AT "The Lemon Squeezer" - Member Hike

Hike Name: AT "The Lemon Squeezer"
Country: United States
State: New York
Nearby Town: Tuxedo
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen.

N41 15.896 W74 09.265
Total Hike Distance: 7.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Elk Pen Trail Head
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail, Long Path, Arden-Surebridge (A-SB) Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Phone: (845) 786-2701
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This is a real nice hike. The trailhead is right off Rt 17, it does get crowded because of the number of trails that branch off the various trails. We headed towards the Lemon Squeezer and the trail starts gradually climbing then climbs about 500 feet. Very doable though. The trail we followed was the AT, which is plainly marked, and takes you right to the Squeezer a cool rock formation. Once through the squeeze you have to scale a rock face to continue, or take the blue trail to the left. Know your limitations. At the top of the squeezer is a nice wide open spot for a lunch break. We continued on and about a half mile past the lunch spot is a huge intersection with trail signs leading in all direxctions, a trail clover leaf. We took a right on the green trail to the red trail and worked our way back to the trail head. The hike has some nice views of the Island Pond, the trail is in good shape.



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