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

This trail is a hidden gem! Great for the moderate hiker with a steady incline, easy rock climbing and multiple stream crossings. We lucked out on the weather and caught a breathtaking view of the NYC skyline. So beautiful and a well kept secret! Let's keep it that way!

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!

Amazing trail, lots of stairs so prepare!

hiking
9 days ago

Combined this trail with the Huyler's Landing and Closter Dock Trail loop which came to all together nearly 9.5 miles. Other reviews are true in so at the beginning yes you do hear the car noise at first/near ending the loop, but do not let that stop you. If combining both trails I do recommend starting with Forest trail, there are some steep steps which are pretty sketchy especially if it is damp out which you will have to go down. Though it is rated as easy I would say it was a little more than just that. The midpoint where both trails meet is a large picnic area on the water which probably does get busy as it is a very nice area, where most likely ppl go to take pictures and all. To me however it is nice to see so many ppl taking advantage of the area. The hike along the shore is just as awesome as hiking above for the views. Very worth it.

Great hike on a really hot day. I’ll do it again in fall.

11 days ago

Brief summary: a relaxing hike with a difficult rock scramble in the middle.

We parked by the docks as suggested but FYI there is a $5 fee per car, and there are clean bathrooms to use.
It’s flat terrain alongside the shore. There is a rock scramble to go up on top of the cliff which was difficult but fun! Then you loop back at the top with a few nice scenic views. Also FYI map says to follow blue/white trail but it’s marked green. We saw two deer and a lizard and only a few people despite being a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The hike is mostly in shade too so even though it was 90degrees it was bearable!
Have fun!

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

awesome trail..

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

Very enjoyable hike. Good views and many picnic areas and other activities in the park. Steep climb in places, but well placed rocks form steps. Lots of options for trails.

great trail lots to see !

Parts currently under construction. Otherwise would be a 5 star

hiking
24 days ago

This trail is also known as the Major Welsh Red Dot Trail. It is not the staircase trail. It is awesome if you like some moderate rock scrambling, with less intensity than Breakneck Ridge. Highly recommended for a short, semi-rugged, day hike with excellent views at top and a nice moderate descent.

I love this trail system, i would go as far as saying its one of the best trail systems on long island but that right is reserved for Glacier Ridge on baldhill, However this is good, not too much climbing, but not too much downhill kinda overall flat. Its a decent long island trail and i will be going back for sure, This is a great loop for first time mountain bikers, i didn't even need my full suspension bike to do this, I honestly could of gotten away with this on a hardtail, Its worth the time if your local but if your off Long island this isn't worth a trip, Its not IMBA maintained and it doesn't look like the trail workers care too much about certain sections, But overall i do like this trail, DO NOT RECOMMEND GOING DURING HUNTING SEASON. Just be careful if you do wear bright colors.

Southern half of trail is in excellent condition and not difficult (though of course involves assent/descent) but the northern half is very much a work in progress (2018)...easy to lose trail in which case (though eventually one does reach summit) one is occasionally in for a tough climb.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Well I came here with my two boys to see what this trail is all about and I wasn’t too happy with it! First of all limited parking at the depot parking area by the station. It’s also so boring!!! I am used to seeing scenery and taking pictures and there was nothing to see except boring trees and scary buildings!!!

As we began riding my little one who’s 4yrs old almost lost control as I was directing both of my sons to your right, a fast biker came flying by and scared my little one , had him almost heading off a cliff. I screamed so loud... smh... As we continued I found that this trail makes no sense. There is fencing in areas but not where their is a cliff, where someone can actually fall off to god knows where... so as we continued we also passed abandoned buildings, quite scary you don’t know who’s around... you also pass by people’s back yards, barking dogs with probably a 2-3 ft fence which had us scared it would hop over as it was barking from my sons training wheels making loud noises!!!

I feel it needs a lot of improvements.. more fencing where their is dangerous areas where kids can fall off and perhaps a separate lane for fast bikers. Path is too narrow, there was a disabled person which their bike took up half of the lane causing us to ride on the grass. So I feel they need to improve on that!!

Definitely should get to the parking lot at the Inn early if you get there early enough there’s plenty of parking, heads up unless you don’t mind hiking back up the mountain to the tower after you finish this loop you should definitely park your car at the Parking lot next to the Inn. Besides that great trail !

The trail itself is great. I think i would really like it on another day.
The problem we had was it was beyond humid and it was the morning after July 4th celebrations and people had left garbage everywhere! Such sadness - pick up after yourselves, people

But the trail itself is nice. It has some steep sections but some nice view points!

Fun hiking trail!

first time hiking ever. trail was very challenging for a first timer but even my 6 year old could handle it. definitely sparked an interest in hiking for the both of us

Nice

Great trail. Lots of rock scrambling. Definitely feel accomplished after.

hiking
1 month ago

Pro: Well marked trail, good work out in a hot and humid day.
Cons: too much people and some people put loud music on the trail.

very crowded on a Saturday. I had to pay ten dollars for parking. the trail is not very well marked and stops at the road several times with long stretch down on paved road as well. I went up the red trail down white.

Wow now this hiking trail has way too many Stairs that is what makes it challenging and when you arrived to the top there a road for car's to pass by I didn't like that it didn't really feel like a hiking trail.

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