• Matthew Conroy on Huckleberry Point: When I did this hike there were a lot of dogs - there’s a stream about 3/4 of the way to Huckleberry Point that’s a perfect spot for dogs to splash around.
  • Deborah, Jonah, and our puppy Zena on Huckleberry Point: Hi! I'm going to be coming up to the Catskills area in a few weeks, and I was wondering what hike(s) I should do. We will be staying in a cabin near Mt Tremper, but we also have a 3-month-old puppy, so Tremper Mtn. was out of the question. I…
  • lara hayhurst on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Just completed this hike and your trail guide was amazing!!! Thank you!! Parking was fine, we started at 7:30 on a Saturday and things were getting busy when we got back at 10:30. We bumped face to face into a black bear at the top of the overlook! What a…
  • Mike on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Susanna, thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comment! So glad this guide was helpful to you! I was just looking back at the trail map for this area due to Jeff's comment above, and it really is quite a tangle of (beautiful!) trails here. So glad you…
  • Mike on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Jeff, thank you so much for this helpful comment! I've updated the trail guide above as best I could -- noting in the text that the blazes are now red in that section, and pointing out that my pictures will still show the yellow blazes. Really appreciate your help to…
  • Mike on Anthony’s Nose: Glory -- I'm so sorry that happened to you, that must have been awful! In Step 4, the trail guide currently says this, in the July 2019 update:..." (And make note of this junction so that you can find it on your return trip!)'' I've just added this update based…
  • Peregrino del Camino on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: […] State Park (a 90-minute drive from the city) and, in particular, the 1.5-mile-long, kid-friendly Pelton Pond Trail. The parking lot generally has spots, he says, and there are often beavers congregated around the […]
  • Glory on Anthony’s Nose: Great hike and directions to get to the hike. However, on the way back down it's not as easily marked and somehow at some point we followed the white the wrong way and missed the whole staircase section and ended getting out at a totally different point. Think we exited…
  • Laurel Bishow on Storm King Mountain: Thanks! I'll do this one as soon as the weather is a bit cooler. Your hike looks awesome.
  • Mike on Storm King Mountain: That's wonderful to hear, Chintu! You're tough, going back up a second time! So glad to hear you turned right, too :-) Thanks so much for the kind words.
  • Mike on Storm King Mountain: Hi, Laurel! I don't know of any easier way to get there. Perhaps doing this hike in reverse, and not doing the whole loop? But you'd miss out on so much! I would say this hike is not nearly as difficult as the Red Dot Trail at Mount Tammany, which…
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: Really appreciate all this info and background, Michael -- thank you!
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: Thank you so much, Angel! It's on my to-do list to get back out here, and I'll use your directions to help chart my path. Many thanks!
  • Mike on Wittenberg Mountain: That sounds terrifying, Jack -- thank you for sharing this cautionary tale!
  • Jennifer on Surprise Lake (via Bearfort Ridge): ALERT: We did the hike yesterday and the trail marker colors have changed. At first there is a green with black square trail that brings you to the junction of the “white” and “orange” trail, but those colors have been replaced with solid green. All of the direction still made…
  • Jeff ‘Turkey Local’ Kent on Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve: I think the No Dogs rule might be new. I used to bring my old dog here all the time and saw many others. This hike does get very crowded and when I was there a couple weeks ago they had put No Parking signs along the driveway. In the…
  • Jeff on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Thanks a million for posting all of your hiking guides! I've used quite a few of them to (successfully!) make my way through some absolutely gorgeous areas! I just did Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks today. It was worth every penny and every bit of effort. One change that has…
  • Chintu on Storm King Mountain: Hey Mike, we just did this today. Had to wait 25 minutes to get a parking spot. But boy was it worth it! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the pinpoint directions (yes we did take the RIGHT turn ;)). We were missing the initial experience already by the end…
  • Angie on North-South Lake: North Point: We LOVED this hike. We decided to camp at North- South Lake and the kiddos can do about 8 miles before going straight goofy on us (my kids are 5 and 7). This was the perfect hike. There are enough view points a bit apart that it really kept their…
  • Laurel Bishow on Storm King Mountain: Are there easier paths to the money spot? Also, how does this hike compare with the Red Dot Trail (Mount Tammany) in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area?
