Schunemunk Mountain

Scenery: 4.5 cameras out of 5

Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (long hike up and down a big fat mountain)

Highlights: Megaliths (huge rocks), multiple awesome views, varied terrain

Distance: 6.4 miles, loop

Approximate roundtrip time: 4 hours

Total ascent: 1,723 ft

Max elevation: 1,658 ft above sea level

This hike is for you if: You want to climb a big ol’ mountain to sit on some huge rocks with awesome views.

Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route:

Google Terrain Map of hike route:

Background you can feel free to skip: A climb to the megaliths at the top of Schunemunk Mountain will take you across so many different types of terrain, you’ll feel like you’ve just completed five different hikes.  Stroll through open meadows, dense deciduous forests, boulder fields and open rock ridges dotted with spindly pines.  Wait, that’s only four different hikes.  Still, you get the idea.  Oh, you’ll pass some cascading streams, too.  We’ll call that five.

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My most vivid memory from our old hiking group’s trip to Schunemunk several years ago is of our small crew sitting on the megaliths, taking in the view, as this Russian guy named Mike, who joined us for a few hikes, sat in silence next to me.  I looked over to see that my buddy Jim was standing on Mike’s outstretched hand with all of his weight.

“Jim, dude, you’re standing on his hand,” I said.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry,” Jim said, jumping back.

“It’s okay,” Mike said, without moving his hand.  I think he would have sat there all day in silence while his hand was getting crushed.  My takeaway from that experience: don’t mess with Russian dudes.

In any event, I hadn’t been back here since about 2005, so when I visited this hike again last spring, I kept thinking, “Why haven’t I come back here sooner?”

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This is a gorgeous hike from start to finish, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice climb to an excellent payoff.  That being said, this is a tough hike, and you should come prepared to do some sweating.  Schunemunk doesn’t baby you by having a parking area halfway up the hill like some hikes around here.  You park near the base of the mountain and walk a mile or so through a beautiful open meadow (you’ll need to ignore I-87 off to your left) to approach the ascent.  You might even be sweating before you step foot on the mountain.

But if you tackle this climb, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most awesome panoramic views in the Hudson Valley, as well as some other nice viewpoints and sights along the way.  Also, if you visit the megaliths and decide to let someone stomp on your hand at the top, make sure that you’re Russian first.  Otherwise, it might hurt.

Trail guide:

1.  From the parking area on Taylor Road, cross the street to hop on the yellow-and-white-blazed Jessup trail.  You’ll also see teal-and-white trail markers for the Highlands Trail.


2.  The Jessup Trail heads across a beautiful open field, dotted with huge trees.  You’ll see trail markers on many of the trees, and also on posts that have been placed along the trail.

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3.  When the trail makes a T into a wooded area with a house to your left and a shed and an old rusty gate straight ahead, turn right to stay on the well-worn trail.

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4.  Don’t forget to look back across the field you just crossed.  What a beautiful place.  Even having I-87 rumbling just a few hundred yards away can’t ruin it.  Also, dang, putting a polarizing filter on your camera really brings out the blue in the sky.  That was a good purchase.


5.  About ten minutes into the hike, the Yellow (Jessup) Trail and White (Sweet Clover) Trail part ways.  You want to turn left, onto the white-blazed Sweet Clover Trail.

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6.  Make your way across yet another beautiful meadow as Schunemunk looms to your right, daring you to bring some hiking noise.  If you have any freeloaders riding on your back, this is a good place to let them romp around for a moment.  When the trail passes a giant tree (marked with a white blaze) in the middle of the field, continue straight to stay on the White Trail as it ventures closer to I-87 — don’t be lured onto the unmarked road that departs to your right.

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7.  The White Trail plunges you into the woods with I-87 buzzing to your left.  Shortly thereafter, you’ll come to a fork with an unmarked woods road leading off to your right.  Take the left fork to remain on the White Trail.

