Brace Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10
Distance: 5 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 3-4 Hours
Total ascent: ft
Max elevation: ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re itching to climb a big mountain and you want some serious views.

Brace Mountain II (South Taconic trailhead)

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (very steep, rocky hike with the odd rattlesnake)
Distance: 3.8 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 3.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,515 ft
Max elevation: 2,303 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a difficult, rugged, and awesome trail to one of the best views in the Hudson Valley (or anywhere else).

Breakneck Ridge

Scenery:
Difficulty: 10 out of 10 (crazy steep hike)
Distance: 3.7 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 1,442 ft
Max elevation: 1,207 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take in some of the best views in the Hudson Valley, and you’re not afraid of doing some serious rock scrambling to see them.

Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus)

Scenery:
Difficulty: 7 out of 10 (steep climb)
Distance: 3.6 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 3 Hours
Total ascent: 1,350 ft
Max elevation: 1,276 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a mountain (don’t let the “Hill” part of the name fool you – this is a mountain) to see some of the best views in the Hudson Valley.

Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) II: Full Loop

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (long, steep haul over a big fat mountain)
Distance: 5.9 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,522 ft
Max elevation: 1,421 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re looking for a hard climb with several great views along the way. Also, you want to visit some ruins that will make you feel better about all the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off.

Bull’s Bridge

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 to 7 out of 10 (depending on how far you choose to go)
Distance: 5.1 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (to Anderson Memorial Bridge and back), 3.5 hours (total) to add all three overlooks, too
Total ascent: 421 ft
Max elevation: 368 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to ogle a cool old covered bridge, stroll along a raging river and possibly climb a mountain for some pleasant views (that last part is quite optional). Also, you don’t mind sharing your outdoor experiences with lots of other people.

Burger Hill

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (very short climb up a steep-ish hill)
Distance: .8 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 45 Minutes
Total ascent: 200 ft
Max elevation: 546 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You like taking a very short hike to a big fat view.

Cat Rocks

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (short, steep hike)
Distance: 2 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 717 ft
Max elevation: 1,155 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to stuff all the elements of a great hike into a 2-mile package.

Constitution Marsh & Indian Brook Falls

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (short hike with some rough, rocky sections)
Distance: 1.7 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 313 ft
Max elevation: 241 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to visit some beautiful and unique places without burning too many calories.

Croton Gorge Park

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (short climb up a dirt road)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! Access to the park is $10 per car on weekends ($5 if you have a park pass), May through September only. All other times, it’s free.
Distance: 2.1 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (includes playground stop – WHEEEE!)
Total ascent: 188 ft
Max elevation: 254 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a relatively easy stroll up to, around, and over a giant honking waterfall.

Depot Hill

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (rolling hills with a few short, steep sections)
Distance: 3 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 Hours
Total ascent: 685 ft
Max elevation: 1,358 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a nice hike on the Appalachian Trail that gives you views without making you scale mountains.

Dover Stone Church

Scenery:
Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (easy stroll)
Highlights: Cave, Creek, Waterfall
Distance: 1.2 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1 Hour
Total ascent: 180 ft
Max elevation: 502 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to check out an awesome cave that seems like it belongs somewhere way more exotic than Dover Plains (no offense, Dover Plains).