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18 hours ago

Beautiful views in the beginning, plain hike for the rest of the trail. In my opinion , the trail rated as "moderate" only due to elevation. Some areas didn't seem to be accessible by dogs. Overall nice cardio !

Nice trail. Great views!!! Some Rocky areas were harder/slippery and some trees have fall on the trail. Good variety of views and landscapes

Lovely hike. We did what other reviewers suggested: white to blue to orange to red. The scramble up at the beginning of the blue portion was definitely a challenge (I’m in reasonably good shape for my 51 years) but fun. I’m glad we went UP for that scramble; going down would have been a bit much for me. Overall really nice way to spend 3-4 hours, with some majestic views. The trail blazes can be a bit difficult to locate, so be on the lookout for those.

5 days ago

We hiked on this trail a year ago (Sept 9, 2017) starting from the other side of Hudson River, at Brooks Lake. We hiked through the woods up to Fort Montgomerry and afterward we crossed a pedestrian bridge over Popolopen Creek, then continued over Hudson River bridge. From here we reached the starting point of Anthony's Nose trail. Both parts of this trails were rewarding. This in-and-out extended trail was a little more 9 miles.

Did Cat to Thomas with my 14yr old and 12yr old. They loved it. Peak to peak will be amazing when the leaves are gone. After doing this direction, I agree with previous review that you should bolt up to Thomas first, then make your way to Cat. Bring hiking poles, especially useful for the rocky/rooty sideslope between the peaks. Enjoy!

10 days ago

Beautiful hike (easily accessible from New York City by train). Great views on Hudson valley.

Great trail with awesome views!
Challenging in the beginning going to the right of the loop, but nothing too crazy.
Lots of parents with kids, so you can do it!
Infinitely less crowded than Brackneck (at least the day I went), which is a plus

The best hike I've found so far within a reasonable driving distance of NYC.

Went on a nice overcast day and still had great views. IMPORTANT!! Be sure to get there before 10 to ensure a spot to park. Lot is extremely limited. $10 bucks. Did the entire loop, about 3.3 miles in about 2 hours with taking pics and walking with inexperienced hikers. Poles could help but not needed if your sure footed. Most of the trail is a road except when you get into the Ice Cave. Some narrow paths in the caves but well worth it. Temp in cave is about 30 degrees cooler but it's a quick walk. No ice in summer in case that needed to be said. The walk to Sams point is easy but uphill. The caves are on the high end of moderate. Happy trails!

Meilleur hike que j’ai fais jusqu’à présent ! La vue était incroyable. 4h allez/retour avec les pauses et le dîner au sommet. Je le recommande

It is simply the best hike I have taken. The views are astonishing. Highly recommended.

Challenging, scenic hike, removed from the worst of the Catskill Mountain summer crowds, with longer options easily available (adding Black Dome and/or Thomas Cole, specifically). Personally, I would recommend following this route in a clockwise direction (opposite to what’s posted here). There are several spectacular viewpoints along the trail; I especially loved looking up the spine of Black Dome, as we descended into the notch, after summiting Black Head.

Started by the parking lot of North Lake and took the loop trail to Artist's Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman's Ledge, North Point and Ashley Falls. We stopped several times for photos which tacked on an hour or two to our hike. My phone died on the way out so our recording is incomplete. We started out at 11am and it was extremely foggy. I actually didn't realize I parked next to the lake until we came down. it was so foggy I didn't see it or the signs. The first two look outs were all fog so not much to see. By the time we got to Newman's Ledge, the fog cleared and the view was gorgeous. Don't forget the bug spray. The mosquitoes were ruthless. The trail itself, aside from the look outs was beautiful. I never grew bored of the landscape. Beautiful trees, rock formations and different kinds of mushrooms throughout. I would do this trail again but would be better prepared next time.

Awesome hike! North Point was in clouds when I went, so Newman's Ledge packed a huge punch - such an amazing view!! Will definitely be doing it again soon.

Great for beginners and not too crowded yet enough people on the red trail to not worry about getting lost. Took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the lake and just 1 hour back down. Bathrooms and ice cream vending machine at the trail head/visitors center a definate stop on the way back to your car. Next time will go slower to enjoy more of the scenery and take pictures along the route. All in all be ready for a great afternoon of cardio work on your way up.

Awesome loop! Great views on top of Cat! I recommend going Thomas first, as the views are good but you are further from the lake. Save the trek from Thomas to Cat for the middle then easily cruise back down the blue to the parking lot. This hike is the perfect combination of tough, easy to follow, peak to peak ridge fun, and amazing views. Really doesn’t get much better and I’ve done 16 of the high peaks along with other LG 12s.

This is a goo place but I also find out a great park to barbecue pool next to the lake and a beautiful view kids can also play sport freely

This was definitely challenging especially with the 90 degree temperature and humidity. We decided to do this while hiking to Echo Lake so I don't think we were mentally prepared. Challenging both ways. At the top not much of a view but there were a few nice overlooks with great views before reaching the top. I would do this again but wait for a cooler day.

Beautiful, rewarding hike. Took Thomas to Cat, glad to have had the *sensational* views from Cat summit to finish the hike with. Recommend trekking poles as quite a few parts of the hike are steep, with loose rocks

25 days ago

Fun but short hike. Strenuous uphill but it’s over quick, and the rest of the trail feels too short! Nice though, and beautiful views from the top.

25 days ago

The views of at the top were very nice. There was one point with a rock scramble which was fun and slightly challenging. Although walking along the creek was enjoyable, I did not see any waterfalls. I would do this again if I only had a few hours (took me ~2 hours), otherwise I'd to extend it a bit longer and go to one of the lakes.

Did this along with twin mountain yesterday. Super muddy but definitely not impossible. Nice climbs and super rocky at parts. Took longer than expected to finish and some views have overgrown trees unfortunately. A nice workout nonetheless.

We just completed this trail yesterday. It had rained recently and there was a small stream to walk through. This is an easy trail and well worth the trip. The views are beautiful, especially Sunset Rock. We later went to North Point with other stunning views.

1 month ago

Loved this. Hard challenging uphill. Spectacular views. Descent was challenging even more so by torrential rain (that wasn't in the forecast for another 4 hours..!). Can't wait to do it again. Total immersion in nature. You need to be less fit and more resourcefully able to do it. Took my thighs a few days to recover.

the ice caves were simply amazing
the views up top were incredible
the carriage road was uneventful and sunny with no shade cover
beautiful 2.5 hours spent !

Beautiful trail along Hudson river

make sure to bring a map and stay on track. it can definitely get confusing at times. amazing views and wildlife everywhere. very peaceful and challenging at times.

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