here: https://scenesfromthetrail.com/2016/11/25/lemon-squeezer-and-boston-mine...
August 30, 2016
Reverse hike/swimming access?
Is there any recommendation against doing this hike in reverse?  I was hoping to stop for a swim in Island Pond near the end of the hike, and I believe the boat launch/swimming area is on the north end of the pond, so in order to pass by there near the end of the hike, I'd have to do this loop in reverse.  Has anyone tried this?  Is it dangerous to go through Lemon Squeezer from the other direction?
October 13, 2015
Great day in Early October 2015
Did this hike on a beautiful early fall day in October. Weather was perfect - leaves just starting to change. I've done at least 6 Moderate to strenuous hikes in W. Harriman - this is one of the better ones. Directions are spot on if you pay attention. Lots of features: iron mine, abandoned structures, great pond surrounded by colors, swampy wetlands, and varied terrain. No real hard climbs and one pretty steep down hill. The distance was good for 4.5 - 5 hours if you minimize breaks < 1/2 hr total. Foot traffic was not so bad for Harriman. I could sometimes go for an hour or more without seeing anyone. This is a good one to do.
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