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All hikes leave from the designated parking lot (Route 32 Parking Extension--North end of Route 32 Lot) and carpool to the trail head.

Fees do not include travel expenses or tolls for travel from SUNY New Paltz to hike site and back (Carpool participants should pay their share to drivers); participants will need to bring their own food and water, as appropriate to the hike.

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Besides the planned hikes, there are many other local hikes which you can do on your own. Information about these will be available at the hike desk at the Conference.

Hike leaders or potential leaders may find this view better. We are still looking for more leaders. Leaders get a discount on the conference registration fee. Click on the Volunteer tab above.

Registration Code Title Region Body Hikes miles Pace Ascent Capacity Dates Drive time
H0501 Lake Minnewaska Shawangunks

Lake Minnewaska, one of five sky lakes in the Shawangunks, is the site of much history and home to some of the most striking examples of the conglomerate cliffs for which the ridge is famous. The pairing of these unique white rocks rising starkly above the calm lake waters, with the Catskill Mountains coming up above the tress in the background, makes for an unforgettable scene. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

2.10 Slow 1-2 mph 175 feet 15 Friday afternoon 21 min
H0502 Bear Hill Preserve Shawangunks

Bear Hill preserve is one of the ridge’s hidden, little known treasures.  Shawangunk Ridge continues west from here to NJ, eventually becoming part of the Kittatinny Mountain Area. The hike to the top of the ridge is short but sweet, with an ascent of less than 200 feet.  Nonetheless, the views are fantastic! There is a $7 per hiker fee.

1.30 Slow 1-2 mph 180 feet 15 Friday afternoon 41 min
H0503 Bonticou Crag Rock Scramble Shawangunks

Want to feel like a climber, without having to actually break out the ropes and harness? While Bonticou Crag may be shorter and less famous than its rival, the views from the top are exceptional. This is a difficult rock scramble – not for those with a fear of heights or parents with young children. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

2.90 Fast > 3 mph 640 feet 15 Friday afternoon 13 min
H0504 Table Rocks Shawangunks

Table Rocks is a unique area of conglomerate cliffs crisscrossed with deep, dramatic fissures.  It is such a dramatic place that it demands a visit, even if a fear of heights forces you to observe the views from the safety of the uppermost ledge. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

4.10 Slow 1-2 mph 600 feet 15 Friday afternoon 16 min
H0505 Peters Kill Loop Shawangunks

Although this hike is relatively short, it samples some of the most attractive features of the "Gunks." Featuring a panoramic view of the Catskills from exposed ledges of Shawangunk conglomerate rock, the hike also parallels a magnificent section of the Peters Kill, with cascades, chutes and pools. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass. NY-TNJC Shawangunk Trails map #104.

2.00 Slow 1-2 mph 545 feet 15 Friday afternoon 17 min
H0506 Millbrook Mountain via Millbrook Ridge Trail Shawangunks

Park at Wildmere Parking Area – Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

6.50 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 15 Friday afternoon 15 min
H0521 AT Tiorati Circle to NY Route 17 Appalachian Trail

This hike starts near Tiorati Circle at Arden Valley Road (take the short blue-blazed trail from the parking area at the circle to the A.T. itself. At 1.1 mile, the blue-blazed Hurst Trails leads to the Fingerboard Shelter in about 350'; then descend, steeply in places, to Surebridge Mine Road. Then climb to Surebridge Mountain(alt.1200', 2.1 miles from hike start), and in another 0.5 mile cross the aqua-blazed Long Path (which goes from NYC to north of the Catskills).Then climb to the high point of the hike at Island Pond Mountain (alt. 1303'), and in another 0.2 miles descend tor the Lemon Squeezer, a tight passage between boulders; then continue descending and cross the inlet of Island Pond. Then ascend a crest to a view of Island Pond to the east, and descend to a bridge over the outlet of Island Pond. In another 0.4 miles, reach the summit of Green Pond Mountain (elev. 1,180'), and then descend via switchbacks about 400' and reach the paved Arden Valley Road. In another 100' arrive at the Elk Pen parking area.(where parking is available). The hike continues, crossing the NY State Thruway, the Ramapo RIver, and the Metro North Port Jervis railroad line (via overpass), and after a descent ends at Route 17. Since parking is not available at Route 17, you will need to double back about 0.3 mile to the Elk Pen parking area.

5.50 Medium 2-3 mph 500 feet 18 Friday all day 50 min
H0549 AT Taconic Parkway to Route 301 (Fahnestock Park) Appalachian Trail

Starting at the Taconic Parkway, the Trail descends about 200' to Hortontown Road and passes the Ralph's Peak Hikers (RPH) Shelter, then starts an extended climb up Shenandoah Mountain, passing the Shenandoah Tenting Area and crossing Long Hill Road, a total climb of about 900'. The Trail is then mostly level (small ups and downs) and comes out to a rock outcrop with views of Canopus Lake; the Trail then descends to an unmarked side trail to the north end of Canopus Lake (where there are concessions and a swimming area). The Trail continues about two miles parallel to the western shore of Canopus Lake, then reaches Route 301.

