In the East of the Hudson and West of the Hudson tables below, you can click on the name of the hike to see the full trail guide.

For alternate ways to peruse the trail guides on this site, you can also check out:

  • The awesome new Hikes pages, where you can thumb through summaries and thumbnails for each hike
  • The sweet new Search Hikes page, where you can filter on your favorite criteria to find the perfect hike for you
  • The good ol’ Hike the Hudson Valley Google map

If you’d like more information on how these hikes were rated, along with other tips and general information, please visit the FAQ.  (Difficulty ratings are 1-10, with 10 being the hardest.  Scenery ratings are 1-5 cameras, with 5 being the most awesome.)

New(ish) features: You can click the column headings to sort by scenery, difficulty, or distance.  On non-tiny-screened devices, you can also click any highlight to see other hikes that share that particular highlight (for example, click “Fire Tower” in the highlights to see all hikes that have a fire tower).  Cool?  Cool!

East of the Hudson

  • Hike Name

West of the Hudson

  • Hike Name

Coming Soon(ish)

This site is by no means comprehensive, but I’d like to head in that direction. Here are some of the hikes on my radar for future write-ups. If you have other good ideas, suggestions, comments or guacamole recipes, please drop me a line anytime.

  • Anthony’s Nose (Peekskill, NY)  Kapow!  Added 5/1/2012
  • Anthony’s Nose II (Peekskill, NY)  aaa-CHOO! Added 5/15/2015
  • Balsam Lake Mountain (Hardenburgh, NY)  Balsamic!  Added 11/28/2020
  • Beacon Mountain (Beacon, NY)  Kelly Clarkson! Added 10/17/2013
  • Bear Hill Preserve (Cragsmoor, NY) RAWR!  Added 11/7/2015
  • Bear Mountain State Park (Bear Mountain, NY) No, RAAAAAWRR!!! Added 8/11/2017
  • Beebe Hill fire tower (Chatham, NY) Zounds! Added 8/24/2016
  • Black Rock Forest (Cornwall, NY) Woo hoo!  Added 10/27/2011
  • Bluestone Wild Forest (Kingston, NY)
  • Bowdoin Park (Wappingers Falls, NY)
  • Bonticou Crag (New Paltz, NY) Shazam!  Added 5/8/2012
  • Brace Mountain via South Taconic Trail (Millerton, NY)  Bada bing!  Added 1/30/2014
  • Breakneck Ridge: Short Loop (Nimham Trail)
  • Bull Hill – aka Mt. Taurus (Cold Spring, NY)  Boo-yah!  Added 6/18/2012
  • Bull Hill II: Cornish Loop (Cold Spring, NY) Toro! Toro! Added 6/1/2017
  • Bull’s Bridge (Kent, CT)  Wocka wocka wocka!  Added 5/8/2014
  • Bushkill Falls (Lehman Township, PA)
  • Buttercup Farm Sanctuary (Stanfordville, NY)
  • Croton Gorge Park (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) Shiny!  Added 6/25/2015
  • Fahnestock Park: Canopus Lake overlook (Carmel, NY)
  • Fahnestock Park: Jordan Pond loop (Carmel, NY) Blammo! Added 11/3/2011
  • Fahnestock Park: Pelton Pond (Carmel, NY) Zoinks!  Added 3/10/2014
  • Falling Waters Preserve (Glasco, NY) Holler.  Added 5/14/2013
  • Fishkill Ridge to Lambs Hill (Beacon, NY)  Biggity bam!  Added 5/17/2012
  • Giant Ledge (Oliverea, NY)  O’Doyle rules! Added 4/11/2013
  • Giant Stairs at the State Line Lookout (Alpine, NJ) Fee Fi Fo Fum!  Added 3/18/2022
