Cross Bay and West Pond Loop Trail

EASY 12 reviews

Cross Bay and West Pond Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New York, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy four and a half miles...give or take. There wasn't a lot of wildlife this go around. I'll have to go back later in the spring. With the government shutdown... the visitor's center was not open, which is always a shame. Children in Congress making decisions that have impacts that are far reaching. Regardless. It's only about an hour or so train ride from mid-town (A train). so you can leave at 9am and be on the trail before 11. It's close enough that after the hike, you can take the shuttle train to Rockaway and enjoy some beach time.

birding
6 months ago

Great variety of birds and beautiful views of skyline and Jamaica Bay. Be sure to check out the visitor's center. Binoculars are available upon request. Bug spray recommend for summer months.

walking
7 months ago

Love seeing the local sea birds and the views of the city skyline from such a serene location.

birding
Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Wonderful trail for water birds. Many herons and sandpipers to be found. Don't visit in the summer. Temperatures get extremely hot.

Friday, August 07, 2015

nice quick trail loop ! Osprey nests too.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Trail is not a loop
Loop trail breached by superstorm sandy
It is necessary to go partway round the trail, backtrack and then go the other way

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

walking
7 months ago

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016