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Long Loop via Peanut Leap Cascade, Giant Stairs and Closter Dock

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Palisades Interstate Park

Long Loop via Peanut Leap Cascade, Giant Stairs and Closter Dock is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alpine, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 1,092 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Rocky Scramble Historic site No dogs
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Note: this trail is recommended for people who love lots of stairs and rock scrambling and is not for beginners. It is rated moderate but can definitely be hard if you are not used to scrambling. Park in the lot by the State Line Cafe (aka the Lookout Inn), off the Palisades Parkway, Alpine, NJ. The Long Path trail head (green rectangular blazes) is just north of the Cafe. Going clockwise, follow this for about 1.1 miles until you hit the Shore trail marked by white rectangular blazes. Descending past Peanut Leap Cascade, you'll then head South and at the hike's 1.9 mile point, you'll start the Giant Stairs rock scramble which lasts for just over a mile. (It's challenging.) After that, it's smooth sailing as you keep the Hudson to your left, still on the Shore trail, all the way down to Closter Dock, Alpine Landing, which is the 6.1 mile mark. Then, retracing your steps a little way, at the 6.4 mile point, you'll join the Closter Dock trail (switchbacking Westwards) which will reconnect you to the Long Path trail, going North again. Then, it's about 3.4 miles back to the Cafe.

Good, clean facilities at the State Line Cafe. Food and beverages there too, as well as nice, helpful staff.

Wear good hiking boots! The Giant Stairs demand them.

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Cassandra Kelly
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Just beautiful. What a gem just near the Big Apple

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Monica Yawnick
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Great hike- love the scrambles! Maybe not wise to take young kids as some areas may be challenging for them. 10 and over would probably be fine.

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Michelle Zhang
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Sean Curran
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J. Adam Pegues
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Sungok Baek
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Natalia Spinelli
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Long Loop via Peanut Leap cascade & giant stairs (10 mile loop) is AMAZING!!! What a gem of a place. Great family hiking trail! The rock scramble is so much fun!!!! The views are lovely! New York City skyline view & George Washington bridge. Trails clean, well marked. Great historical site! Women saved this park from quarrying when they needed concrete for construction after the civil war. Also alpine boat dock is the location British troops (Cornwallis) landed with 5,000 men to intercept George Washington’s continental army in his famous escape from New Jersey. (American revolution history).

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Jaya brower
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marta krupa
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Wet Sticky
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Oliver Board
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Great route! Giant stairs take some time and are challenging but very manageable if you're careful. I hiked the route anti-clockwise - there's a steep climb at the end, but this is easier done up than down. Parking fills up late morning, so start early if you can.

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d xie
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Great hike! Out group has kids age 7 to 13, except the two 7 years old boys, all kids were way ahead of us! The two 7 years old too a little time but still made it and loved it ! Giant stairs was challenging but great exercise and so much fun! We would definitely do it again!

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Kevin Hsu
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Fun hike that’s easily accessible from NYC. Rock scramble wasn’t too bad and offered amazing views of the Hudson.

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Peter Vogel
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Elizabeth Ann
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Rachel Sicoli
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You will definitely have a sense of accomplishment if you complete this whole 9-10 mile loop! The Giant Stairs are an awesome challenge and definitely difficult. Not moderate. After you complete them the next 5 miles are easy then moderate. Our legs felt like rubber! I would NOT bring your dog. Too dangerous. And wear good hiking shoes or boots. I would totally do this again!! There are also amazing views and look outs!

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Steven Becker
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Good hike.

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Xi Peng
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Sarah Frey
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Not the best. Views are mediocre. Giant stars were a cool challenge. I got there early at 7 am on Sunday but by the time I left at 11:30 it was too crowded, I ran away. Hudson River smells, too urban for me.

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john domino
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Big rocks big boulders hiking boots are a must

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Tina Lee
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Zeus Jackson
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This is a serious hike, my kids and I had a good time. My 2y husky had some difficulties with some rocks. Had to figured out an easier path between the rocks for him and sometimes used my legs as a bridge for him to pass. I would definitely do this again without my dog. I don’t recommend this path if your not a serious hiker.

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Julie Ann G
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Jeff Radaker
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Lots of downed trees due to the tropical storm 5 days ago, but still passable.

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Daniel Claff
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Great hike! We're regular hikers and were properly prepared (boots, water, typical hiking gear, etc), but we saw lots of people out there, particularly on the giant stairs, who clearly weren't prepared. I would say boots are a must for the boulder scramble, and be sure you are prepared for a serious hike. That said, anyone who hikes regularly would find this an interesting and fun day out with great views of the city, Cuomo bridge, and the Hudson.

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