The Hikes

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The hikes below are grouped like so:

Click on the name of the hike to see the full trail guide. For a complete alphabetical listing of all of the hikes, you can also check out the HiketheHudsonValley.com Google map.

If you’d like more information on how these hikes were rated, along with other tips and general information, please visit the FAQ.  (Difficulty ratings are 1-10, with 10 being the hardest.  Scenery ratings are 1-5 cameras, with 5 being the most awesome.)

East of the Hudson
Hike Scenery Difficulty Distance Highlights
Alander Mountain 9 5.4 mi Loop Panoramic views, steep climbs
Alander Mountain II 8 8.0 mi Up/back Panoramic views; long, steady climbs
Anthony’s Nose 6 2.6 mi Up/back Bear Mountain Bridge overlook, views
Baird Park 4 3.2 mi Loop Pleasant woods, creeks, small bridges
Bash Bish Falls 4 1 mi Up/back Tallest waterfall in MA
Beacon Mountain (Mt. Beacon) 7 4.4 mi Up/back Clifftop overlook, fire tower, railway ruins
Boyce Park 5 3 mi Up/back Hang glider launch ramp, views, field
Brace Mountain 9 5 mi Up/back Amazing views, open field at summit
Brace Mountain II 9 3.8 mi Up/back Even more amazing views, open field at summit, waterfall
Breakneck Ridge 10 3.7 mi Loop Insane views, rock scrambling
Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) 7 3.6 mi Up/back Sweeping views, steep climbs, abandoned quarry
Bull’s Bridge 6 5.1 mi Up/back Covered bridge, riverside trails, small views
Burger Hill 3 .8 mi Up/back Catskill views, sledding
Cats Rock 5 2 mi Up/back Views, money spot, AT shelter
Constitution Marsh & Indian Brook Falls 3 1.7 mi Up/back Scenic marsh boardwalk, beautiful waterfall
Depot Hill 5 3 mi Up/back Views, Appalachian Trail shelter
Dover Stone Church 2 1.2 mi Up/back Cave, waterfall, creek
East Fishkill Rec Park 2 2 mi Loop Creek, trails, Twizzlers
Fahnestock: Jordan Pond 5 4.3 mi Partial loop Pond overlook, fields, small views
Fahnestock: Pelton Pond 2 1.5 mi Loop Beautiful pond, nice trails, beaver carpentry
FDR Nat’l Historic Site 3 2.5 mi Partial loop Marsh, history, waterfall, fear itself
Ferncliff Forest 3 2.2 mi Loop Huge tower, pond, campsites
Fishkill Ridge: Lambs Hill 9 4.4 mi Up/back Steep climbs, multiple views, open summit, dwarf pines
High Falls Conservation Area 2 1.5 mi Loop Nice trails, huge honking waterfall
Little Stony Point 2 1 mi Loop Beach, clifftop views
Locust Grove 3 2.5 mi Loop Woods, historic estate, some views
Mills Mansion (aka Staatsburgh) 4 4 mi Up/back Lighthouse, small cliffs, river views
Nellie Hill Preserve 2 1.4 mi Loop Meadow, small views
Ninham Mountain fire tower 3 1.5 mi Up/back Fire tower, easy stroll, beautiful 360-degree views
Nuclear Lake 5 4.1 mi Partial loop Gorgeous lake, lack of plutonium
Peach Hill Park 3 1.6 mi Partial loop Views, orchard walk
Poet’s Walk 3 2.4 mi Partial loop Views, gazebo, roses (red), violets (blue)
Rand’s View 6 5.3 mi Up/back Gorgeous meadow, panoramic views, Appalachian Trail
Stissing Mountain 6 1.9 mi Partial loop Big fat honking fire tower, views
Vanderbilt Mansion 4 3 mi Loop Views, waterfall, big ol’ house
Walkway over the Hudson 2 3 mi Up/back Awesome views, people watching

