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2nd time doing this hike (heavy fog the first time ~ back in October '17). Arrived at trailhead at 9am and had the entire trail to ourselves except for passing another couple about a mile in who we never saw again. Took the white to the blue back to white (counter clockwise on the map). First mile is rather boring but once you pass the intersection with the road and start heading up the blue, it's really pretty with lots of different terrain, rock scrambles and views. I like this trail so much better than Storm King Mountain. I also clocked it ~ again ~ at 4.3 miles, not 3.6 miles.

Easy hike under two hours total no real steeps. 20 yards of snow no ice. Micros not needed. Fantastic clear day high peaks visible w tons of snow to the north. Vt and Catskills also visible to east and south. Did not expect views to be so good! Bonus was the windows still intact in the tower which helped avoid the strong winds in the tower.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful at this time of the year. Saw a red shouldered hawk with full wing span circling around. We started with white, then yellow and then ended green trail marks at lake skanantati parking. Beautiful forestry with deciduous and evergreens trees and hidden water bodies.

The views were beautiful! Did not do the whole loop but stayed on Washburn (white markers). It took about 30-45 minutes to get to a beautiful lookout over the Hudson and Cold Spring. It was a very fun hike and will definitely come back to do the whole loop another day.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Great trail! Great for photographers! See a lot of nature and wildlife of all kinds. Great settings! Many places to stop and take it all in!

hiking
1 day ago

This was a great waterfall. A little disappointing when looking at the map there though. They had 3 waterfalls included in this hike. It appears the other two were on the other side of the road, which you couldn't get to. Still all in all the waterfall was very nice and a quick to get to.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
1 day ago

This place is absolutely beautiful! The falls we're nothing short of awesome. Very nice hike with lots of beautiful terrain. The trail follows the water and keeps switching back from from woods to water. A nice amount of rock scrambles which was very fun. Gorgeous views of Catskills. It was a nice surprise to see some snow and ice in some areas as well. All in all this was a mildly moderate hike full of a whole bunch of awesomeness!

1 day ago

Did this exact height today. R-D ridgewalk is a favorite. Lots of people and dogs, but certainly not as crowded as Reeves Brook area. Moderate, not difficult

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked up Ampersand today (4/21) and there was definitely a good amount of snow on the trail. The trail is 2.7 miles one way with an elevation gain of 1777’. The trail starts off really easy but in areas where the snow melted, it was muddy. The hike was pretty much all slush.

After about 1.5 miles, the trail begins its elevation gain and steepens out until the very top. My only real struggle with the trail wasn’t the steepness but that it was exacerbated with the snow/ice. It would have been very difficult had I not been wearing spikes/crampons. If you misstep, you’re definitely sliding down a good 5-10ft on the snow.
Coming back down, I ended sliding down about a third of the trail because good footing was tough to get.

All that being said, the view from the top is worth it. Would do it again, no questions asked. Took about an hour and half to get to the top.

walking
1 day ago

Easy trail with a gorgeous view. My pup and I enjoyed walking along the water. It was clean, fun and peaceful. Bring the right shoes because it was still muddy and wet in some areas.

Great views from the top. The middle elevations were really starting to melt on my way down, but the top was still very icy. Spikes worked well for me all the way to the tower.

nice day to take a leisure walk with the dog. trail conditions today were very good except for a few muddy/swampy areas but no big deal just the same.no snow anywhere and the trails were pretty level walking. don't rely on trail markers, they are too few and far between. seems to be marked at all interconnecting paths though. best to follow the well-beaten path or use your navigation skills to get around. basically a nice walk in the woods with a few creeks here and there. there is a football, softball, baseball fields along the walking route also. beautiful day, great exercise! 21 April 2018.

1 day ago

I’m sure the trails are great, but they stop selling hiking passes at 4:30. Very disappointing after a 3.5 hour drive.

hiking
1 day ago

A great day for a great hike. Start on the purple trail, then blue, then, green, and back to blue. We did not hurry and finished in about 1 hour.

Nice trails. Walked the 5 mile loop. Trails are marked ok, but a couple times I was skeptical about whether or not I was heading the right way. Nicely maintained trails though. Mostly flat, easy hike.

An easy hike. Took us an hour to do the Lane Loop, but we weren’t in any hurry. Offers some nice spots for views of the Hudson. And oh my gosh the wildflowers! Fields of them!

Great quick hike with the kiddos (8 and 5). Only took an hour and thats with stopping to picnic at the top. Pretty nice views along the top for the minimal effort to get to the top. Was a little muddy still but not too bad

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, a lot of rock scrambling! We took the breakneck trail and took a longer loop into the wilkinson trail. 4.5 hours total with 5-7 stops.

The hike is open as of today (4.21.2018) but might be closing for renovation soon.

Great little walk. Sturdiest fire tower I have been in. Great view, except for the cell phone tower.

They have this trail labeled as "Easy" but I would rate it more as "Moderate". It wouldn't be a trail that would be easy for the elderly or very young, due to the following, and one of the most important, in order to stay on the trail you have to cross the creek, which can be hard to do, if not impossible, depending on the depth/height of the water. When we were just there, the only way for us to cross was to shimmy across some fallen trees and then find our way back to the marked trail. There are some steep grades and a lot of the trails are uneven due to exposed tree roots. The trail markings aren't the best which can make some parts of the trail hard to follow. This is marked as "no dogs allowed" and that's also posted right at the beginning of the trail, but there are definitely people that don't pay attention to that restriction. I guess the big highlight to this trail is the waterfalls, if that's what you're looking for, it's not a long walk to get to them, maybe 15-20 minutes.

Been going here for years. Always an adventure.

hiking
2 days ago

Still lots of ice at the top. The pine trees around the summit are still covered in ice and snow. Some nice views but didn’t find anything mind blowing.

Loved this as a beginner mountain bike trail, nice and flat but curvy with options to up the challenge if you want. Bring your phone though, pretty big and easy to get lost with so many crossing trails

We did this hike on 4/14/18. It was a cool, crisp day.

The mile-ish hike up was strenuous and the rock scramble was challenging, which was a great workout. The waterfall was picturesque.

Unfortunately, although the weather was nice, it was hazy and the views were less than amazing. Perhaps with the fall foliage, there would have more of an impact.

Saw bunch of dears twice :) trail near the pond is heavily trafficked but very well maintained. The nature trails were a bit confusing.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a very quick with views of Gore Mountain and Loon Lake. It’s an easy hike that has decent views.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a nice quick hike to views of Gore Mountain and Loon Lake. The trail was a mixture of mud and snow and windy at the top. Overall I’ll do this hike again.

I love taking my dog here. Great trail to the water and awesome view.

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