7.40 Medium 2-3 mph 1000 feet 18 Friday all day 50 min
H0567 Schaghticoke Mountain Hike Appalachian Trail

This hike is intended for the Emerging Leaders participants ONLY, it does not appear on the registration form..

This hike will explore the history of this section through Indigenous eyes.  Join us, listen to stories, traditions and songs of the Native American people.  We will climb Schaghticoke Mtn. enjoy a view from the top and finish at the bottom at the confluence of the Housatonic and Ten Mile river. The climb is steep and we will cover about 8.5 miles.  

 

8.50 Medium 2-3 mph 1250 feet 15 Friday all day 60 min
H0601 Lake Minnewaska Shawangunks

Lake Minnewaska, one of five sky lakes in the Shawangunks, is the site of much history and home to some of the most striking examples of the conglomerate cliffs for which the ridge is famous. The pairing of these unique white rocks rising starkly above the calm lake waters, with the Catskill Mountains coming up above the tress in the background, makes for an unforgettable scene. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

2.10 Slow 1-2 mph 175 feet 15 Saturday morning 21 min
H0602 Bear Hill Preserve Shawangunks

Bear Hill preserve is one of the ridge’s hidden, little known treasures.  Shawangunk Ridge continues west from here to NJ, eventually becoming part of the Kittatinny Mountain Area. The hike to the top of the ridge is short but sweet, with an ascent of less than 200 feet.  Nonetheless, the views are fantastic! There is a $7 per hiker fee.

1.30 Slow 1-2 mph 180 feet 15 Saturday morning 41 min
H0603 Bonticou Crag Rock Scramble Shawangunks

Want to feel like a climber, without having to actually break out the ropes and harness? While Bonticou Crag may be shorter and less famous than its rival, the views from the top are exceptional. This is a difficult rock scramble – not for those with a fear of heights or parents with young children. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

2.90 Fast > 3 mph 640 feet 15 Saturday morning 13 min
H0604 Table Rocks Shawangunks

Table Rocks is a unique area of conglomerate cliffs crisscrossed with deep, dramatic fissures.  It is such a dramatic place that it demands a visit, even if a fear of heights forces you to observe the views from the safety of the uppermost ledge. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

4.10 Slow 1-2 mph 600 feet 15 Saturday morning 16 min
H0605 Peters Kill Loop Shawangunks

Although this hike is relatively short, it samples some of the most attractive features of the "Gunks." Featuring a panoramic view of the Catskills from exposed ledges of Shawangunk conglomerate rock, the hike also parallels a magnificent section of the Peters Kill, with cascades, chutes and pools. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass. NY-TNJC Shawangunk Trails map #104.

2.00 Slow 1-2 mph 545 feet 15 Saturday morning 17 min
H0606 Millbrook Mountain via Millbrook Ridge Trail Shawangunks

Park at Wildmere Parking Area – Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

6.50 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 15 Saturday morning 15 min
H0607 Olana East Hudson

Masterminded by successful Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church, Olana is a picturesque estate featuring a farm, meadows, a man-made pond, carriage trails winding leisurely through the woods, and dramatic Catskill overlooks. Olana is a remarkable place for a walk and is a site as rich with history as views.

2.40 Slow 1-2 mph 230 feet 15 Saturday morning 50 min
H0609 Lake Awosting Shawangunks

Popular hike in Minnewaska State Park is 3.5 easy miles each way to the cliff-ringed Lake Awosting and its splendid beach. There is a life guarded beach with an option to swim for any participant interested. For those who would like to swim, please bring a swimsuit. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Slow 1-2 mph 250 feet 15 Saturday all day 29 min
H0610 Mills Norrie State Park East Hudson

Situated on the banks of the Hudson River, the trails are mostly level, and make for easy hiking, but the views are stunning despite the lack of a summit.  With a unique footpath hugging a cliff line right above the Hudson, a trek around numerous historic buildings and a scenic campground, Mills Norrie is one of the finest parks along the Hudson River.

4.50 Slow 1-2 mph 270 feet 15 Saturday afternoon 40 min
H0611 Nuclear Lake Circular East Hudson

This is a great hike to enjoy views over a beautiful lake, spot ducks with a perfectly standard number of heads or test out your brand new Geiger counter. Yes, there was an accident at a nuclear lab here several decades ago but it is perfectly safe to hike around Nuclear Lake these days, although the name may scare some off. Peaceful and scenic, Nuclear Lake is often said to be one of the most picturesque hikes along the Appalachian Trail.

4.30 Slow 1-2 mph 300 feet 15 Saturday afternoon 60 min
H0619 AT Graymoor Friary to 7 Lakes Drive Appalachian Trail

10.5 miles. 9 hours. Graymoor Friary, Canada Hill, Bear Mountain Bridge, Bear Mountain Zoo (lowest point on A.T.), and climb up Bear Mountain then descend to Seven Lakes Drive..

