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Candlewood Hill Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 580 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Muddy

Rocky

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This a short loop which ascends to one of the nicest viewpoints in Fahnestock. The major issue with this hike is where to park, as Sunk Mine Road is closed for about 1/3 of the year, and, even when open, is really only passable with high-clearance vehicles. To avoid these issues, park at the northern end of the paved part of Bell Hollow Road. Then head north on the unpaved road (passing old foundations along the way), turning right onto Sunk Mine Road at 0.6 miles. At 0.8 miles, there is a short spur which leads to a so-so viewpoint, after which you return to Sunk Mine Rd. At 1.2 miles, turn (off the road) onto Candlewood Hill Trail (red) and begin the ascent of the hill, with a few sections a bit of a scramble. You reach the top at 1.4 miles, where there are several viewpoints. To the north, you can see Sperling Pond, and, more impressively, to the southwest, you can see the Indian Point power plant on the Hudson River and what is probably Oscawana Lake. Descend the south & west side of the hill (again with a few scrambly spots), making sure to make a right turn at 1.9 miles, to return to your car. [If you're in a hurry, you can of course do an "out-and-back" hike by taking the trail up the southwest side of Candlewood and returning the same way.]

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Emily G.
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Recommended for a short hike (only took us about an hour). Enough elevation to get the heart pumping and feel like a workout, with nice payout on the summit. We went on a Wednesday afternoon and it was empty!

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Deanna Young
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Helen Portnova
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Juliet Falchi
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5 stars for the view, but rest of hike was nothing that special. Nice little steep climb to the top. Very quiet no people.

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Amanda Bezerra
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My husband and I picked this trail because we wanted a lightly trafficked trail where we can be in nature with our dogs and without masks. The trail was ok. Easy loop with some up hills but very manageable. There are portions where you walk on an actual road where few motorcycles, ATVs and cars drive by, not my favorite. Once you get back on the trail past the Candlewood Trail sign and tick warning then it actually gets quite nice! Trail was muddy at places so hiking shoes may be a good idea. Trail was also buggy, so definitely bring your bug spray (preferably one that also protects you from ticks)!

David Pristin
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Hiking

Steep scramble at times, but fun boulders to climb and caves to check out. Would avoid after rain because the rocks can get slippery.

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anderson greylock
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Hiking

i had trouble finding this- asked a local and was advised where to park. i entered off sunken mine road. steep at times hiking boots definitely required- some spots where a hiking stick came in handy. nice view at top.

Jay Lee
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Very short and pretty, but worth the view at the top.

Mohamed Goma
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Hiking

Nice short hike with decent elevation. View at the top is just okay. Old Sunken Mine Road is all gravel and very narrow. You might want to park outside and walk your way in.

Beth M
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First of all, I used the link to the directions to the trailhead thinking there was another way to get there other than the way I already knew. I should have known better. They led me to some scary, narrow gravel roads in the middle of some day camp so I back tracked and went back the 6 miles out of my way to Dennytown Road, where I took the usual road (that is unmarked and only identified by a gate) COMPLETELY beaten up so you better have a decent SUV that you're willing to drive really slowly along this very long, crazy, narrow road to the trailhead). The views from this trail are absolutely breathtaking and only about 1/4 mile from the trailhead, even including a little rock scrambling. Once you reach the view though and continue to follow the red trail into the woods, it's terribly boring. And EVERY TIME I GO HERE, the red trail seems to suddenly end and I can't find it so I barrel down the hill, over rocks, tree limbs and leaves until I meet the trail again. For the life of me, I cannot find where this red trail continues about 1/2 mile into the woods. Once you get down and back on the red trail, it intersects with a private road with homes (which is odd and just weird) with a gravel road running parallel, with yellow signs saying it's owned by NYS. Then it gets really boring back to the main road, where you turn right and walk another 1/2 mile back to your car. But I continue to do this hike because it's close to home, it's quiet and the views at the top are totally worth it, especially in Fall. So, if you're looking for a quick hike with great views, this is it. And I've never seen another hiker on this trail in all the times I've done it. It's like a great little secret....if you can find it!

Brian Krulish
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Hiking

This short hike is exactly what I needed on a hot and humid afternoon. Started hike from the sunken mine rd trailhead...reached the gorgeous view within .3 miles of the start. Continued on the red blazed trail until I reached Bell Hollow rd..take a right and follow Bell Hollow until you hit Sunken Mine rd again. Be advised that this part of the trail is unmarked.. just hike clockwise. There is another viewing spot a short distance after getting back on Sunken MIne rd.

Karen Casabianca
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Hiking

lost trail markets. ended up on Bell Hollow Rd and Sunken Mine Rd. saw no makers.

Chel Wolfe
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Hiking

The hike to the top is NOT easy if unprepared/inexperienced, but the view from the top of Candlewood Hill is gorgeous. The last part of the trail prior to the peak is an almost vertical climb up a patch of jagged rocks, and it is very easy to lose footing here. If hiking before sunset or in the rain bring a flashlight as the tree canopies make it far darker in some spots than one would expect. Beware of large snakes and a few trees/large branches that have fallen onto the trail about 1/2 way up. Parking area for this specific trail is about 1/2 a mile up Sunken Mine Rd after it turns into a one lane road — trail head marker will be on the left-hand side in the shape of a Y. Trail blaze for this hike is coloured red.

Ildar Akberov
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Elizabeth Meade
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Ashley Curtis
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Michael Rossello
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Jesse Griggs
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Ella T
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Benedikt Kellner
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Isaiah Clarke
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Michelle Rice
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Angela User
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Matt Lebowitz
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Benedikt Kellner
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Benedikt Kellner
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Robert Polastre
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