The Hikes


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 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.)

You can also sort and filter these hikes using the Hike Finder, developed independently by a friend of the site (thanks, Harvey!).  You can also use this Airtable, developed independently by another friend of the site (thanks, Andrew!).

East of the Hudson
Hike Scenery Difficulty Distance Highlights
Alander Mountain 9 5.4 mi
Panoramic views, steep climbs
Alander Mountain II 8 8.0 mi
Panoramic views; long, steady climbs
Anthony’s Nose 6 2.6 mi Up/back Bear Mountain Bridge overlook, views
Anthony’s Nose II (via Camp Smith Trail) 6 2.6 mi Up/back Bear Mountain Bridge overlook, even more views
Baird Park 4 3.2 mi
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
Beebe Hill fire tower 4 2.0 mi Up/back Pleasant trail, fire tower, amazing view
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
Insane views, rock scrambling
Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) 7 3.6 mi Up/back Sweeping views, steep climbs, abandoned quarry
Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) II: Cornish Loop 9 5.9 mi
Sweeping views, steep climbs, abandoned quarry, ruins, loopishness
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
Cat Rocks 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
Croton Gorge Park 3 2.1 mi Up/back Dam, bridge, scenic reservoir, big fat 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
Creek, trails, Twizzlers
Fahnestock: Jordan Pond 5 4.3 mi Partial loop Pond overlook, fields, small views
Fahnestock: Pelton Pond 2 1.5 mi
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
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
Nice trails, huge honking waterfall
Lion’s Head 5 2.1 mi
Sweeping views, rocky outcropping, no actual lions
Little Stony Point 2 1 mi
Beach, clifftop views
Locust Grove 3 2.5 mi
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
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
Poets’ Walk 3 2.4 mi Partial loop Views, gazebo, roses (red), violets (blue)
Race Mountain (Mount Race) 8 7.1 mi Up/back Waterfalls, views, awesome trails, campsites
Rand’s View 6 5.3 mi Up/back Gorgeous meadow, panoramic views, Appalachian Trail
Red Wing Recreation Area 4 2.0 mi
Quick hike, pleasant trails, scenic overlook
Silver Sands State Park 3 2.6 mi
Magical beach walkway, hermit crabs
Stissing Mountain 6 1.9 mi Partial loop Big fat honking fire tower, views
Teatown Lake Reservation 4 4.2 mi
Lakes, beautiful trails, floating bridge
Vanderbilt Mansion 4 3 mi
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
Bear Hill Preserve 3 1.5 mi
Clifftop views, chasm, rock formations, sweetness
Bear Mountain State Park 8 4.5 mi
Awesome views, cool trails, tower, vending machines
Black Rock Forest 6 5.4 mi
Multiple views, reservoirs
Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks 8 6.0 mi
Rock scramble, multiple awesome views, stunning cliffs, table rocks
Falling Waters Preserve 3 2.7 mi
Riverside trails, small waterfalls, general awesomeness
Franny Reese State Park 3 2.6 mi
Bridge view, seasonal river views
Giant Ledge (& Panther Mt. opt’l) 6 3.2 mi Up/back Crazy views, very large (giant, even!) ledges
Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail 9 7.4 mi
Views, lake, ferns, funky rocks, all-around sweetness
Huckleberry Point 6 4.5 mi Up/back Awesome clifftop views
Hunter Mountain 9 5.0 mi
Fire tower, amazing views, lack of chairlift
Indian Head Mt. and Twin Mt. 10 8.4 mi
Multiple Catskill views, ledges, wilderness
Indian Ladder Trail 3 2.5 mi
Cliffs, waterfalls, giant overhangs, Utah-like vibe
Kaaterskill Falls (lower trailhead) 5 2.0 mi Up/back Huge waterfall
Kaaterskill Falls II (upper trailhead) 5 2.3 mi Up/back Huge waterfall, viewing platform
Millbrook Mountain 9 7.6 mi
Multiple stunning clifftop views, Mohonky goodness
Minnewaska State Park Preserve 6 6.4 mi
Waterfall, lake, views
Minnewaska II: Gertrude’s Nose 9 7.5 mi
Lake overlooks, amazing clifftop views
Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth & Lemon Squeeze 9 5.5 mi
Great views, crazy rock labyrinth, Sky Top Tower
North-South Lake: Newman’s Ledge 5 4 mi
Incredible views from multiple ledges
North-South Lake: North Point 9 7 mi
Incredible views from multiple ledges, cave, small waterfalls
Overlook Mountain 7 5 mi
Fire tower, old hotel, jaw-dropping views
Popolopen Torne 8 4.7 mi
Amazing views, rock scrambling, monument and benches at summit
Sam’s Point 6 5 mi Up-and-back Verkeerderkill Falls, ice caves, lake, views
Schunemunk Mountain 9 6.4 mi
Megaliths, views, varied terrain
Shaupeneak Ridge 4 2.2 mi
Views, beautiful woods, lake that belongs in Maine
Stony Kill Falls 4 1.5 mi Up/back Waterfall, cliff face, naked people
Storm King Mountain 6 2.5 mi
Awesome views from several overlooks
Surprise Lake (via Bearfort Ridge) 7 6.0 mi
Beautiful lake, very nice overlook, NYC views, rhododendron tunnel
Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook) 9 4.0 mi
Amazing overlook, beautiful lakes, NYC views, rhododendron tunnel
Undercliff/Overcliff 5 5 mi
Cliffs, views, rock climbers
Walkway over the Hudson 2 3 mi
Awesome views, people watching
Wittenberg Mountain 10 7.2 mi Up/back Beautiful trails, light rock scrambling, amazing views at the top