10.50 Fast > 3 mph 1700 feet 18 Saturday all day 57 min
H0620 AT 7 Lakes Drive to Tiorati Circle Appalachian Trail

9.1 miles. 8 hours. Views into Harriman State Park from West and Black Mountains. (Strenuous)

9.10 Medium 2-3 mph 1300 feet 18 Saturday all day 57 min
H0621 AT Tiorati Circle to NY Rte. 17 Appalachian Trail

5.5 miles. 4 hours. Lemon Squeezer, Island Pond in Harriman Park

5.50 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 18 Saturday all day 64 min
H0622 AT Mt. Peter to Warwick Turnpike Appalachian Trail

9.5 miles; 8 hours; Bellvale Mountain Views of Greenwood Lake, Prospect Rock, NY/NJ line, lots of small ups and downs

9.50 Medium 2-3 mph 450 feet 18 Saturday all day 57 min
H0623 AT Warwick Turnpike to NJ Route 94 Appalachian Trail

5.9 miles; 5 hours; Wawayanda State Park, High Breeze Farm, Pinwheel's Vista, Stairway to Heaven

5.90 Medium 2-3 mph -1000 feet 18 Saturday all day 64 min
H0624 AT NJ Rte. 94 to Unionville Appalachian Trail

10.8 miles; 7 hours; Pochuck Boardwalk, suspension bridge, Pochuck Mountain, Wall Kill River National Wildlife Refuge.

10.80 Medium 2-3 mph 1550 feet 18 Saturday all day 65 min
H0625 AT Hoyt Road (CT Line) to Kent, CT Appalachian Trail

11.5 miles; 7.5 hours. Leaving Hoyt Road at the NY/CT line, the trail soon crosses Route 55 (now in CT--the AT also crosses NY Route 55 in West Pawling), The AT then climbs Ten Mile Hill, with about 500' of elevation gain, and then descends about 600' to cross the Ten Mile River using the Ned Anderson pedestrian bridge. The AT ascends gradually, running along Schaghticoke Road before leaving the road and then ascending Schaghticoke Mountain while climbing about 980' (while backtracking into New York), The trail then alternately climbs and descends, losing about 300' of elevation in the process.Back in CT, the trail climbs again to the summit of Schaghticoke Mountain at 1403', then descending to cross Thayer Brook, and ascending to its high point on Mt. Algo (1190'), passes the Mt. Algo shelter, while descending 840' to the hike end at CT route 341.

11.50 Medium 2-3 mph 1880 feet 18 Saturday all day 67 min
H0626 AT Hoyt Road (CT Line) to West Dover Road Appalachian Trail

9.5 miles, 7 hours [58 min. one way]. Hike starts near the CT/NY line; park at the AT parking lot on Route 55 in CT, a few hundred feet west of the state line. For 2022, the portion of the AT from Hoyt Road to Duell Hollow Road is closed (bridge crossing Duell Hollow Creek is out), so walk westbound along left shoulder of Route 55 about 0.5 mile to Duell Hollow Road, and turn south onto Duell Hollow Road. Walk about 0.5 mile on Duell Hollow Road until you encounter the AT crossing, then turn right (southbound) onto the AT. The AT climbs about 400' on Leather Hill, passing the Wiley Shelter. After crossing Leather Hill Road, the AT ascends slightly onto Hammersley Ridge a distance of about 3.5 miles, then descending about 600' to Hurds Corners Road and shortly thereafter, NY Route 22. At NY route 22, the trail passes the Appalachian Trail train station (active on weekends and holidays) before crossing the Great Swamp and the Swamp River on 1600' of helical pier construction boardwalk, and then begins a climb of Corbin Hill (about 300' elevation gain), and then descends about 250' with open views and some boardwalks to West Dover Road, the location of the Dover Oak, which has the distinction of being the largest tree on the AT and a NY state champion white oak.

9.50 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 18 Saturday all day 58 min
H0627 AT West Dover Road to Depot Hill Road Appalachian Trail

7.5 miles, 6 hours [55 min. one way]. The hike starts at the AT crossing of West Dover Road (Dutchess County Route 20), the location of the Dover Oak, which is the largest tree on the entire AT with a blaze on it. Going southbound on the AT, the trail begins the climb of West Mountain (about 700' elevation gain), passing the side trail to the Telephone Pioneers shelter, and (via a short side trail) goes to the Cat Rocks lookout, with extensive views to the northeast, east, and south. The trail then descends gradually in about 2.5 miles to the 52-acre Nuclear Lake, then crosses NY State Route 55 and Old N.Y. Route 55. It crosses the recently-completed Maybrook Trailway segment of the Empire State Trail, and then begins a climb of about 500' on Depot Hill. The hike ends at the road crossing of Depot Hill Road.

7.50 Medium 2-3 mph 1200 feet 18 Saturday all day 55 min
H0628 AT Culvers Gap Loop Appalachian Trail

(Full Day Hike) South – Sunrise Road Parking Lot south to Brink Road and then loop back. Southbound, about 550' of elevation gain (some ups and downs).

9.20 Medium 2-3 mph 550 feet 18 Saturday all day 78 min
H0629 West Mountain and Doodletown Loop Appalachian Trail

7.5 miles. Challenging trail run on technical terrain with more than 1,200’ of vertical gain. Run follows a section of the Appalachian Trail and features 14 views as well as the remnants of an abandoned historic village. Optional add-on at the end, for those seeking to run 10 miles. Must have proper trail running gear, hydration, and be able to run on steep, technical trails.

