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3 days ago

I would say this is a moderate hike due to lack of steep climbs. Views are phenomenal and similar to sams point.

Arrived at 2:30PM on Saturday and had no trouble finding a parking space. Parked in the upper lot as suggested by other reviewers. Views were spectacular and the trail was not overly crowded, in fact we had it to our selves most of the way. We did the 8 mile loop counter clockwise and would recommend it. Took us just over 3 hours moving at a pretty good clip but did stop for photos and to dip our feet in the creek. There were a few rock scrambles and some slippery downhills. Overall a great trail.

This is one of that trail that you think isn’t good but turned out to be great. The views are spectacular and the trails are well-maintained. Best during summer and early fall seasons. There are plenty of areas to just sit down and relax while enjoying postcard views. Indeed, a trail I’ll be going back over and over again.

Incredible, definitely the most bang for your buck hike I’ve come across. It’s just view after view after view. The trail goes along a beautiful ridgeline that from afar looks like it’s the edge of the earth (Sorry to disappoint you, Flat-earthers, it’s not) and when it ducks back into the woods you suddenly appear at another lovely view on another giant rock. Like half a dozen times. It’s great. Definitely a challenging hike, though no real scrambles or anything too strenuous. Lots of rock, but also lots of dirt trails. Lots of ups and downs, never really felt a long 1200 ft ascent, but somehow ended up that high. The dogs loved swimming in Lake Minnewaska at the end, we didn’t see any leeches, though I’ve heard they’ve been known to be there. We completed it in just over 4 hrs, with plenty of breaks and photo ops, despite a rude Park ranger telling us we could never do it in the 5 hours we allotted ourselves. Park closes at 8 pm, supposedly they will ticket you and lock your car in if you aren’t out by then. We didn’t find out if that’s true.

Awesome f*cking trail!

I don't understand why people think it's uninteresting.
Probably because they didn't do the whole loop.
Super worth it, long enough, several views and a waterfall.
My suggestion: start from the waterfall side, so that you get the best views at the end of the hike.
Careful when the yellow trail crosses the blue trail. You won't stay in the blue for long and you actually will go for a bit on an unmarked trail!
As long as you use the app you will be ok.
I was by myself and had the best time!

This was a hike up a rocky trail which is also a snowmobile trail. The bushwhack from the trail is very obvious and we went up the ledges. The views on top of the ledges were very nice. The plane crash is right on the trail. We didn’t go to the second crash site.

Really beautiful train, moderate to a little hard in a few areas. My Fitbit recorded around 9 to 10 miles for the entire thing. Beautiful views!

hiking
12 days ago

Nice
hike. It took us about four hours. We started on the eastern side. The trail is marked though at times it was difficult to follow it. The western side has steep sections and a few rocky spots that were challenging. Definitely worth it. We saw just two other people. Visit the town of Kent afterwards.

13 days ago

Miserable up: uninteresting, plodding, and loose gravel and stone (slip, slide, soar/sore). The ruins are interesting but getting a photo may take a minute because other hikers decided to picnic on them. Would have rather hiked Breakneck a few more times.

Very nice hike but very challenging (my calves were soared the next 3 days). The falls are nice and the upper part past the falls sees a wonderful forest path along the river, a delight! The path to the Appalachian Trail to mount Everett is indeed rocky and steep (strenuous) and views are not really there (unless you got someone to put you on their shoulders :D). Make sure on the way back (close to the parking lot) to take on a a left and cross the river (I kept going straight lost in my thoughts and realized that there was houses that I did not see on the way in and I had to turn back...).
Took me about 2-2h30 to get to Mount Everett with a fairly good pace.

Only downside of this hike is that the peak has no view, they took down the fire tower. Very anticlimactic. Beginning and Middle are 5/5 tho

For the firetower: follow the red blazes until you see white blazes on your right and take that to the tower. Also, no scrambles, at least not from the trail head to the tower.

hiking
18 days ago

Got there late on Sunday afternoon around 2PM (the day before Labor Day Monday) — the main entrance parking lot was full and had to wait on a long line of cars in order to enter & find parking. After a 20 minute wait without our vehicle moving , the park Rangers finally allowed us to enter the lot. We made our hike towards Gertrude’s Nose—however we hiked counter clockwise and headed toward Millbrook Mountain. On a rainy day this must be a difficult/slippery hike because of the climb along some holders and rocky terrain. Eventually once you reach Millbrook Mountain the hike down and up to Gertrude’s nose is fun. Once you reach Gertrude’s nose you’ll be rewarded with nice views and good picture opportunities. We then set back on our return and encounter some challenges hiking back up to the yellow trail. All in all I would say this is a Moderate trail with some difficulty on wet/snowy days.

