Summary: I discovered the only thing more beautiful than hiking the Appalachian Trail through Harriman State Park is hiking it in a foot and a half of snow! All the old familiar landmarks covered in dramatic icicles and a thick blanket of white! Island Pond was awe-inspiring covered in ice. We were the first people since the big snow storm to hike through the Lemon Squeezer. (Human that is, there were many, many deer and bear tracks) We took the AT to it's junction with the Long Path and the LP to Arden Valley Rd. From there it's a short walk to the path which leads to the Bradley Mine. The Mine was beyond words! Huge columns of ice, a deep blue in color contrasted the reddish iron rich walls. This hike is great in the spring or summer, but spectacular in the winter!!!
Trailhead: Left one car at the Elk Pen at Arden Valley Road and one car at Tiorati Circle (Lat:41.6629 Lon:-74.06069)
Trail Guides for Bradley Mine Hike:
Harriman Trails: A Guide & History
by William J Myles (NY/NJ Trail Confrence)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Park Police - 845-786-2781
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Walter, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by JR on 11/4/2008
I'm not sure why Brian needed to hike for 3.5 hrs. and 5.2 miles. If you park at the Lake Tiorati picnic area, Arden Valley Rd. begins at the circle. All one needs to do to reach the mine is walk the road for less than one mile. At the point where the road sharply bends, the Long Path trail crosses the road. At this point all you have to do is assend the rather steep incline to reach the mine. The whole trip can be done in about 30 minutes!
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