• Steve on Nuclear Lake: The entire hike, by either route, is almost entirely on two large parcels owned by the National Park Service. The only exceptions are for about 150' near the beginning of each route where the trails cross under the power line on property owned by NYS Electric & Gas. Continuing on…
  • Tom on Storm King Mountain: I finished this hike with my family including my 6 y/o daughter and 3.5 y/o son. It took us around 3 hours with some breaks and it was fairly cold (23F). Great hike, we all enjoyed it.
  • Pete on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: Photo
  • Pete on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: 1/25/21 Photo
  • Pete on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: 1/25/21 Perfect winter hike on a 15 degree morning. Was neat hearing the ice making noise on the pond and great views with the beaver dams, ice, very scenic this time of year. All your info spot on as always. Thanks......
  • Mike on Nuclear Lake: That's fantastic to hear, Pete -- thank you so much!
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: JBK -- thank you for posting this here! I put a warning in the background section above back in May that this hike is no longer accessible, and I just now added a pointer to that warning above the first step in the trail guide to make sure everyone sees…
  • Mike on Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19: Hi, Joann! The trail is indeed open, and I believe the parking lots are all open as well -- the version you're mentioning isn't documented on this site, but there's a trail guide for it here: http://www.nycdayhiking.com/hikes/anthonynose.htm. Good luck if you give it a go!
  • Mike on Cat Rocks: Thanks so much, Pete — appreciate the kind words and the update on trail conditions!
  • Mike on Cat Rocks: Thanks so much, Pete -- appreciate the kind words and the update on trail conditions!
  • Mike on Ninham Mountain fire tower: Glad you a good visit up there, CS!
  • Pete on Nuclear Lake: 1/21/21 Did this 4.1 mile hike today around the lake. Your directions and details are spot on. Thanks so much for info so we can enjoy theses great hikes.
  • JBK on Schunemunk Mountain: You are now not allowed to cross the RR - you could be fined, ticketed, or arrested. So this hike is sadly no longer valid - there is a way from the other side of the mountain, or by using the LP, but this specific hike would result in tresspassing.…
  • Joann McAdam on Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19: Is Anthony’s Nose via Camp Smith trail open? I It’s the 6.4 mile one with 1800 elevation? Thank you!!
  • Pete on Cat Rocks: Thanks, your directions are spot on. Trail in condition today
  • CS on Ninham Mountain fire tower: Had a nice walk up to top this afternoon. Much windier on top of tower.
  • Mike on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Hi, JBK! That looks like a perfectly fine route from the trail map, though I've never headed up that way to Prospect Rock. Would love to hear your opinion on whether it deserves that star on the map if you decide to check it out! That view over Greenwood Lake…
  • Mike on Shaupeneak Ridge: Really appreciate the information, Jeff -- thank you for taking the time to share it. (And very sorry to hear about the story behind that memorial - so sad.)
  • Mike on Beebe Hill fire tower: So sorry to hear it, Barbara! Hope someone finds them and is able to get them back to you!
  • JBK on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Hello! I did this hike about a year and a half ago, and loved it, so I am thinking of coming back. The problem is, I now have an 8-month old puppy. She loves hikes and climbing, but I do think that the whole hike would be a bit much…
  • Barbara Kolodny on Beebe Hill fire tower: The Sunday after Thanksgiving our family was hiking the trail up to the tower and then we walked down the biking trail. Just recently we couldn't find our binoculars and that was the last we used them. We must have lost them between the tower and the parking lot. Has…
  • Mike on Monument Mountain: Hi, Melissa! Good memory! Yes, indeed, that was Bear Hill Preserve: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/bear-hill-preserve/. I’m afraid the bad news is that it’s currently closed due to Covid. Hope that helps, and hope to see it open again soon!
  • Melissa on Monument Mountain: Hey there! I am looking for a hike you posted about where you and a buddy took your kids and (I believe there were 5 of you all together?) and it looked like there were "rock caves" that the kids climbed down into. Does this ring a bell? Thanks!
  • Jeff Kent on Shaupeneak Ridge: Oh, if you do visit the waterfall you may notice a large cross and memorial for Derek Wood. He was an 18 year old who was hit by a drunk driver in Port Ewen in 2013. I'm guessing that the waterfall was a favorite spot of his.
  • Jeff Kent on Shaupeneak Ridge: I hiked up the white trail from the lower lot...on purpose. I knew no one in my family would want to go up with me, but they might hike around the lake. The waterfall is worth seeing and it's not far up from the lower lot. Don't hike down to…
  • A. Ryder on Nuclear Lake: I just bought Trails with Tails (2006). Can't wait for it to arrive!
  • Sarah on Hunter Mountain: As of Saturday, 1/2/21, this trail was covered in about 2" of soft ice.
  • Sarah on North-South Lake: Newman’s Ledge: As of Saturday, this trail and everything in the area was covered in about 2" of soft ice. As other commenters have mentioned in previous years, the gate at the SW side of the lake is closed, so you have to start your hike there, which adds about 1/2 mile…
  • GC on Great Swamp: Did this today including the extension to Cat Rocks. It took us a little under 3 hours total. It rained last night so we were a little concerned about mud given the name of hike. It was a little slick in some spots but completely fine with hiking boots. The…