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8.  In just a moment, you’ll pop out into a clearing where you’ll have to cross a set of MTA railroad tracks.  THESE TRACKS ARE VERY ACTIVE AND THE TRAINS GO REALLY, REALLY FAST.  Sorry for yelling, but I wanted to make sure you’ll exercise caution here as you cross the tracks.


9.  Re-enter the woods on the far side of the tracks, and turn left to follow the White Trail, which is very briefly joined by the Red (Otterkill) Trail.  In just a few more steps, the White Trail doglegs to the right.  Take this right turn to stay on the White Trail and continue climbing.

10.  “Sweet Clover Trail” sounds so friendly and harmless, right?  Well, it doesn’t want to be your friend anymore.  Keep climbing, and the terrain seems to change with every step, except for the fact that it is going up.  That part doesn’t change.

You’ll see some places where the trail route has been changed, and branches are laid across the old trail to keep you on the new section.  Just keep an eye out for the white blazes and you’ll be good to go.

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11.  About 15 minutes after the railroad tracks, the trail skirts the edge of a ravine that drops off to your left, and you can hear a burbling creek below.  If you squint, you can pretend that you’re climbing up the edge of a canyon out west somewhere.  In just a few more minutes, the terrain changes again, and a field of small boulders seems to whisper, “‘Sweet Clover Trail’ sounded so easy, didn’t it?”

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12.  Enjoy your first real views as you continue climbing.  When you cross the seasonal cascading stream with a tiny waterfall, you’ll have gained about 750 feet in elevation from the parking lot, to just about 1,000 ft.  The highest point on the hike is 1,650 feet.  You’re closing in on it, right?


13.  From the railroad tracks, it took me one hour to reach the well-marked Sweet Clover Junction, where you’ll say goodbye to the White Trail and turn left on the Yellow (Jessup) Trail.  At this point, you’ve knocked the toughest mileage off your journey, and it’s only very slightly uphill from here to the megaliths.

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14.  After Sweet Clover Junction, the landscape is dramatically different than anything you’ve seen so far, and really quite different from anything else in the Hudson Valley.  The Schunemunk Wikipedia page calls the odd pink conglomerate under your feet “Puddingstone,” but I think “God’s concrete” sounds cooler.  Unless regular concrete is already God’s concrete, in which case I’ll have to come up with another name.

In any event, carefully follow the yellow-and-teal trail markers across the wide open expanses of funky rock.  There are many small cairns (fancy talk for rock piles) to keep you headed the right way.  It would be easy to get turned around out here, since there’s no well-worn trail to follow across the rock.  Be sure to actively search for the abundant trail markers to make sure you stay on the Yellow/Teal (Jessup) Trail.

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15.  I walked right past this spot without noticing it, but once you stroll a half-mile past Sweet Clover Junction, you’ll come to Dark Hollow Junction, where the White/Black (Dark Hollow) Trail begins to your left.  You’ll come back to this spot later to take the Dark Hollow Trail down the mountain, but for now, we’ll just stroll straight past, staying on the Yellow/Teal Trail on our way to the megaliths.  If you’re sharper than me and notice this junction, fantastic.  If not, no worries, it’s easier to spot coming from the other direction anyway.  Just keep staying the course on the Yellow/Teal Trail.

16.  From Dark Hollow Junction, it’s about 10-15 minutes to the megaliths.  Can you stand the suspense?  Keep an eye out for two larger-than-normal cairns, which mark the start of the very short spur trail to the megaliths.  If you miss the cairns, there’s also the word “MEGALITHS” painted on the ground, with an arrow pointing to your right.

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Take this right turn to head down the spur trail to the megaliths.


17.  The spur trail takes you down an open rock face, then plunges you into the woods.  In just a few more feet, you’ll pop out onto one of the most remarkable places in the Hudson Valley.  The megaliths.  You made it!  Go on with your megabad self.

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18.  Relax and take in the view of the Catskills, the Stewart-Newburgh Airport and lots of other stuff that looks really, really tiny from up here.  Exploring down in the megaliths looks like a pretty nice way to get yourself maimed, so I recommend beholding them from your safe perch up on top.  You can do some pretty serious beholding from up there, too.