  • michael Saltz on Schunemunk Mountain: I haven’t but I Took the black trail up again about three weeks ago and there was still no indicator of the end of the trail
  • Elicia Nolan on Schunemunk Mountain: Thank you for this information. I think my cousin and I will get up there this weekend. Have you tried via the western ridge trail?
  • Mike on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): I really appreciate this information, Jovan - thank you! I've updated the site's closure page (https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hudson-valley-trail-closures-and-parking-restrictions-due-to-covid-19/) with a link to your comment, and have removed Bull Hill from that page. I'm also sorry to hear about the rudeness you encountered, and have appreciated your thoughtful comments on this site. Here's…
  • Jack on Wittenberg Mountain: I did this hike about 25 years ago with about 6 friends. We started too late in the day (a cool fall day probably in early October) and reached the summit as the sun was setting. We started down too late and were not prepared for the darkness, not having…
  • Jovan on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): It’s open! I was there when you asked actually and it was like nobody was there. I went with a group of six and I kid you not, it was literally just us for most of the trail. It was superrrrr empty, and we actually got there at 3pm and…
  • Salvatore Accomando on Kaaterskill Falls (lower trailhead): Thank you for the write up. Very informative. Is there a way to check the water level before we head up ?
  • Mike on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): Hi, Rodrigo! Your question spurred me to reach out to the Hudson Highlands park manager, who is usually very good about responding. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back! (I haven’t heard any further news on the closure here since Anna’s comment from July 6.)
  • rodrigo on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): Do you know if it is open now?
  • Mike on Snakes on a trail: Hi, Alena! I always thought it was a black rat snake, but when I was searching for a picture of a black rat snake to compare to the picture above that you’re asking about, I believe I stumbled upon a different answer: now I think it’s a northern black racer.…
  • Mike on Snakes on a trail: Thank you, Eva - much appreciated!
  • Eva on Snakes on a trail: I learned a lot from just reading this. Thank you so much!
  • Jovan on Breakneck Ridge: Is this hike safe if it rains the day before? Say it rains in the morning on Friday, will it be safe to hike on Saturday?
  • Mike on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): Hi, Jovan! I wouldn't think that would present any special problems here. Some of the rocks (especially in the steepest parts when climbing past the quarry) would be quite slippery in wet conditions, so I'd try to avoid doing this hike while it's raining, but if it's not raining on…
  • Mike on Tremper Mountain: That's really nice to hear, Sean -- glad you had a great hike up there, and thanks for the report!
  • Mike on Tremper Mountain: Thank you so much, Tina! This was one of my favorite comments to read, too, so now we're even!
  • Mike on Storm King Mountain: Thank you so much, Swati! That's so nice to hear! I hope you all have many more wonderful adventures out there :-)
  • Jovan on Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus): Great article! Is this hike safe if it rained the day before?
  • jackie geerts on Little Stony Point: Hello Just want to point out that swimming is not allowed because it is dangerous to swim in parts of the Hudson due to currents and depth. The Hudson Highlands is the deepest part of the Hudson. Water quality is an issue at various places along the Hudson. Riverkeeper has…
  • Sean on Tremper Mountain: I put this hike off for so long for the same reasons, and just did it recently. The views from the fire tower are NOT AT ALL limited, even after the leaves have come in. The view is a first-rate 360° panorama of some of the finest Catskills peaks. I…
  • Swati on Storm King Mountain: We just did this hike today- was fantastic thanks to your detailed guide which we followed to the tee! I love your trail guides and is my go to these days! Last week we went to tea tree reservation which was also fantastic ! Thankyou again and hope you are…