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West of the Hudson 
Hike Scenery Difficulty Distance Highlights
Black Rock Forest 6 5.4 mi Loop Multiple views, reservoirs
Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks 8 6.0 mi Loop Rock scramble, multiple awesome views, stunning cliffs, table rocks
Falling Waters Preserve 3 2.7 mi Loop Riverside trails, small waterfalls, general awesomeness
Franny Reese State Park 3 2.6 mi Loop Bridge view, seasonal river views
Giant Ledge (& Panther Mt. opt’l) 5 3.2 mi Up/back Crazy views, very large (giant, even!) ledges
Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail 9 7.4 mi Loop Views, lake, ferns, funky rocks, all-around sweetness
Huckleberry Point 6 4.5 mi Up/back Awesome clifftop views
Indian Head Mt. and Twin Mt. 10 8.4 mi Loop Multiple Catskill views, ledges, wilderness
Kaaterskill Falls 5 2.0 mi Up/back Huge waterfall
Millbrook Mountain 9 7.6 mi Loop Multiple stunning clifftop views, Mohonky goodness
Minnewaska State Park Preserve 6 6.4 mi Loop Waterfall, lake, views
Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth & Lemon Squeeze 9 5.5 mi Loop Great views, crazy rock labyrinth, Sky Top Tower
North-South Lake: Newman’s Ledge 5 4 mi Up/back Incredible views from multiple ledges
North-South Lake: North Point 9 7 mi Loop Incredible views from multiple ledges, cave, small waterfalls
Overlook Mountain 7 5 mi Up/back Fire tower, old hotel, jaw-dropping views
Sam’s Point 6 5 mi Up/back Verkeerderkill Falls, ice caves, lake, views
Schunemunk Mountain 9 6.4 mi Loop Megaliths, views, varied terrain
Shaupeneak Ridge 4 2.2 mi Loop Views, beautiful woods, lake that belongs in Maine
Stony Kill Falls 4 1.5 mi Up/back Waterfall, cliff face, naked people
Storm King 6 2.5 mi Loop Awesome views from several overlooks
Surprise Lake (via Bearfort Ridge) 7 6.0 mi Loop Beautiful lake, very nice overlook, NYC views, rhododendron tunnel
Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook) 9 4.0 mi Loop Amazing overlook, beautiful lakes, NYC views, rhododendron tunnel
Undercliff/Overcliff 5 5 mi Loop Cliffs, views, rock climbers
Walkway over the Hudson 2 3 mi Up/back Awesome views, people watching

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Coming soon(ish) 

This site is by no means comprehensive, but I’d like to head in that direction.  Here are some of the hikes on my radar for future write-ups.  If you have other good ideas, suggestions, comments or guacamole recipes, please drop me a line anytime.

Hikes I’ll probably write up one of these days
Anthony’s Nose (Peekskill, NY)  Kapow!  Added 5/1/2012
Anthony’s Nose II (Peekskill, NY)
Beacon Mountain (Beacon, NY)  Kelly Clarkson! Added 10/17/2013
Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY) Woo hoo!  Added 10/27/2011
Blackhead, Black Dome (Windham, NY)
Bowdoin Park (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Bonticou Crag (New Paltz, NY) Shazam!  Added 5/8/2012
Brace Mountain via South Taconic Trail (Millerton, NY)  Bada bing!  Added 1/30/2014
Bull Hill – aka Mt. Taurus (Cold Spring, NY)  Boo-yah!  Added 6/18/2012
Bull’s Bridge (Kent, CT)  Wocka wocka wocka!  Added 5/8/2014
Buttercup Farm Sanctuary (Stanfordville, NY)
Fahnestock Park: Canopus Lake overlook (Carmel, NY)
Fahnestock Park: Jordan Pond loop (Carmel, NY) Blammo! Added 11/3/2011
Fahnestock Park: Pelton Pond (Carmel, NY) Zoinks!  Added 3/10/2014
Falling Waters Preserve (Glasco, NY) Holler.  Added 5/14/2013
Fishkill Ridge to Lambs Hill (Beacon, NY)  Biggity bam!  Added 5/17/2012
Giant Ledge (Oliverea, NY)  O’Doyle rules! Added 4/11/2013
Gertrude’s Nose (Gardiner, NY)
Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer (Harriman, NY)  w00t!  Added 8/22/2013
High Falls Conservation Area (Philmont, NY)  HEY-oooh! Added 6/4/2013
Hunter Mountain (Hunter, NY)
Indian Head Mt. + Twin Mt. (Elka Park, NY) Schaa-WING! Added 10/19/2012
Joppenbergh Mountain (Rosendale, NY)
Lost City (Gardiner, NY)
Madam Brett Park (Beacon, NY)
Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY) Mohonk-a-DONK! Added 1/9/2013
Millbrook Mountain (New Paltz, NY) El smacko!  Added 8/8/2012
Nellie Hill Preserve (Dover Plains, NY) To infinity! Added 8/21/2012
Ninham Mountain (Kent, NY) And beyond! Added 3/7/2013
North-South Lake: North Point (Haines Falls, NY)  Vroom!  SKREEEE! Added 8/1/2013
Nuclear Lake (Pawling, NY) Boom shaka laka! Added 5/3/2012
Olana State Historic Site (Olana, NY)
Popolopen Torne (Harriman, NY)
Rand’s View (Falls Village, CT)  Dios mio!  Added 5/21/2012
Red Wing Recreation Area (Billings, NY)
Slide Mountain (Oliverea, NY)
Surprise Lake loop (West Milford, NJ) sur-PRISE!!! Added 12/13/2013
Surprise Lake loop II (West Milford, NJ)
Val-Kill and Top Cottage (Hyde Park, NY)

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