Explore the most popular birding trails in Hudson Highlands 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.

Pretty steady climb but the views were worth it. Red Trail to North and South Redoubts was very well marked. Yellow trail not so much.

Not a favorite. The first 1/4 mile is through a meadow and was overgrown. Given the large amount of copperheads (i just saw one the day before) and tick borne illnesses in the area - I found it a bit unsettling. The trail does open up but to nothing spectacular. You will get some subpar views of the river and west point but nothing great. Even the walk in the woods was depressing. Im assuming this area got hit hard with recent storm because you are essentially walking though a maze of fallen trees. Its really quite sad actually. There are such better trails in this area.

Great views of the river

One bridge (if you can call the ugly steel plates they use bridges) is out 3/4’s of a mile in. The creek isn’t too hard to cross anyway, but it’s due for a few repairs in the first mile.

Trails are well marked, the beginning is a well worn path for about a mile.

There’s a new alternate blaze green detour that takes you between the peaks rather than over them. (They have route maps posted, See pictures) There’s no real path and it’s less travelled, we enjoyed it since a foot injury prevented us from climbing higher anyway.

This route terminated at the turnpike entrance, there are no parking lots or structures nearby. You can follow the road around to reconnect with the Campbell Rd entrance.

Nice relaxing trail, no real challenges but worth it for lovely creek and spooky rock structures and walls.

Great hike

Love the scrambles and the moderate to difficult areas which always keep the hike interesting. And then there are the views...

Very challenging trail with great views
Definitely not for beginners

Did the 12 miles hike.. Was intense at certain points but amazing!! 2nd time on this trail

fun trail. make sure you wear hiking boots, bring water and snacks. you also need to be in shape or the next day you will feel it. elevation gain is 1,404 according to my fenix 5x watch. expect 3 to 4 hours round trip. we recorded 3.83 miles on popular trail which was crowded on labor day monday.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This trail was okay, there is a lot of a land but the view point were not the the best I have seen. It was still a pretty trail and I would say it's slightly harder. If your a new hiker this isn't a moderate trail you should start with.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

good for being so close to the city!

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Very good trail

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Friday, December 02, 2016

A little hard to find as some of the blazes aren't clearly marked. went on a summer day, so all the trees made it hard to see the Hudson, but lovely slice of nature.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We did 11 miles on several different trails starting at Castle Rock (blue), heading toward Sugarloaf, winding up on Osborne Loop toward Manitoga. Even the start of this hike is gorgeous with a beautiful green field and panoramic views of the colorful foliage across the river. All together, this hike is awesome. The directions on the nynjtc.org website were impeccable and led us exactly where we needed to go. Parts of the red emblazoned trail became extremely steep, but the view from the top could have been amazing had it not been for the obstruction from the trees. Still worth it, though. The hike is not for beginners in my opinion. Overall, loved this hike. Took only 4.3 hours to complete. Lots of cool things to see during this trip!!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

I did White Washburn to Yellow Undercliff to Red Brook to Blue Cornish. It was extremely crowded until I moved past viewing spots on Undercliff. It was a nice ascent in beginning and very windy. It was a good hike and will be back to do more trails.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

I will give Sugarloaf the benefit of the doubt, but Castle Rock trail is boring and confusing.

The map on the parking lot is rotten away so there is no way to tell what trails go where. There is a blue, red, and yellow trail.

There is no way of reaching Castle Rock. Apparently is it privately owned and has big "NO TRESPASSING" signs saying anyone entering the property will be arrested and prosecuted.