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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)  aaa-CHOO! Added 5/15/2015
Beacon Mountain (Beacon, NY)  Kelly Clarkson! Added 10/17/2013
Bear Hill Preserve (Cragsmoor, NY) RAWR!  Added 11/7/2015
Bear Mountain State Park (Bear Mountain, NY) No, RAAAAAWRR!!! Added 8/11/2017
Beebe Hill fire tower (Chatham, NY) Zounds! Added 8/24/2016
Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY) Woo hoo!  Added 10/27/2011
Bluestone Wild Forest (Kingston, 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 Hill II: Cornish Loop (Cold Spring, NY) Toro! Toro! Added 6/1/2017
Bull’s Bridge (Kent, CT)  Wocka wocka wocka!  Added 5/8/2014
Buttercup Farm Sanctuary (Stanfordville, NY)
Croton Gorge Park (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) Shiny!  Added 6/25/2015
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)  Minne-wassup?  Added 1/15/2015
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)  Freshies! Added 1/23/2017
Indian Head Mt. + Twin Mt. (Elka Park, NY) Schaa-WING! Added 10/19/2012
Indian Ladder Trail (Voorheesville, NY) Aaa-WOOO-gah! Added 1/25/2016
Joppenbergh Mountain (Rosendale, NY)
Kaaterskill Falls upper trailhead (Haines Falls, NY) Me-YOW!! Added 5/1/2018
Lion’s Head (Salisbury, CT) Hakuna matata! Added 3/28/2016
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)
Pinwheel Vista (Vernon Township, NJ)
Popolopen Torne (Harriman, NY)  Day-o!  Da-ay-ay-o!  Added 10/8/2014
Race Mountain (Mt. Washington, MA) Ready, set, GO!!! Added 1/14/2018
Rand’s View (Falls Village, CT)  Dios mio!  Added 5/21/2012
Red Wing Recreation Area (Billings, NY)  Conk-la-ree!  Added 2/25/2015
Silver Sands State Park (Milford, CT) Surf’s up!  Added 11/3/2016
Slide Mountain (Oliverea, NY)
State Line Overlook and Giant Stairs (Alpine, NJ)
Surprise Lake loop (West Milford, NJ) What does the fox say? Added 12/13/2013
Surprise Lake loop II (West Milford, NJ) Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! Added 6/12/2014
Teatown Lake Reservation (Ossining, NY) One lump! No, two! Added 6/2/2016
Tymor Park (Union Vale, NY)
Wittenberg Mountain (Phoenicia, NY) Excellent! Added 9/4/2015
Val-Kill and Top Cottage (Hyde Park, NY)
Wonder Lake (Patterson, NY)


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