  • Gertrude’s Nose (Gardiner, NY)  Minne-wassup?  Added 1/15/2015
  • Granite Mountain Preserve (Putnam Valley, NY)
  • Great Swamp (Pawling, NY)  Ribbit, ribbit!  Added 5/4/2019
  • Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer (Harriman, NY)  w00t!  Added 8/22/2013
  • High Banks Preserve (Ulster Park, NY) Alright alright alright! Added 9/13/2018
  • High Falls Conservation Area (Philmont, NY)  HEY-oooh! Added 6/4/2013
  • Hunter Mountain (Hunter, NY)  Freshies! Added 1/23/2017
  • Illinois Mountain (Highland, NY)
  • Indian Head Mt. + Twin Mt. (Elka Park, NY) Schaa-WING! Added 10/19/2012
  • Indian Ladder Trail (Voorheesville, NY) Aaa-WOOO-gah! Added 1/25/2016
  • Jackie Jones fire tower (Harriman, NY) En fuego! Added 1/29/2021
  • Joppenbergh Mountain (Rosendale, NY)
  • Kaaterskill Falls upper trailhead (Haines Falls, NY) Me-YOW!! Added 5/1/2018
  • Lion’s Head (Salisbury, CT) Hakuna matata! Added 3/28/2016
  • Madam Brett Park (Beacon, NY)
  • Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area (Patterson, NY)
  • Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY) Mohonk-a-DONK! Added 1/9/2013
  • Millbrook Mountain (New Paltz, NY) El smacko!  Added 8/8/2012
  • Monument Mountain (Great Barrington, MA) Call me Ishmael!  Added 2/19/2020
  • Mt. Tammany (Stroudsburg, PA)   Added 11/25/2019
  • Mt. Tremper fire tower (Mt. Tremper, NY) Yippe-ki-yay, Tremper tromper! Added 8/14/2019
  • Nellie Hill Preserve (Dover Plains, NY) To infinity! Added 8/21/2012
  • Ninham Mountain (Kent, NY) And beyond! Added 3/7/2013
  • North-South Lake: North Point (Haines Falls, NY)  Vroom!  SKREEEE! Added 8/1/2013
  • Nuclear Lake (Pawling, NY) Boom shaka laka! Added 5/3/2012
  • Olana State Historic Site (Olana, NY)
  • Pine Knob Loop (Sharon, CT)
  • Pinwheel Vista (Vernon Township, NJ)
  • Popolopen Torne (Harriman, NY)  Day-o!  Da-ay-ay-o!  Added 10/8/2014
  • Race Mountain (Mt. Washington, MA) Ready, set, GO!!! Added 1/14/2018
  • Ramapo Valley County Reservation (Mahwah, NJ)
  • Rand’s View (Falls Village, CT)  Dios mio!  Added 5/21/2012
  • Red Hill fire tower (Claryville, NY) Colina roja! Added 1/16/2019
  • Red Mountain (Sharon, CT) Montaña roja! Added 10/3/2020
  • Red Wing Recreation Area (Billings, NY)  Conk-la-ree!  Added 2/25/2015
  • Silver Sands State Park (Milford, CT) Surf’s up!  Added 11/3/2016
  • Slide Mountain (Oliverea, NY)
  • Sterling Forest fire tower (Greenwood Lake, NY)
  • Storm King: North Point Summit (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY)
  • Surprise Lake loop (West Milford, NJ) What does the fox say? Added 12/13/2013
  • Surprise Lake loop II (West Milford, NJ) Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow! Added 6/12/2014
  • Teatown Lake Reservation (Ossining, NY) One lump! No, two! Added 6/2/2016
  • Turkey Mountain (Yorktown Heights, NY) Gobble, gobble!  Added 7/26/2020
  • Tymor Park (Union Vale, NY)
  • Upper Esopus fire tower (Mt. Tremper, NY)
  • Wittenberg Mountain (Phoenicia, NY) Excellent! Added 9/4/2015
  • Val-Kill and Top Cottage (Hyde Park, NY)
  • Wonder Lake (Patterson, NY)

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