Location: Harriman State Park, Tuxedo NY
Hike distance: 4.5 miles
Hiking time: 3 hours
High point: 1100 feet
Elevation gain: 400 feet
This hike offers access to a beautiful lake and panoramic views with moderate ascents and descents. Start heading south on the yellow-blazed Menomine Trail found just beyond the parking buildings on the western edge of Silvermine lake. After a moderate climb at mile 1.25, you will arrive at Brien Memorial shelter. Turn left on the red-on-white-blazed Appalachian Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail found just beyond the shelter. After a short but steep ascent, the trail levels off for about 0.75 mile. After crossing the Silvermine Road, there is another short but steep climb up to Black Mountain. The panoramic views up to the summit will make you want to return here again and again. Retrace your steps back to the Silvermine Road junction. Turn right on this wide road that takes you back to the eastern edge of Silvermine lake. There are several lake access points just off the road. Continue on the road as it crosses Queensboro Brook until you reach Seven Lakes Drive. Turn left and head back to the parking lot along Seven Lakes Drive.