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19.  When you’re done taking it all in, go back up the spur trail and take a left to head back the way you came on the Yellow/Teal Trail.  Your destination is Dark Hollow Junction, which is about .3 miles back down the trail (it took me 13 minutes to get from the megaliths to Dark Hollow Junction.)

20.  The Dark Hollow Trail, which departs from the right and has odd black-square-on-white-background markers, can be tough to spot.  But there is a nice big “Dark Hollow Junction” sign on the left side of the trail to keep you from strolling right past it.

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Keep a sharp eye out, and when you spot it, take a right turn to hop on the Dark Hollow Trail.

21.  You’ll take the Dark Hollow Trail all the way down the mountain, past some very nice views and across some small creeks.

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22.  Two unmarked trails join the Dark Hollow Trail from the right as you keep heading down the hill.  Just ignore them and keep following the black/white blazes.  You’ll be on the Dark Hollow Trail for about 1.4 miles.  It took me 45 minutes to get from Dark Hollow Junction to the end of the Dark Hollow Trail, back at the railroad tracks.

23.  When you see the railroad tracks again, make a U-turn to your left to hop very briefly on the Red (Otterkill) Trail.

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24.  Follow the Red Trail as it hops across the creek below some nice cascades.


25.  Shortly after the creek, you’ll pass the dogleg turn that you took earlier, with the White (Sweet Clover) Trail departing to your left.  If you want to do the whole loop to the megaliths again, have at it!  Otherwise, let’s go back to the car.  In a few more feet, turn right to rejoin your old friend, the white-blazed Sweet Clover Trail.  Ahem.  Mee mee meeeee.  Now that my voice is warmed up: BE CAREFUL CROSSING THE TRAIN TRACKS!


26.  Retrace your steps from earlier in the day, when your legs weren’t nearly as tired.  You’ll follow the White Trail through the woods and across the meadow.  Turn right at the intersection with the Jessup Trail, then left when you come to the rusty old gate again.  Tromp across the other beautiful meadow and boom!  You’re back at your car.

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27.  You have earned the right to consume at least half a large pizza — now would be a good time to see about cashing in on that.  And don’t even try to tell me that you’ve seen nicer megaliths recently.


Directions to the trailhead: From Newburgh, head south on Rt 32.  Four miles after the intersection with Rt 94 (Blooming Grove Turnpike), turn right onto Pleasant Hill Rd (County Rd 79).  Take your first left onto Taylor Road.  You’ll have to make a right in just a moment to stay on Taylor Road, then you’ll follow Taylor Road over the I-87 overpass to the trailhead parking, on the right, just after you pass Creekside Lane.  (There’s also room for three cars on the opposite side of the street, a few feet closer to the trailhead.)  On a nice weekend afternoon, expect some company here.


You can also get directions by checking out the Schunemunk Mountain entry on the Google map.


Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The Mountainville Post Office is just around the corner from the trailhead.

7 Ketcham Avenue
Mountainville, New York 10953

From that post office, head northeast on Station Drive for a few yards, then turn left on Taylor Rd.  The large trailhead parking area is just on the other side of I-87, on your right, just past the intersection with Creekside Ln.

GPS coordinates of parking area: 41.40753, -74.08164 (Clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your browser/device.)

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48 thoughts on “Schunemunk Mountain

  1. ABORTED: Started this hike on November 24th. Had a beautiful walk through the fields, with my Chihuahua in tow, and then got the first warning. “I wouldn’t b going in there without wearing bright colors” a group of hunters informed me. It’s deer season a modern long rifles. I ignored that one and then got a similar warning from the Metro-north track workers a bit further up. This warning i heeded cause they explained that the hunters in there r not locals but just hunting lottery winners. He said those guys don’t know it’s a heavily hiked area and shoot at any deer no matter it’s size. That rattled me and decided to go to Bear Mtn and come back another day w an orange hat and vest !!

