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Well marked and is difficult after the first 2 miles. Be prepared for scambling and steps. I did this after the rain and the scrambling was very hard and slippery. Beautiful views.

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

I did this trail in 11.5 hours, I didn't think I would make it as I didn't bring a head lamp but that was good motivation to move fast. It was raining and half the trail was flooded. Was tough but I was super happy I was able to do all 3 summit. Also the view was amazing and the best training mountain for high altitude if you in Ontario.

not hard but tricky. finished the loop with 3 other people, 1 who has never hiked before. enjoyed it immensely though. Calves were a little achy the day after climbing the grand staircase and the boulders. but nothing insane if you have some level of fitness.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

10 days ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

Very challenging hike. I clocked 18.2 miles. Gray had a much better view than I was expecting. The Four Corners was my favorite part of the hike; being able to shoot up Gray, Skylight, and Marcy in a short amount of time was very rewarding.

Good workout trail because of the hills. Serious erosion problems on many of the stair step portions of the trail. Watch your footing.

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18 days ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

Was very crowded but its also Labor Day weekend. I'm happy the first two lots were full because frankly you don't want to walk on the road when you can just drive further up to one of the numerous other parking options that get you in without walking on a road with no shoulder. I brought my 5 and 8 year old and we did this and then added on inspiration point after. There is a decent amount of climbing up and down(for the falls from Scudder Road Parking), but the views were nice (minus the crowds). Boys thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a bit more adventurous and climbed right near the falls on the top and bottom (very carefully, watch for wet rocks)

Starts out with an incline of steps and is very up and down make sure you are ready for it. Good shade and just bring water :)

Very easy trail with a lot of steps to get down the waterfall area and back up. The rest of the trail is through the woods and very nice, but somewhat crowded.

Beautiful to visit in the autumn. Get there early for easy parking and have the trail to yourself.

I’m a little confused by the different Palisades trails - we definitely did this one but our trackers said 5.5 miles, not the 3.7 indicated. It was tough. A day later my thighs are still burning. The rocks were fun and challenging but the ascents (multiple) were very hard.

This was much harder than I expected. Being a novice and somewhat out of shape, it needed a lot of exertion and a degree of balance.

The first part going north from the visitor center / cafe (fully stocked), you go down the cliff with moderate exertion and get to a beautiful waterfall emptying into the Hudson. At this point, I advise the beginner hiker to turn around and go back up. Because the next part, south along the Hudson, is hard. And it’s not really that technically demanding but you are taken over rock pile after rock pile, think what’s left after a rock slide and it seems ENDLESS. I was asking a higher power to please stop and turn back up the cliff.

When that part ended, it was a very pleasant stroll along a packed earth path next to the river and a steep but manageable climb back up the cliff.

Total time of 3.5 hours including a snack break.

Just a quick walk from the designated parking area, you can get right up to (and even into) the falls. You can also follow the road past the parking area to the very top of the falls with an amazing view.

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26 days ago

Awesome! Totally beautiful well maintained and marked trails. Really cool waterfall. Go! You won't regret it.

This was a very hard trail! But thoroughly enjoyed it and feel accomplished! The boulder scramble was the toughest. But it feels amazing to have completed the trail.

Great short hike with beautiful views. Can get crowded on Friday - Sunday.

all I got to say is "Drink water". Awesome hike. just remember what's goes down must come up.

steps and hills give it a great change from the average walk.

The views are spectacular, on a clear day the NYC skyline is visible as well as the Robert Moses causeway .

Palisades Long Trail Shore Trail Loop was amazing!! Boulders to climb and scenic views atop. Try to get there before eight and you have the trail all to yourself! Lots of water breaks and leave the pets and small kids behind.

Beautiful views

Great view of the Waterfall. Also a great beginner’s trail.

on Meadowlark Trail

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1 month ago

Much more interesting than many other LI trails. Only gentle elevation changes, just enough with the switchbacks to keep interested. Saw a doe and her yearling. She wasn't worried about us.
The red lined "map and 3.6 miles" must be false, as the map on site (in the middle of the trail, only !) shows the perimeter as a bridle path, there are many interior switchbacks. We usually average 2-2.5 miles per hour on trails, like the AT/LT.... this one took us 2.5 hours.
Other than that, the blue trail is definitely well marked. Take the red subtrail...adds to the fun.
We will return !

great for kids

Perfect for interval energy exertion...the topology rises and falls like a HIIT workout.

PARK AT LAUREL HOUSE ROAD! The trail and falls are simply awesome, but parking on 23A is insane. Continue past into Hunter and park above the falls, where they have beautiful trails leading to all parts and viewing areas. Im a little chubby and would call this moderate, not easy, but all in all just loved it!

Nice trail to run. Not too crowded and is challenging enough that it doesn’t bore you after running it a few times.

great local hike especially if you live in NYC (and have a car). great workout, lovely views and lots of seating areas on flats boulders. I initially missed the stairs on right that take you into the Giant Stairs area (through a fence) so keep an eye out as there are trails that lead elsewhere. very well blazed. not scary or too technical at all and good sneakers were sufficient on a sunny day. took 3.5 hours with a half hour lunch break.

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