Ashokan High Point Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Shokan, NY that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
Hiked the trail this weekend with my three kids and a friend. We did the entire 8.6 mile loop and with lunch took 4.5 hours. The trail starts off long and gradual along a gully that crosses a few small streams. Once at the loop the trail climbs up and requires going up a few staircases that are pretty steep but short. The views from the top are decent but not expansive as there are trees that have grown to cover some of the scenery. We then decended by going down and around the top loop which meets back at the long trail down to the carpark. Very nice trail and some nice snow up top that was not at the bottom.
Absolutely awesome hike. The streams are majestic. If it's a scenic hike youre after this is awesome. But if you're also looking for a view you will be disappointed.
Great hike. Streams everywhere
I love to hike! But this one was alright, it was a long walk to get to the really steep part and that was hard! But really fun! The view was nice and all but I was expecting a bigger and better view tho.. Think they should cut some of the tress down for a better view at the top and it would be more worth the hike up there. But overall it definitely was fun. It's about a 3.5 hour hike
I enjoy this hike - have done it multiple times, taking 1 day to go up, camp, then 1 day to come back down. So, we're backpacking with full packs. Love the experience, but the final mile of the trail is pretty tough with packs - it's a pretty steep grade that feels like it will never end. And make sure that you take plenty of water, as you leave the creek behind you about half-way up, and there's no access to water after that.
There is a "less steep" alternative, but I've never done that part of the trail. It's longer, and I understand that there's a lot of ups-and-downs, so you do some climbing, only to go back down and have to climb back up again.
The campsites up top are fine - nice fire ring at the main one.
Little High Point is a great side trip.
i found this trail slightly on the difficult side due to the fact that it gets extremely steep. Give yourself 5 hours for this hike. when you get to the top, theres a hidden view ( during months where trees are empty I'm sure its easier to find). tough climbing at the end, but worth the view.
The first 2.7 miles is very gradual following the river. The trail turns left and ascends steeply for 1 mile to the peak. There are some views, and as you continue on the trail a few hundred yards there are better views of peaks in the Slide Mountain Wilderness, as well as a nice campsite. The best views however, are from Little High Point which can be reached via the herdpath leaving north of the summit. The trail is hard to follow at first but eventually becomes more evident as you continue. It will bring you into a saddle where there are limited views with a firepit and campsite. Continuing up the hill will bring you to an area where you will have a beautiful 180 degree view, from NE to SW. This 1/4 mile side-trip made the hike for me.
The first half a very beautiful. The second half is boring. There is no view at the top.