Check out some images from my shakedown hike to secret abandoned mines in Harriman State Park!
Last week I took a shakedown hike through Harriman State Park to test out my gear and weight of my full pack. I used this as an opportunity to checkout a few abandoned mines around the park. The weather was perfect for testing the rain gear with heavy mist in the morning and constant rain the rest of my hike.
The first mine I visited is called Bradley Mine, this is probably the best of all the mines left in the park from mining operations in the 1800s and early 1900s. To get to this mine the nearest parking lot is at Lake Tiorati and from there hike along Lake Arden road for about half a mile. When you see signs that say restricted area on your right follow the trail upwards and you’ll arrive at a narrow path through the rock leading to the mouth of the mine. You can search Bradley Mine on google maps for the exact location.
Pine Swamp Mine
From my research before this hike I believe Pine Swamp is likely the next best mine in the park. Other mines on the property may be blocked by rock or flooded making them inaccessible. Pine Swamp Mine is located off of Dunning Trail. When you get to the section along the swamp with lots of pines (aptly named Pine Swamp) look for the unmarked path up the hill and follow until you reach the mouth of the mine. On All Trails you can look up the Pine Swamp Loop hike for the closest parking and loop to follow.
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