Chimney Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North River, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 980 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Walking Bird watching Cave Views Wildlife Bugs Rocky Fee
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Note: $5/vehicle to park

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Danielle Grant
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Love this hike! 1 1/2 hours to get up, 1 hour to get down. The rock formations are awesome to climb on! Make sure you still go to the summit a bit farther. Don't be scared by other reviews-it's rocky but doable. Kids under 10 and a woman in her 70's were up there when we were!

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John Morris
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Kenny .
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Helmut Wolf
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Short and rewarding hike, with a steep incline finish. great views and exploring around the rocks.

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Kimberly Linsmeier
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amazing views. short on miles, heavy workout on incline!

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Kimberly Linsmeier
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amazing views. short on miles, heavy workout on incline!

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Laura Belokopitsky- Koniowka
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I love this hike- I’ve done at least as dozen times since I was a kid- but went yesterday with my 8 yr old twins and woah! I must be getting old- still doable but a work out for sure! (Think of stair machine for 1/2 mile straight) Loved watching my girls explore the rock formations at the top- but I was limited in what I could explore- trail is dog friendly- but if you want to explore the dogs may make that impossible.

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Jared Weiss
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

Pretty relentless straight shot up the mountain, often steep and rocky (though never a scramble excepting to explore the rock formations at the top). Views at top are spectacular (and the chimney formation is really incredible). There is a branch off to a campsite to the right just before the trail’s end; on the other side of the campsite is a small, unmarked but easy to follow 6-7 minute trail that leads to a clearing with more exceptional views, and some cool quartz in the rocks. Outstanding trail.

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Jaimie Gardinier
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Kelly Packard
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

What a fun little mountain! We seemed to be the first ones there around 8am and it looked like the groundskeeper was checking on the cabins as we were hitting the trail. It starts off flat but then pretty soon after you cross the stream, it's straight up without any breaks until it flattens out just before the chimney. We spent forever exploring the chimney area, first because we couldn't figure out where to hang a right to get to the true summit and then because it was just so cool up there. Eventually we figured out how to get to the summit, and that was a nice gentle trail up to the 360-degree views. Passed three groups on our way down but it was still a nice quiet morning hike. Don't forget to put your $5 fee in the box near the parking lot, and then sign it at the trailhead near the outhouses.

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Michael Perkovich
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Michael Perkovich
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Sarah Engel
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Reminded me very quickly how out-of-shape I am! Sheesh! My 15-year-old was bounding ahead in sneakers straight up the mountain like a goat. Me? I was huffing, puffing, and stopping. Took us 1 hour to go up, 33 minutes to go down! Payout was worth it! On a July Wednesday at 10am, we passed 3 groups total. Expected it to be busier but it wasn’t!

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MKurrPhoto Administration
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A short and rewarding hike, I made a drone video, here it is: https://youtu.be/Sup-QBf0qEQ

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Roy Widrig
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HikingBugsFeeRockyScramble

Short but steep hike up gravel, sand, rock dust and slickrock. Scenery on the way up is fine but found myself looking for stable footing most of the ascent. Once at the top the trails split and braid and become a little confusing. Though I was on my way down but had to back track at some dead ends. I didn't go into any of the caves at the top (closed), but the openings were beautiful. Views from the peaks are amazing. The best view looks west, over the way you came. Many other mountains and ponds in view. Had to lift my Aussie/Lab a couple times on to some rocks and do some scrambling. Overall very strenuous but you can do it thoroughly in less than two hours.

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Alex Luchsinger
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Short, steeper than anticipated hike. Well maintained trail. We hiked with a 10 yr old and a baby, very do-able hike. The summit is very rocky and was surprised that there was no open flat area. Very cool caves at the top to check out.

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sara frederick
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HikingMuddy

Trail is short but steep. As others have said it’s more challenging than you would think but certainly doable for an avid hiker. The bugs weren’t terrible but it was a rainy day and the rocks were slippery. Wish I had more time to check out the rocks at the top but a storm was coming!

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Daniel Johnson
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Great hike to a beautiful view of the chimney rock formations. We continued on to the bald summit a quarter of a mile from the chimney and had a fantastic view of the high peaks.

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Samantha Seeley
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Harder than expected, worth the views . Note had 2 year old in pack.

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Sarah Elizabeth
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HikingBugsFee

As an avid hiker this was far more challenging that I expected. I started late afternoon and the combo of bugs and heat wasn’t the greatest! The bugs were truly bad; even while moving they were swarming, bug spray wasn’t a help. This hike is definitely more challenging than I expected; it’s a lot of elevation very quickly; views were awesome but tackle with caution . This is not (in my opinion) a beginners trail. Total moving time 1 hr RT

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