• Ida on Minnewaska State Park Preserve: I took a simple route but found the Alltrails app helpful.
  • Yen on Storm King Mountain: We arrived yesterday morning around 10:30am, after exhaustively reading through your hike recommendations. I was a bit nervous, having never hiked upstate before. I didn't know how well the trails would be marked, etc. I shouldn't have been worried - your detailed instructions were perfect! 14 and 10 year old…
  • Dan O'Brien on Breakneck Ridge: Thanks, that article is helpful.
  • Mike on Breakneck Ridge: Dan, that's a fantastic question. Breakneck is one of the most popular trails in the country (THE most popular, by some accounts), and while hiking is one of the few activities that's still available to us outside of the house during this time of social distancing, I'd probably only visit…
  • Dan O'Brien on Breakneck Ridge: Went for a hike this Saturday and Sunday. It was very crowded. Any thoughts on whether we should be concerned about Covid 19? Especially the start of the white trail where everyone is touching the same rocks, sweating, sneezing etc.
  • P on Breakneck Ridge: Glad I can help in any way. Thanks for maintaining and always being on top of things on this wonderful site!
  • Mike on Breakneck Ridge: Thanks so much for the heads-up, P! That was incredibly fast to get the trails opened back up again. I've removed the warning and linked to the notice from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference above. Really appreciate you dropping this comment here - cheers to you as well!
  • P on Mt. Beacon: Yup checked it out on 3/12. Everything up to the fire tower was open. Not sure about the other trails since I didn't venture past the tower. But looks like the trails in the area is opening again starting 3/14.
  • P on Breakneck Ridge: Breakneck trails are reopened as of Saturday 3/14/20. Cheers and stay safe out there.
  • Matt on Shaupeneak Ridge: Pictures clearly shows a dog not on a leash. Town of Esopus code requires dogs to be on a leash. § 68-18.1 Prohibited actions. [Added 11-18-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999] No person owning, keeping, harboring or having the custody and control of any dog shall permit or allow the dog…
  • Weronika on Peach Hill Park: Yes! :)
  • Carrieann Tropea on Peach Hill Park: Hi are dogs allowed if leashed?
  • Lydia on Great Swamp: Is this something you can bike?
  • Tina on Tremper Mountain: Most comprehensive trail review and trail guide I've ever read! Funny, too! :-). Great job, thanks!
  • Mike on Mt. Beacon: Hey, P! I believe that’s correct that the trails up to the fire tower on the Mt Beacon side are open, if only because it would have been big news if they’d been closed, and I would have expected that to be reported in the same stories that reported the…
  • P on Mt. Beacon: Just wondering since I can't seem to find any accurate info. Seems like the Wilkinson trail is closed due to the fires from Breakneck but the trails leading to the fire tower are fine right? Wanted to try the fire tower tomorrow
  • Alexandra on Vanderbilt Mansion: Thanks so much for this, I'm always wondering if a walk is stroller friendly, so that info was super helpful!
  • Lesly Scott on Nuclear Lake: I believe she is the wife of the former gate keeper for UNC. They prevented people from accessing the property via the main entrance, which goes right past her house. Not really sure if she has any actual authority, but she sure minds everyone's business. Today she followed me and…
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  • Dave on Bull’s Bridge: Mike: Your guides are always helpful, but this is one hike for which your guide is essential. Although, if you go on a summer weekend, I'm sure there's no problems since this place must be inundated with twelve-pack guzzlers. Fortunately, I visited during a weekday in early March and there…
  • Dave on Fahnestock: Jordan Pond: Mike: Your guide was invaluable, as usual. Very well marked trail overall, but I would have done exactly as you did and tried that first path down to the pond. Then, I would have walked right by the marker with the ribbon and missed that awesome overlook. The ribbon is…
  • Mike on Schunemunk Mountain: Thanks so much for all the helpful info, Nicole! I just updated the trail guide with a link to your comment, letting folks know about the new Megaliths sign. Really glad to hear that. It can be tough to find that spot without a sign pointing the way. Really appreciate…
  • Mike on Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain: Hi, Aidan! The views should be gorgeous at sunset (or any other time, really), but since the ledges face east, you won't have a direct look at the setting sun. Will still be an amazing place to be at that time of day, as long as you have plenty of…
  • Mike on Fahnestock: Jordan Pond: Dave, thank you so much! The NYS Parks pages drive me crazy moving their URLs around every few months, just to keep us on our toes. I've updated all of the map links above with the one you provided. I also updated the link to the official Fahnestock page, which…
  • Dave on Fahnestock: Jordan Pond: It looks like they may have again changed the web address for the Fahnestock map. This is where I found it: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/ClarenceFahnestockTrailMap.pdf