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3-4 parking spots are a couple hundred feet from the trailhead on the same side of the road further away from bear mountain bridge. You can skip out on walking to the trailhead as there is a cut through to the maintrail right from the carpark area.
Steep steps in the beginning for the first .5 mile. But great views on top!

Easy moderate trail. Very enjoyable

Gets a lot of traffic. Sexist graffiti on boulders. HUNTERS. Bicycles. Clearly some group fancies themselves witches and has fire pit encircled with chairs built out of rocks with one adorned for the leader replete with a stick canopy. There has been racist graffiti here in the past, but that is typically removed with a day or two, not so the sexist garbage. I would not bring kids for this reason.
It is a shame. The trail to the fire tower is a very short walk up and a very short walk down. For those days when the terrain is too slippery or the gunfire is too prolific, or the men are yelling too loudly, the fire road is a quick option. This used to be a nice, quiet place. WEAR HUNTER ORANGE. PUT HUNTER ORANGE ON YOUR DOG. Lots of dogs.
Whole up and back, even on the longer trails, is under an hour and not that challenging, but can be slippery.
ARSENIC is in the soil here. Wash your dogs’ feet, clean your boots before getting in your car. Don’t use unmarked or closed trails for this reason. Minimal testing has been done and is underway. The trails that are closed have been deemed unsafe. There is a tiny sign at the trail head.
Crazy with biting flies.

beautiful views from the top, worth the hike. the whole hike, back and forth was about 2.8 miles, and at a comfortable place it should take you less than 2 hours to complete. make sure you have the right shoes, especially when the ground is wet, as I've seen some pretty funny slips and falls from people wearing running sneakers while the ground was covered with snow and mud....so be prepared, and enjoy the views from the top

22 days ago

Partial ice , Mug and snow . Clear mark and it is moderate. But still have some foliage!

on Bull Hill Full Loop

24 days ago

it's one of my 'go to' trails in the mid-Hudson valley! I've been hiking this trail for close to 60 years!! I'm now in my 70's, and still love hiking it, regardless of the season! not all that far from home.

Great hike for someone looking for a challenge but doesn’t want to get overwhelmed either. First km or two is steep (climbing on rocks, some lose some not). Rest of it is flat and downhill but still rocky and climbing over fallen trees, crossing tiny streams etc. I hiked this alone, so was happy with this moderately busy route. Gave full stars for the ease of access and the just right amount of distance and challenge. I went this weekend, and there were one or two patches where water was still frozen on path in the afternoon.

Great hike with great views! Highly recommend it but be prepared for steep rocky portions. I’d say moderate is correct but would not recommend for beginners or people who do not regularly do hikes/hill runs. Took us almost 5 hours at a comfortable pace without breaks and we accidentally kept going after the end of the trail.

Awesome hike. Great way to push yourself and have an amazing end result to a spectacular view

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1 month ago

My wife and I did this trail yesterday and enjoyed it thoroughly. We are active seniors and do some hiking. The beginning, first 2 miles, is on the steep side and offers some challenges along with some great views. Once over the top it is more of a nice walk in the woods. The trail is well marked although we did lose it a couple of times and the app helped to find our way. Some reviews mentioned that it was crowded, this was not the case on a lovely November Thursday! Being old and retired has some benefits. Gave it only 4 stars not for any particular reason , always want to think there is something better down the road or in this case trail.

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1 month ago

The beginning of the hike is pretty steep (never to the point of rock scrambling though) and quite enjoyable. The views are great at the top! The descent is pretty easy and flat, but at the end of the hike it takes you beside 9D and it gets quite noisy. This place also has heavy foot traffic so try to go during the week.

So many beautiful views throughout
Definitely not an easy hike. Took us 4 1/2 hours. Lots of shortstops and about 15 minutes at the peak.

Quick Trail, I always go up to see the view and back down. There are other trails within that I ended up roaming around in with my brother and we ended up on the road

Great terrain and views, 6mi out and back to Anthonys nose, one of the toughest in the valley!

Tough trail but fun! Sooooo many rocks (my feet were hurting after the hike & that's never happened before). Trekking poles are helpful here. Trail is VERY well marked, the only tricky part is Antony's Nose itself. (Don't be fooled by the huge rock at the top, Anthony's Nose is still a few minutes away.... when you see the American flag, you're there!) pack snacks because you'll be burning some serious calories.

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1 month ago

Easy to moderate hike, the full loop is around 5 miles. The first mile & a half is moderately steep but then it flattens out - not enjoyable for the serious hiker. There is an awesome viewpoint from where you can see NYC though.

Easy walk up to the fire tower. As others said, nothing special about the hike itself, but the view from the fire tower is spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is much busier than 'moderate'. We were hiking most of the way up with a number of groups of people and it did not feel very peaceful and quiet. you also hear the train honking every 5 minutes. the views were lovely but I think I enjoyed the little Forrest on our descent the best - most of the groups had not taken the route and it was mostly quite peaceful and pretty. the worst was probably at the very end of the hike where the last half mile is a paved walkway with a lot of people moving in the same direction single file. the route is very well signed (it's the long loop) and unless you like crowds I would not recommend this hike.

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2 months ago

My boyfriend and I went on our first hike and chose this trail. It was incredible. Challenging and definitely rewarding. Trail markers are clear for the most part, although we did lose our way for about 15 minutes we used this app to get back on track. There is cell service throughout Hudson Highlands Preserve so that’s one less thing to worry about. Views are amazing as well. Going down is a little rocky but nothing unmanageable. Overall super excited to come back soon. Cold Springs is also the cutest little village with tons of great cafes for post-hike fuel.

great trail, good elevation climbs a handful of pretty steep rocky parts although nothing too tough, and definitely not dangerous.

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2 months ago

Nice views, some steep parts. Be careful if it rains with the leaves on the ground makes for a slippery hike.

Fantastic, majestic hike! The leaves are just starting to turn and the morning fog made for a spectacular start to our day. Took the two dogs, a little bit muddy and slick at times but the leaves provided a nice bit of cover. Great temperatures and not too many people at the beginning. Totally recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

I'd rate this a moderate - it's not a hard trail. Steep hike for the first mile or so then it levels out. It's a great climb and offers great views of the Hudson and Storm King mountain across the way, The day I was there it was pretty heavily trafficked with a lot of groups going through. The ruins at the end of the trail were interesting.

I stared at the Broccy Creek trailhead. It is a nice walk with a few steep rocky sections. Nice overlooks of the Hudson and Bear Mountain.

Moderate hike. Gorgeous views.

OK hike. Hard uphill to start. once you make to the blue trail, it becomes very easy. Saw kids on the hike. Views are very nice it and make the hike worth it.

Enjoyable hike.

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3 months ago

Love this hike. Difficult for the first mile and a third. But rewarding. Best view of the Hudson looking towards the city is on the right side of the trail just before the top. The hike down is 3 1/2 miles. Very cool. Enjoy!

It’s a short walk up a gravel road, nothing special. But who doesn’t love a view from a fire tower?

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