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NY 17 to
Seven Lakes Drive
Island Pond, Lemon Squeezer, Fingerboard Shelter, Surebridge Mtn, Harriman State Park

 

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This section of the Appalachian Trail starts as the trail crosses and follows Arden Valley Road over the NY State Thruway, entering Harriman State Park.  There are over 200 miles of hiking trails located in Harriman State Park.  This 7.6 mile section of the AT features Island Pond, Lemon Squeezer, Surebridge Mountain and Fingerboard Shelter.

We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT.  We have some info and a map of this section of trail below.

This section starts as the trail crosses busy NY 17.  The town of Southfields is two miles south along NY 17 and has lodging, restaurants as well as groceries available.  The Southfields Post Office (zip 10975) is a popular re-supply point with thru hikers.  After crossing NY 17 the AT follows Arden Valley Road and in 0.2 miles crosses the NY State Thruway. Soon after crossing the Thruway on the bridge, you'll pass a side dirt road that leads to the large parking area called the Elk Pen.  The GPS coordinates for the Elk Pen is N41 15.875 W74 09.321 for those who have a GPS devise for their car.  You are now in Harriman State Park.  At 0.4 miles (from NY 17), the AT turns right and enters the forest, leaving the road.  Follow the white blazes.

The trail climbs quickly, then descends to cross the outlet of Island Pond on a footbridge at 1.7 miles.  Check out the stonewalls creating a chute for the outlet here.  Soon the trail skirts Island Pond and you may see some unofficial campsites near the pond.  The trail will soon begin to ascend Island Pond Mountain.  It is here where the trail squeezes between large rocks at 2.3 miles.  This is commonly known as the Lemon Squeezer to AT hikers. At 2.9 miles reach a well marked trail junction.  This is where the Appalachian Trail and Long Path cross.  At 3.4 miles the AT crosses over Surebridge Mountain and soon turns to follow along Fingerboard Mountain.  At 4.4 miles a side trail on the right leads to Fingerboard Shelter.

The Fingerboard Shelter sleeps eight and has no privy.  Water is scarce at the shelter and the closest dependable water is the spigot at Lake Tiorati, 0.5 miles to the east along the blue blazed Hurst Trail.  Southbound hikers can bring in their water from Tiorati Circle, 1.1 miles to the north. At 5.5 miles the trail crosses Arden Valley Road.  If you turn right (east) and walk 0.3 miles, you'll find restrooms with water as well as free showers in the bath house at Tiorati Circle.  There are vending machines and swimming at Lake Tiorati.  At 7.6 the AT crosses Seven Lakes Drive and the end of this section.

 

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Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in New York. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

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