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hiking
26 days ago

We do this trail every summer and it never fails to please. Even the hard part has started feeling easier. Definitely more overgrown this year!!

backpacking
26 days ago

great little 1.5 mile hike up. views of the east and west at the top ! 270° viewing I would have to say as well, which is always worthy of a good hike

27 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Quick hike with rewarding views of Catskills and Mashomack Valley/ Pine Plains. I turned right at fork when going up and preferred the lesser incline and longer route. If you have a fear of heights, steer clear of the fire tower and know that there isn’t a view unless you go to the top of the tower.

this trail had a great New England feel. stayed at campground with 3 kids for father's day for weekend which was perfectly rustic.
I echo others advice to start at northend and go counterclockwise to avoid step rocky descend, especially with non teens. excellent river walking stops down before park ranger cabin, westside had nice low cascading falls. the other side down further by pull off had natural pool which were swam in cause it was hot. we'll be back, even with 1.5 half drive from greater Hartford. stop at Dottie's Diner in Woodbury for doughnuts, their best in state.

It was HOT!!! 1st bit is quite steep. Great time nice trail. Good training for my Long Trail trek in September

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quick hike.

Great hike! We did the blue trail counter clockwise. 3 of the 4 of us were in sneakers, the other in hiking boots. The sneakers were OK, we just had to go a bit slower. Beautiful views at the top where we stopped to have our packed lunch. At one point around the campground, there are some facilities if you need a bathroom, complete with toilet paper.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop with different terrain and great views.

Good hike, although I'm confused about the 1,735 ft. elevation gain stated on AllTrails--maybe we climbed that much in total ascending/descending, but Cobble Mountain itself certainly isn't that far from the valley floor. We started up on the yellow blazed trail from the Macedonia Brook SP visitor's center and did the blue loop counterclockwise from there. The yellow blazed trail was seriously overgrown with downed trees, but we figured it was a less trafficked trail and therefore less maintained. However, some sections of the blue trail also were pretty overgrown, which we found surprising considering that Macedonia Brook SP is (1) pretty well trafficked and (2) at the epicenter of tick country! The first ~3 miles counterclockwise from the south end of the park were rather boring forest hiking; after recrossing the park's main road, the hike's second half was more interesting: ferns and the brook and the small scramble up to Cobble Mountain were highlights. We spent 2.5 hours completing the loop at a quick clip. BRING BUG SPRAY! Lots of standing water in the park = free arm workout swatting at mosquitos/flies.

hiking
1 month ago

Went up Brace on July 4th to catch the sunset and fireworks. Saw a quail and a timber rattlesnake on the way up while I sweated out several pounds!! Trail markers definitely improved since my first trip up...followed yellow blazes from quarry Rd to the white blazed taconic trail. Highly recommend this hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a 90 degree day humidity had to make it over 100 degree. Me and pearly got 3/4 of the way had to turn around. Way to hot out. Almost fainted and we’re both avid hikers. Long stretches of open field trail in the beginning, No shade. Had to coach the dog back it was that HOT. Great hike if a little cooler. Will attempt again IG: tess_pearly2dajammy

Nice walk along river. Will definitely go back.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a good trail. Very well marked. Easy to follow. The first part of the white trail wasn't so pretty but by the river was absolutely beautiful. Peaceful and relaxing!

nice little loop. I turned right at the split which turned out to be a slightly longer more gradual incline to the top. Cool fire tower at the top!

on Meeker Trail

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked in early November 2017. Excellent trail, but definitely difficult. Trail has many locations that are poorly-marked, so using a GPS map is essential. The first 2/3 mile has a section that is a near-vertical climb up a cliff.

hiking
2 months ago

Short but enjoyable. It was relatively steep for most of the hike, but it was dry so the footing was fine. The view at the top was pretty great too.

