Time  7 hours 32 minutes

Coordinates 1616

Uploaded March 7, 2016

Recorded March 2016

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1,406 f
592 f
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2.8
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11.24 mi

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near Baileytown, New York (United States)

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Stage 113

Circular route through section 11 Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ); a part of section 6 of the Long Path; and a short stretch of the Arden Surebridge Trail, all within the immense Harriman State Park, in the state of New York (United States), just 60 km. of distance of the city of New York, in an area where the remains of the intense mining activity, of iron extraction abound, that was developed in the place already from 1730.

The layout of the Appalachian Trail in this section, along with its continuation, to Bear Mountain, began to be defined in 1922-23, and is considered the first historical stage of this great trail.

The walk begins on the north bank of Tiorati Lake, where there is a spacious parking lot. We followed the Arden Valley Road (closed to car traffic during the winter) for a short stretch until reaching its intersection with the Long Path, one of the great New York footpaths, identified with its unmistakable turquoise blue markers.

From that point, we follow the path of the Long Path, towards the southeast, crossing gentle hills, small seasonal streams, frequent wetlands, and quite stony ground.

Along the way we find a modest shelter with tin walls, built in 1937 to support the children's camps that were installed in the neighboring Upper Lake Cohasset, which although does not meet the usual comforts in other shelters in the area (which usually have stone walls), offers a protection against inclement weather, which is much appreciated, especially in the time of heavy snow.

A little further on, the Long Path and the Appalachian Trail intersect at the single point of their extensive route, identified with a careful marker of distances and directions.

Following the path of the Long Path, we cross several wetlands and small streams, until we reach the intersection with the Arden Surebridge Trail, which we follow very briefly to the north, until we find again the path of the Appalachian Trail, almost at the height of the popular Lemon Squeezer , through which we will pass on the way back.

From this point, and until the end of the journey, we always walk through the OT.

Firstly, we skirt the Island Pond a short distance from its north shore, and by a short lateral deviation we can closely contemplate the lake, which currently presents a pleasing and natural image, very different from the one it had in the 70s, when pollution and accumulated garbage turned this place into a black point to avoid. Appalachian Trail itself diverted his route to not pass through here. In 1993, once the environmental problems were solved, the path layout was modified again, in the current form.

Leaving behind the waters of the Island Pond, the AT crosses Green Pond Mountain (1180 feet), with a beautiful viewpoint to the west, from a huge rock located shortly before the descent to the Elk Pen.

The return, from Elk Pen (popular starting point for many hiking trails across the length and breadth of Harriman State Park) to the Tiorati Circle, following the path of the AT, has no greater complication than a short climb, with a drop about 500 feet, in the first section of the route, and fun transit through the Lemon Squeezer, which also harbors some difficulty to save a rocky complex (although there is always the option to use the "easy way", well signposted for all hikers who find the challenge difficult or too risky).

A little further on, past the small hill of Surebridge Mountain (1,200 feet), the AT crosses the Surebridge Brook, just in the area that once occupied the Greenwood Mine. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), thousands of tons of magnetite ore destined for the manufacture of weapons were extracted from this place, and from other nearby mines.

A gradual climb brings us to the top of the also small hill of Fingerboard Mountain (1,328 feet), from which you can see Lake Tiorati a short distance away, and in the distance, the Hudson River itself. In this summit there is also an interesting refuge, the Fingerboard Shelter, built in stone, in 1928, with capacity for eight people, and two good chimneys to the left and right of its open side.

In the final section of the stage, sharing the route with the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail, the trail reaches the Arden Valley Road and a short distance away is the parking lot from which we started.
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Parking

Inicio de la etapa. Estacionamiento del AT en Tiorati Lake. Arden Valley Road

Start of the stage. AT parking in Tiorati Lake. Arden Valley Road
Intersection

Intersección del Long Path con Arden Valley Road

Intersección del Long Path con Arden Valley Road
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Pequeños arroyos estacionales

Pequeños arroyos estacionales
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Humedal

Humedal
panorama

Vista panorámica

Vista panorámica
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Pequeño embalse

Pequeño embalse
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Intersection

Cruce de grandes senderos. Intersección del Long Path con el Appalachian Trail

Crossing of great trails. Intersection of the Long Path with the Appalachian Trail
River

Riachuelo

Riachuelo
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Grandes rocas que forman el Lemon Squeezer

Grandes rocas que forman el Lemon Squeezer
Lake

Island Pond

Island Pond
panorama

Vista panorámica desde una gran roca, antes del descenso a Elk Pen

Vista panorámica desde una gran roca, antes del descenso a Elk Pen
Parking

Elk Pen

Elk Pen
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Fuerte subida desde Elk Pen hacia el norte

Fuerte subida desde Elk Pen hacia el norte
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Lemon Squeezer

Lemon Squeezer
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River

Surebridge Brook, junto a la zona donde se encontraba la Greenwood Mine. Riachuelo y sendero

Surebridge Brook, next to the area where the Greenwood Mine was located. Creek and path
Shelter

Findgerboard Mountain (1.328 pies), y Fingerboard Shelter

Findgerboard Mountain (1.328 pies), y Fingerboard Shelter

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