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Sugarloaf Hill 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 623 ft Route type Out & Back

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Matthew Conroy
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Hiking

Short hike with some rewarding views of West Point, Bear Mountain Bridge and Castle Rock. The last 1/4 mile up to the ridge along Sugarloaf is a bit steep. Summit of Sugarloaf has an abundance of cactus.

Dinko Gonzalez
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Hiking

Wonderful trail going through several biomes. Lizards and cactus at the summit. Cactus flower end of June. Beautiful. Done this trail twice

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Yessica Manzo
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HikingBugsScramble

I loved this trail. It was moderate, meaning there were times where it was steep and then it would level out for awhile. So it was perfect in my opinion. It was a great workout. Definitely will come back.

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Andre Jacquez
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HikingRocky

Nice trail! Definitely steep during the beginning half. Not as crowded as you would think for Memorial Day. People were wearing mask and practicing social distancing which was nice to see.

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Meg Saluga
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Hiking

Decent short hike! Varied terrain and a couple nice view points. Flat beginning with a cardio incline right before you reach the top. Obstructed view of the Hudson from the summit but still beautiful. Lots of cacti and lizard activity. Not overcrowded right now which is nice. (Avoid Bear Mountain, it’s SWAMPED with people!) Only downside is limited parking and very tall grass in parking area. Check yourself for ticks for sure when you get home!

Dinko Gonzalez
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Hiking

Actually made a partial loop via the Appalachian Trail from rt 403. 4.6 miles of wooded and beautiful terrain. Trails were in very good shape. Lizards and newts along the trail. Interesting microclimate at the summit with small cactuses.

Michael Tome
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Hiking

Nice little run up the AT. Then through the storm strewn ridge. And up Sugarloaf. Roosevelt is pooped.

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Giulia D
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Hiking

Good hike, just a little short and easy (except the final 10 minute uphill portion which was quite exhausting). View was solid but not incredible, partially obstructed.

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Jason Fischer
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Hiking

Wish I had done this hike sooner! Don't be put off by the entrance as it looks like the beginning of a driveway. The ascent isn't difficult until the very end. Great views of west point on the climb up! At the very top there are succulents growing and you can see bear mountain bridge down the river

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Jonathan Barone
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A really nice out and back. We have an 18 month old and a middle aged arthritic dog - so we can only get in about 3 miles before one or both of them start to unravel. This was perfect. A little bit of a steep climb towards the peak, a great view at the top, but overall very enjoyable. We have a baby backpack and a lot of experience lugging our little guy up and down Hudson Valley hills - so if you're looking for a relaxing walk with a dog and/or baby, just be prepared for a steep ascent at the end or be willing to skip out on the view. It can still be an enjoyable hike without going all the way up.

Latisha Bevel
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

We started at the train station and walked through garrison and crossed over to wing & wing from there. Walked up the drive, across the field, and into the woods. There’s a lookout along the trail, facing the river, and lots of beautiful photo ops. Quite buggy with mosquitos once you’re under the tree canopy and lots of loose rocks along the inclines.

Angel D. Newton PhD
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Hiking

Easy and short. Very nice views.

Dr. Bill Ruth
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Hiking

This is one quick beauty! 2 hrs or less for a great view of the Hudson River, Anthony's Nose, & Bear Mtn Bridge. Mid summer, overgrown grasses...wear tic repellent...essential for Lyme's Disease prevention.

Phil Sequeira
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Hiking

The first half of the trail has nice wide paths and plenty of relief from the sun. Stick to the sugarloaf hill trail and you’ll enjoy. Don’t even bother extending your walk by heading toward the White Rock. The flies, mosquitoes and ticks we encountered on that route just made it unbearable.

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Dr. Bill Ruth
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HikingBlowdown

A nice little hill with a big view!! The remnants and wreckage from the May 2018 tornado are amazing. The storm had a direct hit on the hill, and it took weeks to clear the uprooted and snapped trees. You can sense the power and the fury when you walk this path.

Silvana Gutierrez
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Hiking

It’s a short but nice trial. Nice view on top to follow red mark

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Jennifer Fischer
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Hiking

This route felt long, took me about 3 1/2 hours. Really buggy by the swamp (obviously), I would skip that loop next time. The view from the top of the hill is beautiful!

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Nikki L.
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Karen DeNike
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This is a nice quick hike. There was still ice & snow so I’m not sure what is underneath. One trail we went through blowdown but it was cleared nicely.

Manny X
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Walking

I enjoyed the walk and found it moderately challenging. Came with family who are not used to the climb and they were able to make it with some complaints. The main inconvenience was water running down the trail paths and making them muddy, so you need to wear waterproof footwear. There were some good spots to stop and enjoy the scenery. I would return.

Olivia Maher
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I enjoyed this hike. It is relatively short and easy until the incline at the top. I went in the Autumn and the trees and view of the Hudson River were beautiful.

Jennifer Pawenski
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Hiking

Not a favorite. The first 1/4 mile is through a meadow and was overgrown. Given the large amount of copperheads (i just saw one the day before) and tick borne illnesses in the area - I found it a bit unsettling. The trail does open up but to nothing spectacular. You will get some subpar views of the river and west point but nothing great. Even the walk in the woods was depressing. Im assuming this area got hit hard with recent storm because you are essentially walking though a maze of fallen trees. Its really quite sad actually. There are such better trails in this area.

Rich Casey
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Great views of the river

Devon Antonetti
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Hiking

A little hard to find as some of the blazes aren't clearly marked. went on a summer day, so all the trees made it hard to see the Hudson, but lovely slice of nature.

Angela Vetrano
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We did 11 miles on several different trails starting at Castle Rock (blue), heading toward Sugarloaf, winding up on Osborne Loop toward Manitoga. Even the start of this hike is gorgeous with a beautiful green field and panoramic views of the colorful foliage across the river. All together, this hike is awesome. The directions on the nynjtc.org website were impeccable and led us exactly where we needed to go. Parts of the red emblazoned trail became extremely steep, but the view from the top could have been amazing had it not been for the obstruction from the trees. Still worth it, though. The hike is not for beginners in my opinion. Overall, loved this hike. Took only 4.3 hours to complete. Lots of cool things to see during this trip!!

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