7.50 Run 1200 feet 18 Saturday all day 49 min
H0630 Stony Brook and Diamond Mountain West Hudson

This hike offers panoramic views from Diamond and Halfway Mountains and views of a scenic cascade known as the "Cascade of Slid" downstream along the brook. Map: NY-NJTC Southern Harriman-Bear Mt Trails -Map # 118.

7.90 Fast > 3 mph 1875 feet 15 Saturday all day 60 min
H0631 Boston Mine and Stahahe High Peak West Hudson

This hike offers views from Black Rock, Surebridge Mountain, and Stahahe High Peak, an interesting mine and a secluded pond. Map: NY-NJ TC Northern Harriman-Bear Mt Trails map #119

7.50 Fast > 3 mph 1650 feet 15 Saturday all day 60 min
H0632 Dunderberg-Timp Grand Loop West Hudson

This hike offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and surrounding mountains, as well as, remains of 19th century spiral railway, including two tunnels. NY-NJ TC Northern Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails (map 119). Bear Mountain State Park charges a $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

8.15 Fast > 3 mph 2525 feet 15 Saturday all day 60 min
H0633 Schunemunk via High Knob West Hudson

Hike traverses spectacular ridge of Schunemunk Mountain for 3 miles, following slabs of the distinctive Shawangunk conglomerate showing on the trails has a reddish matrix with large embedded pebbles. It climbs to the summit on the Long Path via High Knob, follows the Jessup Trail along the ridge, and descends to Otterkill Road via the Trestle Trail.  Requires two cars for shuttle. NYNJ TC West Hudson Trails – map #114.

8.00 Medium 2-3 mph 1913 feet 15 Saturday all day 40 min
H0634 South Taconic Trail South Taconics

South Taconic Trail, a relative newcomer to our trail system, is a ridge trail, looking beyond the Hudson River at the skyline of the Catskills and Shawangunks. It roughly parallels the A.T. to its east. The hike starts in the valley below the ridge, and immediately climbs about 1300' to the Taconic ridgeline, summiting South Brace and then Brace Mountain, the highest point in Dutchess County. Just before leaving New York, a red trail intersects; a short side trip on this red-blazed trail leads in less than a mile to the Tri-State monument, where New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts meet; if the group wishes, you can continue another half mile on the red trail to the highest point in Connecticut--perhaps the only state where the highest point is not a summit [the actual summit of Mt. Frissell is in Massachusetts, a short distance to the north]. Returning to the white-blazed South Taconic trail, the trail continues northward, mainly in Massachusetts to the summit of Alander mountain.Continuing north, the trail passes Bashbish Mountain, and then drops off into New York, following Bashbish Brook to the parking area at the end of the hike. If you have sufficient vehicles at the finish, you can drive about a mile to the east and visit BishBash Falls.

9.40 Medium 2-3 mph 2500 feet 15 Saturday all day 76 min
H0635 Ramapo Torne West Hudson

This hike offers panoramic views from Ramapo Torne and Torne View . (NYNJ TC Southern Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails – Map #118)

5.10 Medium 2-3 mph 1480 feet 15 Saturday all day 60 min
H0637 Millbrook Mountain and Gertrude's Nose Shawangunks

While carriageways may be a blessing for covering extra miles with little extra effort, there's something to be said for the oft-changing terrain and scenic twists and turns you'll cover on your way to Millbrook Mountain and Gertrude's Nose. Only 2 of the 7 hiking miles here are on carriage roads, and the trails you'll take are often as interesting as the scenery itself - or at least they would be if the scenery wasn't so jaw-droppingly impressive. The cliffs at Gertrude's Nose set a high bar for viewpoints in the area, with some of the most impressive rock formations in the whole region. With steep drop-offs into a ravine below, and paths over rocks fractured by fissures, this may not be the best hike for someone with a serious fear of heights, or for those with young children. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Medium 2-3 mph 920 feet 15 Saturday all day 22 min
H0638 Verkeerder Kill Falls Loop Shawangunks

This hike loops around the Sam's Point Preserve, home to the world's largest area of ridgetop darwf pitch pine. It has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Last Great Places” in the world.  The hike features High Point, 2,240 feet, offers a panoramic 360 degree view of Catskills, with Slide Mountain (the highest peak in the Catskills) in the foreground, and Verkeerder Kill Falls – the highest water falls in the Gunks at 180 feet. 

9.60 Medium 2-3 mph 1332 feet 15 Saturday all day 45 min
H0639 Shingle Gully Ice Caves Shawangunks

Rain and snow stay all summer as ice in crevices in the white conglomerate rock. The region around them provides a curious contrast to the prevailing climate.

3.30 Medium 2-3 mph 500 feet 15 Saturday all day 45 min
H0640 Slide Mountain Catskills

Slide Mountain is the highest mountain of the southern Catskills. At 4,200 feet, it boasts of views all around from its denuded summit.

6.20 Medium 2-3 mph 1700 feet 15 Saturday all day 71 min
H0641 Panther Mountain Catskills

Panther Mountain, Slide Mountain's neighbor to the north, is roughly 500 feet lower. The trail passes the highly scenic Giant Ledge. After a short scramble, the summit offers fine valley views.

