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

MODERATE 23 reviews

Long Loop via Peanut Leap Cascade, Giant Stairs and Closter Dock is a 10.3 mile moderately 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 March until October.

Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,092 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

historic site

no dogs

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.

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bugs
over grown
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11 days ago

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20 days ago

Great quick hike if you want to see a waterfall. We hiked to the waterfall then made our way down to the castle. It was only about 5 miles total but a strenuous 5 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

My mileage said 9.3 miles but we didn’t go to the Closter Dock. Did this 6/30, and it was already sweltering by the time we started at 9. We did the loop counterclockwise so it started with a very flat hike for about the first 6 miles. That part was very quick and didn’t see many people, but the sound of cars was annoying.

hiking
2 months ago

6/14/2019 This was a good hike if you’ve never done a 10+ mile hike before and want to gauge where you are at. With the forest trail path shortly after the rock scramble you can cut the hike in half if need be, or continue down to the Closter dock and get a ride to the cafe. This hike has alittle bit of everything and the rock scramble is tough and feels like it goes on forever but is definitely worth it. Very cool. You will definitely feel it in the feet and ankles afterward so wear proper footwear and I would suggest making sure whatever you wear is already broken in. Some of the view points on the long trail are overgrown but the ones that aren’t more than make up for it! I have to say one of the biggest downsides is the Hudson River, It would be great to be able to just jump in along that shore trail.... but who really wants to jump into the Hudson. All in all I like this hike it’s one of the better ones for the area it’s in. Palisades are breathtaking.

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scramble
3 months ago

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3 months ago

4 months ago

I love hiking here + come here often. I typically dont go to Closter Dock. The trail back t the parking lot from the Dock mostly parallels the Parkway + all you hear is traffic.... I prefer to split off to the Forest View trail - that's a 500 foot ascent. From there you can split off again to see the Womens Monument. Definitely worth a look + photo Opp... its thanks to those women that the Palisades are still here for us to enjoy today.

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scramble
4 months ago

4.3.19. This loop has everything — beauty, history, and physical challenges. Leave plenty of time as this is NOT a trail that should be attempted after the light fails. There are fabulous views of the mighty Hudson, particularly looking North towards the new Tappan Zee Bridge from the Long Path trail. Peanut Leap Cascade is pretty great, although I didn't see it after rain, so it seemed a little tame. Continuing southwards on the Shore trail by the Hudson, the Giant Stairs, huge, tumbled rocks that require constant scrambling for a mile or so, are the biggest challenge on the hike. Take care and don't hurry this part. If you have a dog or small child, you'll be carrying them! (Seriously, I wouldn't recommend that.) I stopped for a picnic at Closter Dock, Alpine Landing, the southernmost point of the outing, which is a good place to rest and nose about; it features a lovely old tavern from the early 1800s (unfortunately not still operating). Then I rejoined the Long Path trail via the Closter Dock trail. and headed back to the cafe and the lot. I would definitely call this a hard trail based on both distance and terrain — in addition to the Giant Stairs, there are at least three sharp ascents and descents over the course of the trip — but much of it is straight-forward, and the views of the river are simply stunning. Well worth the effort, but go prepared. If you'd like to tackle this, here are my stats as a rough guide: Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,106 feet Moving Time: 3:49:32

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