1 month ago

Magnificent view from the tower and magically colored forest in November ... I wish all ppl kept their dogs on the leash but oh well...

on Mount Rutsen Loop

1 month ago

Fun, easy walk through the woods to the fire lookout tower. Ended up doing an out and back because my phone died and the second half of the loop is not well marked.

The tower has great views of the surrounding area. Would love to do the entire loop just to see what there is to see.

3 months ago

Nice walk in the woods, however the trails are in places poorly marked. We took a wrong turn and if it wasn’t for the app allowing us to bushwhack to another trail, it could have been a long day. The nice part is the reward at the end... a fire tower with a great view if you are brave enough to climb it. Its safe, but a little sceeeery.

Went after it rained not the best to be in while all the bugs and mosquitos are buzzing in your face but that’s what trails are for. Tower was pretty scary coming down but not bad. Nice view once you get to the top.

nature trips
5 months ago

Even with wet weather, we greatly enjoyed rambling through the woods of Ferncliff Forest, taking all the little side trails and switch-backs. The trails are very well marked & maintained, and the map is accurate.

6 months ago

Very beutiful

6 months ago

A nice easy stroll in the woods! The fire tower is definitely the highlight and you can see forever on a nice day!

Super easy little loop. The view from the lookout tower is beautiful!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nice trail. Undulating Hills that are just difficult enough to get your heart rate up a bit. Fire tower has steep narrow steel steps. Don’t look down!

Great views from top of tower!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Very cool fire tower I videoed my walk using AllTrails and posted it on YouTube. Https://youtu.be/_3y2vwSD_Zs

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Great hike the view is amazing

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Super quick to do the yellow loop to the fire tower (which you must climb cuz the views are stunning). Not much of a workout but fun and well-marked!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The red markers weren't placed and positioned to well.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Easy hike with a great view from the tower

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Super easy hike but reward with a great view on top of the Fire tower

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Decent for jogging, worth a trip to climb the fire tower

Saturday, June 10, 2017

it was well labeled and easy to complete several of the trails even with my little guys

Friday, June 09, 2017

Climbing the tower is worth the view. Just be careful of the Bagel trail, I got lost and had to walk the whole perimeter of the forest. Otherwise it is a pleasurable forest with fun windy easy trails.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This is a pretty flat easy trail. The view from the fire tower is beautiful. I saw an eagle flying over the fields below. At one point it became pretty buggy, but it was a warm muggy day.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Fire tower makes this walk really fun. Took about 15 minutes to get to fire tower on a nice forest path. Remainder of walk took about 30 minutes. Trail got a bit narrow towards end of loop so that it was a little bothersome to have my dog on a leash.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Nice easy walk to the tower with an awesome view recommend this for family fun kid friendly

on Mount Rutsen Loop

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I love the fire tower views, but this spot is beyond buggy, every single time I've gone. This is with good bug spray too!

Monday, June 06, 2016

A little buggy, but a nice walk to the fire tower. The markers for the green trail are sparse...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice relaxing hike. Alot of people though but it was a Sunday. Fire tower was pretty cool. Trails were all well maintained and well marked.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

A really great little area. A quick hike nets access to the firetower that is open and affords some beautiful views. We followed some of the mtn bike trails back, adding distance and slightly more technical hiking.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

There are a number of poorly marked trails in the preserve, but it is tough to get lost in such a small area. The view from the fire tower is nice, but it is the only vantage point in the preserve allowing for a view above the foliage.

Monday, July 13, 2015

It was beautiful. I would bring some mosquito spray next time though.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A 10 minute walk in the woods that lead to a super awesome fire~tower. The inside of the fire tower is very imaginatively decorated by (what I'm guessing are the college students close by) that also like spending time there. It has a very cozy feeling to it and a very beautiful view of the hudson river, poet's walk, and the areas surrounding it. We sat inside and waited for the sunset and watched in awe as the clouds became color splashed with different intensities of pinks and purples.
It's a super easy hike! So easy that I want to take my grandparents along next time to show them around the area that we live in now.

Monday, May 12, 2014

I did this hike in the fall of 2013. It's a great little hike. It's a simple loop with a high fire tower at the halfway point which gives you an amazing 360 view of the Hudson and Catskills. It made the hike for me. It's very high, narrow and can be windy so if you are afraid of heights you may want to find something else. There was a surprising amount of wildlife . I saw several deer, and I almost stepped on a snake by the pond.

It's five minutes from the historic town of Rhinebeck which is a beautiful town with plenty of history and a number of fine places to eat. It's certainly worth a visit.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Super simple trail- we were actually looking for something more strenuous, but it was still fun. Make sure to climb the fire-tower and look for the gorgeous barn.

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