Anthony’s Nose


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Scenery:  4 cameras out of 5

Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (steep, short climb)

Highlights:  Steep climb, great views, Bear Mountain Bridge overlook

Distance:  2.6 miles, up-and-back

Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 hours

Total ascent: 792 ft

Max elevation:  927 ft above sea level

GPS goodies:  Google Terrain map and a cool Google Earth flyover of hike route

This hike is for you if: You want a relatively short hike to an awesome Hudson River overlook.

Background you can feel free to skip:  The piece of Appalachian Trail that ascends from Route 9D towards the overlook at Anthony’s Nose feels like a 500-vertical-foot staircase.

It feels like that because that’s pretty much what it is: a well-maintained outdoor staircase that brings you to one of the nicest overlooks in the Hudson Valley, with a sprawling, rocky clearing that affords plenty of nice places to take it all in.  It’s like you’ve scored tickets in the skybox for the Bear Mountain Bridge.

This hike is only steep for the first .6 miles, then it’s smooth sailing all the way to Anthony’s Nose, following an old, relatively flat road for about .75 miles to the overlook.

On the warm weekend afternoon when I was here last, there were a decent number of fellow hikers taking in the view, but there’s plenty of room for everyone.  If you’re looking for a little more solitude, there’s a smaller viewpoint just around the corner on top of a huge rock, perfect for plopping down for a picnic.

If you have a couple of hours to burn and you’re looking for a decent workout on the way to a beautiful overlook, you should definitely pick Anthony’s Nose.  You’d have a hard time finding a nicer nose to pick in the Hudson Valley.


 

Trail guide:

1.  From the parking area on the shoulder of Route 9D, just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, head north along the shoulder of 9D, away from the bridge.  Believe it or not, you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail right now.  (I hate hiking along roads, too, but this is a short jaunt, and you’ll be in the woods soon.)

2.  Just past the Putnam County sign on the right side of the road, you’ll see a kiosk and white blazes marking the start of the hike.  Turn right to head uphill here, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail.  (You might also see a car or two parked here, but there’s not much room, so I like to park closer to the bridge, even though walking along the road isn’t my favorite thing to do.)

3.  Climb!  The rocky trail heads steeply uphill, occasionally leveling off for a moment or two.  There are some unmarked trails weaving around the hillside here – be careful not to get bucked off the white-blazed Applachian Trail, which is very amply marked.

4.  The next junction is coming up in about .5 miles, after you climb 415 vertical feet from the road.  It took me 25 minutes from the road to get to this junction with the blue-blazed Camp Smith Trail.  At the junction, turn right.

5.  Take note of the beautifully tagged trail register on your left.  You just might find some jars of PB&J inside.

 

6.  Enjoy the calm, gradual ascent of the Blue Trail – at this point, you’ve earned it.  It’s about .6 miles to Anthony’s Nose from here, and you’ll only gain about 100 more feet in elevation along the way.  This section of trail is so easy, the freeloading toddler on your back may want to walk it himself.

 

7.  After .6 miles (which took me 30 minutes, walking at toddler pace, but will probably take you more like 15), you’ll come to a T-shaped junction, where the Blue Trail splits off to the left, up and over some rocks.  Straight ahead, an unmarked trail is blocked with some branches that are correctly advising you not to proceed in that direction.  Anthony’s Nose is just a hop-and-a-skip to the right ­– follow the clearly tromped trail to the right to arrive at your destination.

8.  And what a destination.  As you emerge onto the rocky clearing, the view opens wider with every step you take, and the Bear Mountain Bridge stretches across the river right under your feet.

 

9.  This is a prime place to munch some snacks.  If the rock formation heading down the slope is Anthony’s Nose, then Anthony’s Forehead makes a great picnic spot.

 

10.  When you’re done hanging out, wandering the length of the rock formation to make sure you’ve taken in all the views, head back to the T-shaped trail junction in the woods just behind you.

11.  Optional step: There’s another small view if you follow the Blue Trail just beyond the junction (a right/straight turn onto the Blue Trail, opposite the way you came in), just beyond a small cairn (pile of rocks).  This is also a nice spot to have a picnic, on the off chance Anthony’s Nose is congested.  It’s smaller than the view you’ve already seen, but it’s a nice spot – check it out if you’d like, then come back to the junction.  Total travel time for this step: five minutes or less.

 

12.  Retrace your steps back to your car.  Follow the Blue Trail back to a left turn onto the white-blazed Appalachian Trail, just past the graffiti-emblazoned trail register.  Hop down the stone steps all the way back to Route 9D, then turn left along the road, keeping a lookout for traffic, all the way back to your car.

Aren’t you glad you picked Anthony’s Nose?

