The trail seemed longer than we expected, but it was such a nice adventure. My friend and I went yesterday and the lady at the cafe recommended we do the portion where it was a bit of a challenge - scrambling across boulders and climbing steps and more steps - so we did. We say the waterfall, but there was no water. However it is located right next to the swing which was a nice treat and a great place to relax after 4hr nonstop hike. Yes, it took us about 4hrs or so, probably because we were messing around taking photos along the way. I totally recommend this hike, but not for the faint at heart.
My friend and I loved this loop. Traversing the rocks was amazing! The views were breathtaking at every turn. I almost forgot where I was it was so beautiful. Definitely a more difficult hike across the rocks and up the stairs, but well worth it. I don't recommend bringing a dog or small children.
Hiked/ran his trail today for the first time. I headed south from the parking lot to the trail entrance off the road and then descended all the way down to the Hudson. Normally I run this trail up and down for a quick workout. I headed north towards the Giant Stairs and was not disappointed. Its quite the scramble across all the boulders. I pushed the pace without making it too dangerous. I definitely need to get hiking sneakers as opposed to my old running shoes. I was slipping a bit on the rocks and they were dry. Headed all the way north to the NY border and then started the ascent. Nice workout heading up the stairs and trail and then got a little confused which way to go when I ran into a fork in the road. A hiker told me the tougher trail was to the left and easier was straight ahead. I took the tougher trail and it brought me up another nice ascent and up to the NY/NJ border monument. Once I hit the E trail head I stayed to the left at the fork and ran up the final ascent and back to the stateline lookout parking lot. Was a great run/hike all around. Took me 90 minutes and I stopped about 10-20 times to snap some pics. Amazing views. I definitely don't suggest taking dogs or children on this hike. I don't think its safe for either.
NIce hike and not too difficult, we made it on the reverse, and it is good to start without the noise of the nearby highway. Shady and quiet, nice views on the Hudson, very convenient with the bus from NY George Washington Station (20 min ride) or from 42nd St. You can also find secluded places by the river to relax and enjoy. Near the small castle, you can have your sandwich. It was last week, in a very hot day, but I'd do that again!