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Great trail, a little too crowded in the summer weekends.

This was a very challenging trail. If you are not prepare and fit don't do it. If you are afraid of heights don't attempt it either. It's a very crowded trail with a lot of dogs. I met a lot of hikers on this trail, some were friendly, others rude. I seen a lady with a 6 month baby on her back. This is definitely not a trail for that.

Great hiking trail with beautiful views. Be prepare to climb lots of stairs. We went up Major Welsh and came down it too.

We went up the Appalachian Trail first and though I'm not an avid hiker i was thinking, wow this is pretty easy - it's just a lot of stairs until the last part where it was more "nature-y" to the top. Views were great! Then we went down the Major Welch portion and i cursed the whole way down! Definitely lots of steep rocks and scrambling that I wasn't prepared for! But i did a lot of crab walking with my hands for balance and made it finally. I see a lot of people recommending going up MW and down AT and I'd recommend it if you're a less experienced hiker or have kids with you!

Solid hike. The beginning/end section from the parking lot to the lake is really nice, with beautiful pine trees. The middle/east loop of the hike was perhaps not the best for the summer. The markings left a lot to be desired when switching from the white/red blazes to yellow blazes. The mosquitos were also in full force in that back section, which really ruined that part. I think it would be a lot nicer in the fall/winter/spring. Also, saw two black bear in the east section!

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3 days ago

Great trail, takes a little over an hour to do the loop at a reasonable pace. The trail markings are clear, so it is easy to make your way around. Good terrain changes to keep it interesting with lakes / rivers / rocks to take in as you go. Really good for beginners!

Very nice trail. Part of the path (right before doodletown) is unmarked. I had downloaded the map here and followed via GPS.

Fun all the way up

Amazing trail, lots of stairs so prepare!

I did the hike with my 5yo son yesterday, a very hot day. I fed him constantly, hydrated him constantly, stopped often and he kept going all the way to the top. Congrats Issei!!
WARNING. You need to know what you are doing, do not attempt this if you are not an expert or your child is reckless. NEVER look away from them. My son is very disciplined, a good listener and stops EVERYTIME I tell him to do so. Nonetheless children that age are unpredictable and disaster could be around the corner. It is up to you to eliminate risk. Took 4 1/2 hour on white/yellow/green/red. I think the full loop would have been too much. Start early on summer days. Gets pretty hot soon. Even on the top. We used one gallon of water between the two of us.
I gave it 4 stars but not for the trail itself but because the conditions the people left the hike in. Graffiti defacing rocks, plastic everywhere... C’mon people!! Carry your own garbage!

A really nice trail with a lot of variety: a woodsy walk along the creek that opens up to a lovely lake (lots of people swimming, though they're not supposed to), then a slightly more strenuous hike up Diamond Mountain, where you quickly get enough elevation to have really nice views. Warning, though: the Blue Trail down is steep, sometimes challenging (I had a 9-year-old with me), requires good footwear, and it's not always clearly marked.

Great trail I love it

Great hike that was really well marked. I have the worst sense of direction and get lost on a lot of well marked trails, but I did this one solo and when I got turned around I immediately found my way quickly due to all of the markings.
It is a workout but loved every second. Slid down one of the rocks after trying to follow a path forward that was too steep, but quickly recovered.

Great trail, great views. We had perfect weather. Going up is work, over the rocks but totally worth it.

This is easily one of my favorite hikes near NYC. The only reason I give it 4 stars is due to the amount of people on the trail. It can be a zoo if you get there after 9am. So go early. But if you want a short hike with a little challenge and seriously rewarding views, this is the one. You also have the option to extend the hike out to the fire tower, if you want more mileage and dodge fewer people. After the hike, I love to head to Cold Spring for some lunch, a rewarding beer, or a little shopping. I heard the trail will be closed down next year, so get there while you can.

