Explore the most popular forest trails in Taconic Trail State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This should just be called "Snow Hole" and it's not difficult. Maybe we could rate it as Moderate for the average hiker, but if you're a trail runner, you can run the majority of it. Great trail though. Some views, varied terrain and, of course, the amazing Snow Hole.

Nice trail. I hiked it last weekend in the rain.

Really awesome trail, everything was clearly marked and the views were stunning. will come back again.

Not actually difficult but a fun trail with lots to explore, diverse forest and the snow hole is pretty sweet!

A very nice trail. Well marked and relativity easy for a family hike A real nice mixture of pine, birch, beech and maple trees. The trail follows the stream the entire hike and offers lots of access to nice views of the water. Above average hike.

Nice 6 mile round trip to snow hole and back. The trail starts across the street from parking lot. Cool quartz rock formations.

The directions on this hike are very inaccurate. The address listed for the start of the hike on Sloan Road is for the Farm Field Reservation, and it's a network of flat trails around the farm. We asked a local, and located the parking lot for the Phelps Trail on Oblong Rd, between Sloan Rd and Rt 43. It's 1.5 miles up to the Taconic Crest Trail, then a right 2 miles to Berlin Mt. We only reached the TCT, having wasted lots of time finding the trailhead. Very steep hike, but loved the stone fences along the way.

I found this trail a little confusing. When you get to where the GPS takes you, there is no where to park except a little patch of pavement that is on the side of the road that has private property signs up (and the road kind of feels like someone's driveway) . The beginning of the trail is marked, with a DEC sign in book. The problem is that the trail runs alongside private property, and after going a little more than 2 miles in, the DEC trail markers stopped and different ones picked up, so we really weren't sure if we were allowed to go any further. Other than our confusion it was a nice hike (we never made it up to the falls, but followed the creek up which was nice).

Echoing prior reviews, this is NOT a hard/difficult hike. There's a bit of steep trail as soon as you start from the road, otherwise easy to occasionally moderate grade. Excellent when there's foliage and flowers, great when there's not because it opens up the views around you.

great trail for the family 5.9 miles just perfect for nice day hike. lots of great views and easy to moderate terrain. well maintained and marked trail system. make for a great day!!!

Decent trail and work out. Took me 3.5 hours with half hour on the summit and several stops for photos. Rated a 4 based on birding, tons of warblers. Also saw a great horned owl and a grouse. Not the trail for you if you are looking for a nice summit view.

Beautiful hike and the snow hole is very cool! You can walk all the way down inside and cool off for a bit. This hike is not hard and should definitely be rated easy to moderate. There's a few steep sections but overall it's flat and easy. We saw a lot of families hiking with kids. Took us about 2 hrs total. As other people said, take note that the trail entrance is across the street from the parking lot, marked with a blue & white marker. There's was still a tiny bit of snow in the hole in the beginning of August!

This was a nice hike. The crest peak views could of been better. Saw a bear about 1.5 miles in on middle of trail, that was great!!

A fine, well marked trail with pretty waterfalls.

walking
10 months ago

Terribly marked, feels like you're on private property, hard to find, dog that lives at the house next to the trailer was adorable trying to bark us away. We just put our hands up and looked terrified to make him feel strong. Pretty little pools of water though.

Muddy at times, to be expected. Still snow in the snow hole.

posted private property. can still see yellow trail markers but rigjt above marked no tresspassing..

hiking
10 months ago

This hike starts off pretty steep, but overall isn't too hard if you take your time during the steep portions. Most of the hike is a wonderful walk through nature, with some breaks in the trees and a wide variety of flora. The surroundings are beautiful, and I saw several birds along the trail, as well as some deer near the peak. The trail is clearly marked, but the trailhead is off to the right side of the parking lot (there are several paths that look like trailheads, but they appear to be shorter trails/loops that do not follow the Taconic Ridge). Just follow the blue markers and you will be fine!

hiking
11 months ago

Trailhead entrance is not clearly marked. Entered trail at what we believed was the entrance, there were a lot of interesections in the trail, ended up on a trail that looped back to the trailhead in a little over a mile. Suggest more signage and trail markers.

11 months ago

I don't know who rated this trail as easy, but it most definitely is not. I made the mistake of wearing sandals to hike and bringing my five year old lol. It's a moderate grade if you start going counter clockwise, I couldn't imagine trying to hike up the actual ski trail. Coming down it was difficult enough. Another bad choice was doing this hike on an 85 degree day. Altogether it was decent hike, 75% is shaded by the woods, provides a good workout, and there is a view at the top of Berlin Mountain. Just make sure to wear suitable shoes, try hiking on a not so hot day, and be prepared to take your time down the ski slope (possibly landing on your bottom a couple times .)

Was a beautiful 8 mile out and back hike. Beautiful flowers and I loved snow hole. Moderate hike

We knocked this out in the pouring rain. Had a blast Dogs were a damn mess.

I would not mark this trail as hard. There's a short initial ascent that uses some stamina, but I would really says this hike is easy to moderate. The snow hole was nice.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Time of Year: winter
Conditions: Icy and cold, fresh powder on top of ice

First mile would have been much worse if I did not have micro-spikes due to the steep incline covered in ice- was a load of fun on the way down though!
After the first mile, it flattened out mostly, with a +/- incline at about 30 degrees. Summit view was not satisfying, as it was very foggy.

Nice hike, even in November. Be careful crossing the highway to get to the trail head. One of the best views is at the beginning of the hike.

A good hike. The trail is really well marked with white diamonds on blue squares. The trail is directly across from the parking lot entrance. There is a little trail markers but it is currently damaged and not the easiest thing to see.

It starts off pretty steep but most of the hike isn't as steep as the beginning. There are several beautiful look out spots along the way. The trail was muddy in a few spots but in most cases there were boards or an easy way around the worst of the muck.

There was no snow there (but we got snow the next day so that's okay). The snow hole has some interesting etchings into the rocks from visitors. If you hike out to it, take some time to look at the names and the years.

Always love visiting the snow hole!

I would classify this as a moderate hike. Good length and decent scenery. Relatively quiet

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