Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole

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Taconic Crest Trail to White Rocks and Snow Hole is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Petersburg, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

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.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
17 days 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!

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19 days ago

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1 month ago

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Still has snow on 6/17.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

Always love visiting the snow hole!