  2. Did this hike today. When I started up at 9 AM, I was the second car in the lot. Lot was full when I got back shortly after 1. Metro-North was busing people north of Harriman, so no trains to worry about, but I’d suggest people check the train departures at Salisbury Mills on their phones to know when trains will show up, as NB trains will hit the trail crossing a few minutes before and SB a few minutes after the listed times for that station. True summit (elevation 1,664 feet, highest point in Orange County) is at the top of the first rise after megaliths junction. Summit is marked by chalk markings of the elevation. Megaliths junction is unmarked except for a small faded sign hidden in the branches; keep a lookout for cairns marking the megaliths trail. Dark Hollow junction is unmarked heading south to the summit and I walked right past it even though I was looking for it, but signed heading down.

    I’d STRONGLY recommend downloading the state park map and tracking your location on Avenza Maps (free download provided by the state park) so you’ll know when to look for the junctions. Unless you have hiked the thing before or have the fortune of seeing someone come from the megaliths, you’ll have a hard time finding it without GPS tracking. GPS had roughly 6.75 miles for the round trip, including less than 0.1 mile of a detour to the summit. Didn’t see any wildlife besides bugs, but the cliffs give many places for things to hide.

  3. Great one, thanks for writing it up. I missed Dark Hollow trail the first time as well, ha. One small update, I could not find the “Megalith” writing on the rock anywhere, it took me a little while to find the Megalith trail. There is an old dilapidated and weather worn signpost, but you really have to look for it.

    Also, while i have you, I know you don’t venture into NJ much, but if ever in the area there is a great hike at Norvin Green State forest. Best hike in NJ in my opinion and has some parallels to this one. Search “Norvin Green Highlights” and you will find the route I am speaking of.

    Thanks for all you do! Great site and fun write-ups.

  4. Thank you so much for this well written and informative guide! I brought it with me yesterday on the hike and had a great time. Between this guide and the map, I never felt unsure of myself or my surroundings, as this was my first time at Schunnemunk.

  5. Thanks so much for this great guide! I just hiked it yesterday (October 16, 2016). Leaves were pre-peak and really beautiful! The one caveat is that the white paint indicating the turn for the “MEGALITHS” is a little covered up with lichen–particularly the arrow–so it’s easy to miss the turn.

  6. Did this mountain yesterday. It was a fairly strenuous hike, but views made it worth it! Just wanted to note that we did not see the word Megalith in white paint, not sure if it’s still there, but were still able to find the side trail with no problem. You’re directions were perfect!

    We did see a black snake peeking out from the grass in the meadow!

  7. Finished this hike with a friend today. Great experience; great directions. Definitely felt like a “9.” We never spotted a snake though….just a couple of frogs…and a vulture that got very close when we sat to eat on the megaliths–that was a new one!

    • Wonderful, Sandy – glad you had a great day! I think you and I are the only people who haven’t seen a rattlesnake here. I’m okay with that if you are.

  8. Did this trail two weeks ago and your directions once again were great. It took us a little more then five hours since we got a little lost once leaving the megaliths. We climbed down and could not find the trail which was a bid scary. Views were beautiful and the only wildlife we saw was a 5 ft black snake sunning on a large rock. We felt very proud of ourselves once we got back to the car and went to Weirs for a well deserved ice cream.
    The week before we did Storm King following your directions. Thank you for all the great info!!!

    • Nice to hear that these directions were helpful! If your adventure at the Megaliths resulted in any useful information that I should post here for others, please let me know! And thanks for the tip about Weirs 🙂

  9. Thanks for the detailed information, it really helped us! What a beautiful hike! It wasn’t very crowded at all and the views were amazing. We also ran into a Timber Rattlesnake on the dark hollow trail. We will be back!

    • Looks like he/she hasn’t been starving since exiting its inactive state this spring. Example of why I only hike Schunemunk from mid-November through March. My aversion is THAT strong. Seriously.

    • Wow – great shot! The Dark Hollow Trail seems to have become something of a rattlesnake highway. Perhaps all the pictures in the comments contributed to the hike not being very crowded 🙂

      Thanks for the nice feedback – glad this trail guide was useful to you!

