• Mike on Black Rock Forest: Thanks for sharing that here, Brian! I've updated the trail guide with a Cheapskate Alert, and put a link to their "Visit Us" page in the "Resources" section above. Really appreciate your help to keep this trail guide current!
  • Brian LaRose on Black Rock Forest: I saw a post on FB that they’ll be charging $5 a car starting October 5th https://blackrockforest.org/visit_us
  • Mike on Storm King Mountain: Sounds like a perfect day out there, Zach! Here's wishing you and your little one many more happy adventures!
  • Mike on Storm King Mountain: That's wonderful to hear, Amber! Are you sure you shouldn't have turned left, though? Ha, no, really glad you had a great trip out there, and thanks for the kind words!
  • Zach on Storm King Mountain: First time up and this guide was spot on! There are certainly a few sections of trail that may be sketchy for a true beginner, but I was able to do the scrambles with the little one in the pack (not tooting my own horn just saying that the well-marked…
  • Mike on Croton Gorge Park: That’s awesome to hear, Mila! You sure picked a perfect day for it, too. Thanks so much!
  • Mila on Croton Gorge Park: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this so well. We did the hike today and had a blast with an 18 month and 3 year old. Perfect.
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: Jacki, thank you so much for the kind words and your very helpful feedback and updates! I've just updated the trail guide above in several places based on your information (Steps 2, 16, and 20), and added links down to your comment in a couple of spots. I hope that…
  • Mike on Fahnestock: Jordan Pond: Hi Jonah! You sound well-prepared! And thanks for the address - it's perfect! I just updated the "Directions" section with that address and a link down to your comment. Sounds like the meadows on this hike can get quite overgrown at times, though I haven't visited these trails in quite…
  • Jonah on Fahnestock: Jordan Pond: Hi! I'm doing this hike in a few days -- anything I need to bring/know about? (I already have both the official Fahnestock map and the NYNJTC map) By the way, I found an address that you can put into a GPS for the trailhead: 1030 Cold Spring Turnpike Cold…
  • Jacki Spinelli on Schunemunk Mountain: Did this trail yesterday (September 1, 2019). Your description was not just helpful but made the experience so much more enjoyable. Reminding us to look back at certain points and the motivation of how far we had already gone (and how far we still had to go). Honestly, without first…
  • Mike on Bear Mountain State Park: Sarah, I can't tell you how much this comment made my day! Thanks so much! Here's wishing you and your fiancé a lifetime of finding other things to argue about :-)
  • Mike on Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail: Teresa -- Congratulations on your continued adventures after beating cancer! Glad to hear you're still getting out there. I'm afraid I don't have a way to view a text-only version of this page (and I'd be afraid to offer it, since the pictures often help people to avoid getting lost),…
  • Mike on Depot Hill: Hey there, JBK! They are both scenic in their own ways -- Nuclear Lake doesn't have a view unless you trek all the way up to Cat Rocks, but the lake itself is quite beautiful. Depot Hill has a nice (though not gigantic) overlook, but no beautiful lake to gaze…
  • JBK on Depot Hill: Hi Mike, I was wondering which hike, Nuclear Lake or Depot Hill is more scenic. Also, are either of them super popular? Thanks, JBK
  • Sarah on Bear Mountain State Park: Thank you so much for such an excellent and detailed guide! My sense of direction is abysmal and I did the hike yesterday with my fiancé following your instructions and it was perfect (you probably saved us from like a zillion arguments about directions!)! Thank you for taking the time…
  • Joanne Davies on Anthony’s Nose II (via Camp Smith Trail): Has anyone done this on public transit. It’s hard to get definitive answers and maps. I heard it’s a mile and a half walk from Manitou station. I just know this is a request stop and not a town or anything so I’m worried about getting there and having no…
  • Laurie on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: Awesome! Thanks! He will love it!