6.30 Medium 2-3 mph 1981 feet 15 Saturday all day 68 min
H0642 Cairo Round Top Catskills

Cairo Round Top is an isolated rocky knob outside the northern Catskill massif. It is an easy climb (800ft), affording maximum visual coverage of the range from North Point to Windham High Peak.

5.00 Slow 1-2 mph 800 feet 15 Saturday all day 50 min
H0701 Lake Minnewaska Shawangunks

Lake Minnewaska, one of five sky lakes in the Shawangunks, is the site of much history and home to some of the most striking examples of the conglomerate cliffs for which the ridge is famous. The pairing of these unique white rocks rising starkly above the calm lake waters, with the Catskill Mountains coming up above the tress in the background, makes for an unforgettable scene. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

2.10 Slow 1-2 mph 175 feet 15 Sunday morning 21 min
H0702 Bear Hill Preserve Shawangunks

Bear Hill preserve is one of the ridge’s hidden, little known treasures.  Shawangunk Ridge continues west from here to NJ, eventually becoming part of the Kittatinny Mountain Area. The hike to the top of the ridge is short but sweet, with an ascent of less than 200 feet.  Nonetheless, the views are fantastic! There is a $7 per hiker fee.

1.30 Slow 1-2 mph 180 feet 15 Sunday morning 41 min
H0703 Bonticou Crag Rock Scramble Shawangunks

Want to feel like a climber, without having to actually break out the ropes and harness? While Bonticou Crag may be shorter and less famous than its rival, the views from the top are exceptional. This is a difficult rock scramble – not for those with a fear of heights or parents with young children. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

2.90 Fast > 3 mph 640 feet 15 Sunday morning 13 min
H0704 Table Rocks Shawangunks

Table Rocks is a unique area of conglomerate cliffs crisscrossed with deep, dramatic fissures.  It is such a dramatic place that it demands a visit, even if a fear of heights forces you to observe the views from the safety of the uppermost ledge. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

4.10 Slow 1-2 mph 600 feet 15 Sunday morning 16 min
H0709 Lake Awosting Shawangunks

Popular hike in Minnewaska State Park is 3.5 easy miles each way to the cliff-ringed Lake Awosting and its splendid beach. There is a life guarded beach with an option to swim for any participant interested. For those who would like to swim, please bring a swimsuit. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Slow 1-2 mph 250 feet 15 Sunday all day 29 min
H0712 Popolopen Torne West Hudson

This loop hike traverse both sides of a spectacular gorge and scrambles up an exquisite peak with breathtaking 360-degree view of West Point, Bear Mountain and Hudson River. Map: NY-NJ TC Harriman-Bear Mt Trails #119.

4.50 Medium 2-3 mph 1608 feet 15 Sunday morning 47 min
H0713 Storm King Mountain West Hudson

Storm King and Butter Hill form a semicircular crest.  Storm King Mountain is linked to a major environmental court case in the early 1960s when the Con Ed electric company wanted to build a hydroelectric plant at the base of the mountain. The NYNJ TC helped form the Scenic Hudson organization, which successfully fought the project. A 17-year legal fight ended with a settlement in which Con Ed essentially gave up. This court case established the right of citizens' groups to take government agencies to court to protect scenic beauty and recreational interests.  (NYNJ TC West Hudson Trails map #113).

2.50 Medium 2-3 mph 852 feet 15 Sunday afternoon 44 min
H0714 Nuclear Lake Loop East Hudson

about 5 miles. This is a great hike if you want to walk a peaceful section of the Appalachian Trail, enjoy views over a beautiful lake, spot ducks with a perfectly standard number of heads or test out your brand new Geiger counter. Also part on the Beekman Uplands Loop [3.5 hours, 1 hour travel one-way]

5.00 Medium 2-3 mph 400 feet 15 Sunday afternoon 58 min
H0715 Hyde Park Trails East Hudson

Eleanor Roosevelt Valkill to FDR Home and Library – about 5 miles, both ends are NPS historic sites [3.5 hours, 35 min. drive one way]

5.00 Slow 1-2 mph 15 Sunday afternoon 33 min
H0716 Locust Grove Estate East Hudson

Home of  Samuel F.B. Morse. Various loops possible, about 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours [25 minutes travel one-way]

3.50 Slow 1-2 mph 0 feet 15 Sunday afternoon 25 min
H0717 Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies East Hudson

The Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies is famed for ecological and environmental research. Its hikes begin primarily at the Gifford House Visitor Center. The Cary Institute's hiking trails immerse visitors in a range of ecosystems, from old fields and upland forests to wetlands. These varied habitats are great for nature observation. Look for signs of ecosystem disturbance, examine lichens on a fallen tree, or just relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of bird song. The trails are leisurely hikes that are suitable for most. There are a number of interpretive kiosks on the hike routes.

