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Maggie Rodriguez
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Clearly marked for sure.... summit is a bit disappointing. Views are not the most extravagant. Definitely on the easy side... hardest part is first half mile. The return (to make it a loop) is literally just flat walking beside the Nyack, but there are tons of wild raspberry bushes which I just ate right from!!!!!

Dave Gershgorn
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If you’re planning on backpacking, make sure you call ahead and check if the shelter you’re planning to stay at is open. The trailhead and Elk Den parking lot have reopened, but quite a few campsites are closed due to problem bear activity. Hiked 17 miles (took a wrong turn at one point) to get to the Lake Tiorati campground where I planned to set up camp. Since it and all the shelters on the trail back were closed, ended up having to bail and walk back on the road to make it before sunset. Totaled 21 miles, not a super fun end to the day. Call ahead! Otherwise, the trails are challenging and fun, worth your time if you plan it right.

Megan Urry
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HikingFee

I found this trail to be okay. The views were decent once you reach the overlooks and the creeks were refreshing to stop at, but it’s a bit anticlimactic as there’s just a parking lot at the turn around point to go back to the trailhead. Not a crazy amount of sun exposure and trails are marked well. Bugs were minimal (for us ). There’s a $15 fee per hiker. Parking is limited at nearly every lot so get there before noon!

Olga Petrova
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Overall Good. Take the more adventurous path to the right and after 30 mins walk, you emerge into a more prestige Rocky beach! The left side takes you to wolf pond area. The paved roads are good for easy walk

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Hiking

This is a great trail right at the center of Staten Island. Have done it in many forms, from 1-3 hours inc adjacent Latourete Golf Course. Shady and Green. Often come across Deer around elevation areas. Generally easy, only woods and moist soil, not Rocky or pebbly. Fall, great foliage. Trail boots recommended but not must. Bug Spray would be good. Trail Routes well marked with color codes. Not many people. My Golden Retriever enjoys this trail. Quite Trail as you get inwards

Susan F.
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This was a good trail with lots of small hills and beautiful vistas. There are a few shaded areas, but not many- be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat .

Jie Shao
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My 6 and 4 yrs old walked halfway and returned. It’s nice and easy for kids, we saw a chipmunk, a spider and a snake. Also there are lots of fish in the creek. A bit easy to get lost though

Christopher Kiser
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Beautiful easy walk along Six Mile Creek to get to the bottom of the falls. Walking from the bottom of the falls to get above them is quite steep and could see it being slippery after rain. It was reasonable going up but would be a tricky descent. I had a four year old child with me and was able to climb without issue. Above the falls there was a connection to an alternate trail (emergency service road) which was an easy walk back to Giles Street. This route is also on the map but not the primary route. If going above the falls exclusively or to avoid the steep walk back down the trail would recommend this route.

Chris Wahl
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Sean Gates
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Great hike. We had wet weather with flooded and muddy trail. Weather broke at the top with great views across the High Peaks and Lake Placid.

David Platt
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Best hike for this distance class in the NYC metro area that I've done (I like Breakneck Ridge and Bear Mountain but it's not a fair comparison since they're shorter and have less space to fill!) What struck me most was the variety of terrain, including forest walk, rock scramble, river crossings, and bushwhacking. Other hikes the same length in this area get kind of repetitive. The Lemon Squeezer is like NY's lamer version of Utah's slot canyons. The slot portion is maybe 15 ft at most, and it's followed by the shortest possible upclimb to still be considered an upclimb, but it's a fun mini-challenge. If you're down definitely give it a shot; the grips are deep and sturdy. I saw 3 other groups bypass the upclimb and thought they were missing out on the most fun moment of the hike! For more fun in a hot day, take the detour and join this hike with the Africa Loop to Lake Skemonto for more uphills and a refreshing swim!

nicole cunningham
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a nice nature walk! we took our dog here for her very first hike and it was perfect for her- very easy & beginner friendly. the trail is covered with wild raspberries & we loved the bamboo forest sections. several lookout points to enjoy lunch by the water. free parking on the weekends. only downfall is that trails are horribly marked and often unclear. had to use the GPS to make sure we didn’t take a wrong turn.

David Platt
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I tacked this onto the end of the Elk Pen loop to hit my mileage and elevation gain goals for the day, and was quite pleasantly surprised. Elk Pen is no doubt the better hike with more variety and better markings (plus the Lemon Squeeze!), but the Africa Loop has Lake Skemonto access for a swim that feels UNBELIEVABLE after a day hiking in humid high-80s weather. How cool is that? A solid hike with elevation challenge plus a refreshing swim in a crisp lake? 4/5 stars for this hike without the swim.

Kelly Eustis
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Very rocky and fairly steep to the pond/summit intersect. Second ladder was a big one if you fear heights. Great view at the summit and relaxing stroll to the pond after. The pond is very pretty and I wish I had my pole with me. We climbed down the rocky part during a downpour which made it a little more challenging. Great hike/climb!

Laurel Flanagan
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Nice little hike on this rainy morning. Slippery on the wood bridges and stairs. Tower stairs are closed but nice view from picnic spot.

Lizzy Allers
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