Alander Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (steep climb up a big ol’ mountain)
Distance: 5.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 hours
Total ascent: 1,822 ft
Max elevation: 2,234 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a proper mountain to earn some amazing views.

Alander Mountain II

Scenery:
Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (long, steady climb; Panoramic views)
Distance: 8 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 hours
Total ascent: 1,000 ft
Max elevation: 2,234 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a proper mountain to earn some amazing views.

Anthony’s Nose

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (steep, short climb)
Distance: 2.6 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 hours
Total ascent: 792 ft
Max elevation: 927 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a relatively short hike to an awesome Hudson River overlook.

Anthony’s Nose II (via Camp Smith Trail)

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (rolling climbs with steep, rocky sections)
Distance: 2.6 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 hours
Total ascent: 888 ft
Max elevation: 912 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a relatively short hike to an awesome Hudson River overlook. Also, your mama taught you to share, because you’re likely to run into plenty of other awesomeness enthusiasts out there.

Baird Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 (hilly stroll)
Distance: 3.2 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours
Total ascent: 450 ft
Max elevation: 617 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You live near Baird Park and you’re looking to get out into the woods.

Bash Bish Falls

Scenery:
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 (short hike down – and then back up – a decent-sized hill)
Distance: 1.0 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1 hour
Total ascent: 346 ft
Max elevation: 1,330 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a short hike to a nice little overlook and an awesome waterfall.

Bear Hill Preserve

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (flat, easy stroll with optional rock-clambering)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! The price to hike here keeps going up (from three dollars in 2015). There’s now a seven-dollar (per hiker) day-use fee here (peak times only – other times, it’s free!), with no charge for hikers under 12. You can also get an annual pass for twenty-five bones. Money very well spent.
Distance: 1.5 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 Hours
Total ascent: 187 ft
Max elevation: 1,931 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take an easy stroll to some awesome clifftop views with fun rock formations to explore.

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.

Beebe Hill Fire Tower

Scenery:
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 (short, moderate climb)
Distance: 2.0 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (or 3 hours, if you bring my kids)
Total ascent: 485 ft
Max elevation: 1,822 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a small(ish) hill to a fire tower with some seriously sweet views.

Black Rock Forest

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (long-ish stroll with some steep sections)
Distance: 5.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 3.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,007 ft
Max elevation: 1,413 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to hike an awesome loop that throws interesting sights at you the entire way. Or you’re a huge fan of the song Black Rock by OAR. Or both.

Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

Scenery:
Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (long hike with one extremely steep section)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! $15 fee per hiker. Money very well spent.
Distance: 6 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 1,215 ft
Max elevation: 1,195 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb one of the coolest rock scrambles in the area, marvel at some of the best views and walk across some of the table-iest rocks.

Boyce Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (short, steep climb)
Distance: 3 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 657 ft
Max elevation: 1,066 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You like short hikes to big payoffs. After a stroll across a field, you’ll come to a hill that rewards 30 minutes of steep climbing with a very nice view.