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7 hours ago

Hiked here around 9a on Sunday Father’s day and medium sized lot almost filled to capacity. Took the Oakland exit off Route 287 north and entrance was on left about 1/2 mile after exiting.

Hike is primarily under shade of the woods and sometimes buggy. We did the blue trail to white with Van Slyke castle as our goal. True as others stated beginning of hike immediately takes you upwards and some scrambling and bouldering involved but moderate hike for most part. We took the labs and they were fine on leash.

Castle ruins were so neat to discover and the views towards NYC was breath taking. Ruins were approx 1.75 miles from lot so easily done. We packed lunch and ate when we reached the water tower that was another 1/4 mile beyond castle.

Def recommend. What a little gem.

Caution: poison ivy strewn around ruins.

Totally awesome hike! Suitable for all skill levels as long as you leave ample time to rest. For experienced hikers this trail is fantastic location for a quick day hike that’ll leave you satisfied work out wise and view wise.

As for those less experienced at the hiker game. Make sure you have proper foot wear or you will be slipping all over that rock scramble. Leave ample time to complete the hike so you can rest and even stop for lunch while taking in some beautiful views.

Be sure to bring your camera, Lots of snacks and water.
Leave your dog and young children at home. I’ve seen many falls and injuries from these populations.

Happy hiking!

Second time doing this hike, even better than the first. Ran into 3 bears early morning, one alone and later a mama bear and cub. Views for days.

Easy walk in the woods. Great Lake views. Pretty flat.

My first official hike - challenging and satisfying, with beautiful views at the summit.

Great hike! The MOC was also a great spot. Only problem was that we got turned around well before reaching even the merge w Kaiser because we walked right up on a very large bear standing just off the trail while coming around a bend. I was with my two young kids and dog (on leash) so didn’t want to take the chance of waiting it out and continuing on. The bear didn’t seem afraid and just kept doing what it was doing even though we were making plenty of noise. As soon as it turned away from us we slowly backed off and then hiked back down. The kids were psyched because we went and swam in the lake for a while instead. Which was a great way to end the outing. Will be back to do the full route ASAP!

It was wonderful trail all the times .. I have gone this trail at least 20-30 times since last 4 years.

Great Trail.

Fun! Take the map!

Great trail with beautiful views from the Mountain! 80 degrees and almost no humidity today.

Overall, this trail was good EXCEPT for the swarms of mosquitoes. I went in the evening (~6:00pm), so maybe other times are better. But given the large pools of standing water, it might not make a difference. Positives of this trail were that it had a wide path with exercise equipment, benches, trash cans, and toilets near the camping area.

fun trail ! has a little bit of everything

We took the teal trail on the left and then switched back to the green trail to see the falls. Steep descent and not much more than a brook, but nice. Went back up green and continued on teal to the lake. Went to the upper meadows and then took yellow all the way back down. It was a nice little hike. Recommend it.

nice walk

Nice hike, great views going up the red dot trail. If you only do the red dot to blue dot it is a pretty short hike, I elected to do the sunfish pond as well. This part was quite easy but long.

This yellow trail was a pretty and peaceful trail. About 5 miles for us.

trail running
2 days ago

I have been to this trail twice now and i can see that I will be spending a lot more time here. love this trail.

Quiet, safe, good for power walking,

Great trail! Awesome views, challenging & great areas to stop & just take it all in.

A gorgeous, quiet, nearly-all-shaded loop that is VERY well marked. Couldn't do the orange portion because of flooding (it would have literally been walking through a swamp, so I skipped this). Parking was easy, there was a map available at the start that was very easy to follow. I will definitely be back - this was a perfect 1-hour-ish escape into nature. Only ran into one other person on the trail. Trail is very well maintained - yes there are areas with roots and some overgrown weeds, but I never ever lost the trail which is always nice. Highly, highly recommend!

4 days ago

Cool hike to the view. But, where is the waterfall?

Awesome trail.

5 days ago

Easy walk in the woods. Not much in terms of views. Big trees were nice though.

Nice easy walk thru the woods. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the trailhead to make navigation easier.

Nice bike ride. Came about 6:15am on a Saturday which made it even nicer. Great views of the city and the Statue. Got there before the parking attendant came on duty, so free parking!

5 days ago

Easy walk through the woods. A few casual trails which I'm guessing were caused by the bikers, but nothing that'll get you lost.

Pleasant walk. Didn't see any bikers out today.

5 days ago

Nice walk. Signs make it hard to get lost.

5 days ago

Well-signed trail system in Cheesequake. Well-maintained trail. Not really much views, but a nice walk in the trees. Mosquitoes weren't bad until it hit 9:30am. Then it was like a switch was flipped.

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