Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Trail is very clearly marked blue and easy to follow. Bird lovers can enjoy seeing bald eagle and other birds. hiking in the winter sun gives beautiful unobstructed views of the Hudson valley and Bear mountain.
Be prepared for a tough hike as it goes up and down the hills.

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

Good news, Breakneck is still open!

This is a nice hike with an especially fun climb. The views would be amazing with nicer weather and foliage, but it was still beautiful. The second half drags but it beats going down the scrambles. There was also a cute little waterfall near the bottom.
The ascent was a bit easier than I expected. There are definitely some technically challenging scrambles, but overall it wasn't too difficult, and there are usually easier routes (I didn't take them so I'm not sure how much easier they are). If you bypass the tricky sections it'd probably be rated moderate instead of hard. Don't let Breakneck's reputation scare you off! Probably not a first time hike, but if you have some experience you'll be fine (just be ready to use your hands).

Good cardio & several nice vistas both north & south. I measured 5.4 miles; took 2.3 hrs

Good cardio; not many vistas except for from Sugarloaf. My total mileage was 6.1 miles; took about 3.25 hours

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!

Totally average with similar views to Breakneck, etc.
A good workout but overall not the most beautiful hike.

I did this hike Dec 23rd. I took the white trail up . I made the mistake of carrying extra pack weight as I am training for Washington. Most of the rock scrambles on the way up had ice on them. Some of the ice wasn’t even visible . Picking which way to climb up was a struggle . I would often start up a rock then have to slide down and go another way due to slipping on ice . I am a avid hiker . This is a great trail . All trails has been rating trails as hard that are not actually hard though. It made me underestimate the scramble on this path. Use caution taking this trail in the winter and use a hiking buddy for help . I was solo and didn’t have anybody to spot me in case of a slip. I did bail out earlier than I was wanting to due to fear of more ice ahead of me. I want to try it again in the spring . The views are stunning.

Essentially no ice; great

Bit of ice, but still easily avoidable

Definitely worth the crazy hike on the white trail. I climbed on Nov 11th when the fall trees were nearing its end (but still glorious). So I definitely recommend going for the hike MUCH sooner when the peak of fall can be experienced. Not for the faint-hearted so make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hiking sticks would have also been a game-changer when descending the trail. All the leaves were gorgeous on the ground but didn’t make the climb down any easier. All in all, definitely worth the hike!

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!

As everyone else says, the first bit is intense! Wear good boots and be ready to use your hands. A lot.

No one else on the trail on a chilly November afternoon.

We tried to take the first trail to the left about a mile up to get back to the road. Could not find the trail, even though the app says we crossed it two times!

A great day out.

Still great & no ice to deal with

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