2.60 Slow 1-2 mph 120 feet 15 Sunday afternoon 42 min
H0718 Rockwood Hall East Hudson

Rockwood Hall is the site of the former home of William Rockefeller. The carriage roads that were constructed by the Rockefeller family offer an opportunity for a delightful stroll through the property, with panoramic views over the Hudson River. Rockefeller State Park Preserve charges a $6 per vehicle entry fee.

2.10 Slow 1-2 mph 294 feet 15 Sunday morning 75 min
H0743 AT Mt. Peter (NY 17A) to Arden (NY 17) Appalachian Trail

This hike crosses several mountains with many false summits, includes some short sections of rock scrambling and ends with a steep descent down a precipitous hill, Agony Grind, that can be hard on tired knees. Fitzgerald Falls and Little Dam Lake are highlights, but the hike also passes a number of panoramic viewpoints.  Two cars needed for shuttle.  (NYNJ TC Sterling Forest Trails map #100) -12.3 miles (8.7 miles alternate)

12.30 Medium 2-3 mph 2956 feet 18 Sunday all day 60 min
H0744 AT NY Rte. 17 to W. Mombasha Road Appalachian Trail

4.9 miles; 6 hours; Agony Grind, Arden Mountain, Little Dam Lake, Buchanan Mountain

4.90 Fast > 3 mph 1350 feet 18 Sunday all day 40 min
H0745 AT W. Mombasha Road to Mt. Peter Appalachian Trail

7.1 miles; 6 hours; Mombasha High Point, Fitzgerald Falls, Bellvale Mountain with Cat Rocks and Eastern Pinnacles

7.10 Medium 2-3 mph 1000 feet 18 Sunday all day 50 min
H0746 AT Unionville to High Point Appalachian Trail

9.8 miles; 8 hours; Vernie Swamp, farmland, High Point Monument (Highest point in NJ)

9.80 Medium 2-3 mph 1150 feet 18 Sunday all day 60 min
H0747 AT High Point (Rte 23) to Deckertown Tpke Appalachian Trail

5.3 miles; 4 hours; High Point State Park. Great valley views.Start at High Point Monument (highest point in NJ, elev. 1803'), take Monument Trail about 0.5 mile to the A.T., Take the A.T. south; in 0.2 miles encounter the observation platform that nearly duplicates the view from High Point, In about a mile, with about 200' descent, cross N.J. Route 23, then with small ups and downs over 3 miles arrive at short side trail to Rutherford Shelter, then with gentle ups and downs go another 2.8 miles to the Deckertown Turnpike parking area. [One-way travel time about 70 minutes]

5.30 Medium 2-3 mph 500 feet 18 Sunday all day 60 min
H0748 AT Depot Hill Road to Taconic Parkway Appalachian Trail

9.8 miles, 7 hours. Starting at Depot Hill Road, a relatively high point, AT ascends gently, passes Morgan Stewart Shelter, then the Mount Egbert summit of Depot Hill, then goes mostly downhill to the crossing over Interstate 84, then gently downhill to the crossing of Route 52, then about a 200' climb up Stormville Mountain, then about 500' downhill to Hosner Mountain Road, then a 500' climb up Hosner Mountain, then mostly level on Hosner Mountain, and finally a 350' descent to the Taconic Parkway.

9.80 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 18 Sunday all day 50 min
H0749 AT Taconic Parkway to Route 301 in Fahnestock Park Appalachian Trail

7.4 miles, 4.5 hours. Starting at the Taconic Parkway, the Trail descends about 200' to Hortontown Road and passes the Ralph's Peak Hikers (RPH) Shelter, then starts an extended climb up Shenandoah Mountain, passing the Shenandoah Tenting Area and crossing Long Hill Road, a total climb of about 900'. The Trail is then mostly level (small ups and downs) and comes out to a rock outcrop with views of Canopus Lake; the Trail then descends to an unmarked side trail to the north end of Canopus Lake (where there are concessions and a swimming area). The Trail continues about two miles parallel to the western shore of Canopus Lake, then reaches Route 301.

7.40 Medium 2-3 mph 1000 feet 18 Sunday all day 50 min
H0750 AT Route 301 (Fahnestock Park) to Graymoor Friary (Route 9) Appalachian Trail

12.4 miles, 7.5 hours: The Trail starts at Route 301, and for the first three quarters of mile is essentially level, on the grade of the former Sunk Mine narrow gauge railway (mule drawn, moving iron ore from the Sunk Mine to Route 301, where it was transferred to horse-drawn wagons that brought the ore to the foundry at Cold Spring). The Trail then undulates for about four miles, crossing Dennytown Road; it then descends (with one 100' climb) to Canopus Hill Road--the location of extant foundations of a Revolutionary War smallpox inoculation station). The Trail then ascends about 470' to the summit of Canopus Hill. Over the next two miles, the trail undulates, ultimately climbing about 400' (crossing Old Albany Post Road at its intersection with Chapman Road) to reach the summit of Denning Hill. Finally the trail mostly descends over two miles. crossing Old West Point Road and passing the Graymoor Friary before finally reaching US9 near its intersection with State Route 403.

12.40 Medium 2-3 mph 1300 feet 18 Sunday all day 50 min
H0751 AT Culvers Gap Appalachian Trail

(Full Day Hike) Planned as a key exchange.