 


Directions to the trailhead: 

From the village of Cold Spring, head south on Route 9D.  About 8 miles after Cold Spring, look for the Appalachian Trail kiosk on the left side of the road, just before you get to the Bear Mountain Bridge.  That kiosk marks the start of the trail, but you’ll park a few hundred yards south of there, where there’s a nice wide pull-off on the right-hand side that can hold plenty of cars.  (You might also be able to squeeze into one of the few spots on the northbound shoulder next to the kiosk, but I’ve never been able to score a spot there, and having to jockey around on a busy road is enough to scare me off of trying.  If you get lucky and find some room, though, parking here would save you from some road strolling.)

You can park right in front of the “End 9D” sign on the right-hand side of the road.  Straight ahead, you’ll be able to see the cables of the Bear Mountain Bridge stretching over the road.  Carefully hop out (cars travel fast here – stay on your toes!) and let the adventure begin.

You can also get directions by checking out the Anthony’s Nose entry on the HiketheHudsonValley.com Google map.

 

Sorta nearby address for your GPS:  The intersection of Route 9D and Route 202 in Cortlandt Manor, NY is just a couple hundred yards south of the pull-off for the trailhead, which is on the right-hand side of Route 9D if you’re heading south.  My old-ish Garmin Nuvi lets me put in an intersection as a destination, so hopefully yours does, too.

 

Related resources:  If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these resources:

  • The concise Anthony’s Nose Wikipedia page
  • A cool Anthony’s Nose panoramic photo from this location scouting site
  • A longer hike to Anthony’s Nose detailed on NYCdayhiking.com
  • For several Anthony’s Nose options, plus many other excellent hikes in the area, check out this page from CatskillHiker.net

More Anthony’s Nose pictures from the hike’s Picasa album:

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32 thoughts on “Anthony’s Nose

  1. This was one of our first hikes, just enough for beginners. Wonderful views on top, easy to find parking, and easy to follow the trail. Thx! :D

  2. This is an awesome website!! Thanks for the great photos. Just one note on this hike: there is a good ample pull off for parking just north of the kiosk. Maybe on a weekend it’s full…

    • MG,

      Thanks, and thanks for the suggestion! I just updated the parking section to clarify things. There are some spots right next to the kiosk, but it’s so limited, and that road is so busy, that I hesitated to recommend it in the trail guide. You’re right, though — if someone gets lucky and finds some room there right next to the kiosk, that would be a much better place to park. Thank you!

  3. Thank you. Beautiful photos, and explicit directions. We live close by, and may try it, in spite of advanced age!

  4. Thanks so much for this awesome guide. My friends and I used it today, and also used your guide for Breakneck last weekend. Great job on both! And thanks again!

  5. Thanks so much for your great info! Never would’ve know about/found Anthony’s Nose. I took my 13 and 8 year old boys yesterday and we all had a GREAT time! Beautiful, fun…and a great time of year to do it! Keep up the great work!

    • John — I’m not aware of any online maps for this hike, either (though you can click on the GPS goodies section above to see a Google terrain map tracing of the hike route). For a paper map, you can’t beat the official New York-New Jersey Trail Conference map set – money spent on their maps is always money well-spent: http://www.nynjtc.org/product/east-hudson-trails

  6. Thanks so much for your directions! Went there yesterday for an autumn hike and it was so gorgeous. The leaves on the rocks made it a bit slippery but overall it was fantastic.

    • Hi Elie! Somebody just asked me the same question about Mt. Beacon, asking if it’s safe to hike there in the winter (right after we had a big snowstorm here). Here’s the answer I gave, which applies to Anthony’s Nose (which is very steep in spots) as well:

      “I’m afraid I won’t be much help on this one – I’ve never been up there in the snow before. I can’t promise that it’d be safe. Beautiful, most definitely, but you’ll have to prepare responsibly and make good decisions for yourself. (Sorry to be lame, but without knowing people’s abilities and experience, I’m really hesitant to make blanket recommendations about hiking in potentially dangerous conditions.) Whatever you decide to do, and whenever you get there, I hope you enjoy it and take lots of pictures!”

      Another useful resource for planning winter day hikes is this page from the Appalachian Mountain Club: “Essential Winter Gear for Northeastern Hikes” — http://www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2002/2002-winter-gear.cfm

      Hope that’s helpful!

  7. Hey! We’re really excited about trying this trail. Any advice about how to get there from NYC via public transportation (as in, we will not have a car with us at all)?

  8. This site was so helpful and accurate! Along the route, there were many other groups quoting your site! Thank you!!

  9. Great hike, not too long so it’s a great view for effort. I always seem to spend a long time at these money spots. Thanks for all the effort you put into this site. I’ve done 5 so far and and looking forward to my next hike. I have lived in the HV all my life and have driven past many of these places 100′s of times. Always took them for granted, not anymore!!!

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