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Green Pond/Boston Mine Shorter Loop from Route 106
This loop hike passes the historic Boston Mine and pristine Green Pond.
Allowed on leash
Views, Woods, Historic feature
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Coming from the south, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A (about 2.4 miles north of Tuxedo). Turn right at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.
Coming from the north, take N.Y. Route 17 to the exit for N.Y. Route 17A (about one mile south the intersection with Orange Turnpike in Southfields). Turn left at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106 and continue for 2.2 miles to a Hikers' Trailhead Parking Area on the right side of the road, just beyond a sharp curve.
From the parking area, cross to the north side of the road and bear left on the White Bar Trail, blazed with white horizontal rectangles. The White Bar Trail parallels the road for about 500 feet, then turns right and crosses a stream on a metal culvert. A short distance beyond, it bears right at a fork (the road that goes off to the left will be your return route) and continues ahead on a woods road.
In a quarter mile, the white-blazed Nurian Trail joins from the right (both trails are blazed white, but the Nurian Trail blazes are vertical, rather than horizontal). Continue ahead on the woods road, now following both White Bar and Nurian blazes, for about 500 feet. When the two trails split at a large boulder, bear left and continue along the Nurian Trail (vertical white blazes).
The Nurian Trail follows a footpath, soon crossing over an interesting ridge, with valleys on either side. It continues through dense mountain laurel thickets. About half a mile from the junction with the White Bar Trail, the Nurian Trail reaches the unmarked Island Pond Road – a wide woods road – and turns right.
Follow the white blazes as they head north along the road, but when the Nurian Trail turns left and departs from the road, continue ahead along the unmarked Island Pond Road. In a short distance, the yellow-blazed Dunning Trail joins from the left. Continue to follow the road, now blazed yellow, but when the Dunning Trail turns right, leave the road and follow the yellow blazes.
In about 500 feet, you’ll come to the entrance to the Boston Mine (see photo). This mine, which was last worked in 1880, is cut into the hillside, with a water-filled pit at the northern end. The mine entrance is usually quite wet, and caution should be exercised if you wish to explore the open mine cut.
After taking a look at this interesting mine, retrace your steps, following the yellow blazes back to Island Pond Road. Turn left onto Island Pond Road, but when the Dunning Trail turns right, leave the road and follow the yellow blazes. You’ll briefly join the white-blazed Nurian Trail, but continue along the yellow-blazed Dunning Trail, which soon reaches the shore of Green Pond. This pristine pond - one of the very few in the park that was not enlarged by the construction of dams - is surrounded by reeds. At one point, the trail passes beneath an overhanging rock (see photo).
After climbing to a rock ledge that overlooks the pond, the Dunning Trail ends at another junction with the white-blazed Nurian Trail. Turn right and follow the Nurian Trail back to Island Pond Road (again crossing the Dunning Trail on the way). Turn right onto Island Pond Road, and continue following the unmarked road when the white blazes depart to the left. In three-quarters of a mile, the White Bar Trail joins from the left. Continue straight ahead and follow the White Bar Trail back to the parking area where the hike began.