North Bound: Sunrise Mountain Road Parking Lot to Deckertown Turnpike – hike starts with a 550' ascent to the Culver Fire Tower, then a mild descent to the short side trail to the Gren Anderson shelter, then small ups and downs to the summit of Sunrise Mountain (highest point on hike, elevation 1653'), then more small ascents and descents to the Mashipacong Shelter, then in 0.3 miles a 200' descent  to Deckertown Turnpike.

South Bound: Approx. 200' ascent to Mashipacong Shelter, then small ascents and descents (final ascent about 250') to Sunrise Mountain (highest point on hike, elevation 1653'), then about 200' descent to mostly level hiking, with gentle 100' descent to the trail to Gren Anderson shelter. Next, about 200' ascent over about a mile to the Culver Fire Tower, then 550' descent to the parking area.

Key exchange  - 7.9 miles

8.70 Medium 2-3 mph 850 feet 18 Sunday all day 78 min
H0752 Bear Mtn via West Mtn West Hudson

This hike starts at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, climbs steeply up the side of West Mtn. thence following the Timp-Torne to the ridgeline of West Mountain (total climb about 750'), then northbound on the A.T. descending about 500' and crossing Seven Lakes Drive to climb the northwest flank of Bear Mountain (another 700' of elevation gain). The hike then reverses direction to the point of origin.

9.40 Medium 2-3 mph 1950 feet 15 Sunday all day 50 min
H0753 Storm King/ Crow's Nest West Hudson

7 miles; 6 hours; Storm King Mtn. is famed for its view of the Hudson River breaking through the Highlands at its narrowest width.

7.00 Medium 2-3 mph 2500 feet 15 Sunday all day 40 min
H0754 Dunderberg and the Timp West Hudson

This hike makes use of the Timp-Torne (TT) and the Ramapo-Dunderberg (RD) trails. The hikes starts near the Hudson River on the inland side of Route 9W.. This hike has a number of historic interests, including the failed Dunderberg Scenic Railway, which was going to be a major inclined railway and tourist attraction--13 miles of which were completed in the 1890s. Other highlights include "The Timp," an overlook with views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, Bear Mountain, several small lakes, and the Manhattan skyline; also on the hike is the Cornell Mine's rubble and tailings pile.. Bear Mountain State Park charges a $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Medium 2-3 mph 1200 feet 15 Sunday all day 50 min
H0755 Bear/West Mountains West Hudson

7 miles; 6 hours; Long, steep climb on Major Welch Trail. Fine views from Bear and West Mountains. Bear Mountain State Park charges a $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Medium 2-3 mph 1100 feet 15 Sunday all day 55 min
H0756 Island Pond/ Harriman State Park West Hudson

One of Harriman's most unusual rock formations, diverse terrain and forests, scenic lake, wetland and wildlife viewing. Appalachian Trail, Lemon Squeezer, Island Pond, Lake Skannatati, abandoned iron mines.

8.10 Medium 2-3 mph 1890 feet 15 Sunday all day 41 min
H0757 Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) East Hudson

A hike up Bull Hill (alias Mt. Taurus) offers a little bit of everything. It's a moderately challenging, incredibly pretty, historically rich snapshot of the Hudson Highlands. A hike up Bull Hill offers a chance to scale an imposing peak, presents iconic viewpoints, dramatic rock ledges and just-challenging-enough rock scrambles. 

5.20 Fast > 3 mph 1400 feet 15 Sunday all day 41 min
H0758 Bear Mtn via Popolopen West Hudson

Bear Mountain is the keystone of the early Appalachian Trail dating back to 1923. Starting at Ft. Montgomery, this route takes you over  Rt 9W and  follows the southern bed of the Popolopen Creek. The original Timp-Torne Trail will aid you in a "semi-bushwack" to the summit. Bear Mountain State Park charges a $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

7.00 Medium 2-3 mph 1200 feet 15 Sunday all day 50 min
H0759 Breakneck Ridge to Sugarloaf Mountain Loop East Hudson

[leave by 7 AM to avoid weekend crowds] Breakneck Ridge is long on ups and downs with its share of rock scrambling. It has some of the most spectacular views along the Hudson River.

6.10 Fast > 3 mph 1100 feet 15 Sunday all day 40 min
H0760 Fahnestock Circular East Hudson

This hike starts on the A.T. and follows portions of a dead level road that used to be part of the Sunk Mine Railroad, where ore from mining was taken out to Rt. 301. It then goes into the Hubbard-Perkins section of the Fahnestock Park and comes back down the A.T. to the point of start.

9.80 Medium 2-3 mph 500 feet 15 Sunday all day 45 min
H0761 Schunemunk Mountain Loop West Hudson

The light sandstones, shales and conglomerates that crown Schunemuck Mountain's summit provide for a ridge walk replete with panoramic views, gnarled pitch pines and unusual rock formation. 