Wonderful view of the Catskills and the Taconic range at the top of Cobble Mountain. Some great scrambling continuing north on the blue trail. Hiking shoes definitely recommended. After this section it’s just some light descending, not bad at all. Full loop is roughly 6 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

I've done Macedonia Brook State Park so many times I've lost track but it's definitely a favorite. Today I found it more overgrown then I've ever seen it which means I was picking ticks off myself and my dog, unfortunately. I usually do the blue trail up to Cobble Mountain and back but decided today to continue past Cobble Mountain. I wasn't really interested in doing the entire loop but was more interested in seeing what I had never done before. Cobble Mountain really is the highlight of Macedonia Brook State Park in my opinion. I was hiking alone with my dog and discovered a crazy decent down a rock scramble that I'd have to say was pretty sketchy. So sketchy and so sheer at one point, my dog wasn't having any of it. I had to shimmy my way down on my butt to a safe spot where I could then lift her and place her down. We paced ourselves with our wobbly legs and paws and did it. This is definitely not a hike for a novice or anyone afraid of heights (which I am) and/or rock scrambles. I'd consider it a moderate hike to Cobble and then moderate-to-hard if you continue past Cobble. We continued down the blue a bit more, then took the green to the green-orange. We played in the brook for a bit and ended up taking the gravel road back to the start of the blue trail where the car was parked. Too tired after doing that insane rock scramble down to continue exploring the trails we'd never done. Level ground to calm our weary legs. All in all, did 4 miles in 2 hours, seeing beautiful views, scrambling crazy rocks and seeing NO ONE, starting from the blue trail, going clockwise. Enjoy!

2 months ago

2 pretty views. Did the full Meeker trail (yellow) loop rather than the out and back trail on this app. 4 miles total. Decent hike but wouldn't do it again.

Great hike with a unique payoff at Rand's View. Was lucky to have the meadow all to myself, as I arrived early. Unfortunately it was a bit misty and foggy in the distance so the view was not all it might have been. Still super cool. I didn't hike as far as the AllTrails route indicates, but I did check out Giant's Thumb and went a little beyond that, until I saw the trail heading steeply downhill. Mount Prospect view is nice, though not spectacular. But it's a good place to rest for a while before chugging along to Rand's View. Lots of nice ups and downs on this trail, but nothing too taxing.

Just tried to follow this map yesterday. When other people say "unmarked" trail it actually means no trail. Follow the blue. Great views from the summit though. Must have a compass or gps.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike. I started at the north end of the blue loop and went counterclockwise, and I think that's the best way to tackle it. Would not want to come down Cobble Mountain the opposite way. There is one very tricky section just as you start to climb up Cobble Mountain where you have to hoist yourself up some big rocks. I managed to do it hiking alone but it was a little hairy. The views from the top were worth the effort. After Cobble Mountain there are some more vistas along the way, then you head down into forest and descend down to the brook. A bit more rock scrambling there. I took a quick break for a snack at the brook then headed up the other side of the blue trail, which has some sustained, gradual climbing but no real views. Just some nice forest hiking. Eventually the blue trail descends again down toward a campsite. You can walk along the road there and cut the loop short if you want, but I did the entire blue loop back to my car, with some more ups and downs and a little more rock scrambling at the very end. Rewarding hike, but I would not do it in any kind of bad weather. Proper footwear a must.

hiking
3 months ago

The route where you see the concave curve on upper right hand side is so hard. one section had us climbing down boulders. not fun but with 2 dogs...almost impossible. We baled out and joined the gravel road route. Very pretty place but the trails aren't trails.

nice trail with waterfalls, not many decent views but when you do see one it's amazing. give yourself about 5rs time and bring snacks.

hiking
3 months ago

Some steep spots! Amazing view!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike on 4/14/18. It was a cool, crisp day.

The mile-ish hike up was strenuous and the rock scramble was challenging, which was a great workout. The waterfall was picturesque.

Unfortunately, although the weather was nice, it was hazy and the views were less than amazing. Perhaps with the fall foliage, there would have more of an impact.

Some views at the beginning, but there is a large portion of the hike where there is no trail and you end up on private property. If you do this trail bring your phone/ gps to navigate that section. The ravine was amazing once your got to it about 4 or so miles in.

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