Elk Pen-Harriman State Park approx 7 miles

Elk Pen Loop Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Arden, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This hike climbs over a series of ridges in the northern portion of Harriman State Park. It includes sections of two long-distance trails – the Appalachian Trail, which extends for over 2,150 miles from Maine to Georgia, and of the Long Path, which runs for about 350 miles, from the George Washington Bridge to near Albany, New York. We will go through the narrow Lemon Squeezer, and pass the historic Boston Mine. We’ll start at the ‘Elk Pen’ Parking Area off Route 17 at Arden Valley Road in Tuxedo, NY. The trail is typical rocky and rolling Harriman terrain and is rated at Moderately Strenuous. Length: 7.5+ mile loop Time: 4-5 hours +/- Difficulty: moderately strenuous, some steep rocky sections. Map: NY/NJ Trail Conference #119