  10. i did a different version but i wish i had checked to see if you had done this mountain before heading out! your version of schunemunk sounds like it might be a bit safer; my pup and i hiked trestle-jessup-sweet clover-otterkill but found the trail ran a little too close and for too long, alongside the metro north tracks to feel comfortable… the scenery was outstanding though, and i cannot wait to try your version of this hike! your site will always be the first i check from now on! :o)

  11. My husband and I took our husky on this hike today. We had an AMAZING time! We love your hikes and appreciate your detailed directions. Here’s a snap my husband took of my husky and me.Thank you again!!

  12. Wow, what a hike! I don’t think I can emphasize enough how steep and rocky this is both up and down. Came in right at 4 hours with 15 minute break at the megalith. And boy were we ready to be done.

    Payoff is awesome though, and scrambling on the pudding stones is a lot of fun. One note would be that the top of the Dark Hollow trail is really overgrown right now, so while there are good markings, sometimes you can doubt yourself because the trail is almost invisible.

    Also, while I can see why you would steer people away from walking along the train tracks, I’d skip that last bit where you follow the red blazes down and back up again before crossing the tracks. We were so beat by the time we got down Dark Hollow, next time we’ll just take a left and walk the 30 yards along the tracks before turning right onto the white blazes head back towards the trailhead.

    Thanks for all the hard work on this page! This is the third hike we’ve tried since finding the site and it’s been invaluable.

  13. I used your guide for Breakneck ridge and had a blast. My family loved it and they all keep begging to go back. I’m planning on doing this hike on our next vacation. What other hikes can you think of off the top of your head that have the energy and challenge of Breakneck?

    Also- this review had me laughing and I’m sitting in my school library. People are looking at me funny. But oh well 😉
    Thanks for a great site!

    • Thanks, Leah – that’s all so nice to hear! You’ve picked a winner with this hike for sure. Bonticou Crag is another one with an awesome scramble. Otherwise, the hikes I’ve marked with five cameras on “The Hikes” page are the ones I think shouldn’t be missed. Happy adventures on your next vacation!

      • Thanks for the suggestion! Hope to try out Bonticou in the future. Also I took your advice, found Wittenberg on your site and it looks incredible. And thanks again for the resource. I actually spent a n undergrad year overseas and we’d always do these crazy touristy hikes. I’d tell my friends what a shame there’s nothing like this in NY. Well I hit Google shortly after that and found your site and its good to know I was wrong 😉

    • Whoa! That is one healthy-looking snake. Thanks for sharing, Sue, and step carefully out there, all!

      If it makes anyone feel better, here’s a blurb from a Penn State page on the timber rattlesnake (link): “A bite from a timber rattlesnake is a serious medical event. Fortunately, the docile nature of this species, their keen ability to distinguish between prey and non-prey organisms, and their tendency to retreat quickly from non-prey species make human encounters and bites extremely uncommon events.”

      Sue, you lucky duck! (This is the second report of a timber rattlesnake seen along this trail, and someone just saw a bear here last week, in the meadow at the beginning. Exciting times at Schunemunk!)

      • Mike – I forgot in my post to thank you for the website and all you put into it. It is a fabulous resource. Thank you.

      • We hiked the trail last Sunday and very nearly stepped on a large rattlesnake, also on the dark hollow trail, coming down the mountain. My friend was about a foot away, and it rattled at her. Definitely scared us, but it seemed happy to just let us know it was there and then move on. We were so intent on following the trail markers we weren’t looking down enough. Now we know. Keep your eyes peeled! 🙂

  14. Thanks for a great hike! i did a slightly different version of your directions – took the Jessup trail from from the car park to the top and over to the Megaliths lookout and then down via Dark Hollow. The hike ended up being almost 7 miles which took 5 hrs including eating a bagel at the Megaliths lookout while watching the Turkey Vultures ride the air currents. I cannot thank you enough for the website pointing out all of the great hikes in the region! Thank you! Please keep it up!

