Lion’s Head

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (short climb, steep in spots)
Distance: 2.1 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 541 ft
Max elevation: 670 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a short hike to an awesome view. Who doesn’t want to do that?

Little Stony Point

Scenery:
Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (easy little stroll)
Highlights: beach, clifftop views
Distance: 1 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1 Hour
Total ascent: 150 ft
Max elevation: 123 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a short, easy stroll to a picturesque beach and unique clifftop view of the Hudson River.

Locust Grove

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (rolling hills)
Distance: 2.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 Hours
Total ascent: 252 ft
Max elevation: 257 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to visit a beautiful historic site with some nice sights, manicured grounds and well-maintained trails. Or you’re just a big fan of Morse code.

Millbrook Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (long hike with some steep sections)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! There’s a $15 per person fee to hike here. Money well spent.
Distance: 7.6 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,337 ft
Max elevation: 1,631 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to experience the Mohonk Preserve in all its glory. Mo’ cliffs. Mo’ views. Mohonk. (If you’re a Mohonk brochure writer, PLEASE steal that tagline.)

Minnewaska II: Gertrude’s Nose

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (long hike with many rocky, rolling climbs)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! The parking fee is $10 per vehicle (as of this writing in April 2015). Money well spent.
Distance: 7.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 5 Hours
Total ascent: 1,288 ft
Max elevation: 1,804 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You enjoy heights, cliffs, awesome views, and walking. Lots and lots of walking.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (longish hike with hilly sections)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! The parking fee is $10 per vehicle (as of April 2015).
Distance: 6.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 814 ft
Max elevation: 1,908 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to pack enough highlights for four hikes into one four-hour loop. And also, you’re not afraid of some crowds.

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 2020, this hike costs $29 PER HIKER ($24 for kids 4-12 years old)
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.

Monument Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (Short-ish climb with some very steep spots)
Fees: Cheapskate alert! It costs $5 to park here (as of this writing in 2020), payable at an electronic parking meter. Money very well spent.
Distance: 3.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 hours
Total ascent: 1,167 ft
Max elevation: 1,613 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to traverse a steep loop to visit some amazing views and clifftop perches. (Also, you have a deep, abiding respect for gravity, and will be careful along the clifftops.)

Mt. Beacon

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5, 7, or 10 out of 10 (depending on how far you choose to go)
Distance: 4.4 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (overlook), 3 hours (overlook + fire tower), 5.5 hours (7.7-mile beast loop)
Total ascent: 1,561 ft
Max elevation: 1,653 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to see some gorgeous views at one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Hudson Valley, and climbing 1,000 vertical feet (or more) to get there is not a deal breaker.

Mt. Tammany

Scenery:
Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (Steep, rocky climb with rocks. And more rocks. Also, rocks.)
Distance: 4.0 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 hours
Total ascent: 1,639 ft
Max elevation: 1,540 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to scrabble up a beast of a mountain to see some gorgeous views.

Nellie Hill Preserve

Scenery:
Difficulty: 2 out of 10 (short stroll with some minor inclines)
Highlights: meadow, small views
Distance: 1.4 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1 Hour
Total ascent: 260 ft
Max elevation: 606 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re in the area and looking for a little solitude.