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My husband and I hiked the loop with our dog, camping overnight at Jimmy Dolan Notch. There's been a lot of rain this month, so there was water everywhere, little creeks and waterfalls. We came up via the eastern leg of the loop. It started off fairly easy, but turned into one of the tougher hikes we've done. Several spots where our dog couldn't make the jumps (he's got stubby little legs), and we had to ferry him up the rocks or carry him up balanced on one knee as we pulled ourselves up with tree roots. Not easy with our packs on. Between the challenge of the dog and the fact that our camp stove crapped out on us, we had to call our trip a little short, and we just hiked back down the next morning via the western leg. The descent was easier, the elevation change was definitely steadier on the western side of the loop.

Overall, this was a gorgeous, well-marked hike, and we fully intend to come back (without the doggo) and try it again. Challenging, beautiful, and well worth the drive from NYC.

With overnight gear, this is a trek. Don’t pay attention to the mile markers on the trail - use your gps. Plenty of mis cues. Be prepared for serious ascents and technical descents. Kind of a blast but a mother ef for sure.

Hiked Suagloaf, Plateau, and some of Twin last year. If you're looking for a challenge, I would definitely recommend hiking these mountains. Did it as a day hike and I was there for a good 6-7 hours. I know everyone's skill level is different but this one really pushed my limits.
Be prepared to do some dangerous rock scrambles, which are made even more difficult when wet. And to possibly be very sore the next day,

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8 days ago

This hike is definitely EASY - not moderate. I am not super fit but I managed this very easily (there are a few hills but they're not challenging). The hike is very muddy and wet, so you need good hiking boots. The view is unreal!!!! I would highly recommend this, considering it's little energy exerted for a stunning view!

It was fine except that when your finished your legs are KILLING you

Easy 3/4 mile stroll up to the falls. Nice falls but overrun with jackasses not heeding the no swimming or diving signs. Loud and full of humanity on a warm weekend. Nice to see it but I don't think I'll be coming back. Not as spectacular as, say, Kent Falls, and just too many people. Parking is also a mess.

Hiked on 7/28. Awesome hike, steep in spots, great lookouts when offered. Recommend going up the Devils Path and down through Jimmy Dolan Notch.

Really fun and engaging hike. There is significant uphill up to Sugarloaf and quite a bit of fun scrambling throughout, however nothing too technical and dangerous in my opinion-no scrambling along a ridge line, etc. I did it solo in about 6 or 7 hours and felt totally safe. The only thing to note is that the area is generally very wet so many of the rocks are a bit slippery, and i do think this would be very challenging to attempt on a rainy day. Sugarloaf does not offer great views, but toward the top of Twin is really spectacular and not that much more of a climb once you have made it to Sugarloaf. Enjoy!

We had planned to do a different easier trail but only had a 2017 tag for our dog, not a rabies certificate showing the shot was good until September, so we couldn’t get in to the park where that trail was. This trail is rated as moderate and it was too much for my 5 and 9 year old. I enjoyed it, especially the views from Inspiration Point and the cool, rocky forest paths. Well marked with signage and flares. Quite a bit of steep hills.

Pretty view from the top. The hike up was a little uninspiring.

Always a beautiful trail. A few lookout points and pretty walks.

It's a lovely trail, a rather steep climb, may need to use your hands to climb up some of the trail. It's located near a campsite, which will give you a moderate to high trafficked area, depending on time of day. Definitely worth my time, the views were beautiful. It took roughly 5 hours, with some breaks at the look out points. The hike can be longer than 5 hrs if you choose to go further through the trail. I'll post the pictures that I have.

hiking
22 days ago

Great set of paths, trails, and gravel roads with lots of trailheads and options for creating your own loops or just meandering through and next to the Hudson River Estuary. Some of the paths to the river can be boggy and wet, and insects (ticks) are present in the summer. Views across the Hudson River to the Catskills are afforded at several high points along the west edge of the park.

Very impressed by the overlook and not to hard to access for beginners and intermediate hikers!

