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Very good trail that is very well marked. According to my Apple Watch workout it was just under 4 miles and the equivalent of 32 flights of stairs for the complete trail. Definitely some good elevation to get your heart rate up.

There were about a dozen cars in the parking lot at 8:30 am on a Sunday but we only ran into a few hikers and 2 mountain bikers through the course.

Will come back here for sure when it starts to green up as there are lots of trees and the lakeside view is wonderful.

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muddy
scramble
snow
8 days ago

This trail is fun with great views but I did it on a warm day with snow melting and turning everything into water soaked dangerous mess. I am going to come back and explore more once the snow is gone for good.

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rocky
scramble
snow
11 days ago

Beautiful trail with unique trees. great for mountain biking.

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muddy
rocky
snow
24 days ago

Hiking with AFW. Trail out was very muddy with slippery wooden ramps. Would do again.

If you like mud (tons of mud)...this is the trail for you!!! Only time I’ll return is during a drought!

Great workout! Very vertical with many rocks. A good climb with a couple flatter areas which are a nice break from the climbing around rocks.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

pulled 19 miles out of there great workout on the mt.bike. u get out of it what u put into it .I like to push myself there.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great hike with a good stretch of bouldering along the water, a cool waterfall, ruins, and rocky decent / climb on north end. Not safe in ice, snow, or rain. Beware though, the Palisade Interstate Park Lookout closes at dusk and NJ police gave me a $50 parking ticket 15 minutes after dusk in the winter!!! Ridiculous!!

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rocky
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snow
1 month ago

Awe inspiring view with the Hudson on one side and a huge cliff face on the other. There was a waterfall that was almost completely frozen over which was quite a sight. The rock scrambles pretty intense and boots/sneakers is a must. Awesome hike and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something more intense.

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snow
1 month ago

Beautiful place, natural views, is well cared for, enjoy it.

Njhiking.com and AllTrails give the distance for this hike at 6.2, but it is actually a bit longer. Between 6.6 and 7.5 miles depending on if you do any little side trips to the ruins. That being said, it is quite beautiful, with some really cool stone ruins and varied terrain. Thankfully it was cold and the ground was frozen while we were there, as much of the trail seems like it would be quite muddy in warmer weather.

1.11.19. Fine, short hike with some great views and features. Starting from the (very large) parking lot, I went counter-clockwise via the following combination: Falling Waters (blue blazes), Patriots Path (white/blue), Bee Line (yellow) and Grand Loop (yellow). Probably easier than its moderate designation suggests — except for the first part of the blue trail that tracks Electric Brook flowing from Lake George. Exhilarating views of the rushing waters here but while the trail is well marked, the path itself can sometimes be hard to discern and there are parts which are very rocky. Other than that, a straight forward hike: I climbed a total of 679 feet over about 3 miles, and it took me an hour and a quarter.

Middle of Dec hike. Some parts were muddy, and it was easy to find yourself off track if you weren't paying attention. Scenery was nice, and it does get rocky on certain paths. There's some gradual elevation depending on which side you start from. As the day continues more people started to pass by, but overall a nice hike.

Nice trail to hike. Eerily beautiful in the winter. I made a walking stick and left it at the entrance. enjoy.

Excellent workout. Not for dogs, small children, or a novice...your legs will be sore in the morning.. You will have to climb over large rocks/boulders. Great views. Lots of people. Wear proper shoes or boots. There is a place to eat and rest rooms.
Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was very muddy and wet. It was not well marked, which made it hard to follow the All Trails map. The vistas were not that aesthetic, with houses and highways in view. This trail should be rated Moderate. I recommend going south at the start of the back loop. Overall, this hike was disappointing.

Moderately long trail. Many ups and downs amidst the ravines. Normal wooded trail. Skirts portions of the creek. Bring a map as only the intersections of trails are marked.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m an older hiker and found that the steep southern ascent after the rock scramble challenged me. About 500 feet in .3 miles, stone stairs. Younger hikers should find it steep, but not as tiring as I did. Going to do it again, hopefully easier next time around. Views are ok, not spectacular, since this isn’t wilderness and you can’t get that sense of isolation from the views. The waterfall is hyped, but still nice for what it is. Best part was a flat walk going south after the rock scramble, through a field of river reeds. Beautiful there.

Did a five mile loop. Was good hike, unfortunately it rained a few days before so was a little muddy but it’s all good.

Agree 100% with the reviewer below me. Awesome hike, but be careful after rain and do not bring your dog. My dog is like a mountain goat and we even had to sit down a few times to catch our breath and make a plan for our next step. Solid ground felt incredible after that hike!

Did a three mile clockwise loop up the pipeline then back around to the right picking up the white triangle and square routes. Lots of fallen leaves so if you're not careful, or observant, you can get off trail easily. Use the app. Some sloppy areas but nothing too messy. All in all, a great hike!

CAUTION: There are confirmed rock avalanches after rain!

We started on the Long Path Trail and headed down to the rock scrambles that are over a mile long. You will climb, get on your hands and knees, sit on your behind and slide down boulders to get through. There's no question that this is appropriately marked as hard.

Please leave small children (under 12) and dogs at home. We saw plenty of both but we also saw plenty of dogs that were terrified to keep going forward and had to be carried making it dangerous for owners and their fur babies. We also saw fearless children enjoying the boulders but also some driven to tears by fear, too.

The climb back up is challenging since it is steep. We went peak fall so the leaves on the ground made everything slippery. Bring PLENTY of water and wear proper hiking shoes. Hubby went with sneakers and regretted not putting on hiking shoes.

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