East Mountain and Round Hill Loop is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.5 miElevation gain1,374 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is one of the more strenuous hikes in Fahnestock, as there are several climbs/descents along the route. On the other hand, particularly near the top of Round Hill, you get some really nice vistas. East Mountain also provides views to the north, but it must be said that these are getting less nice with the years, as trees now partially block the views. You also can re-visit the farming community which existed along School Mountain Road, with innumerable stone fences and some ruins. There are a number of bridges along this road which, unfortunately, have the bad habit of getting washed out, so be prepared! Park at the Hubbard Lodge and take a short connector trail which ends at the combined School Mountain Road (white)/Fahnestock Trails (blue), which follow a fairly level old road. At 0.4 miles, turn sharply right (immediately after a bridge) to stay on the Fahnestock Trail, which stays fairly level until it abruptly turns left to ascend Round Hill. Just before you get to the top, there is a nice vista to the north/northwest, with a view to the south just after the summit. At the bottom of the subsequent descent, the Fahnestock Trail joins the Round Hill Bypass Tr (green) for a short stretch. You then go up and down several times along a ridge. At 3.8 miles, turn left at the intersection with the Perkins Trail (yellow), which you follow as it descends to School Mtn Road. (On this stretch, there are many zigzags through stone fences, so keep an eye out for the blazes.) Along the way, there is a cascade waterfall to your right. At 4.3 miles, turn right onto School Mtn Rd, cross a stream, and then immediately turn left onto East Mountain Loop (red) which initially follows an old road (with truly impressive stone fences and barn foundations) before cutting to the left at 4.6 miles to ascend East Mountain. Near the top (5 miles), there are somewhat occluded views to the north of Breakneck Ridge/Mt. Beacon), after which you descend fairly steeply back to School Mountain Road, near the bottom passing through another area rich in a maze of stone fences. Turn right onto School Mountain Road at 5.6 miles to return to your starting point.

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Charles Kane
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Nice trail little bit of mud but manageable with boots, lots of rocks though

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Juliet Falchi
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Great morning hike!!!

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Dinko Gonzalez
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Good for the most part. Very muddy in some sections and some improvised bridges in place of permanent ones that got washed away.

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Jake Eastwood
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Dominique Zino
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Beautiful and not crowded. Fine if following others’ tracks in the snow!

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Michael Cassata
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gopal Subramaniam
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NIce, sunny, and cold day. There was no snow and the clove creek was frozen. Trails had no snow and quite dry making it a very pleasant hike. Excellent views, particularly from round hill peak and going around it. This hike is easier if done clockwise.

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Ashira Konigsburg
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Trail was in good condition. All muddy spots were passable and streams were easy to cross. A delightful winter hike!

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Anthony Pillco
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It was a bit muddy but overall it was good

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Perry Swergold
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Very muddy Bring waterproof shoes. You need to cross stream several times. But it was really beautiful and lots of solitude on a Monday January morning with a fresh coat of snow. 

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Daniel Pratt
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Dennis Nichols
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Teresa Bracchitta
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Great hike, lots of up and down and beautiful sounds of the water! One of my faves now.

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Peter Warren
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Hiked on Dec 23 when there was a decent amount of snow on the ground and it was a beautiful clear day. Some excellent views on both mountain tops. Excellent hike.

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Jeff Kent
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I may have a new favorite hike or at least hiking destination. Beautiful new bridges with one more to be finished. Fast flowing river after recent heavy rains with too many cascades to count. I only saw one person on the way out. I will be back to explore.

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frances furst
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Steep area.

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Dennis Nichols
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frances furst
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Great hike.

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Jack Manahan
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very few people on the trail. Dead leaves made it a little difficult, but not a hard hike

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Jesse Surprise
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After really enjoying the 2 sections of the AT we did this month at Fahnestock, I was very much looking forward to this highly rated "strenuous" trail. Honestly, I found the trail to be rather boring. Most of the trail is a wide (leaf covered) dirt path. There wasn't much to see and the hike itself wasn't all that interesting. On the plus side, the view at Round Hill is really great and the stream looks like it would be fun to go in during the summer. There are no views on East Mountain and it was slippery coming down. I'd advise skipping that part and just heading back along the white trail along the stream. If you're looking for a relatively easy longish hike with some decent elevation gain, this could be for you.

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Justin P.
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Pretty trail. Only saw one other person. Leaves were down which made footing more difficult but views better. Crisp air, muted light, and historic old fields and cellar holes gave a lovely contemplative mood to the hike.

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Veronique Lankar
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Easy parking next to the lodge. Follow the right side of the lodge and merge to trail. Best is to do the loop counterclockwise . The climbing is more fun and then the descent is quick and not bad on the knees. Then you can enjoy the easy last flat trail. To get the ccw direction, make a sharp right after the train rail bridge across river and follow river . It was moderate because all the leaves hide rocks or holes. Not to do after rain. It was 7.4 miles. You can get views from the top of the first mt. Very few people doing CCW so that’s nice. Follow the markers blue, yellow, red and white. Some are down with trees. Interesting ruins going back down. Old stone houses and an old house falling apart . Cool bridges build by the cadet of West Point. Last part has pretty rivers .

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Anna Tashie
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Beautiful hike! Plenty of parking. Got there around 8am and there was frost all over and more and more snow the higher we climbed. Hiked with my dog, more on the easier side than moderate, I’d say. No rock scrambles, the only thing making it moderate would be the ascents to the two summits. Overall a very nice hike! Would recommend :)

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TAS Skl
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Eddy Hintze
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Alexis Tirado
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Nice walk

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julie_journeys on instagram
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Really enjoyed this trail! There are some great views along the way and the foliage is wonderful right now. Also had fun exploring the abandoned house right off of the trail. Not much wildlife (a few sparrowesque birds), not too crowded either. Was very happy to grab cider donuts at Vera's down the road afterwards. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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Sean Patrick Kersten
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Did out and back to Round Hill, nice hike. Please pick trash on your walk.

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