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Getting colder very windy today Great day for walking in the park

hiking
1 month ago

Decent loop trail. Well marked. Beware - when you get to the top of the hill, you stop following the white blazes and you start following the orange blazes.

A few challenging spots- probably because it rained last night and the rocky terrain was covered in slippery wet leaves. Your experience may vary.

Really nice trail. Great views, varied terrain. A few quick hints: 1) parking is at the equestrian center. 2) the trailhead marks are on the big barn at the equestrian center 3) there are many trail markers - but many are on the ground or rocks. As a result, would be difficult to do this trail with snow cover. 4) Trail directions: follow red/white markers to where they meet yellow. yellow/red/white combine for part of the lollipop stick. Choose red/white to take the northern root out, after the lake (great rocks and view to enjoy some lunch) follow the white markers to the left until you hit end of white trail, then take a hard left onto yellow. (we mistakenly went straight on yellow -added a mile of out and back). Yellow has some great views of NYC, surrounding mountains, etc. Lots of fire damage along the way, but also wonderful forest regrowth - will be very pretty in the springtime. Took our time, enjoyed the scenery and lunch. 4 hrs total. Moderate if you are an avid hiker - more difficult if you are not.

Worst trail I ever did . Got lost multiple times

Hardly any markings to keep you on the right path. Very easy to get lost. Not a good trail at all.

Awesome view at under 1 mile. A nice moderate climb to the peak of Almost perpendicular. Some rock scrambles and a few streams. Definitely one of my favorites.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with variety of terrain and some interesting and challenging points along the way.

trail running
3 months ago

We took our Vizsla here today and hiked the red to pine meadow lake and around to Conklin cemetery and back down the red trail. We went for a swim, first day of fall and likely the last swim until next year. Interestingly, all signs say no camping no swimming, but everyone was camping and swimming. How can you resist that water? Heavy traffic go earlier to avoid groups of kids and people. Dogs on and off leash depending on skill level and friendliness. I’m going to return and hike some of the other trails in the park.

23 Miles, not 21. Beautiful and quite strenuous hike. Terrain is diverse, water is abundant along the entire trails. I did it North to South.

Great trail, one of my favorite hikes in the region. Went up through Claudius Smith Rock and up to the fire tower and back down.

There are snakes...

on Kakiat Trail

4 months ago

Good short-ish hike with decent views and very well signed. Recommend going counterclockwise on the white trail as there were steep inclines interspersed with flat sections that allowed you to catch your breath. The descent was mostly steep downhill. We had the trail to ourselves for majority of the hike.

nice quiet hike. the lake was so relaxing. but I must say I heard a rattle snake. and on the hike back actually encountered and almost stepped on an adult timer rattle snake. watch out. my kids and dogs were unharmed, u think the snake was in a trace. we were lucky.

Pretty nice hike. most of the inclines are gradual enough to be pretty simple and the steep sections are brief. a lot of good views, you can hit 6 peaks on one hike if you feel like making a day of it. Most trails are fairly easy going. some areas are a bit trickier and you may need to squeeze or scramble in some areas. Overall a good day hike.

This trail is a hidden gem! Great for the moderate hiker with a steady incline, easy rock climbing and multiple stream crossings. We lucked out on the weather and caught a breathtaking view of the NYC skyline. So beautiful and a well kept secret! Let's keep it that way!

Pretty challenging long hike. Couple of points you got some nice views. Cool lake area and couple of spots it looks like you can camp out at as well. Noticed some campers left some garbage behind which was disappointing to see. Otherwise awesome, beautiful and peaceful trail.

Great hike on a really hot day. I’ll do it again in fall.

Summer Time Day Hike:

Complexity: Hard
Terrain: Rocky and flatland - Have to climb couple of mountains. Pretty challenging for first 10 miles with few elevations but rest was downhill most of the time
Trekking Pole: I did that without a hiking pole. It might help as its long.
Foot Wear: Better wear something with good grip, the rain makes the rocks slippery. Lot of protection needed for your toes
Scenic View: Lake was beautiful, you can swim here. Every mile had a scenic view, better take your camera
Trail Markers: Trail markers are easy to locate but as this is a combination of lot of trail. My GPS watach went choppy because of tall trees, So take a map.
Parking: Enough parking for 10 cars at harrison state park visitor area. You can even park on the road. Vistor area has restrooms
Permit: No fees
Animal Encounter: Seen couple of deers running around
Overall timing: I completed in 9.5 hours at 2.4 mph with lots of photo breaks. Start early to do day hike
Streams : As there was lot of summer rain, i could see lots of steams. Plenty of water
Traffic: Saw lots of hikers heading to the lake which is in the first few miles
Campsites: Lots of dispersed camp sites around the lake, I even saw people fishing
Pet: Take plenty of water, its will be very tiresome for your little one.

camping
5 months ago

For a rookie, it was easy to follow the trail with a map, very well marked. Some challenging uphill terrain, but plenty of opportunities to rest. Stopped at Tom Jones coming from Tuxedo train station.

Pretty good trail, not too difficult. Make sure to have good boots, the terrain is pretty rocky. Also watch out for rattlesnakes.

on Kakiat Trail

hiking
5 months ago

On Wednesday I was the only one on the trail. There is a stretch where the trail is close to the Thruway and the noise of the traffic was most unpleasant.

6 months ago

red, blue and white trail is not easy

backpacking
6 months ago

Heavily trafficked in the first few miles, complete solitude from mile 4 on. Good range, starts east/moderate, the yellow square trail jumps significantly in difficulty and is much less traveled. Good scenery, not much of a view. Bring lots of water, this is a long hike!

Red square > Yellow Square > White Square > Red Line > back to Red Square

Hiked the portion of this trail from the parking area at Gate Hill Road up to just past Pine Mountain, then cut up the 1779 trail to the bike trails then up to Anthony Wayne, where we had parked another car. The original plan was to continue over one more peak on Suffern-Bear Mountain, but the heat got the better of us. Highlight by far is the challenging climb up Pyngyp right after you cross east of the Palisades Parkway. Short, steep and not for the faint of heart. Some nice views back toward Haverstraw and Stony Point. We could even see the skyline of Manhattan far off in the haze. There are long stretches on this trail that are not too hard, but the ascents are all pretty direct. Good fun.

Great loop with some challenging spots. Take a breather at the top and take in the beautiful view.

Lovely park with great variety of scenery... from pretty lakes to scenic outlooks. Abundant fauna.. we saw deer, a rattler, a black snake, frogs and black/blue butterflies. Definitely not hard though... more moderate. First section from road to lake heavily trafficked, quiet after that. Slow steady climb. Very lush plateaus and gullies. Flowers were out this time of year and the greenery was intense.

I loved doing this trail! I hike a lot in Ringwood, Ramapo and Harriman and needed something new to do and found this gem. It is well marked with a little of everything, walking, inclines, some climbing, rocks, little streams, and a beautiful view! I had to review it so other people give it a chance too, I’m surprised it has less reviews except for the fact that there are more popular and well known trails down the road.

this is hard and rocky with plenty of stream crossings. great place to camp or do some backpacking/bring some AT magic. bring a filter- no need to over pack water.

While I did not complete the entire loop, what I did hike was fantastic! As an avid hiker with a decent amount of experience I would say this is a pretty easy trail, a lot of walking. However, there is just enough climbing and steep hills to make this a moderate hike. Beautiful view, and very well marked. I parked in the little loop and walked back out to the path. Great for dogs, only had to give my dog a little assistance getting up a rock. I definitely suggest this hike, and if you don’t have time to do the whole loop, you can get to the scenic view pretty easily and quickly!

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