Not far from where I live, there are some hikes I’d like to take, but when I actually plan a hike, I find myself gravitating to hikes with waterfalls.
At this time school was cancelled and my family is at home due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Since we are all feeling fine and the weather was beautiful, we decided to go for a hike in the great outdoors instead of being bored at home. This time we decided on the Lemon Squeezer Hike at Harriman State Park. We loaded up food, drinks and lots of Purell and we were off.
We parked at the Elk Den lot which was full of cars although there are so many trails that we weren’t in close proximity with others. We entered the path marked with white markers that took us onto the Appalachian Trail. We went in the direction of the Lemon Squeezer following the white markers all along. There was lots of uphill climbs with some downhill scattered in as well. The climb was not difficult but not extremely easy either. We enjoyed a view of the beautiful Island Pond on the way. After we crossed over a service road to continue on the white trail, as we neared the lake we went off the path for a minute to get a closer view without trees obstructing our sight.
The Lemon Squeezer rocks were as fun to pass through as I expected. After we squeezed through I took the blue path, the easier path while my children chose to climb over the rock where we met up. We continued for about another minute where we sat down on the grass to enjoy the lunch we brought with before hiking back down to the car. The hike was so refreshing and lots of fun.
Posted: March 23, 2020
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
Address for the Elk Den Parking Lot:
1010 Arden Valley Road
Southfields, NY 10975
Open seven days a week, year-round, from dawn until dusk.
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 1 hour
Lakewood: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Monsey: 30 minutes