July 24, 2022 – Southfields, NY
Issue: Simple – Reasonable
Size: Roughly 3 miles
Max elevation: 1,131 ft. – whole elevation achieve roughly 375 ft.
Route kind: Lollipop Loop
Purchase Maps (Paper & Avenza): Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map #119
Free Internet Map: Harriman State Park Trail Map 2017
Free Avenza App Map: Harriman State Park Trail Map 2017
Trailhead parking: 1369 Kanawauke Rd, Southfields, NY, 10975
Gravel car parking zone – no bogs on website
There are over 20 recognized mines in Harriman State Park and they’re all the time fascinating locations to hike to. The Boston Mine is located inside a belt of magnetite which is known as the Greenwood group of mines. it’s positioned on the Dunning Path, about three-quarters of a mile north of County Route 106 and a brief distance to the east of an previous woods street referred to as the Island Pond Street. In response to historian James M. Ransom, the Boston Mine was labored round 1880. The ore extracted from this mine was despatched to the Clove Furnace at Arden, New York to be smelted.
Please Observe: Path distances denoted under are in relation to this hike solely and never the entire distance of the paths.
- White Bar Path (horizontal white bar – 1 mile) ~ The White Path descends from Automobile Pond Mountain and travels by the Hikers Parking Lot on CR 106, crosses the street and heads north by a large valley. The path runs primarily alongside an previous woods street that narrows to a footpath in sure locations. In areas the place the path turns into extraordinarily slender, it’s barely overgrown. The path is properly marked with the horizontal white bars and a number of the older blazes have “W-B” written on them.
- Dunning Path (yellow – 0.62 mile) ~ The Dunning Path runs southeast to northwest, connecting the White Bar Path to Island Pond Street. The path runs over undulating terrain, quickly descending to the left of the Boston Mine simply earlier than reaching Island Pond Street. The path is properly marked in most locations.
- Nurian Path (vertical white blazes – 0.5 mile) ~ The Nurian Path is coaligned briefly with Island Pond Street because it heads south, then leaves the street and continues on a footpath by dense thickets of mountain laurel, crossing a slender ridge in a stand of hemlocks. It joins the White Bar Path for about 525 ft earlier than leaving to the left. The path is properly marked with vertical white blazes. The path is slender in some areas the place it’s possible you’ll are available in contact with a number of the overgrowth.
On a day with warmth and air advisories, I wished to do a straightforward hike with minimal elevation achieve. I’ve hiked this space a number of instances and am acquainted with it. With some connecting trails and woods roads within the neighborhood, there are quite a few choices for size, degree of problem and routes to take. I made a decision to play it by ear relying how scorching it received throughout the hike. This was the top consequence, a reasonably simple 3 mile loop that consisted of a stroll within the woods, with a quick cease on the Boston Mine.
I wore shorts on this hike as an alternative of the same old convertible pants and shortly regretted it. Some sections of the White Bar and Nurian Trails had been barely overgrown and brushing up towards the tall grass that overlapped the path was slightly annoying. We additionally noticed bear scat three totally different instances, as soon as on every of the three trails that we hiked. Since we began the hike at about 8am on a Sunday morning, I cleared a variety of the spider webs from the paths with my face.
This hike was a counterclockwise lollipop loop starting on the Hikers Trailhead Parking on CR 106.
As proven on the elevation graph, just a few minor ups and downs on this hike.
From the parking space, cross the street and bear left onto the White Bar Path, blazed with white horizontal rectangles (a few of which can be marked with the letters “W-B”). The path parallels the street for about 500 ft, then turns proper, crosses a stream on a metallic culvert, and continues on a woods street. A brief distance past, it bears proper at a fork, crosses a stream on rocks, and continues alongside a grassy woods street.
The White Bar Path was first marked in 1921-22 by the Boy Scouts.
In 1 / 4 mile, the white-blazed Nurian Path joins from the correct (each trails are blazed white, however the Nurian blazes are vertical, slightly than horizontal). Proceed forward on the woods street for about 500 ft to the place the 2 trails break up. The Nurian Path which veers left, shall be your return route, however for now, keep to the correct to stay on the White Bar Path, which continues forward on the woods street.
In 1922, this space was the positioning of the Boy Scouts’ Camp Deerslayer, part of their White Bar Path system. In 1926, Camp Deerslayer was moved to Parker Cabin Hole.
The White Bar Path heads north by a large valley. The path turns into a slender footpath in locations. In areas the place the path turns into extraordinarily slender, it’s barely overgrown. The White Bar Path crosses an intermittent stream on rocks, climbs briefly then ranges off.
After turning sharp proper, the White Bar Path descends progressively then climbs slightly earlier than leveling off once more.
Roughly 1.1 miles from the trailhead, the White Bar Path reaches a T-intersection with the yellow-blazed Dunning Path. Flip left and observe the yellow blazes in a westerly path. The Dunning Path quickly descends right into a valley, passing a big cliff alongside the way in which. The path then climbs to a ridge, from the place it descends to the bottom of the Boston Mine.
Black Bears usually overturn rocks to scavenge for bugs.
Ore tailings close to Boston Mine.
This mine is a big open lower into the hillside that’s partially crammed with water. It’s reached by a brief path to the correct of the path. It was final labored round 1880.
The mine entrance is normally fairly moist, with a water-filled pit on the northern finish. Please train warning within the neighborhood of the mine and don’t strategy the water-filled pit.
The mine opening consists of a giant open lower, about 100 ft lengthy, which extends north to south inside a low ridge. At its northern finish, the open lower turns into a shaft which extends into the rock ridge for about 30 ft.
If you find yourself completed testing this fascinating historic function, return to the Dunning Path and proceed forward for one more 150 ft, the place the Dunning Path reaches Island Pond Street and turns left. Head south on Island Pond Street and in a brief distance when the yellow-blazed Dunning Path turns proper, proceed straight forward. A brief distance later the Nurian Path, which is available in from the correct and follows Island Pond Street briefly earlier than turning left, leaving the woods street. Flip left on the white-blazed Nurian Path.
The Nurian Path descends gently on a footpath heading in a southerly path by a dense thicket of mountain laurel. It quickly crosses a slender ridge in a stand of hemlocks. In a few 1/2-mile, the Nurian Path involves the junction with the White Bar Path that you simply handed firstly of the hike.
When the Nurian Path turns proper and joins the White Bar Path, flip proper and observe the coaligned trails, now retracing your steps from the beginning of the hike.
When the Nurian Path leaves to the left, proceed straight forward to stay on the White Bar Path and observe the horizontal white bars again to the parking space, the place the hike started.
A pleasant hike in some peaceable woods. I like to recommend lengthy pants and/or bug spray throughout the hotter months. Evidently we broke path that morning by the quantity of spider webs I took to the face. We didn’t see anybody on the paths that we hiked, apart from a pair close to the trailhead proper initially. Boston Mine with its historical past, is a worthwhile vacation spot by itself, and together with the scenic woods, makes for a number of good hours spent outside.
Boston Mine, glacial erratics and fascinating rock formations, properly marked trails, little to no foot site visitors.
Some street noise (principally from bikes) from CR 106 might be heard the nearer you’re to the trailhead.
Take a hike!
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