Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop

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Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tomkins Cove, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,820 feet Route Type: Loop

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Start at a parking area on US 9W near Jones Point, taking the joint Ramapo-Dunderberg (red) and Timp-Torne Trails (blue) up a fairly steep incline. When the trails split, turn right with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which continues up Dunderberg, with several spots where there are fine views of the Hudson River. After the intersection with the Cornell Mine Trail (blue), stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which now climbs Bald Mountain, passing several remnants of the Cornell Mine along the way. There is another marvelous viewpoint at the top of Bald Mountain. The trail then descends. At the intersection with the Timp-Torne Trail, turn onto it, which ascends to the Timp, with great views, particularly of the NY City skyline. Retrace your steps, and stay on the Timp-Torne Trail is it winds its way back to your starting point, passing through more remains of the Dunderberg railway works, and affording some more great views of the Hudson River.

Before to remain on the red trail— if u go onto the blue trail does not leave you back at the beginning of trail

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scramble
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail. Followed the path as per alltrails map, and went clockwise as most people suggest. 8 miles, about 4 hours. It’s fair to put this in the difficult category (I’m 49, in good shape, got a good workout), although among difficult trails it’s on the easier aide. Fantastic views. Within an hour of Manhattan it’s tough to beat this.

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rocky
3 months ago

Felt more like 10 miles than 7.4. Took us close to 6 hours to do, with stopping breaks. But overall it was excellent. On this trail there are at least 6 to 7 great stops one must take in order to enjoy the view provided.

Gorgeous views. Great hike. Leaves are beautiful. Couldn’t have had a better day for hiking. Weather, trails and beauty. Just wow.

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over grown
rocky
4 months ago

The only reason I would agree to a difficult rating is because this is 7.5+ miles of ankle breaker rocks and roots

Excellent trail and hike. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because even though it becomes very faint in certain spots you can still hear traffic and such. But that didn’t take away from the views and the hike itself. Highly recommended

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike. Do it clockwise to get the tough summits completed first. nice fall colors throughout!!

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bugs
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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great hike! Quiet, and challenging trail, well worth the scenic viewpoints. On a Sunday in September, we maybe saw a total of 15 people. I was able to see the first signs of fall (all the huckleberry bushes turning orange). I’d recommend pants, bug spray, and good hiking shoes (the trail is very rocky and overgrown at parts). Because it’s not a populated trail, we walked into a couple of spider webs. Trails are not very intuitive at parts, so here are some specifics: 1. Start out following the Timp-torn trail (TT) “Blue markers” and Ramapo-Dunderberg (RD) “white markers.” 2. Head west to follow the TT trail. (You’ll come back via RD). 3. At the point you’d make a right to head back east towards your car (RD trail) instead make a left and head up to the The Timp for gorgeous views of NYC - on a clear day. You’ll be following the TT and RD trail markers. 4. After you catch some pictures, back track back to the loop. 5. Head left on RD trail (you’re no longer following the TT blue markers. 5. Continue on RD trail until you return to your car. Happy hiking!

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rocky
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Went on a Saturday in early September and loved how empty the trail was. Only saw four or five other groups. A couple good scenic viewpoints. Liked how within the first mile or so, we got out of range of hearing the highway. Challenging, but not too hard of a hike. Would recommend!

hiking
5 months ago

We went clockwise. Ok views to begin (river but with powerstation) and supposedly better at far end but it was raining heavily by then and we had zero visibility. Trail is moderate rather than difficult, does start uphill and awkward under foot around railway section - lots of rocks but this is only the first part. Saw fox, deer, frogs, salamander and a tiny snake. Trail is well marked with blazes. Took 4hrs so probably over 7 miles.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

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over grown
6 months ago

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bugs
over grown
7 months ago

Just finished the 12km/8min in about 3h30 (no stop). The trail was definitely on the hard side of the spectrum, with couple of steep slopes that will make your legs burn (bring walking sticks). Marking is fine most of the time but I got off track twice at junctions with other trail (AllTrails pro saved me 40min by warning me with off-trail notifications.) Many parts of the trail is in dense vegetation, and I would recommend wearing pants and longs sleeves. I encountered few flying bugs, many spiders, chipmunks, squirrels, few birds, and... two snakes. Nothing too crazy but this won’t be your relaxing Sunday afternoon hike. Overall great experience and highly recommend if you are in good shape.

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rocky
7 months ago

Great trail , great views , be sure to pay close attention to your trail markers easy to head in wrong direction. Had a blast here .

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