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Chimney Top Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a great forest setting 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Loop

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It is a fairly short, easy hike to the chimney (all that's left of an old house) which has one of the best viewpoints in Fahnestock Park. If you're comfortable with a bit of travel along an unblazed (and not terribly obvious) trail, you can make a loop of it by means of sections of the Appalachian Trail and the Catfish Loop Trail. Otherwise, simply make it an out-and-back trip to the chimney. The best parking area is about 0.2 miles east of the trailhead, with space for about 8 cars. Follow South Highland Road along the shore of a pond to the Moneyhole Mountain Access (green) trailhead (across the road from the entrance to the Garrison Fish & Game Club entrance). This trail makes a gentle ascent. At 0.6 miles, stay straight onto the Moneyhole Mountain Trail (yellow). At 0.9 miles, turn right onto the Chimney Top Trail (white), which makes a generally moderate ascent on an old woods road. At 1.3 miles, the trail makes a right turn, and, at 1.4 miles, you reach the chimney and it's marvelous view (including the Breakneck Ridge/Mt. Beacon massif as well as Storm King Mtn). Retrace your steps. If you're going to make a loop of it, turn right at 1.7 miles onto an unblazed old road, which soon makes a moderate descent, at the bottom of which you pass through a stone fence. Immediately turn left onto a trail which initially parallels the fence and then threads between a small cliff on your left and a swampy area on the right. At 2.1 miles, you will hit the Appalachian Trail (white), where you turn sharply left and make a moderate ascent to a ridge. At 2.4 miles, there is an intersection with the Catfish Loop Trail (red), onto which you turn left to descend down to an intersection with the Moneyhole Mountain Trail (yellow), where you again turn left. Stay straight until your return to the road.

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bugs
13 days ago

Friendly trail. A little buggy. Pretty.

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20 days ago

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21 days ago

trail was easy, not moderate, at the end sits the money shot

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2 months ago

hiked this in late April and the bugs were out in force. views are certainly nice but difficult to enjoy with the bugs.

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muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, the perfect easy hike along some water and in forest.

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6 months ago

A great walk for people with dogs!

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bugs
muddy
Thu May 09 2019

Super easy, love this trail! Took me about an hour and a half in and out, with time for viewing. A little buggy today as it follows a stream, I couldn’t go up to the red trail because a stream was in my way

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bugs
Sun Apr 14 2019

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bugs
Sun Apr 14 2019

Great trail for dogs, went in mid April and I’d suggest bring bug spray!

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Fri Feb 08 2019

Beautiful trail, everyone below is correct AllTrails trail does not bring you to the outlook or chimney. The loop AllTrails suggests is beautiful. The AT is easy to follow once you find it! Favorite hike is the Hudson Valley so far!

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Sat Jan 26 2019

This is a lovely trail and not very difficultly. I will confirm a previous review that the featured path does not take you directly to the chimney and some great views. So...follow the green trail markers, to yellow, to white. The white leads you right to the chimney. You can certainly take the featured loop but note a small portion is an unmarked trail. It’s still not overly difficult to navigate - you just need to pay attention.

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Sun Nov 11 2018

A lot of fun! Not very difficult at all. I followed the trail to see the chimney, which only came to about 2.5 miles. Definitely reccomend it for the amazing view.

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Wed Aug 22 2018

The map shown does not lead you to the chimney, but it is correct for the loop. To get to the chimney take the green trail to the yellow (not the yellow to the left! Stay straight from green to yellow) then take the white trail to the right. Trails ends at chimney and vista view. Very pretty. Good kid trail. Easy and not too long. Use Avenza Map PDF download for Phillipsburg. Very good map. FYI: Yellow trail to left needs lots of trail work - trail is almost impassable at one point. Many downed trees across trail.

Mon Feb 20 2017

We hiked this trail on Feb 19 when it happened to be nearly 65 degrees with snow still on the ground. Beautiful hike, not strenuous even for the first hike of the season. We had difficulty finding the chimney however and only ran into a small fire pit along the AT portion of the hike. In winter it can be easy to lose the trail between the AT section and the loop back if following the trail clockwise. No markers for a while and the trail was flooded with melting snow.

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Sat Feb 18 2017

Chimney Trail is a very nice walk. Thanks to Gregory & Eric's posts, we were able to discern where the trail head was, as there was only a sign for Moneyhole Mtn... Green, to Yellow, to White was perfect guidance to follow up to the top. Hiked it today, Feb 18th, in 50° weather. The trail was snow covered, but with good hiking boots, it was fine. Beautiful views from the top of the snow caped mountains

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Sun Jan 29 2017

Awesome trail. To get to the "Camp fire" you want to follow the green trail to yellow to white. Its an easy trail, used it in January, if there's snow, and its begun to melt, your going to encounter a portion thats over flooded and have to go around it off trail or walk through 3" of water. Unlike the map above this doesn't loop, but ends at the top if a hill with the chimney and a wonderful view Westward. Just follow the trails

Mon Dec 12 2016

I think it's more of an easy hike but very nice view from the top. The directions leave you short of the trail head. Parking is about 200 yards before the trailhead and the trailhead is across the Garrison Fish and Game Club.

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Wed Jul 16 2014

Awesome side trail. Great detour for a lunch break.

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