Very strenuous trail which made it incredibly rewarding. Parked on 41 and walked up to the falls which were really pretty. Kept gong past the campsite (very nice, with a privy, bear box and platforms) and up to the AT for our first time. The AT portion was even steeper and rockier than what came before - I was very grateful for my poles, especially on the way down. As others have said, no view from the top of Mt Everett, but you'll find a great lookout point about 2 minutes past the summit. No bugs at all when we were out, btw, which was a real bonus! This is not a hike for amateurs. Met some AT thru-hikers...AND an enormous angry rattlesnake on the way down!

First timer. was not prepared for how steep. hiking straight up the back of Hunter Mountain. it was fun and manageable. Tower was open. Fun to climb to top.

Moderate hike with a lot of great viewing areas. Saw a lot of cool mushrooms and hawks. Some fun rock areas.

Excellent route for trail running. Quite steep and strenuous at the beginning (first 1.5km/1mile) then slightly technical coming down the summit of Cobble Hill. After that, the trail becomes top notch for running.
I’ve done it in the winter (rocks get icy and dead leaves are slippery) and summer. Good year round and a great workout.

best views await you at top.love this trail due to friendly hardcore hikers and no litter.
Finding that the the steeper the trail, the more environmentally conscious hikers.
keep it beautiful!

hiking
19 days ago

Arrived 9:30 and parked at Minnewaska Lake lot. Lots of fog at the lake — visibility wouldn’t start to clear for a few hours to take in vistas. Walked trail loop starting toward Millbrook Mountain than to Gertrude’s Nose and was rewarded with very light traffic along all the science vistas. If you want an easy hike, just go out to Gertrude’s nose and back and expect one little uphill mixed in with the mild grades of the gravel path. As soon as you get to open edges be careful of footing: there are breaks in the ledges that and people eaters and just go down (I think I’ll skip this as a trail for snowy days).

Great moderate trail. some rock scrambles and rolling trail, took the red trail and some yellow. the yellow is a dirt road that has some mountain bikers, no issues though. Get there early because the lots get packed quick. on my hike didn't have any congestion problems, lots of trails. Beautiful views!!

Great mid-level hike. I hiked to Skiff Mt. Road and took the road back to my car. Starts off with a beautiful field of purple and yellow flowers. Then there is a steep ascent for about 15-20 minutes. After that the trail mostly levels off until a descent at the four mile mark. The trail is 90 percent shaded. Views at the top are impressive but are probably better when the leaves have fallen.

Short route up Hunter....trail gets steep for the last half. Overall an enjoyable hike through the forest. Disappointed Fire tower was closed but still had great views from the stairs leading up to it

really challenging hike. we did only wittenberg because we hike with a dog and felt that it is to much for all of us. there was some spots that we have to help him going down. It took us about 5,5 hours. very nice views from Wittneberg but other than that nothing crazy about this hike.

First time backpacking in almost a decade. Have done lots of car camping and day hikes but first backpack trip in quite awhile. Forgot how much the extra weight can add to the challenge. Original thought was to try the loop while camping in the col between Cornell and slide. Because of a really late start we ended up camping just below the 3500 elevation before Wittenberg. We set up camp, rested and refueled. We threw the headlamps on and hit the summit at night. Really cool experience because it was a full moon. Would highly recommend the hike, just be sure you plan accordingly. Looking back at it. I would have rather camped at Woodland Valley and got an early start as a day hike. To each their own though.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked the red trail only to the fire tower and back. Nice steady heart-massaging climb with the big vista reward at the top. Hudson Highlands is one of the beauty spots of the world. Downside is it's a bit crowded, too much litter and graffiti, and the loose stone path can be tough on the way down.

hiking
26 days ago

Average hike. I have hiked a lot in the New England area and they have fantastic hikes there. This was a good hike till the top of the fire tower. After that, it levels (almost flat) and there isn’t much to offer. Also, I saw a 3-4 feet snake right on the trail which was pretty scary.

