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sign at beginning that says this trail section is closed

Nice views from tower and nearby places. One of the best places in this area. Very busy during weekends, especially packed on parking lots.

hiking
11 days ago

We had great time at this trail.
We went to the caskill house look out first, then turn on the blue trail, artist rock, sunset rock to Newman Ledge. Then turned back the same trail back to north Lake parking lot. We saw the rainbow nearby Sunset Rock, twice & two rainbows. Amazing. It was very windy, raining & cold when we got to the sunset rock site; less then 10mins. Need to go back again.

A very cool short little trail.

Long beautiful trail. Really quiet but the sun still shines brightly thru the trees.
There's different trail difficulties.
Definitely a place for a long quiet walk or even birding.
Only found one point that really over looks the trees.

hiking
26 days ago

a nice 6 ish mile hike with some good changes in terrain and challenge. overall, it took about 2 hrs 15 mins with time taken for pictures and also got a bit lost. it does get a little tough to follow the markers toward the back half maybe mile 5 and 6 if on the blue trail. All in all, this is a good go-to for me to knock out a decent workout close to home. A note to dog owners....most I saw don't abide by on-leash rule, so if you go with your dog, please keep your dog on leash.

Lovely moderate hike. We we to take-in the beginning of the Fall and see the foliage. We started at the North Lake ground, as suggested, and followed the Blue trail to Artist Rock and Sunset Rock (both amazing views). Then continued all the way up to North Point. That was an amazing spot to sit and take in the stunning views. We followed the red trail back down through the forest, which was also pretty great. Note that the red path finishes on the road, and you have to walk on the road for 10 minutes to complete the loop.

Lots of dogs on Sunday.

walking
1 month ago

Super easy to get to. 5 minute walk to the falls at the least. A beautiful view!

The trail was very hard to navigate but the view was worth it once we found it. It was decently easy as far as endurance just a very steep walk to the oven and steep down from the view point.

Take a picture of the trail map before you head out. Around the group campgrounds, the orange blazes disappear for some reason.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice waterfall.

Not really a loop, which threw me a little bit on this one. Trail is very well-marked and easy to follow with the blue blazes. I think I turned around barely before the southern end where it hits River Rd. Was waiting for the trail to take a turn and head back north, but it never did and I gave up on it happening. Trail had a nice amount of rocks thrown in for variety, although they were a bit slippery and I almost ate it twice. Mosquitoes were still out and so was the poison ivy...

This trail is absolutely lovely — it has just about everything you could want in a short 5-7 mile hike. This is one that I could do over and over again. Artist’s Rock (almost right at the trailhead) and Newman’s Ledge are essentially the same view — but Sunset Rock is the real star. There is a terrific variety of views and terrain / landscapes (blue and yellows offer some tremendous views / scrambles to start while the reds offers some wet deep forest action). Note that there are certainly some steep climbs / descents that require hand usage to scale; especially if you are taking the loop all the way to North Point.

We started on the Blue Trail from the North Lake parking lot (note that the trail head is just ahead of / before the parking lot entrance). It tends to get somewhat busy so I would recommend getting on the trail before 10/11am or so. While there are some moderately challenging sections, it is an awesome hike for folks all along the skill spectrum.

Tip: All of the scenic lookouts are along the first blue / yellow sections of the trail if that is what you are specifically looking for.

Went with our family, age range from 6-35 and we had a great time. Took the orange trail, beautiful views well worth the hike!

Great hike. Bummed we apparently missed the trail that breaks off for the bridge, but overall very good hike.

1 month ago

Great hike.

Nice hike with area's to rock climb and a great view at the top.

1 month ago

Overall beautiful hike. Nice to walk right by the water for the first half of the loop, and gorgeous waterfall near halfway. We ended up getting a bit lost near half way and had to pull up the AllTrails app to find our way back to the trail. The back half of the trail through the woods felt very long, and overall the hike took us ~3.5 hrs (although frequent stops for photos).

Did the trail for the first time with my 3 year granddaughters, niece and husband. It was a little scary at times because of my granddaughters ages, but then I’m a city girl from the projects in NYC. Anyway, WE LOVED IT and we plan on making hiking our thing to do on Saturday’s.

A short trail but worth it. Amazing views along the cliff and the tower at the end. Worth it to go when the tower is open and you can go up to the top and get some amazing views. Underline amazing.

Nice trail. Great views!!! Some Rocky areas were harder/slippery and some trees have fall on the trail. Good variety of views and landscapes

Interesting terrain - large rock formations, an old cemetery, old stone walls, old foundations and boardwalk into the marshland. A couple of steep climbs.

This trail is practically in my backyard, and I’m so glad I rediscovered it!! It’s a really nice out and back.... gorgeous glacial rocks!

You can continue further to pinnacle rock if you have more time. This took me about an hour

The best hike I've found so far within a reasonable driving distance of NYC.

very nice hike,great views, a lot of history, took the blue tail back, definitely recommend ed

nice short hike,to many gnats,must b the time of year,bring your cutter, recommended

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