Popolopen Torne Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Highland Falls, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Fantastic trail that's not that difficult. We completed it in about two hours including stops to indulge in the scenary and take pictures. Make sure to take some water and snacks especilly if you are not use to hiking. Also don't get lost once you reach the very top. Depending on what side you climed up on you have to walk all the way across either to the ropes or by all the pilled rocks. The trail splits between the road if you go down the the side by the piled rocks. Once you reach the road walk across and keep walking up till you find the path. We had to go under the road side barrier for the blue trail and found the bridge below near the stream. There should be blue markers but make sure to keep your eyes peeled !
Good hike not difficult at all great views
This is a very very super easy route - great route but we did it under two hours walking very slowly
Nice hike for a fall day. Lots of flatter walking through the woods areas, and a challenging fun scramble up a steeper rocky area to get to the top. Beautiful views once you get there! Took the suggestion of some others and went up the steeper (further to the left on the trail map) side and came down the side w the ropes. If you want to skip the flat areas you can park by Mine road.
If you decide to do the whole thing, park at the overflow parking area for hikers just a minute down the road from Fort Montgomery which stays open past 5pm. It seems like since April 2016 the Fort Montgomery parking lot has been closed to hikers. You'll have to walk back to Fort Montgomery to find the trail head (light blue trail markers)
Also the bridge along 9W is still closed to pedestrians. Easiest way around this is to go back the way you came from Fort Montgomery along the blue trail.
We didn't realize it was still closed and took the red trail back and got around the closed bridge by crossing the rather busy highway, walking along the traffic circle, and then towards the Bear Mountain bridge. Right before you get to the bridge on the left hand side there's signs for the Appalachian trail and that takes you back down the gorge. Follow the blue and white stripe markers to a footbridge that takes you across the river back to Fort Montgomery area.
Nice trail with spectacular views
great hike! recommend when you get to the sign that says 50yrds go past the map hut, walk keep walking past and you will meet the proper way to get up on right
this is one of my favorite of the Hudson valley hikes . I usually park in the parking lot on mine road and from there its only about a 30 minute hike to the peak which is very beautiful. there's two trails that form a loop regardless of which one you take up I would suggest bearing left at the fork and taking the steeper of the two trails to the summit then descending down the less steep trail.
Good hike, some rock scrambling and missed the first turn off but other than that tracks were easy to follow. Gorgeous views at the top and worth the trek.
I was looking forward to a "hard" hike but this was far from it. It was mostly poorly marked flat wide dirt trail, it crosses and parallels roads, and it's very hard to follow in places. The top little loop thing was cool, a small section of actual elevation gain with just the slightest little bit for scrambling to get up/down some rock faces. You get panoramic views up at the top. There's a handmade stone "monument" at the top, between it, the surrounding graffiti, and the plentiful left behind garbage the "leave no trace" thing goes right out the window.
It wouldn't be a bad hike if you wanted something short and fun and skipped damn near all of it, but with Miles of just walking before and after it leaves a lot to be desired. I would not go back.
Beautiful views, and very moving monument. I don't think it's really necessary to go all the way around the pond and up from the river. You get a nice scramble and the amazing panoramic view and monument just from starting at Mine Rd. This makes for a somewhat strenuous and steep 1.8 mi loop. Look at my recording for the trailhead. Park at 404 Mine Rd in Highland Falls, walk up the road past the trailhead on your right, to a blue blaze on the right side of the road. From here, climb straight up and stay on blue blazes til summit, then come back down the other side. The way down has a couple of fixed knotted ropes to help you down. Cool! Will definitely be back. Best bang for your buck, length-to-view ratio.
Started slow and did the loop around the pond.....nice views....then started up hill on the blue trail....not much incline at first and then BAM!!!! Up up and away.....heck of a workout but once you get to the top......out of all my hikes, this one had the best views....hands down. The memorial on top was very emotional for me....never expected it. The climb down was a little tricky at first but got easier. Definitely one of my favorite hikes this summer.
It is worth the climb to the top for the view alone.
Beautiful views on a moderately strenuous hike. Use lots of insect repellant
Great hike; much of the trail is along a stream which came in handy last weekend when the temp felt like 110°. nice views from the top.
Great experience! Take more than the regular 2 or 3 bottles of water. I'd suggest one Lt or more. Be careful with the rocks. Coming up was a challenge but coming down was even more because of the rocks. I'd highly recommend you this mountain and it does worth the view! Happy hiking, guys!