I would give this mountain 5 stars because it’s one of my favorite mountains in the area, but I’m giving it 4 stars due to poor trail marking. I had to heavily research all of the trails and where they led to before hiking them. I also took pictures on the internet of the trail markings, so if I lost service and couldn’t use GPS, I had pictures which I was grateful for when I got to the top of the Dark Hollow. I was trying to find the Megaliths. I had taken a wrong turn at some point, gave up, went home, researched again and went back up the next day. The megaliths are absolutely amazing and breathtaking once you find them. All of the other trails including the one near the trestle itself are also gorgeous! Especially when the mountain laurel is in full bloom. Regardless of the poorly marked trails (which should be updated) this mountain is totally worth it! Just watch out for bears!

This is a great trail. The first mile has a nice ascent and then you have flat sections and descents. Parts you need to use your hands also. I saw a big male black bear, deer, turkey vultures, chipmunks. Beautiful waterfall towards the end.

Overall the trail was really nice, I do however have to agree that there were some parts that were not marked clearly. I definitely do plan on coming back. Also wish that people would keep their dogs on a leash like it’s been posted and maybe watch their kids more.

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1 month ago

Forgot to record however my friend and I did a 10.5 mike loop in 5hrs. Great hike however ran out of water on the last 2. The yellow markers are a faded on the trees and at times were hard to spot. Maps are up for grabs in the parking lots and worth stopping for!

Our route was TR (White to Red) >JS/OK(Red to Yellow) > OK (Red to Black) >. DH (Black to Yellow) > BS (Red to White) >TR to complete loop.

Except for the poor trail markings:

Waterfalls
Butterflies
Decent elevation
Good views/vantage points

I’ll go back with my hammock for an overnight

Literally the worst marked trails. Took white up and got spun around on the top and ending up heading the wrong way. Ended up in yellow which is just really jagged rocks headed down. Wouldn’t do this one again...

Very challenging hike for this area, but overall a lot of fun with some great views. We did the hike clockwise, which puts most of the tougher rock scrambling on the ascent. The side trail to the Megaliths is pretty hard to spot. From the white blazed marker, it’s downhill and to the left. The trail itself was almost overgrown with foliage in late spring.

3 months ago

Great trail.

Hiked this trail on Sunday May 20. We went up the white trail to the top then came down the yellow trail to the dark hollow. If you go the same way then this trail is not a rated correctly. It’s rated a moderate hike but it was difficult and strenuous. You will be mostly climbing up hill and over rocks depending on your fitness level for 1 to 2 hours. The descent was not easy either. Be prepared for unsteady rocky ground, steep hills , and a few streams. We went after a week of rain so the ground was still damp, the rocks slippery, but the waterfalls were abundant and beautiful. My phone calculated the floors climbed as 102 and the mileage as 8.5. This trail was awesome and the views at the top were stunning. We did not see any other hikers the entire four hours , not a shocker when a hike is this difficult. Great for those who like endurance hikes.

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4 months ago

this was a great hike with lots of different terrain. Was pretty steep going up sweet clover to jessup. make sure you pay attention at every junction. we did good until we left the megaliths. we went right instead of left, but realized pretty quick n turned around. It said megliaths were labeled but a handful of hikes here today including us didn't see the writing on stone for them either. Nice waterfalls and some nice views in several spots. I have done a lot of hikes all different ratings. I will give this hike a difficult/strenuous rating due to the continued steepness. This was a great work out hike.

It's a good hike for being so close to the city. Nice views, streams, meadows, pitch pines and rock formations. Pretty well marked but pay attention at junctions. Went up the black mark on white and came back on the yellow to the white. Met some nice folks on top who arrived from different starting points in Harriman. The trail is rocky and footing is tricky at times with small loose rocks. Good shoes and poles with serve you well, especially on the way down. Still a little muddy in spots. Waterproof shoes a good idea for now.

Beautiful trail

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5 months ago

This was a nice trail. The hike up the white trail was a good climb that will get you breathing heavy. From there we followed the yellow blazes out to the megaliths for a view. A very nice man pointed out the different mountains we could see in the distance. On the return, we followed the black dot trail(white blaze with black dot). This trail was much less traveled and quiet. Overall, a nice hike

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5 months ago

Schunemunk Mtn is always great. Less traffic from this trailhead. Parked at Evans Dr & Route 32. Walked along Rt 32 towards the trestle. Just after the trestle, turn left into that private driveway. The trailhead is immediately on your left. Made a loop to the Megaliths and Western Ridge. Barton Swamp in between ridges was pretty flooded.

This is a great hike on either trail you take. Beautiful terrain and views.

Absolutely loved this hike in the snow, fairly easy, great views and the pitch pines were so cute!

Nice climb and OMG what a payoff at the megaliths. Windy as all hell though, super cold on the ledge even though is was not that cold that day. Maybe mid 30s.

This is one of the worst hiking trails i ever been the very beginning of the trail seem to be not well take care in few words the grass was higher than me I will considered this trail hard to moderate which I like that will give you a great workout for sure plus when you will get to the very top part of the trail is very easy to get lost because the trail is not well marked so to make sure bring a map or gps

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Started/ended at Otterkill Rd TH instead. It's always a nice walk over the double ridges. Beautiful day!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Varied terrain from lightly wooded to walking on mountain ridge. We went up white blazed (i believe the sweet clover trail) and down the yellow/teal trail (Jessup trail). For an extra treat when you get to dark hollow junction at the top take yellow/teal trail (about 15 minutes) to the Megaliths. Coming down the yellow was very rocky ankles beware. The total elevation gain including the Megaliths was over 1800 ft (says my apple watch). The total hike took us 5 hours. Following the yellow trail down along the pudding stone was difficult at times. The use of AllTrails and GPS was very helpful. If you have the whole day the hike was very rewarding with beautiful views of the entire hudson valley throughout the hike.

vast views

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This hike will kick your ass. But it's worth every step and heavy breath you take!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

This is a great hike if you a) want something challenging, b) can actually find the trailhead, and c) don't mind some bugs. This little gem of a trail is probably second only to Breakneck when it comes to difficulty level because there is some very steep terrain! You will have to park on State Hwy 32 since there is no parking, and you will find the trailhead tucked off a private driveway/lane just under the rail bridge. Took me a frustrating amount of time to find it so hopefully others can be spared that headache. Other than that, it was a very satisfying hike! I went on a Friday in August and didn't run into one other person, so if you like being one with nature, it doesn't get any better than this!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wonderful trail, steep and more difficult than moderate in my opinion. Views at the top are gorgeous!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Schunemunk Mtn is amazing! I took the Sweet Clover trail and it was a strenuous hike! About a mile into the hike the trail becomes very steep and rocky. I also saw two snakes on the trail. Also, the railroad tracks are ACTIVE Metro North tracks, so use caution when crossing them!

This is one of the highest peak in the Orange County ny

can't say enough about how much i love this trail. nice climb, gorgeous ledges, expansive views, varied terrain, cool megaliths, funky alpine shrubbery. i do a lot of hiking in new hampshire, and this is very reminiscent of that area- for a hike that's only an hour from NYC, this one hands-down cannot be beat. my absolute go-to hike when i'm in the area.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One of my very favorites. Very run-able. Do not miss the megaliths.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fantastic views, waterfalls, streams; this hike has it all. There are a few times when you may get off trail so keep an eye on the markers. Wear good boots for water crossings and rocky inclines.

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