  15. I did this hike this morning…what a beautiful bluebird Sunday morning! just wanted to thank you for such a thorough guide to this hike…I am not from the area at all, but travel throughout New York State on a regular basis for business, and try to do a nice hike every time I come to visit..everything from your directions to the trailhead to your “point to point” directions were spot on…I will certainly use your guides as a resource going forward…thanks again for providing such a great resource of information!

    • Matt,

      Thanks so much! That’s really great to hear. You get the prize for being the first person (since the capability was added to the site a few months ago) to attach a photo to a comment, too! (The prize is a megalith of your choosing.)

      I hope you have many more great adventures in the area!

  16. We did this hike yesterday and it was great. Challenging but not crazy. A bit more sunshine and a few degrees warmer would have allowed for a longer lunch break at the megaliths, but oh well.

    The written directions and photos were spot on and very helpful. Well done and thanks! I guess we were a bit slow, because it always seemed to take us a few more minutes.

    Look forward to coming back later in the spring/summer with leaves on the trees.

  17. I just did this hike yesterday and it was easily the best hike I have done so far. That moment at the megaliths was certainly memorable. While much of the path is currently overgrown (we had to walk the fields with hands up in the air) the directions you have were super helpful and we certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it without them!

    • So glad it was a success, Anne! And thanks for the heads-up on the condition of the fields at the moment! Glad that didn’t slow you down too much.

  18. I had planned to do this hike last summer when the rest of my family was away for the weekend, but sprained my ankle in the parking lot at Fishkill Ridge. I finally got out there this past weekend and it was a great hike. Sure it’s a lot of climbing, but the views are worth it. I surprised myself by passing three different groups on the way up. I always assumed I was a slow climber.

    Just before the RR tracks on the way up I saw what I assumed was a shaggy black lab bounding through the brush to my left. When I reached the tracks the group waiting there said it was a black bear. That’s my first bear sighting.

    It’s been noted elsewhere, but worth mentioning again…be careful on the descent as most/all of the rocks are loose.

    I assumed I’d be a hurtin’ unit on Sunday morning, but I felt great and set out on another hike. Maybe I’m in better shape than I thought…

  19. Hi Mike – excellent guide as always! I did this hike today and absolutely loved it. Two things worth mentioning: 1) Since I hiked all the way to the megaliths, I felt it was worth the extra 2 minutes to go to the actual summit of Schunemunk Mountain. After the megaliths, I returned to the yellow Jessup trail and made a right. In less than a minute you come to the summit of Schunemunk Mountain where “1664” is painted on the flat open rocks. I stood on it and felt complete! 2) The return trip down the mountain on the Dark Hollow trail is no joke. I would suggest taking your time as it is steep and slippery in several spots. Usually I look forward to the descent after a long climb, but this one I found quite exhausting.

    Thanks again for your terrific (and humorous) guides!

  20. Stumbled across your website while looking for some nice hiking trails and boy what a gold mine. Tackled this one and the directions you gave were spot on. Just wanted to comment to say thanks. I look forward to attempting some others on the site.

    • You made my day, Jay — so glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to leave this comment. Very much appreciated.

  21. Thanks, Mike! Appreciate it! The reason we probably got confused at the very end was that we were hiking at night with flashlights and possibly just didn’t see the continuation of the white (although I must say I was happy that the white markers in general were more obvious at night, reflecting the flashlights’ light, than during the daytime!) Best, Julia

  22. From your description, I didn’t understand why you gave it a 9 out of 10. I’ve done hikes as long and as high that were more 6 or 7 out of 10. But after going through it yesterday, I think it was pretty difficult. The way down, especially, is on paths that are full of loose rocks, so every step is unsure. It rained when we were on top of the mountain, and coupled with fallen leaves, it was extremely slippery on the way down. It took us 8 hours all together to make the hike (including breaks for photos and lunch, hiding under a big rock from the rain, and a few instances of getting somewhat lost), with 2 kids 8 and 9 years old. Good thing we took flashlights.