Loved that it wasn’t crowded. Esp for A Saturday :) Serene afternoon day hike #twothumbsup☮️

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12 days ago

First time back since my first visit in November and lemme tell you it’s just as much of an escape from the city as it was than back then! The wind in the summer was a lot less crazy, so when I got up to the top to the tower it wasn’t as sketch. Went solo so wanted to see how quick I could get to the tower and back from the breakneck trailhead, made it under 5.5hrs! Near the fire tower I was startled by a noise and all of a sudden saw a little doe and was able to snap some pics of it. Even though it does break up to allow you your own space in nature (crazy concept to think being so close to nyc!) but I’d suggest getting up there before noon to avoid congestion and the peak heat, tho it’s really not too bad between the trees. Biggest suggestion, bring at least two more bottles of water than you’d thought you’d need in the first place, will not regret it...! Only thing that’d make this hike perfect was a swimming hole (and less people, but that’s dreamin big lol).

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12 days ago

This was a pretty sweet first hike for me. Only would ask for some clearer markings but it was overall a great hike! Went the wrong way twice and added two miles but well worth the view at the peak of the NYC skyline. Only saw a handful of other people when we went. Great first hike

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14 days ago

Honestly, I didn't expect too much from this hike but I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of hiccups though, about a quarter of the way through the hike there was about a 20 ft stretch of water about 3 feet deep. Had to cut underneath the lake and then did the hike coming from the opposite way. The lemon squeeze was unexpected and fun and the little peak at the top is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks. Overall the hike was very fulfilling, ended up doing 10 miles overall because of the back tracking and wandering off the trail hear and there. Definitely would recommend for a weekend day hike if you are moderately athletic.

awesome trail..

16 days ago

Wow! What amazing views! I cannot wait to return in the fall and just sit at the top taking in the scenery. Definitely start with the white trail because it is quite a challenge. It’s mostly rock scrambling...I wouldn’t want to go down that way. It’s definitely some of the best scrambling that I’ve done in the area. There are so many places to stop and enjoy the views along the way. Once you get to the top with the flagpole it only gets better. There are at least 2-3 more places further up on the white trail that were less crowded where you can sit and enjoy the wind and take it all in.

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.

Fantastic hike - no rock climbing experience or special gear required but the entire hike is a climb ranging from steep to moderate. The view at the top is fantastic and absolutely worth the hike! The kids loved scrambling up and down rocks. Almost the entire hike is in the shade so relatively cool and nice breeze at the top. About 4 miles round trip, took about 2 hours with a couple short stops. Trailhead is literally off the side of the road so follow directions and use the facilities before you get there! No restroom or facilities at or near the hike.

We started on Anthony's Nose entrance as marked on this map, and the view from Anthony's Nose was pretty nice. However, it came relatively early in the trail. The rest of the trail was not as exciting. The trail itself is pretty challenging though. I would recommend starting at Camp Smith and finishing at Anthony's Nose rather than what's described here.

We enjoyed it. Did with 2 children - 7 and 4 yrs old - and a small dog. The dog needed to be carried in a backpack for the Blue part of the trail and 4 yr old was exhausted by the end. Took us 4 hours. I recommend doing in reverse so you do the steep part up (white) in the beginning and go UP the rock scramble (blue), not down. Note when you switch to the orange trail from blue it's not well marked. We had to guess based on the map and go down a ways to see the marker.

loop trail takes 1-2hours. The climbing is interesting. The view is good. Very busy during the peak time. Parking is 10 bucks.

If you want a challenge, this is the one. If you want the full experience of the trail, take it to fire tower, but that makes it a much longer hike

Perfect outing with two adventurous, athletic kids. It was a long walk for the 8yo, but she didn’t get overtired until the very end. All the rock-scrambling and waterfalls kept her happily engaged. We did it clockwise and took out time, stopping to snack a few times and wander off trail a bit. It was about a 3.5 hour endeavor. Highly recommend!

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18 days ago

Truly a joy of a trail to hike! Features a great variety in the terrain with some decent vert to boot. As others have noted, the trail is really flooded. With recent rain fall there’s probably 1.5 feet of standing water. On the bright side, some trail maintenance folks were out clearing the downed trees! (7/27). If you still want to do the loop, works as an out and back or you can put together a fun lollipop with the other trials in the area.

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