Stockbridge Mountain/Nawahunta Fire Road Loop from...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Entrance to the Lewis Mine - Photo by Daniel Chazin Entrance to the Lewis Mine - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes remains of an old settlement and a shaft of an iron mine and climbs to the Stockbridge Shelter atop Stockbridge Mountain.

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From the parking area, proceed west (parallel to Seven Lakes Drive) on a woods road that goes through a picnic area, following the yellow blazes of the Menomine Trail. Just beyond a cable barrier, the trail turns right, climbs a slope, crosses a paved road (the entrance road to an abandoned parking area for the former Silvermine Ski Area) and enters a pine grove. To the right is a stone...

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May 09, 2019
So beautiful but would have been nice to know...
Absolutely beautiful hike! It would have been nice to know that was a little scramble at the fireplace/cave. If we had brought certain friends with us there is no way they would have been able to climb.
October 18, 2014
Good description, tough for kids at the top
Enjoyable hike. The description by Mr Chazin was good and very useful. Somewhat difficult at the top on the way down, especially for kids below 7 yrs old as you need to descend from the huge boulder where the shelter is built. Good hiking shoes would be a plus as parts of the trail are stony and gravelly.
January 03, 2012
Beautiful hike
Did this one yesterday, on the official New Year's holiday.  Temp was a brisk 40 with pretty big wind gusts but down in the valleys we were sheltered from the wind. We were the only ones on this route and had the cave shelter to ourselves for lunch.  Very cool spot.  The Stockbridge shelter is also very interesting due to the way it's built into the rock. Nawahunta Fire Road is beautiful and an easy climb.  Menomine descent was very quick. I would recommend this hike as a way to introduce friends to hiking who are perhaps a bit apprehensive.  Not too challenging, but not too easy either, with pretty good payoffs and interesting features (ruines, mine, cave shelter, viewpoint, trail shelter, lakeshore) to keep new folks interested. Took us 4 hours, including 1/2 hour stop for lunch and 15 min at the second shelter.
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