  • Mike on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: Victoria, I come from the future to say, "Thanks so much!" (Laurie's comment above brought me back to this trail guide, and I smiled at reading your comment again, just like I did three years ago. I really should have replied back then, too. Also sorry to report that we…
  • Mike on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: Hi, Laurie! Indeed it is -- dogs on leashes are A-OK. (If a hike is not dog-friendly, which thankfully doesn't apply to too many hikes around here, I'll always call it out at the top of the trail guide.) Happy adventuring with your pooch(es)!
  • Darren Barlow on Schunemunk Mountain: Wow what a hike. The accent went as planned. Unfortunately as we got to the top we never saw the sign on the ground for the megaliths so we did about 98% of the hike but missed the "money shots" My biggest problem in this hike was finding the path…
  • Laurie on Fahnestock: Pelton Pond: Is it dog friendly?
  • Teresa Maher on Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail: Thank you so much. We, husband and I , followed your trip exactly. The detail and time and energy you put into this was appreciated. I was afraid I would not get cell coverage or my battery would run out. Is there a way to load a print option that…
  • Sleepy Hollow on Halloween: The Best Fall Getaway in NY on Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail: […] something more challenging? Try the Lemon Squeezer, a 7.5 mile trek with lots of scrambling in Harriman State Park. (You can do […]
  • Elise in the Catskills on Indian Head Mt. and Twin Mt.: "this is right up there on the list of the most unattractive I’ve encountered. Case in point: I usually take scores of pictures on every hike I take. On this hike I only took a few: basically of the views on Twin and Indian Head. Maybe other sections of the…
  • Christina R-A on Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain: I train and exercise regularly and I felt challenged physically with some parts of the climb. I felt a little defeated but now reading other experienced hikers were challenged as well, it made me feel better. Thank you for writing about watching for the correct trail on the way down,…
  • Amber Smoke on Storm King Mountain: We turned RIGHT! Thanks as always for a comprehensive and entertaining guide. This is one of our new favorite hikes!
  • Mike on Alander Mountain: Jeff, I know the spirit in which you left your original comments, and appreciate you taking the time to share your story (and that amazing photo) to help other hikers. I hope you’ll continue sharing on this site. Yesterday, a herpetologist from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife reached…
  • Linda M on Sam’s Point: Looking to go up for my Bday weekend. Any hotel accommodation suggestions?
  • Mike on Depot Hill: You made my day today, Caitlin -- thank you so much! And thanks for your litter removal services, too! Here's to many more happy adventures out there :-)
  • Mike on Alander Mountain: After receiving more feedback that this loop was officially closed after the cabin (Step 16 above), I updated the trail guide back in May to advise people to turn around at the cabin to retrace their steps back down the South Taconic Trail. Based on these comments today, I added…
  • Jeff on Alander Mountain: John, I posted that almost a year ago and you’re the first person to even reply, so thank you. It’s highly unlikely that busloads of hikers are going to head up the grueling trail to Alander Mountain in the remote hope of seeing a cluster of poisonous snakes. I provided…
  • John J Carlson on Alander Mountain: That spot with the snakes is a very important birthing spot. Sharing the gps with the world goes against all conservation practices and they are state-listed. Please remove that for the sake of the snakes.
  • Young and Old – Shadowfax on the Road on Wittenberg Mountain: […] have a Demarest family camping trip without a hike so we packed a lunch and headed over to Mt Wittenberg.  We picked these trails as Alex is a rock climber and loves to hike on the more strenuous […]
  • Caitlin on Depot Hill: Great hike! Not too easy, not too hard, with a beautiful and rewarding view. And I only saw one person on the trail (too many people tend to ruin my nature). I also picked up a piece of litter, which made me feel like a better human at the end…
  • Meghan on Mt. Beacon: Thank you so much for this trail's information. It was incredibly helpful. Did this trail this past weekend (8/17/19) and was so happy with it. It was definitely a work out getting up to the top. Everything was correct and even the part about the casino signs being missing. Unfortunately…