7.80 Fast > 3 mph 1864 feet 15 Sunday all day 42 min
H0762 Minnewaska Scenic Trail Shawangunks

Starting from the Jenny Lane Parking Area this hike follows parts of the Shawangunk Ridge Trial and the Minnewaska Scenic Trail. This hike takes in such highlights as Rainbow Falls, Castle Point, Margaret Cliff and Murray Hill. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

11.50 Medium 2-3 mph 800 feet 15 Sunday all day 20 min
H0763 Castle Point and Hamilton Point Shawangunks

A loop hike around Castle Point and Hamilton Point- two sections of prominent conglomerate cliffs with excellent views to the south and west -allow hikers to appreciate the scale and majesty of other classic Shawangunks features.  This route follows broad, easy carriage roads for most of its length, making it a relatively easy hike. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

8.50 Medium 2-3 mph 855 feet 15 Sunday all day 21 min
H0764 Giant's Workshop and Copes Lookout Shawangunks

This route takes hikers along a seldom-used path to a fascinating and secluded area of the ridge, where you'll find one of the area’s most interesting rock scrambles, and some of the ridge’s best views. This is a challenging hike, though the difficult sections are constrained within a short portion of trail - most of the hike simply follows the contour of the ridge as you hike through quiet, peaceful forest. The parking area is managed by the Mohonk Preserve, which charges a $15 per hiker fee.

7.50 Fast > 3 mph 1050 feet 15 Sunday all day 20 min
H0766 Hunter Mountain Catskills

Via Spruceton Trail. This loop hike climbs to the second-highest peak in the Catskills, with outstanding views from the fire tower at the summit and from several other viewpoints along the trail. While major downhill ski development rests on its lower shoulder to the north, the summit offers plentiful rewards to the hiker.

8.00 Fast > 3 mph 2063 feet 15 Sunday all day 76 min
H0801 Lake Minnewaska Shawangunks

Lake Minnewaska, one of five sky lakes in the Shawangunks, is the site of much history and home to some of the most striking examples of the conglomerate cliffs for which the ridge is famous. The pairing of these unique white rocks rising starkly above the calm lake waters, with the Catskill Mountains coming up above the tress in the background, makes for an unforgettable scene. The hike route will go around Lake Minnewaska via Beacon Hill. There is an option for a swim on this hike at a lifeguarded beach so bring a swimsuit if planning to swim. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

2.10 Slow 1-2 mph 175 feet 15 Monday morning 21 min
H0802 Bear Hill Preserve Shawangunks

Bear Hill preserve is one of the ridge’s hidden, little known treasures.  Shawangunk Ridge continues west from here to NJ, eventually becoming part of the Kittatinny Mountain Area. The hike to the top of the ridge is short but sweet, with an ascent of less than 200 feet.  Nonetheless, the views are fantastic! There is a $7 per hiker fee.

1.30 Slow 1-2 mph 180 feet 15 Monday morning 41 min
H0803 Bonticou Crag Rock Scramble Shawangunks

Want to feel like a climber, without having to actually break out the ropes and harness? While Bonticou Crag may be shorter and less famous than its rival, the views from the top are exceptional. This is a difficult rock scramble – not for those with a fear of heights or parents with young children. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

2.90 Fast > 3 mph 640 feet 15 Monday morning 13 min
H0804 Table Rocks Shawangunks

Table Rocks is a unique area of conglomerate cliffs crisscrossed with deep, dramatic fissures.  It is such a dramatic place that it demands a visit, even if a fear of heights forces you to observe the views from the safety of the uppermost ledge. Mohonk Preserve charges a $15 per Hiker Fee.

4.10 Slow 1-2 mph 600 feet 15 Monday morning 16 min
H0805 Peters Kill Loop Shawangunks

Although this hike is relatively short, it samples some of the most attractive features of the "Gunks." Featuring a panoramic view of the Catskills from exposed ledges of Shawangunk conglomerate rock, the hike also parallels a magnificent section of the Peters Kill, with cascades, chutes and pools. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass. NY-TNJC Shawangunk Trails map #104.

2.00 Slow 1-2 mph 545 feet 15 Monday morning 17 min
H0806 Millbrook Mountain via Millbrook Ridge Trail Shawangunks

park at Wildmere Parking Area – Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska State Park Preserve $10 Parking Fee if you do not have a New York State Parks Empire Pass.

6.50 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 15 Monday morning 15 min
H0848 Depot Hill Road to Taconic Parkway Appalachian Trail

9.8 miles, 7 hours. Starting at Depot Hill Road, a relatively high point, AT ascends gently, passes Morgan Stewart Shelter, then the Mount Egbert summit of Depot Hill, then goes mostly downhill to the crossing over Interstate 84, then gently downhill to the crossing of Route 52, then about a 200' climb up Stormville Mountain, then about 500' downhill to Hosner Mountain Road, then a 500' climb up Hosner Mountain, then mostly level on Hosner Mountain, and finally a 350' descent to the Taconic Parkway.

 

9.80 Medium 2-3 mph 700 feet 18 Monday all day 50 min
H0865 Escarpment Trail Loop Catskills

The Escarpment Trail is the most popular scenic traverse in the northern Catskills. Ending on the 3,900-ft. summit of Blackhead, it passes fine lookouts towards the Mohawk Valley and State Capitol.

10.30 Fast > 3 mph 1200 feet 15 Monday all day 65 min