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15 hours ago

This was my first time doing this hike and I was not disappointed. It's a beautiful hike after the first two miles with 3 lovely viewpoints.

A few points to note:

- I highly recommend doing this hike counterclockwise bearing to the right on the Paradise Lane Trail and following up to the summit. be warned, the rock scramble is extremely long and very steep and, in my opinion, should be conquered going up rather than going down. The rocks were very wet after all the rain we've had and I can't imagine ever going down that scramble without being terrified. And I'd never do it with little kids. However, I found it exciting and exhilarating trying to figure out how to manuver it. What a rush when we made it to the top!

- There was a section where we had to cross a river that was slightly rapid after all the rain. I found it rather exciting but it could be tricky if you're not prepared for something like that.

- Wear hiking boots! Mud and large puddles were everywhere!

I'd definitely do this hike again, repeating the counter clockwise trek. We clocked it at 6.6 miles.

Really enjoyed the trail, felt longer than 5.4 miles but was a nice trail

Don’t do it with a fullruck

I completed this hike in July. I recommend starting early, at sunrise or even 30 minutes before to beat all the traffic. Lots of people make this hike during the summer and the trail can become very crowded. The hike is a nice balance of flat terrain, forest, open hiking above the tree line, climbing, and even some rock scrambling. It’s hard on the feet and ankles as there are lots of rocks to maneuver on the trail. This is the most difficult ~5500 elevation hike I’ve done, but the payoff at the peak was worth it. You get 360 panoramic views of the high peaks region.

Hiked it twice, once in April and again around July 4th. Had it to myself in April and joined a spontaneous sunset party with about 20 others July 4th. Great people and a great view.

Nice easy stroll past the Stewart Memorial Shelter to a view at Mt. Egbert of Fishkill and the Hudson Highlands in the distance. It would be a great hike to do with kids, because it's short, not strenuous, and has one nice payoff. A bit muddy in places after some rain but in other areas you are walking across the top of ledge. After the view, the trail heads steeply downhill so I went no further.

easy trail, lots of dogs, and short trail.

LOVED IT!!!! Did the loop and it was a great challenge! Beautiful with lots of streams for my pups to get into to cool off and drink. Will be back!

awesome trail to get the heart rate going. it's a steep incline but well worth it once you get to the fire tower!

I rate this 5 stars because it is a very peaceful, challenging walk, or run. It's not a hike in the sense that these are all old carriage paths, so footing is easy. It is very hilly however. Also, forget the trailhead and enter at the main entrance to the castle. Go up the road about a quarter mile, just past the lake their is a red carriage barn on the right, turn right and park in that lower lot. The description on alltrail says it's a .9 mile trail, but there is actually a total of 5.6 miles of trails. There are no DEC type trail signs, however all of the trails are out-and-backs or loop around. It's impossible to get lost. Some of these trails are challenging if you are not used to hiking. For flat trails stay around the lake near where you park. That's a short loop. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash. If you want to enjoy the view you'll have to go up to the castle.

a family bucket list hike. we started from the loj at 6am and we’re back around 4:30pm. it was a LONG HARD day but so worth it! the views from the top are amazing!

we took three long breaks - at indian falls on the way up and back, and again at the summit. so we probably could have finished faster but the breaks really helped keep everyone from bonking.

the entire family is still sore today (wednesday) and we did the hike sunday!

lots of mushrooms and slick rocks. beautiful, dense, quiet.

Great trail for kids. Well groomed and marked. Falls were beautiful.

Absolutely stunning views at the top, even with fog. Hiked it with another girl (we're both mid 20's) took us 8.5 hours total, with about a 45 minute stop at the top and minimal breaks. Definitely tough for the last mile and a half, but so worth it! also my Fitbit said it was closer to 18 miles.

lots of fun worth the work for the views

Nice hike, beautiful view of the Dam.

my 1st high peak, and what a hike it was! I wasn't quite ready for the last mile and a half of rock scrambling but I made it and it was well worth it! Breath taking veiws. Took me longer than most, 12 hours. I took many breaks, I think most people can probably conquer this trail as long as you're in good health and have good endurance! good luck!

Great trail, intense when going uphill but the views are absolutely worth it

Awesome view. Clear day. Tough climb down.

3.5 hrs To climb
3 hrs to comeback.
I had a very good pace.
So expect 8.5 to hike the top.

this loop is actually about 7 miles, so account for that. if you save the high point for last, you'll be doing a significant amount of uphills, so bring water and good shoes. we couldn't figure out how to find the rock outcropping for a view and didnt have time to look around, as a thunderstorm started rolling in. nice trail though. peaceful, and a nice way to get in some distance.

GREAT hike! We started at 6:30 am and we’re done just before 4. Bring more water than you think you’ll need. We had two 72 oz water backs plus three bottles and drank it all before we were finished. Stop by the creeks on the way down and soak tired feet. It’s a great way to rejuvenate! There’s a $10 parking fee at the LOJ too.

hiking
8 days ago

Interesting trail. A lot of loose rock at the top. Unfortunately we hiked it on a drizzly day so when we arrived at the top, we were in dense fog

Wonderfully fun climb in the gunks. Lots of rocks/boulders to traverse. The rock scrabble was fun but a bit challenging only because we got caught in a rain storm so it made the rocks slippery. There is one part that is very narrow and even with a tall slender frame it was a tight fit.
The hike started right at the mohonk mountain house. Since we were only going for the day hike (as opposed to staying at the house) they make u park about 1.5 miles away from the house. It’s also $26 pp which seems ridiculous to me. There are explicit instructions for day hikers that u aren’t allowed to even enter the mountain house. Overall though it was worth it.

Gorgeous, magical woods full of mushrooms today! Also swarming with mosquitoes. Bring deet or run.

hiking
11 days ago

Forgot to record however my friend and I did a 10.5 mike loop in 5hrs. Great hike however ran out of water on the last 2. The yellow markers are a faded on the trees and at times were hard to spot. Maps are up for grabs in the parking lots and worth stopping for!

Our route was TR (White to Red) >JS/OK(Red to Yellow) > OK (Red to Black) >. DH (Black to Yellow) > BS (Red to White) >TR to complete loop.

Extremely well marked, gradual incline till the very end, and a very nice 360 degree view at the top. Quite muddy in some spots! Bring lots of water and snacks for this one, becuase it's a long day. Start early! I'm an intermediate hiker and finished this in 10 hours, going from 6 to 4, including breaks. There are some nice rest spots along the way like at Marcy Dam or Indian Falls. If you are a regular hiker and have good stamina, this is a great hike for you!

The view at the top of the wave was amazing. Hang Ten!! As we got to the top the gravity thinned out and a friend of mine was swept into space. I’m mad because he had the pop tarts. Very fun trip and worth anyone’s while who enjoys sea bass.

Cool trail, not so hard , great view!!

hiking
13 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!

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