Silvermine Lake

Silvermine Lake, Harriman State Park (10/22/2011)

This is hike #21 ("Black Mountain") from the book 50 Hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley (2nd edition). A shorter version, which omits the relatively short out-and-back to the two glorious viewpoints on Black Mountain, is the Hike of the Week for 9/29/2011 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference site. For those following the NYNJTC hike, I strongly encourage you to continue on the AT (where the hike description says to to turn left on Silvermine Road). Climb for less than 5 minutes to the first wonderful viewpoint over Silvermine Lake, then continue to the second sweeping view south and southeast to the Hudson River, the Manhattan skyline, Tor mountain, among other sites. Then head back to Silvermine Road, making a right at which point you can continue following the hike description.

We did this exact same hike in March, 2006, so it was time to head back. We also climbed Black Mountain from the opposite direction in August, 2008. The fall foliage was peak this weekend and the leaf drop was significant. At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if, by next week, most of the leaves were on the ground and the colors are past peak. Fall foliage only happens once a year, and it doesn't last long, but what a gift it is.

Total distance hiked today was 5.1 miles in just over 3 hours.

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View from parking lot

Beaver lodge in Silvermine Lake

Awesome yellows

Silvermine Lake

Foliage was peak

Kayaker in Silvermine Lake


View south

Trail parallels lake

Explosion of color

Laura surrounded by foliage

View south

View across

View north

Leaves in the lake

Trails veers ...

... and ascends from lake

Climb begins

Lots of leaf drop

Rocky climb

Campers near ...

... Letterock shelter

The AT heads ...

... up to the left

Blueberry bushes abound


Blueberry bushes


Beautiful yellows at Silvermine Road

View of Silvermine Lake from Black Mountain

[Photo by Laura]

Silvermine Lake

View west


Continuing east on AT

Blueberry bushes ...

... in bright red


Laura on AT

More views ...

... to the south

View north

Hudson River

Zoom in to Hudson


Ferns at Spanish Mine

[Photo by Laura]

Scooting back down

Yellow colors on AT

Manhattan skyline from AT

Radiant blueberry bushes

Jagged ridge

Silvermine Lake

The lovely Silvermine Road

One of loveliest woods roads ...

... in all of Harriman

On Silvermine Road

Back to Silvermine Lake

Fire ring

Lots of ...

... color on ...

... eastern bank of ...

... Silvermine Lake

Damn at NE tip of lake

Queensboro Brook

Bridge over brook

Old gate posts

At end of Silvermine Road


Bicyclists on Seven Lakes Drive

Heading west

Folks climbing old ski trails

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