Compass Rock is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near High Falls, New York that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.9 miElevation gain469 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFee
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Stephen Merrill
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Hiking

Great quick hike! When you first start make sure you go clockwise! You should be near a creek within the first 200 ft. If you aren’t then you went the wrong way.

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Levi Neuwirth
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Nice little trail. I can see it being rated moderate depending on the pace you take it at. Be prepared for some wet areas.

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Roman Sheydvasser
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Hiking

Amazing little trail. I agree with others, probably should be moderate. Took me two hours with frequent stops to look at all the river sections and the views at the top. I went counterclockwise but clockwise would've probably better better so you don't have to do a relatively steep climb at the end.

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Austin Hays
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Nature tripsGreat!Snow

Beautiful hike with all the snow on the ground. The short walk back along the creek was particularly refreshing. Despite the cold we were able to identify smooth rock tripe and other native ferns growing along the rocks. Be ready to sled if the snow’s still there!

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Andrea Allegra
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Wonderful. Very icy in the shade.

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Andrey Alistratov
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Nice and easy. Snow is packed down but bring your micro spikes, very icy.

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Jessica Shay
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Great variation in terrain—a little water, a little climbing, and a breathtaking view.

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Christopher Losee
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HikingGreat!

A lot of bang for the buck on such a short hike, perfect for walking dogs (on leash). The loop is best done counter-clockwise. Also, take a brief side visit to the bridge over the Peter's Kill by staying on the blue trail where it meets the yellow (retrace your steps after the bridge). A day fee or Empire Pass is required. Watch the conditions for ice around Peter's Kill, but relatively easy to navigate with the right footwear. Beautiful in winter is snow is low/gone!

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Amrita Patnaik
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This was a nice varies hike, however I think the rating is off. This felt much closer to a moderate (especially with a ice). Good mix of views, water, and forest hiking. Would do again when I'm more in the mood for a moderate hike.

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Chris White
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Katy Ellen
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The last .25 mile is more moderate. A lot of bang for a short hike. There’s views and water!

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Elijah Abel
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We only did the counterclockwise half of this hike because we were doing it with a baby strapped to one of us, but the view was incredible.

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Kyle Keller
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nicolas audan
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Anita Matuszkiewicz
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Rainer G
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Dave Heinzinger
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Perfect mix of incline, terrain and length for us

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Alison Chi
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Paige Ponzeka
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Tahani Maharaj
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Went after the rain stopped so it was a bit slippery, but doable. No one else was on the trail so it was nice to be up too alone. Overall good backup hike when you get rained out of your first option.

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Courtney Haeick
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HikingFeeGreat!

loved the trail, a bit busy but a nice hike with some beautiful views at the top.

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Nuria García Carballo
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Parking opens at 9am. You can't go in before this time. This is a great trail with beautiful views. You can dip your toes in the Peterkill falls. If you want to climb an additional fee is required. I had problems to find the trail after the overlook. This is just before the overlook itself, goes down and it's well marked (blue). If you want to see the Peterkill cascades is easy to add that trail to this one. The cascades were pretty crowded.

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Kelly Ann
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$10 parking fee Definitely not an “easy” hike. Lots of steep parts with rocks, gravel. Beautiful views!

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Steve Marchese
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Hiking

Just a quick note for newish hikers unfamiliar with AllTrails difficulty ratings: Was a really nice, short hike but I wouldn’t characterize it as “easy” across the board. A small child or an older person with semi-limited mobility would have a really difficult time with the initial descent, path segments over the rocks and the ascent back on the root-laden path. However, that being said we loved it. Had all the elements of a longer, more difficult hike jammed into the nearly one-mile loop. Nice narrow paths, plenty of options to veer off to other longer paths an a beautiful stream side route. Recommended.

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Bradley Schwebler
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I would not call the High Peterskill Trail. My hiking partners and I did it no problem, in the rain. But easy suggests it is flat. It is rocky, hilly, and the rocks are slippery when wet. The good thing is I found some beautiful flowers, although the mountain laurel and rhododendron which grows along the Peterskill were not in bloom yet.

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Gary MacEntee Jr.
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Excellent hike for kids and beginners, and even good for a seasoned hiker looking for a quick chance to hit the trails. Couple nice scenic spots. Great trails. Easy to follow.

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