• Mike on Red Wing Recreation Area: Greetings, Eero! I've come from the very distant future to say, "Thanks for the informative comment!" I've updated the trail guide above with that tidbit, and a link down to your comment. Much appreciated!
  • Mike on Red Wing Recreation Area: Greetings, Jeff! I've come from the future to answer your question! Yes, that was the right spot :-) Just be careful not to block the gate in case a football game happens while you're out adventuring!
  • Mike on Red Wing Recreation Area: And what a lovely surprise to hear from you, Sally! We'll certainly give you a wave next time we're up there! And a hug next time we see you in-person :-)
  • Sally Buttinger on Red Wing Recreation Area: What a lovely surprise to see some familiar faces in these photos! I love hiking this trail and did you know that in the winter you can actually see Camp Hillcroft from the look out! Give us a wave next time you're up there!
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: Chris, thanks for the helpful comment, glad you were able to Daniel Boone your way out of that situation! I just updated Step 25 above with more detail (looking at my photo timestamps, it was less then two minutes between the creek and the junction), and hope that may help…
  • Chris on Schunemunk Mountain: Great guide overall, as always! I struggled to find my way back to the white trail towards the end of this hike, "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. ". I honestly could…
  • Mike on Kaaterskill Falls (lower trailhead): Ha, thanks so much, Tracy! May you have many more strokeless adventures out there :-)
  • Jeff Kent on Loving our trails too much?: Maybe, but you have to start somewhere.
  • Jeff Kent on Loving our trails too much?: Mike I think your posts go above and beyond when it comes to promoting trail responsibility. Sadly a lot of it is 'preaching to the choir' and you may never reach the people who are causing the problems. There are two main issues here, one being misuse of trails and…
  • Tracy Hill on Kaaterskill Falls (lower trailhead): Wow, harsh much? I think the thing I most appreciate about the time and effort put into this site is being able to judge whether a chosen hike will pleasantly challenge my abilities or if it ventures into the do-not-do-this-you-will-have-a-stroke-and-die range. It also gives me an opportunity to decide if…
  • Mike on Locust Grove: That's so nice to hear, Pete! Thank you. Glad you had a nice hike out there!
  • Mike on Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze: Thanks so much, Sarah -- really nice to hear some independent validation on that choice in Step 5, too. Much appreciated!
  • Mike on Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze: Hi Michael! It will still be closed for the winter now, and probably for many more weeks, too. You can still stroll the grounds and take regular trails up to the tower, but the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze do not open until it's been warm for quite a while. I…
  • michael on Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze: Hello. Anyone know if this is doable right now (3-5-19)? Is the trail/scramble too covered with snow?
  • Jessica on Stissing Mountain: Did this hike yesterday 3/3/19. Followed your trail guide, they spray painted the silver disks orange to help make it easier once you get closer to the top. Breathtaking view. The way down we followed your suggestion, was all snow and ice, definitely a lot steeper than coming up. Slid…
  • Pete on Locust Grove: Thanks so much, this was a real nice winter hike that I am grateful to you for posting.
  • AH on Loving our trails too much?: Where are ones sense of adventure anymore? People can no longer look at a map and decide where to hike? They need a step by step guide? Maybe we need to step back a bit, use the interest and suggestions from others less, and head off on our own adventures.
  • Mike on Loving our trails too much?: Thank you, Steve -- glad you've found the site to be a useful resource!
  • Mike on Loving our trails too much?: This comment made my day today -- thank you, Rich, and many more happy adventures to you and your wife!
  • Steve on Loving our trails too much?: Please keep doing what you’re doing. It’s an immensely valuable resource. And, yes, there is never an excuse to litter or damage, but that’s not so much a function of numbers as it is thoughtlessness and selfishness, though obviously greater numbers increase the number of selfish and thoughtless acts. But…
  • Rich on Loving our trails too much?: Your website and humor has been a great inspiration to my wife and myself to try many of your suggested trails, attempt a quite a few of our own and to introduce others to hike and enjoy our area to the max. We usually hike on Fridays, consciously avoiding the…
  • Mike on Loving our trails too much?: Surely, there is some combination of words that will convince a person that dropping trash on the trail is not a good thing to do. We will keep trying until we find that combination! And why have I never thought to bring caramel sauce on a hike? That's a great…
  • Mike on Loving our trails too much?: Thanks so much, Wendy!
  • Wendy Suarez on Loving our trails too much?: I love your website. Keep doing what you’re doing! I love the idea that hikers leave the trails in better condition than they found them. Will make it a point to do so on my travels.
  • Amanda J on Loving our trails too much?: The thing is that a lot of the people who do the damage to the trails are the ones who care very little. They're the ones who are doing things "for the gram" and stuff like that. They're the ones who aren't truly in it because they love nature, they're…
  • Mike on Frequently Asked Questions: Carol, this comment absolutely made my day today. Thank you so much for the kind words! Here's to many more adventures for you as well!
  • Carol Quirke on Frequently Asked Questions: We went up to Popolopon Torne this weekend. Too icey to do without crampons. (Didn't stop the woman who strode by us however!) BUT... A GIANT thank you to you. Your hikes are so wonderful, and the specifics always keep me secure that I'm on track. I adore your site…
  • Rex Miatke on Mt. Beacon: Awesome hike. Fantastic views. Wore spikes the entire way and did the beast loop. Lots of ice and snow so took some extra time to complete the loop but overall a great day. I hike all the time all over the east coast and I will be the first to…
  • Mike on Croton Gorge Park: Thank you, Sastry! I hope you have a wonderful visit and snag some great pictures!
  • Sastry Karra on Croton Gorge Park: Hi Mike, Your detailed response to Sumathi is very helpful. I am a photography hobbyist, and planning to visit this place. Thanks a lot. Sastry karra
  • Vic koltys on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Thankyou brought back great memories. Use to hitch hike from west orange to surprise lake when I was 15 ,50 years ago. Has not changed did low impact camping. Did swim in the lake hope it was leagal back then.