Bear Mountain State Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (rugged climb with some steep rock-clambering)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! The parking fee here is $10 per vehicle. Money well spent.
Distance: 4.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 3.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,208 ft
Max elevation: 1,319 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to tackle a beautiful, steep climb to one of the most wide-open panoramic views in the Hudson Valley. Also, you can ignore the fact that you could have just driven to the top.

Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (squishing yourself between rocks, ladder climbing, rock scrambling, plus a two-mile-each-way stroll between parking lot and Labryinth)
Fees: 5-alarm cheapskate alert! As of 2014, this hike costs twenty-one dollars PER HIKER on weekdays, and twenty-six dollars PER HIKER on weekends
Distance: 5.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 973 ft
Max elevation: 1,617 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to see some of the coolest sights in the Hudson Valley and you’re not afraid to crawl under (and around, and through, and over) some rocks to see ‘em.