Explore the most popular hiking 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.

I loved it, it was a bit of a workout during the scambles but it's definitely an experience that I would repeat. I can see myself coming here once a week to get a good sweat with a reward at the top. I did the white trail to the red and then to the yellow which leads back to the highway. Alot of fun..

Love this hike...had a Thursday off so I made sure I headed to Breakneck to avoid the throngs of people that show up on the weekend. Always fun scrambling up the trail...never gets old. Took the white Breakneck trail to the blue Notch trail to the red Brook trail...out within 3 hrs including a 20 break to enjoy the view.

2 days ago

The scramble is challenging but it’s an amazing experience. There were dogs on the trail too. I loved it and would recommend it to eve looking for a challenge.
My friends and I took our time and finished in approximately 4 hrs

My brother an I came up with the name "millennial mountain" because this popular day hike is frequented by hundred of like-minded millennials: those escaping the city/metropolis in search of a challenge. This hike definitely offers a good physical challenge with its over 1000 vertical feet. In the last several months the trail signs have improved drastically thanks to NY-NJ Trail Conference volunteers.

Tough hike on hot humid day

This hike was hard but it had great views. We climbed over 1000 feet but we didn't climb to the top which was about 1200 plus feet. I filmed most of it but there are times when I needed 2 hands. We plan to do the Arden Point and Glenclyffe Trail. We've did the Bear Mountain to Tower and Anthony's Nose and Doodlett Town. I also filmed those trails too. When you get a chance, check it out. https://www.youtube.com/user/jhn170

Beautiful hike! The ascent is hard but doable. Although the trail is busy on the weekends, it makes it easier for newer hikers to learn the footfalls and how to climb. It’s a good 2.5-3 hours with stops along the way to take in the beautiful views!

9 days ago

One of my favorite hikes because it’s a hard hike that is super close to the city. The first hour and half is very hard; rock scramble on hands and knees for the first hour. If you are short like myself, having your knees covers w a compression or long pants could help. It was about 100 degrees on the 4th of July so I only wore shorts and my knees were banged up. Bring A LOT of water and sunblock if it’s over 85 degrees - the first hour you’ll be fully exposed to the sun with very little shade.

rock climbing
9 days ago

very nice and worth it!

My favorite hike near NYC. It’s a fun scramble up, then easy walk from there. This is more moderate than hard. Bring water with you — there’s no opportunity to fill up. Wear real shoes, especially during fall and spring when it’s muddy. Parking can be annoying, so get there early. Enjoy!

11 days ago

Love the rock scrambling. The way down is pretty steep. Proper foot wear is very highly recommended.

The first part of the trail is a steep ascent and will involve a lot of climbing on all fours. The walk down is undergoing some development and has some nice steps. The trail is marked relatively well, but not perfectly. There are no water fountains at the entry, so make sure to bring lots of water. In general, avoid doing this trail when it's hot, because the climb up will be quite unpleasant. The views from the climb are stunning.

Get ready to rock climb for the first mile up the mountain. During the climb up, there are beautiful spots to take pictures of the Hudson River and its surrounding trees.

The last two miles are a breeze - just don't get lost.

Pick up some good trail running shoes (I love my Nike Terra Kiger 4.0's!) and a map (at the beginning of the trail) and you'll be fine.

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.

15 days ago

Amazing reward at the top! Gorgeous views!! Nice, challenging climb and fairly easy decent. Highly recommend!

I really liked this trail. A steep start but it has some great view points along the way.

15 days ago

My 9yo Maltese and I did the full white trail. Did the hike backwards. Took us about 4 hours total, with 2 hours of moving time. A few breathtaking views at the top, wished there were more. The rockclimbing down about 3/4 into the trail was quite steep and a little frightening at times. It was definitely a good workout.

We briefly lost our trail twice; the well-marked trail and gps function on alltrails app did us wonders. Lots of bugs in select places, though my dog came out tick/flea free with just a homemade vinegar spray, we saw lizards!!!, a very tall tree did almost fall on us towards the end (please, always be vigilent of these killer trees!), and at the end of our hike we loved being able to cross the street and go for a dip at the river beach!

Note for the 1st timers: White trail is 1 way and it's for climbing. Its pretty steep. Found couple of places difficult to climb with little hand grip. Proper shoes and helmet are must. Carry enough water bottles (1L). Better if you have a company. Trails: (Parking->white->red->yellow->back)

Great views of the river

Definitely a great trail, especially on a mon. The trail was well marked and there were SOME nice views — nothing comparable to some other trails in this region though. Saw 2 snakes, both of the garden variety and some cool sites towards the end of the hike. The first 3/4 mile was tough, the rest was a nice easy to moderate hike. Lots of cobbles, make sure to watch your step. Would definitely do it again.

Enjoyed the hike (not difficult) and countryside but had trouble following the markers, very hit and miss.

Hiked this trail in mid June 2018. Hiked on Friday evening from 5pm-9pm, and didn't encounter any other people on the trail. Pretty good exercise. The summer foliage covers a lot of what would be some spectacular views. The trail makes a sharp U turn to the left after you reach the Yellow trail. Keep an eye on the trail markers and don't just follow the trail on the ground.

Great views, dog friendly and barely trafficked on a humid day!

22 days ago

This hike was great, not too long and pretty steep. The views aren’t bad either. For being a train-accessible hike from the city, it wasn’t crowded at all! Unfortunate graffiti on the trail but overall nothing to complain about!

25 days ago

This trail was beyond awesome! We did this past Saturday. Lots of climbing and breathtaking views. The people were amazing which kept the trail relaxing.
I highly recommend this trail for exprinced hikers. I brought my pup and he was fine but we hike all the time and he has proper gear.
Bring lots of water, food, bug spray and sunscreen. Oh, and I a hat! I wish I brought one!!
Honestly, even if you have to stop and take a break there are spot where you can go off to the side and take a breather, without being in anyone's way.
Yes, I hike all the time but I'm a bit of a chuncky monkey and I made it all the way through.

A nice hike. Some steep inclines that give you a run for your money. Some great ruins and some nice vistas. All in all a good day out but not my favorite. There are TWO sets of ruins. One about 1/4 mike from the parking lot (on the way back) and the other about a mile and a half. There is lots to see at the other one so wander around a bit.

Great trail, lots of shade, beautiful ruins.

Steep but fun scrambling. Tough on the knees on the way down. Leave you hiking poles at home for this one

Rock climbing type of course, very challenging but beautiful with views!

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