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Claudius Smith's Den is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tuxedo Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,250 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers
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Paul Darian
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Sylvia B
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Good if you’re looking for a moderate not-too-long hike but don’t need any nice views along the way. Enjoyable on LDW and only met about eight people along the trail. Started at 9AM and only two cars in the parking lot. Went counter clockwise but think clockwise would be better to get the steepest stuff done earlier.

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Michelle Kaczorowski
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Highway noise for first 2miles and rocky but great views and rock formations!!

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Andrew Lees
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Really good workout for me! Enjoyed this hike a lot. Once you get away from the traffic noise! Nice hike in the woods!

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Al Berrios
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awesome day

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Lina Trubilla
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Rocky and hard to follow trail

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Jessica D'Elia
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Fantastic trail! Scrambles, views, And lots of fun. Highly recommend.

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Kasia Lemanek
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I was really disappointed by this trail. Only a short way in, I felt it was extremely poorly marked (if marked at all), especially for a trail that doesn’t seem to have a clear foot path in many instances. I have a pretty good sense of direction and got turned around and lost many times. The All Trails app working really helped me here. The overall condition of the trail was pretty bad too - lots of mud, fallen and uncleared trees/branches Halfway into the loop, I stumbled across a mama bear and her cubs and chose to turn around as they were directly on the trail. The only thing that really saved this experience for me was the fact that the view in a couple of summits I reached was very beautiful.

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Melissa Noto
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Arianna R
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Awesome hike. Great views at the peaks. There are a few long stretches where you’ll be in direct sunlight, which can be a little rough in 90-degree heat, there’s a lot of shade throughout the rest of the trail. Note: We went in the opposite direction of the AllTrails map, starting on the red dot trail. On our last mile, there was a lot more road because we were getting closer to the road. The volume wasn’t really bad, but I would have preferred to start my hike with some traffic in the background than end with it.

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Geoffrey Kassis
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HikingRocky

5 star trail, blew me away with the views. Decent steepness in a couple parts but overall very nice. Great views at perpendicular point and nice shade. There a cool little short cave you go through. Definitely check it out.

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Nicole Anne
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Great hike with some awesome view points

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Kailyn Dabkowski
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Super hot day made it pretty difficult for the smaller elevation changes. But great views!

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Julia Bean
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aseem chaudhary
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Guys, we forgot our black color binoculars following blue trail.. please let us know if you find it

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Jim Brinkley
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Gorgeous day for a hike, clear, crispy and a light breeze. This trail is well marked and offers some great views. I went counterclockwise and extended my hike with an additional loop on the backside. I started a little after 7am and saw very few people until I was on the final 1.5 miles. Heavy canopy of leaves kept the trail in the shade for the entire hike. The Mountain Laurel has started to bloom and will be a sea of flowers in the next couple of weeks. No bugs today. Saw 2 does and 2 garter snakes, no bear. 7.8 miles total with the additional 1-1.5 mile loop. Took me 3:30 with stops at the summits to admire the views.

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Josh Goodman
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On my previous hike I spoke with an older gentleman who mentioned I should give this trail a go. He didn't disappoint at all. The views were great from different peaks and the den was interesting and worth the hike.

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Danielle Drummond
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Allison Serraro
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This trail is about 8.3 miles according to our trackers.. it took us 3 hours at a steady pace. We saw a bear and two snakes so be cautious! Beautiful views but longer than we anticipated. Great trail though!

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Amy Cha
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