North Redoubt Trail to Red Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Garrison, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length2.8 miElevation gain718 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The North and South Redoubts, the destinations of this hike, were part of a system of fortifications established during the Revolutionary War to protect West Point and the Hudson Highlands. Both redoubts offer panoramic views over the Hudson River. From a brown wand at the rear of the parking area, head into the woods, following a trail blazed with red markers of the Taconic Region. (The first part of the hike, up to the North Redoubt, is on state park lands.) The trail parallels the road for about a quarter mile, then bears right and heads into the woods, climbing gradually. It briefly parallels a stream in the ravine on the left. After climbing some more on switchbacks, you’ll reach a junction, marked by signs for the North Redoubt and the South Redoubt. Turn right, following the sign for the North Redoubt, and continue to climb, rather steeply in places. After reaching the crest of the rise, the trail descends a little, then levels off. It soon bears right and heads north for a short distance, parallel to the river below. The marked trail ends at a triple-red blaze. This spot affords a panoramic north-facing view over the Hudson River, with Constitution Island jutting into the river in the foreground, and Storm King Mountain (identified by the gash on the side of the mountain, where the Storm King Highway was built in 1922) on the west side of the river in the distance. After taking in the view, retrace your steps to the junction and turn right, following the sign to the South Redoubt. The trail now leaves state park lands and enters the lands of the Garrison School Forest, owned by the Garrison Union Free School District. The next section of the trail is marked only by occasional red paint blazes or spotches, but for the most part, the route of the trail is fairly clear. The trail first heads south, then bears left and begins to descend. It soon reaches the edge of a meadow, where it bears left at a fallen tree and heads across the meadow. As of this writing, this section of the trail is poorly blazed and difficult to follow. If you cannot find the continuation of the trail, head diagonally across the meadow to a small wooden shack at the eastern edge of the meadow. This shack, in a deteriorated condition, contains the rusted remnants of a iron stove, wheelbarrow and barrel. From the shack, the trail heads east on a woods road. Although the blazing is spotty, the road itself is wide and clear. You’ll soon reach a grassy parking area, where the trail bears right. The red-blazed Cannon Road Trail of the Garrison School Forest begins here, and for the rest of the way you’ll be following the diamond red markers of this trail. A short distance ahead, the trail goes through a gap in a stone wall and passes a sign for the Garrison School Forest on the right and a kiosk on the left. The trail continues along an old woods road, climbing gradually. In about half a mile, you’ll arrive at the South Redoubt, marked by a kiosk with signs giving the history of the area and biographies of members of the Sloan and Osborn families, who donated this land to the Garrison Union Free School District. After reading these interesting signs, turn left and follow an unmarked path that heads south. You’ll pass a stone foundation on the left and, in 150 feet, reach a clearing with a picnic table that affords a panoramic east-facing view. The United States Military Academy at West Point is visible directly across the river, and Constitution Island and Storm King Mountain may be seen to its right. After enjoying the panoramic view, return to the kiosk, then retrace your steps on the red-blazed trail back to the parking area where the hike began.

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Asha Fuller
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Steep and narrow, tricky running in parts, but two nice vistas. Flowing creeks at the opening of the trail.

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mhuaylla User
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Nice, short hike to the top with a partially obstructed view of West Point.

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Juliet Falchi
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If you are looking for a good view or a scenic nature setting this is not the hike for you. Fine for a quick morning hike before work with a little elevation. Or perhaps you are looking for something with a bit of history- (George Washington came here), although I think there are many other more beautiful historic settings in the Hudson valley. Takes about 45 mins to an hour for this exact hike.

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Howard Shapiro
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Nice hike. Some great views of West Point and the Hudson River.

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Jason Fischer
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Would really say 3.5 in rating. The trail to the north redoubt is not too difficult and good for a quick workout (only around 30 min to the top). There is a view looking north of the hudson but there's a lot of trees in the way so the view is small. The real gem was the south redoubt. You get an awesome view of West Point with a picnic bench and historical placards about the redoubts. I would not recommend fort hill. The trail there is overgrown and there is no view at the top. There is a leftover stone blockade however if that piques your interest

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Ryan Samul
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Pretty easy path, nice view of west point near the end.

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Nicole Pidala
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Well maintained trail and nice view on top. Passed a few other families while we were here. There's plenty of space on the side of the trail for social distancing.

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Kerri Houlahan
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We wanted to find a hike with few people..we saw hardly anyone here! Took the north trail to a nice view then came back down and took the south trail. Took the red Garrison school trail to a beautiful view! With picnic tables to sit. Nobody else here. Also saw some turkeys! Not too difficult but has some good hills to climb.

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Kristi Powers
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Jonathan Barone
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Great, quiet trail. Parked near the North redoubt, and took the red trail the whole way. Very scenic and well marked. Really cool views and a lot of neat history! Not much in the way historical placards at the Northern redoubt, but the Southern one had a very informative placard, a better view, and the redoubt was clearly visible. We did the hike with our 18 month old, but left our dog at home. I think it would have been fine for a dog, and while the climbs were strenuous at times with a 35lb toddler on my back, it was very manageable. Nothing too rocky or intense. Highly recommend if you're looking for a quieter hike away from all the other hikers.

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Benedikt Kellner
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Made a loop out of this by taking the purple-blazed trail over Fort Hill and then, at the end of the purple trail, turned left onto a blue blazed trail, at the end of which I went on an in blazed trail that ended at Snake Hill Road which I took back to where I started

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Marietta Cheung
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Great hike for kiddos. 3.5-9 yrs. follow red mark and see the view of West Point.

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Mohamed Goma
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Pretty steady climb but the views were worth it. Red Trail to North and South Redoubts was very well marked. Yellow trail not so much.

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Victoria Radziunas
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Felix and Michelle Von Salmon
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Becca Jean
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Jonathan Trivelas
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Denise Potter
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Eric Jensen
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Alex Recchia
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mhuaylla User
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Alex S
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Julia Nigro
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Howard Shapiro
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Dave Gershgorn
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David Phelan
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Zachary Kennedy
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Maddy Degelsmith
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T J
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Michael Purpura
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