This was a great trail- note that the blue trail turns to yellow at the Y for the longer hike noted here and the best views. If you remain on the blue it’s considerably shorter. Steepest at the beginning and then about 3/4 way for a bit (at which you then dip back down elevation wise and seems wrong but keep going!). Easy to do with my Australian Shepherd (7 yrs old but active). Would happily do again!

Tough as nails. Do not underestimate.

Parked the car at Devil's Tombstone Campground where Smiley's Taxi awaited to take us to the trailhead at Prediger Road. The plan was to do Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau.

Started at 8 am and hit Indian Head first. Everyone said it would be the hardest, but this is incorrect. Read on. The ascent was challenging with several steep sections that required abandoning hiking poles and scrambling on hands and feet. Several breathtaking views await. Descent is moderate.

Next up was Twin mountain. The ascent was shorter than Indian Head's but felt more strenuous in some sections. You will hit the first (lowest) summit of Twin to great views. It's an easy hike to the second, true summit of Twin, good views here as well. The descent from Twin is pretty steep. Kind of an ass kicker. Good footwork is essential here.

Sugarloaf is next. Very steep ascent, where I saw several people I had been bumping into on previous summits start to show signs of exhaustion. The summit is short and nothing to write home about. The descent is pretty steep and will test many. I met groups at the bottom of Sugarloaf that had members call it quits here.

Without a doubt, Plateau is the true test of anyone attempting this hike. Take advantage of the "spring" during the approach to refill water bottles or refresh yourself. The ascent itself is very very challenging, perhaps even more so since it'll be the fourth and last mountain of the day. By the time I reached the summit, which is not memorable at all save for the feeling of relief, I was completely gassed out. Enjoy the flat hiking atop Plateau (~2.2 mi) and get ready for the descent down to campground, which is steep and seems endless.

All in all, a great day and a very enjoyable challenge.

This short walk along a stream on a hot day when many people were cooling off walking around in the water was really nice! No swimming by the actual falls (strictly enforced). Super crowded with families and lots of people and dogs.

Great trail. The first half is one of the tuffest trails ive hiked. Be ready because there is no ridge line. You have to hike up and down ever single mountain. But the shelters are well kept and adaquitly spread apart.

This was a moderate trial (easy at times with some hard points). It was well marked with great views and was great for our 5 year old lab.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, well marked that ends at what I guess is Huckleberry Point - beautiful rock ledge with fantastic views and giant rocks to sit and take it all in.

If you’d rate your fitness level between 0-3 on a scale of 1-10, this might seem moderate. If you are fit and a regular hiker this will largely feel like a beautiful, easy hike. The hardest part is a few minutes of steep incline on the yellow trail on your way back - just enough to break a small sweat.

Few notes - the ground is very rocky and uneven so wear supportive footwear. Also the yellow trail is quite buggy because of the stream. Wear sunglasses if you want to avoid wiping small bugs out of your eyes. As if today, the stream is largely dried up so crossing is not an issue.

Good hike with allot of rocks so wear your boots with good ankle support. Nice stream about 2 miles in for the dogs to swim and drink. Beautiful views.

This was a beautiful hike! We hiked it clockwise and if I were to do it again, I would hike it counter clockwise. Beautiful vistas and a great place to bring a lunch. Had two dogs with me and they did great!

Great for a family? Two parking sites one further away then the other. Our 7 and 9 yearold loved the hike and the falls. Room to go out on rocks which were safe for most, with the exception of very young kids or those with mobility difficulty. Well worth the trip.

Beautiful hike but very crowded.

Very nice hike.Not extremely difficult.I went on 4th of July with my husband. It was 88F but the trail ist mostly in a shade. There are 2 view points on the way. 2nd one is perfect for a lunch pause. Beautiful forest. The teail is not crowded. We saw 3 people on our way. worth going.

Nice, easy hike with a great view before a long drive home.

I proposed to my wife here right after a snow storm in November. Beautiful spot any time of the year!

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