Also, there is a RATTLESNAKE HABITAT there. No fences or signs around it until you are leaving it. That was a pleasant surprise since I was there with my dog.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

This was a really good hike, I only gave it 3 stars because there isn't actually something called the Hudson Highlands Trail and it can be really confusing without an actual destination. If you use the directions from the app, it's brings you to all different trail heads of the Hudson highlands state park. To follow the path shown here, take the white blazed trail, which is flat, until you reach a junction with a green blazed trail that goes up on the right. This route will take you to Round Hill. Take the green trail all the way until another junction with a blue blazed trail on the RIGHT. Be careful here because there is another blue trail on the left that goes to another part of the mountain. You will notice the correct blue trail goes straight up and gets rockier, this means you are nearing the lookout of round hill. Once you reach round hill, you can follow the blue trail all the way back down the other side of the mountain as a loop. Definitely bring a map.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nice trail with varying skill level and you get to see a pretty castle at the end of it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Amazing day of hiking!!!! Started at breakneck ridge trail (very difficult) and continued through to the casino trail and down mount beacon park, both of which are easy trails.

Breakneck is the most fun I've had hiking, with intense rock scrambles and climbs that start immediately and don't let up. If you have a fear of heights or don't like climbing, I'd suggest taking the Washburn trail or breakneck bypass trail instead.

Breakneck ridge trail ends at the firepower, which by the time we got there was too crowded for my liking. We continued straight on to the casino trail and descended mt beacon park. Very busy.

Most people took the trail back to 9d (once you reach the final climb, it's on the left) which made for a quiet hike through the woods. Not many people were up for the 10 miles or so this hike lasted.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's good for a workout, since the trails go up and down several times. But not much scenery. The only place you can see something is Sugarloaf Hills and the view is just ok.

Overall trail is pretty easy. Most of the climbs are gradual and gentle. Major portion of the trail was an old horse carriage, so you can imagine how wide and easy it is. The climb up to Sugarloaf is the only challenging part, but it's only a short 10 minute climb.

This park has many trails, so pick and choose your own trail combination. I parked at the official parking on the northwest side of the park, climbed Sugarloaf first, then followed blue, white, yellow, blue, and red trails back to the car. Check out the GPS track I uploaded or go to this link to see what I did(http://bit.ly/1kVZHUx). You can also follow the official Osborne loop, which I think it's pretty similar to my track. Link below has the parking and trail info.

Lots of bugs on the southern part of the loop, especially near Curry pond, so bring bug spray.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

We hiked the Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus) via Washburn/Notch/Brook/Cornish Trail Loop. The start of the hike was a moderate incline with more pastoral woods than mountain. It starts to get rocky at the clearing of the quarry. It gets quite steep at spots between the quarry and the top of the mountain. There are some fantastic views of the Hudson to the east and south (including West Point Military Academy) as you go up the mountain. Be sure to take advantage of the rock outcroppings to sit, rest, and enjoy the views. The trek down the far side of the mountain is much more relaxed. It is a mix of trail walking and creek running.

The trails aren't very well marked in some areas. I would suggest hiking this with a partner to allow for more eyes on the lookout for the round trail-markers. There are times when I missed looking at nature because I was more focused on finding the next marker (a.k.a. not getting lost).

Overall, it was quite a fun trek. There was a good variety and enough additional options of trails that we can return without repeating the same hike.

The link below is the official hike site:
http://nynjtc.org/hike/east-hudson-highlands

enjoy!

trail running
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Very good trail overall. A little tricky to find (from 9D, turn on to Wing and Wing at the CastleRock sign), but great for hiking or trail running. I did a little of both, but mostly hiking on the ascents, which are generally moderate in difficulty.

There are some nice views of the Hudson Valley as well as West Point from the trail at various points along the trail.

I went solo, but it appears to be dog friendly, as the trails are generally wide and well kept. Also, no crowds to speak of, but I did go over a holiday weekend, so that may have contributed...

Bottom line is this is an excellent hike / trail run right in the middle of the spectacular Hudson Valley.

A nice days walk. Hilly & rough terrain at times. Nice views & wildlife. Wear comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes & a comfortable pack. Bring lunch plenty of water.. If I remember correctly, there's a nice iron mine to go through & a lemon squeezer. Possibly ruins.

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