Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in New Jersey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

A little wet on the upper part of the trail, but great views throughout the hike. Loved the rock scrambling required at on the shoreline trail. With the trees being leaf free this time of the year, we were able to see some great views of the cliffs from below.

Started at the alpine boat basin to make it an 8-9 mile trip. Views on top of the palisades were nice. Lots of litter though. Heavily trafficked areas. Took 6 hours for the extended loop. Navigating the rocky parts was slow. Really muddy and slushy on the long path at the top. Good workout.

Great morning hike for February!
My friend and I really enjoyed everything this trail offer, the “stairs” the waterfall , the workout! In 3 hours and of course the views.

Went in the summer. Great rock scrambling and views of the Hudson

Nice views around the lake, otherwise mediocre views. Challenging steep uphill section to begin with for fit persons. Hiked feb 18. Took 3hr20 without stops. iPhone measured at 7 miles (?) would give 3.5 if could.

nice easy hike, great views, rock scramble along Hudson is fun.

Gorgeous hike with plenty of Hudson River views and lookouts. Varying terrain from trails to a mile of rock scrambling, and an unexpected waterfall at the northernmost portion of the loop. High chance of wind chill in the winter due to being right on the River for a large portion of the hike, however that is made worth it with some views of the cliffs that would be invisible when the trees are not bare.

This trail stays true to its ‘Moderate’ name. The inclines are nice and well kept. Very nice trail with plenty of views. We hiked on one nice day in the dead of winter and it was beautiful.

It was amazing! The creek is full of freshwater muscles and clams. There are also some delicious paw paw trees which is kind of fruit. Also after you can go downtown which has many good restaurants and stores.

Nice well marked trails- closer to easy than moderate

Love this place! Went in the spring and saw the cottage but had to come back in the snow and see it. So Beautiful! One of the best places I have hiked.

Very difficult but challenging and fun. The white trail is pretty hard, lots of maneuvering but fun. Took us about 2.5hrs in the snow. We were soaked with sweat, great workout. I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike in the snow but, we did survive, with no casualties. Lol...

Nice hike and good workout.

Pretty challenging trail, especially the Giant Stairs. The northern part of decent towards the Giant Stairs is steep too. The views are amazing!
There is a 2012 rockfall in the middle, which has lighter colour than the rest of the cliffs.

Hike hike hard

3 months ago

Nice local trail with good variety of terrain. I'm really not a fan of multiuse trails, but this hike features trails that don't have a lot of blind switchbacks, so you don't get surprised by bikers. The trails are also wide enough to step aside to let a biker pass by. I'd do this trail again.

4 months ago

This is a great moderate hike that takes you down by the Black River. Highly recommend this hike in the peak of fall as the colors are amazing.

Was hoping for some more views but overall was a fun trail.

Nice trail. Pretty heavily trafficked on a Saturday at 10am. Parking lot was half full when I got there but when leaving it was jam packed with no spots. (Free parking). Pretty amazing views. Great view of the bridge. Waterfall was dried up when I went. Some tricky parts, but doable and rewarding.

Breathtaking views along the Hudson. 500+ foot drops near the edges. I’d like to do this again soon because Winter is coming - I would not attempt this trail in the winter or even when it is wet/moist because the rocks are challenging to maneuver.

Some steep parts and the rock scramble is long and hard, but walking right along the Hudson River with the palisades towering over you is really awesome. Interesting variety of scenery.

Fun for a rock scramble through the Giant Steps. About on the crowded side.

5 months ago

This was a great work out. Good amount of rock scrambling and the stairs at the end of the loop are tiring, but definitely doable. Went on a Sunday morning and it wasn't too crowded.

One of the challenging hikes I've done. I'd recommend to wear good hiking shoes and be prepared to finish this trail in 3 plus hrs.

The giant steps were amazing.

Definitely leave 3+ hours to complete. Very strenuous. Was sweating my balls off. At any point your a step away from breaking your ankle in between 2 rocks. Was pressed on time with the sunset so I went fast. was crawling up the steps at the end. Was definitely rewarding once finished.

5 months ago

Best hike we’ve done in awhile. Don’t just do the map loop above. If you do you’ll miss the views. Make sure to get on the Highpoint Trail so you can see NYC and some other 360 degree amazing views. Didn’t see any other hikers yesterday. Also no one was collecting $10.

Fun trail and a decent exercise, but if you're in decent shape and have decent coordination this trail should be rated easy to moderate. Definitely not for pets or physically impaired humans since you have to work your way through big rocks. Beautiful views and scenery and pretty heavily trafficked.

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