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lots of mushrooms and slick rocks. beautiful, dense, quiet.

hiking
3 days ago

Interesting trail. A lot of loose rock at the top. Unfortunately we hiked it on a drizzly day so when we arrived at the top, we were in dense fog

hiking
5 days ago

Perfect hike for anyone. It has some steep but some great views and a nice pine forest. Tons of mushrooms!

Nice trail, (p)lush with life. A good workout for trail running. This is my first ever comment and I’ve been using this ap for years, but I wanted to concur the other reviews that the biting flies will chase you right out. Be warned!

The scramble on Bonticou Ascent trail is like an adult’s playground. It was more challenging than Breakneck Ridge for me, but the actual scramble was the perfect length—not too short, not too long. Just right. Loved it. And the view is gorgeous when you get to the top. The way down is laughably easy, but a great break for the arms and legs. I can’t wait to do this one again, and hopefully with friends next time. You def want a hiking partner to capture a cool shot when you get to the crag.

hiking
15 days ago

loved this rock scramble. the view and white rock at the top is fantastic. great views.

The interpretive portion of this hike was nicely done & very educational. The trail itself is well-trodden but is becoming a bit encroached upon by undergrowth along the sides of the trail (it's not terrible; just watch out for prickers!). Unlike other Greylock hikes, there's not an amazing view or other particularly interesting scenery.

hiking
17 days ago

I love this trail!!! So much fun! Make sure you have good hiking shoes.

hiking
22 days ago

Loved this trail. My kids were apprehensive once we saw the rock face, but they went for it and ended up loving it.

Quick hike with rewarding views of Catskills and Mashomack Valley/ Pine Plains. I turned right at fork when going up and preferred the lesser incline and longer route. If you have a fear of heights, steer clear of the fire tower and know that there isn’t a view unless you go to the top of the tower.

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing views! I will go it again !

Fun day and the pond is beautiful. That said, the trail map is poor. We stayed on the AT past the intersection with the Finnerty trail near the pond, and then thought we could go all the way around the pond counterclockwise and back along the eastern edge of the pond, but you can’t do that. Although it looks on the trail map like the Finnerty Trail runs along the edge of the pond and links up with the AT on both sides, it doesn’t. There are dead ends in between and it’s pretty much impassable. There is a way to go around the pond counterclockwise (which we eventually did) but you have to swing wide of the pond to the east.

Also, the trail map makes it look like you can return almost to the parking lot on the Finnerty Trail but you can’t. Finnerty Trail dead ends at Becket Road, and then we had to walk up the pond road, which is steep, to return to the AT. So the bottom line is, this is a nice area to hike, lightly trafficked, and the pond is really nice, but stay on the AT, don’t mess with the Finnerty Trail relying on the All Trails map.

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

Difficult to find where trail begins- parking area is about .2 miles from trail head. If you park in the Appalachian trail/Jacob's ladder lot, there's a .2 mile connection trail, marked in blue, across the road. It intersects the trail in the woods, hang a left. Otherwise you could walk on the actual road for nearly a quarter mile and catch the trail from there- which is why the Alltrails GPS directions will seem slightly off.

Hike is pretty much all uphill for the first half, but is very well covered. You'll also cross another main road on the way. Took us about 1.2 hours to get to the lake- definitely a moderate difficulty. Beautiful view once you're there. Looked like the muddy beginning portion of the hike had been fixed with raised planking. Nearly exactly 3 miles from parking lot to lake. Well marked, took 2 adults about 3 hours to complete out and back at a moderate pace.

This trail has it all! I highly recommend the rock scramble as it affords you a view of the valley that is remarkable. Once you are at the top, you can take a less steep trail down. It's close to New Paltz where you can go after for a post hike meal or shopping.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I recommend starting on the cedar creek trail to the top. Dense forest. Crisscrossing over the creek. Some steep sections to challenge you. Beautiful view at sunset rock.

This is NOT an easy trail- whoever wrote that was delirious. We tried this trail for the first time, made it through the first swamp action, very tricky, lots of rotted planks, deep mud, and nothing to hang on to! Took the Knob loop, pretty steep and rugged and decided to head back without completing the entire loop. Another day perhaps with better footwear, water and time. The dog had fun though!

hiking
1 month ago

Went up Brace on July 4th to catch the sunset and fireworks. Saw a quail and a timber rattlesnake on the way up while I sweated out several pounds!! Trail markers definitely improved since my first trip up...followed yellow blazes from quarry Rd to the white blazed taconic trail. Highly recommend this hike!!

very nice prelude to Mohonk

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging rock scramble with rewarding views of the Catskills and areas southeast including Breakneck & Storm King. One of the best sunset destinations in the area.

nice little loop. I turned right at the split which turned out to be a slightly longer more gradual incline to the top. Cool fire tower at the top!

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hiking
2 months ago

Hiked in early November 2017. Excellent trail, but definitely difficult. Trail has many locations that are poorly-marked, so using a GPS map is essential. The first 2/3 mile has a section that is a near-vertical climb up a cliff.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice out and back w different options to ascend. I took the blue trail up (Cedar Creek) and the white and red trails down. Good choice - steep grades up, gentle declines. A bit rocky in spots and slippery in the rain but fairly graded as moderate. Didn’t get a view due to the fog but expect it’s a very panoramic one. 2 hrs round trip incl an extra 1.2 miles on descent through campground. 4.9 miles total

Fun scramble!

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

nature trips
2 months ago

Great view! Rock scramble was a lot harder than I thought it would be based on reviews. Really fun though! You can avoid the scramble by taking the other half of the loop up to the summit (not the Crag Trail)

Second time hiking this mountain. Gets a little difficult towards the top but worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely not as difficult as I thought it would be!! The rock scramble was a little scary at a few points but totally doable. Really quick hike for some amazing views.

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