I’ve only started hiking 2 months ago, about 2-3 times a week and I decided to give this a shot. I was originally going to do the first half of Devil’s path because I wasn’t sure how my body was going to handle it. It took me 7 hours and 12 miles with short breaks on every mountain and random scenic view spots to take pictures according to my AllTrails application which is very accurate by the way. Following AllTrails I hit several mountains starting with indian head, twin south, twin, sugarloaf (which has a herd path to the view point) and Plateau- the one that destroyed my lower back. I got a treat on Plateau, I actually saw a 1-2 year old black bear. As soon as he saw me coming down the mountain he ran up real fast and looked at me from the top. He seem scared.. anyways, I tried to make a video but he was too quick and eventually disappeared. Once I got to my car in Notch Road parking lot, I paid my 6 dollar fee at the rangers office, freshened up and miraculously I still felt capable of pushing a little more. I got my water and poured water on my head to wake up. I jumped back on the trail to hunter mountain. I hiked all the way up to the fire tower which has a very beautiful view. It’s very cold up there btw. I could’ve continued all the way to the end of the trail over west kill mountain but I would be stranded without a car so I just decided to go to the fire tower and return back. I did a total of 20 miles and climbed 6 mountains, I believe about 6-7k in elevation gain. My legs felt great but it was my lower back that was screaming for rest. I have 3 herniated discs and the weight of water and not resting my back for over 12 hours hiking took a hit. That’s my only pain. For the first half, i drank a liter of water, i ate one orange, one apple and half of snack bar. For the second half hunter mountain, I drank 2 water bottles, I ate one orange, one apple, other half of snack bar, 2 slices of white bread and chugged a can of Pepsi for sugar rush. I had an amazing time. Btw, this trail should be rated EXTRA HARD. It is very steep and rocky. Especially, Plateau and hunter.

Once in a lifetime experience! I dedinitely would NOT do it again. It was a great experience & I felt triumphant when I finally came down painfully rocky St. Anne & into West Kill Rd. But finishing the first half w/ Misery was painful, & once done, you realize how appropriately name that path is. To finish Devil's Path, starting day-2 with Hunter was, w/ sharp 2.5-miles of elevation, was no picnic.
You'd have to really, really want to so this to finish the whole thing. I recommend, (1) good shoes, if your boots are pinching you even walking 1 mile, get another pair, (2) keep pack light, (3) bag w/ 1L bladder, avoid anything you have to take out of bag or side pockets, wasted energy. (4) opt for light lunch, ex: PB&J, or half a wrap & avoid feeling full, (5) snacking w/ "fruity" fruits such apple, peach, plums, etc. I personally avoided bananas on the trails but had a bunch at camp grounds. (6) blister care & atheletes tape. (7) Opt for headlamp instead of handheld flashlight. (8) Don't do this path solo. I saw some injuries on the path requiring med assist, it takes over an hr to get the 1st trooper w/o equipment up there, then you get to wait 3, 4, 6 hrs for the equipment guys, the operation is very detailed & lengthy. You don't want to get injured & be alone.
Know the bail-out points that don't require you to take the same treacherous paths back to the beginning. If you really want to finish, minimize your excuses & put your 1st bail-out further on your day's goal. For ex, if yoir goal for day1 is 13 miles, set bail-out at mile 8 or 9. Your heart will drive you to the end once your that far along. But if at 5, it's gping to be hard to be convinced it's "a little bit more."

There was bail-out point on both days (let me add, some die hard hikers do the 25 mile in 1 day. I consider myself quite fit, but could not). Day 1, bail-out was 9.5 miles in. If you can do 9mi, even if your body says, not another step, chances are, your heart will push you to the remaining 4 miles. But the reality is, it is painful, even for the best. So, if you get to 9, you can do it.
Day 2, the bail-out point is apprx. 4 miles in. If you can convince yourself, you need to finish this, you will do it! the reason I know this, is b/c there's no escape in this 7 mile portion of the trek. The elevation to Hunter is so brutal, no one's coming up there to pick you up 1-2-3, unless you want to wait till midnight for parks troopers to come for you.
THE BATTLE IS WON (OR LOST) IN YHR MIND. Sounds cliché, but true. I really enjoyed having my guide around, especially when I could not hide the pain (1st my knee, then the blister in my shoes). But him talking to me & trying to push me onward was taking a toll on my energy level & ability to focus ahead. This may not be the case for everyone... find "your thing." My trick was to keep back from the pack just 2 mins to be able to focus, w/o the talking around me & the sounds of boots & hiking poles. I had another lady behind me who had developed some painful toe blister & had to take it slow & I was trekked along gingerly. I was genuinely worried about her & pause every now & then to make sure she could still see me, but at some point I stopped looking back & just focussed on, literally, the next step ahead of me, not 5 ft, not 10 ft.

It's a great experience. It's in moments of little triumphs that we realize how the heart can push one onward, even when the body doesn't think it can go on another step. I loved the experience but would not do it again! It was like bungee jumping... woooooo! I'm over it!

Good luck!

The starting of the hike was kinda boring until I reached Patterson's pellet, after that the views were pretty good. This is a moderate difficulty hike.

Great trails, fun hike

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