Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole

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Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Petersburg, New York that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Taconic Crest Trail is a 35.4 mile ridge trail that skirts along the NY/MA/VT borders with varied terrains and entry points. The Taconic Crest Trail is a 35.4 mile hiking trail in the Taconic Mountains. The trail extends from U.S. Route 20 in Hancock, Massachusetts, less than 1 mi (1.6 km) east of the New York border, north along the ridgecrest of the Taconic Range, first within Massachusetts, then weaving along the border of New York and Massachusetts and New York and Vermont, and ending in Petersburgh, New York on NY Rte 346, near the Vermont border. Much of the route has been conserved as state forest, conservation easement, or forest preserve. The trail has multiple entry points along the 35.4 mile length and has varied degrees of terrain and difficulty depending upon how much you choose to hike and which part.

There’s still snow in the snow hole. A great hike, perfect afternoon outing.

hiking
1 month ago

This should just be called "Snow Hole" and it's not difficult. Maybe we could rate it as Moderate for the average hiker, but if you're a trail runner, you can run the majority of it. Great trail though. Some views, varied terrain and, of course, the amazing Snow Hole.

hiking
4 months ago

Really awesome trail, everything was clearly marked and the views were stunning. will come back again.

hiking
6 months ago

Not actually difficult but a fun trail with lots to explore, diverse forest and the snow hole is pretty sweet!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice 6 mile round trip to snow hole and back. The trail starts across the street from parking lot. Cool quartz rock formations.

hiking
8 months ago

Echoing prior reviews, this is NOT a hard/difficult hike. There's a bit of steep trail as soon as you start from the road, otherwise easy to occasionally moderate grade. Excellent when there's foliage and flowers, great when there's not because it opens up the views around you.

9 months ago

great trail for the family 5.9 miles just perfect for nice day hike. lots of great views and easy to moderate terrain. well maintained and marked trail system. make for a great day!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike and the snow hole is very cool! You can walk all the way down inside and cool off for a bit. This hike is not hard and should definitely be rated easy to moderate. There's a few steep sections but overall it's flat and easy. We saw a lot of families hiking with kids. Took us about 2 hrs total. As other people said, take note that the trail entrance is across the street from the parking lot, marked with a blue & white marker. There's was still a tiny bit of snow in the hole in the beginning of August!

11 months ago

This was a nice hike. The crest peak views could of been better. Saw a bear about 1.5 miles in on middle of trail, that was great!!

hiking
11 months ago

Muddy at times, to be expected. Still snow in the snow hole.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Still has snow on 6/17.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Was a beautiful 8 mile out and back hike. Beautiful flowers and I loved snow hole. Moderate hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

We knocked this out in the pouring rain. Had a blast Dogs were a damn mess.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

I would not mark this trail as hard. There's a short initial ascent that uses some stamina, but I would really says this hike is easy to moderate. The snow hole was nice.

hiking
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nice hike, even in November. Be careful crossing the highway to get to the trail head. One of the best views is at the beginning of the hike.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

A good hike. The trail is really well marked with white diamonds on blue squares. The trail is directly across from the parking lot entrance. There is a little trail markers but it is currently damaged and not the easiest thing to see.

It starts off pretty steep but most of the hike isn't as steep as the beginning. There are several beautiful look out spots along the way. The trail was muddy in a few spots but in most cases there were boards or an easy way around the worst of the muck.

There was no snow there (but we got snow the next day so that's okay). The snow hole has some interesting etchings into the rocks from visitors. If you hike out to it, take some time to look at the names and the years.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Always love visiting the snow hole!

Monday, October 31, 2016

I would classify this as a moderate hike. Good length and decent scenery. Relatively quiet

Monday, August 29, 2016

Great hike out to Snow Hole. cool off spot were the snow could have been.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

what a great hike

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

The goal was snowhole but there wasn't any snow to be seen. Not surprising considering the tame winter in this part of the northeast. Still, it's an easy hike to an odd geographical sight & the Victorian era graffiti is interesting. Some worthwhile views along the way.

hiking
Sunday, January 04, 2015

Hiked this trail off the Rt 2 Petersburgh parking lot with Snowhole as our goal. The trail was partially covered in packed snow which was slippery at times however we enjoyed the hike. Look forward to hiking other parts of this trail system.

hiking
Monday, October 20, 2014

I too was surprised at how steep the climb , starting from Rt 346 in Petersburg . Nice to be in woods. Very well marked.

hiking
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Nice walk in the woods. The trail from the route 20 crossing in Hancock is a bit confusing to follow. multiple trails cross the trail here. The marking here vary between a white diamond and blue with a white diamond.

hiking
Monday, June 02, 2014

Great trail - fairly steep in the beginning. Started at the Petersburgh Pass Parking lot on Route 2. The sign is currently missing, but you will see the large parking lot on the right. The entrance to the trail is across the road from the parking area and not very easy to see. Look for the blue tag with the white diamond on a tree across from the end of the parking lot. Watch for traffic - the road curves at the spot you have to cross.Snow Hole was our destination point - keep following the blue tags with the white diamond bearing left until you get to the tree marked "Snow Hole" which leads you to the red trail which is just a loop to the ice cave. It was about 3 miles in from the parking lot - for a total of 6 miles round trip. Some nice overlooks along the trail too. We saw lots of people with dogs and kids on a beautiful June day.

hiking
Thursday, January 02, 2014

We've done portions of this trail during every season including hiking and snowshoeing. There are a lot of great areas to the trail for great views, tri-state line monuments and of course, the Snow Hole. The trail has better views during the winter months or other leaf-off conditions but the trail itself is excellent at any time of year.

hiking
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It was a fun hike. A little challenging in the beginning as it is a very steep hill. Takes about an hour to hike to a summit. Once at the top you can see the surrounding mountains, it's beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Great trail, don't miss the excellent view just off the main trail to the left right after the sign in box! The snow hole makes for a great cool down point. Enjoyed the hike very much.

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

We took our three dogs out today on our hike. Everyone was friendly that we came across. Great views and raspberries to pick along the way. Not a very challenging trail for a novice but a nice work out. The snow hole was cool (even literally) but there was no snow or ice in August.. We heard that there is also access from the Vermont border in Pownal

hiking
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Moderate trail, many ups and downs. There is an ice cave about 1.5 hours into hiking it always has ice in the summer months. worth a hike and perfect to be used as a turn around point! Just cross the street from the lot and hike until you see the signs but never get off the main trail or you'll miss it!!!! There are some nice scenic vistas as well!

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