    There were a couple of places where we got confused using your directions — specifically between points 6 and 7. When we were crossing the second meadow, there’s a big oak tree with the white dot, indicating that we are on the White trail. At that point, the road parts to the right, and continues straight. We weren’t sure what to do. We turned right, and went into the woods, where we didn’t see a white marker. We did get to the tracks, and crossed them. At this point we turned left, as per your directions (points 8 and 9) and walked on the Red trail for some time. But we didn’t see White. We thought uh-oh, we must have missed the White trail and retraced our steps back on the red. Still no White. So then we thought, we probably crossed the tracks at the wrong spot, and so we turned around again on the red, along the tracks. Finally, we found the white trail and turned right on it. We also got confused at the very end. At point 26, the last one in your directions, we followed the White Trail. Which took us almost all the way to I87. We didn’t see where it asked us to cross the field here, so we just crossed it. And then we couldn’t find the Yellow, so again, we just crossed through the trees and onto the other meadow. We knew which direction to go into, so we just went. We ended up closer to I87 than the road, and near someone’s houses. So we ended up just walking on a road that connects to Taylor Rd. and got to the car.

    Just wanted to include my notes for fellow hikers who will attempt this hike and will not repeat our mistakes.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful website. We check it out often and really appreciate your directions, pictures, suggestions and how you lay it out intuitively. This is the best I’ve found for hiking in this region.

    All the best and thanks again!

    • Julia, I’m so sorry to hear about this! I wasn’t sure which road you were talking about in Step #6 until I went back to the Google Earth flyover (in the GPS goodies section above), and I could see that path you turned right on, clear as day. (Look at this video and pause it at 15 seconds:

      Turning right there, you would have indeed hit the train tracks in a moment, but not at the same spot in the trail guide. I just added this sentence to Step #6:

      “When the trail passes a giant tree (marked with a white blaze) in the middle of the field, continue straight to stay on the White Trail as it ventures closer to I-87 — don’t be lured onto the unmarked path that departs to your right.”

      I hope that will keep anyone else from running into the same problem. It should also clear up the problem at Step #26, since hikers will be retracing their steps at that point. (I can see the houses and the road you took to Taylor Road in that flyover video, too, where that driveway runs parallel to the trail.)

      Let me know if you think I need to do anything else to make it clearer – I hate to think of people getting lost while they’re using one of my guides.

      Thank you for helping to improve this guide, and I’m glad you all completed the hike safely!

  23. did this one today– what a fabulous hike! a bit windy at the top/megaliths–
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! this site is making my preparation so much easier!

  24. Just wanted to chime in as well and thank you for your efforts. We did this hike last Sat. (10/12/13) – amazing weather and a great hike! Your guides are incredible, and the descriptions with photos help tremendously. I’ve already led group hikes using 5-6 of your guides (Overlook, Sam’s Point, Breakneck, Harriman Lemon Squeezer, Minnewaska) and haven’t heard one complaint – in fact, many are asking for more – so I’m just going to keep picking off your list. Hope you don’t mind and many thanks again!

  25. This hike was awesome!! Loved the mix of terrain, the views and the majestic megaliths..

    Just wanted to say your website is fantastic – we’ve tried about 4 hikes listed on your website so far and are planning on working our way through the list. The descriptions are great, and the detailed instructions on finding the trailhead are super helpful – we’ve previously spent quite a bit of time before hikes driving back and forth trying to find the parking spot and the trailhead. And your step-by-step photo guide made sure we didn’t miss any of the spectacular viewing spots.

    Thank you and please keep it up!!

  26. I just noticed that my question was already answered. Whoops! I spoke too soon. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to do it!

  27. This hike sounds excellent. I can not wait to check it out! How long was it start to finish and what do you think the distance was?


  28. Thanks for the terrific guide for Schunemunk Mountain. I printed all twelve pages and used it like a map. The weather on Friday (9/27) was perfect. Your notes were all that were needed.

    • Thanks so much for this feedback, Ken! I’m really glad to hear that you were able to navigate the loop with this guide – I hadn’t yet heard from anyone who’d used it. You picked a perfect day for it — glad it all went well!


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