• Mike on Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze: Tough to keep up with the price hikes! I've updated the prices (once again!) in the trail guide above. (I'm so old I can remember complaining when this hike was $23.) Thanks for helping to keep this information current, Melissa -- much appreciated!
  • melissa on Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze: Price is now $35 for adults, $30 for kids.
  • Mike on Boyce Park: Thanks for the nice update and perspective, Dave! Was just thinking about this hike recently - so sad that it's not what it once was, but as you said, still plenty of space to relax and enjoy the scenery out there.
  • Dave on Boyce Park: I haven't seen all of the Hudson Valley's meadows, but I have to agree, this one is very nice. Definitely not worth driving a long way to explore this park, now that you can't go to the launch platform. But, if you live close by and want solitude, this does…
  • Mike on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Helpful info, Steve - thank you for sharing it here!
  • Mike on Mt. Beacon: Gretchen, I come from the future to thank you for this helpful and kind comment! (That's my way of saying sorry for taking more than a year to reply. :-) I'd probably go the old way just out of habit - nice to hear that it's still a good option…
  • Mike on Mt. Beacon: Glad you had a great hike up there, Joe! Thanks for the kind words and the nice trip report!
  • Mike on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Joe, that's great to hear! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Happy adventures to you!
  • Steve O. on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Also note that this trailhead is accessible via the NJ Transit 197 bus from the Port Authority. It's a great place to start an overnight backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail :) Northbound you might reach Harriman train station in 2 days.
  • Joe on Mt. Beacon: We did this hike yesterday and it was awesome, thank you for the great trail guide. We did not do the beast part but went up to the fire tower. The view of the fire tower from the casino area can look intimidating but don't let that stop you. The…
  • Joe on Surprise Lake II (via Greenwood Lake overlook): Trail guide was amazing and we really enjoyed the hike. The details and pictures were great and made everything very easy. Thanks
  • Mike on Overlook Mountain: What a nice comment, Helen! Thanks so much for all the nice feedback! Yes, this hike is indeed a slog - that stretch from the parking area to the hotel is probably the least-liked section of trail in the Hudson Valley. But man, what a payoff for enduring that slog!…
  • Helen on Overlook Mountain: I love your site! We travelled to the Catskills area this past weekend and did this trail with our 3 year old twins in tow. Now, hiking with whiny toddlers is no joke, and they were in the carrier some of the time, but they really liked the old hotel…
  • Mike on Red Hill fire tower: JB -- Thanks so much! And thank YOU for the great info! I had no idea about the new parking area and trail, and the link you provided is really useful. Thanks for clueing me in! I'll have to drag the family back here to check it out. Really appreciate…
  • JB on Red Hill fire tower: Your guides are always incredibly useful— thank you so much for making hiking in the region easily accessible! Actually hiked this one from the Denning Road trailhead, which is about a 4 mile round trip with a bit more elevation gain, but overall still a moderate, family friendly hike. The…
  • Mike on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Hi, Jack! You can get them right at the guard station on your way in. At the Mohonk Mountain House (a separate entity from the Mohonk Preserve), you do have to purchase online ahead of time. Hope that helps, and happy adventuring!
  • Jack Freedman on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Do you need to buy your parking tickets ahead of time or can you just get them at the guard station?
  • Mike on Bull’s Bridge: Hi, Christine! Thanks for the kind words, and I hope you have a great trip there tomorrow. I want to say no, biking is not allowed there, but I’m not 100% sure. Biking in general is not allowed on the Appalachian Trail, and I’m *almost* positive it’s not allowed here,…
  • Christine on Bull’s Bridge: Hi Mike! Great info...we just drove thru and as you said it’s beautiful...heading back tomorrow...can we bike ride along the trails?
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  • Mike on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: Thanks, Hannah! Appreciate you sharing your perspective here.
  • Mike on Giant Stairs (Palisades): Hello, Bernadette! Great question! In my opinion, by the time you got to the money spot, you'd be so deep into the loop that you'd be better off just continuing on, even if you wanted to quit. The good news, though, is that the scramble is pretty uniform throughout, so…
  • Hannah on Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks: I climbed it when I was about 8 pretty easily if anyones wondering what age kids can manage. Our dog and a 5 year old had to do the hiking trail instead.
  • Bernadette Quinn on Giant Stairs (Palisades): HI Mike, I am planning on visiting the Giant Stairs. I am sure IF it becomes toohard I can tun back right? Would you recommend getting to at least "The Money" spot? Thanks Bernadette