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.

Very enjoyable trek through the woods...didn't encounter another soul on a cold morning until I hit the junction with the Anthony's Nose trail. Decided to extend the hike about 0.8 miles and take in the views from the aforementioned Anthony's Nose. If time allows this is a must stop...gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain.

Great route with superb views. Not that the route has been updated to be clearer at the point where you leave the blazed trails.

Couple of detours necessary on Undercliff because of ice

Hiked trail in fair weather. easy hike. Planning to hike again on this Friday the 11 for my birthday. Starting to train for Mt Washington hike this summer. Any tips?

A difficult hike: the first mile consists of 1,000 feet of total elevation gain. The rest of the hike contained moderate elevation changes which were only made difficult by pre-exhausted legs. The fire tower atop South Beacon was open (late November) so we got to stand up top and freeze for a few minutes. Easy hike back from Beacon, aside from a few downhill rock sections.

Nice views and not so hard trail

Made a loop out of this by taking the purple-blazed trail over Fort Hill and then, at the end of the purple trail, turned left onto a blue blazed trail, at the end of which I went on an in blazed trail that ended at Snake Hill Road which I took back to where I started

Ended the year right!!

Rocky course but worth it. The views at the lookout are unbeatable. Very high traffic and dog friendly.

Never seen it so busy in December!

Essentially no ice; great

Bit of ice, but still easily avoidable

Survey crew at trailhead. Are they actually going to start work soon???

Great as ever

1 month ago

Beautiful view of the Hudson valley and the bear mountain bridge!
The white trail is in front of the bear mountain bridge. The first 30 minutes is a steep climb but not a lot of rock scrambling. The steps to the top are rocky. Once you’re at the top of these steps, the way to Anthony’s Nose is on your right, just follow the blue trail for about 15 minutes. This is more or less flat and shouldn’t be exhausting.
This is a moderate hike, but relatively short hike to the top to get great views.
I don’t have a car and I traveled from NYC 125 th st Harlem to Manitou by Metronorthrail. The walk from Manitou station to the trail head is about 1.5 miles and will take about 30 minutes to walk. You need to walk on the highway so be careful.

A little bit of ice, but easily avoided

3-4 parking spots are a couple hundred feet from the trailhead on the same side of the road further away from bear mountain bridge. You can skip out on walking to the trailhead as there is a cut through to the maintrail right from the carpark area.
Steep steps in the beginning for the first .5 mile. But great views on top!

Still great & no ice to deal with

Summited in 20-25 minutes from the front face of the mountain. Starts right in front of the bear mountain bridge and goes straight up, was a great fun scramble but definitely hard for inexperienced hikers.

beautiful views from the top, worth the hike. the whole hike, back and forth was about 2.8 miles, and at a comfortable place it should take you less than 2 hours to complete. make sure you have the right shoes, especially when the ground is wet, as I've seen some pretty funny slips and falls from people wearing running sneakers while the ground was covered with snow and mud....so be prepared, and enjoy the views from the top

Great hike with great views! Highly recommend it but be prepared for steep rocky portions. I’d say moderate is correct but would not recommend for beginners or people who do not regularly do hikes/hill runs. Took us almost 5 hours at a comfortable pace without breaks and we accidentally kept going after the end of the trail.

Awesome hike. Great way to push yourself and have an amazing end result to a spectacular view

This is a very nice trail but I agree with the reviewer before me that is was difficult to find the un-marked trail down. So much so - I couldn’t find it with the lack of leaves and vegetation. So had to walk all the way back and I was not planning for such a long hike.

Otherwise it’s a very nice hike with some great view spots and not a ton of people like some of the surrounding peaks.

2 months ago

I enjoyed the walk and found it moderately challenging. Came with family who are not used to the climb and they were able to make it with some complaints. The main inconvenience was water running down the trail paths and making them muddy, so you need to wear waterproof footwear. There were some good spots to stop and enjoy the scenery. I would return.

Great hike for kiddos. 3.5-9 yrs. follow red mark and see the view of West Point.

Did the Mount Beacon/Firetower side instead of the Fishkill Ridge side. After all the rain, alot of water on the trails.

Note that the trail information/route has been updated as of November 2018 to reflect the current route of the eastern section of the Wilkinson Trail.

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