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Best trails in Cold Spring

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Looking for a great trail near Cold Spring, New York? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bear Mountain State Park or Minnewaska State Park Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Mount Beacon Park or Maple Grange Community Park. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Cold Spring ranging from 1.2 to 8.2 miles and from 9 to 1,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cold Spring
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#1 - South Beacon Mountain via Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson Memorial Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 37 m
Note: as of the summer of 2020, Hudson Highlands State Park has indefinitely closed the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in order to allow recovery from the fire there in 2019. This means that there is no longer any access to the viewpoints at the summit. The Wilkinson Trail has been re-routed appropriately. Breakneck Ridge is a scenic mountain with rocky cliffs along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring in New York. The parking area is at the Breakneck Ridge Train Station off route 9d and the trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of the lot. This is a great hike for views of the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain across the water. This hike can easily be shortened by turning back earlier, or made into a loop using one of the other trails in the area. Check out the nearby trails for other options!Show more
#2 - Breakneck Ridge, Breakneck Bypass, Wilkinson Trail Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
This route is called the "Breakneck Loop" in the park signage. A popular destination for hikers looking to escape NYC, this short and difficult loop trail heads up Breakneck Ridge and winds down Wilkinson Memorial Trail, passing Sugarloaf Mountain on the descent. The trail includes some steep climbs and rock scrambles over ledges.Show more
#3 - Bull Hill Full Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
This is what the state refers to as the Full Bull Hill hike. Start at the Little Stony Point parking area just north of Cold Spring, then take the Washburn Trail (white) to the right, following an old road to an abandoned rock quarry, which the trail skirts, leading to a couple of viewpoints to the south. The trail can be rather steep, but it never gets to the point of rock-scrambling. A few minutes after passing the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), there are a couple of viewpoints (not necessarily easily to see) where you get the New York skyline. Shortly before the top of the mountain, there is a rocky outcrop just to the right of the trail, from which you get an excellent view south along the Hudson River, including the NYC skyline. After crossing the flat top of the mountain, there is another viewpoint to the northwest, from Breakneck Ridge in the foreground to the Catskills in the background. The Washburn trail then starts descending, following an old woods road, until it ends at an intersection with the Nelsonville Trail (green) and the Notch Trail (blue). Turn left onto the latter, which leads you to the valley between Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. Turn left onto the Brook Trail (red), although you might want to visit the impressive ruins of the Cornish farm just to the right. At a Y-junction, take the left fork onto the Cornish Trail (blue), which passes the ruins of the main estate house (and greenhouse!), at which point the trail follows the old concrete driveway, at the end of which the trail turns left to parallel NY Rte 9D until you're back to your starting point.Show more
#4 - Anthony's Nose
Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#5 - Cornish Estate Trail
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 51 m
This is the easiest hike in Hudson Highlands State Park, as much of it is on the concrete driveway of the old Stern-Cornish Estate, with a quite gentle ascent to the estate ruins. From the parking lot at Little Stony Point, take the Cornish Trail (blue blazes), which more or less parallels NY Route 9D. Once you reach the concrete driveway, head uphill on it (you're still on the Cornish Trail) until you reach the very obvious estate ruins on the north (left) side of the trail. It's well worth your time to explore the surrounding area to see all the various structures (including a swimming pool, greenhouse, a laundry facility, and a pump house. [Use the red/blue route, which is a link between the Cornish Trail (blue blazes) and the Brook Trail (red blazes).]Show more
#6 - Bull Hill Short Loop
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
This is the "short loop" indicated by the park in various signs along the way. You start at the parking area at Little Stony Point (just north of Cold Spring). Take the Washburn Trail (white) to the right, which follows an old road to the entrance of a large old stone quarry, which the trail then skirts. The climb then sometimes becomes fairly steep, but never reaches the level of rock-scrambling. You pass a nice view south (looking down on Cold Spring), with a couple more views south along the Hudson further up. When you reach a crossing with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), turn left onto it, which soon passes another good viewpoint west and south onto the Hudson River and West Point. A bit further there's a view to the northwest (Breakneck Ridge, Storm King Mtn and Newburgh). The trail then makes a sharp turn to the right, with fairly minor ups and downs, and then descends (in large part following an old road) to the valley between Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. Turn left onto the Brook Trail (red). In a few minutes, at a Y-junction, bear to the left onto the Cornish Trail (blue). At the point where you reach the ruins of the Cornish estate, the road becomes a concrete driveway. Just before you reach the bottom of the driveway, the trail turns left and parallels NY Rte 9D on its way back to your starting point.Show more
#7 - Arden Point and Glenclyffe
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
#8 - Bull Hill via the Washburn, Notch, Brook and Undercliff Trails
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
This is a lasso-shaped route up and around Bull Hill. Start at the parking area at Little Stony Point, just north of Cold Spring, then turn right onto the Washburn Trail (white), which initially follows an old road up to a large, abandoned rock quarry, which the trail skirts to the right. After passing a few viewpoints to the southwest, the trail gets steeper and more rocky, but never becomes a rock scramble. At the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), continue upward on the Washburn Trail. There will shortly be a couple of viewpoints of NY City, but the main viewpoint is near the top of the mountain from a rock outcrop to the right of the trail. After traversing the flat top of Bull Hill, there is a fine viewpoint to the northwest, with Breakneck Ridge in the foreground and the Catskill Mountains in the background. The Washburn trail descends on an old woods road, ending at an intersection with the Nelsonville Trail (green) and the Notch Trail (blue). Turn left onto the latter, which winds its way down (passing a couple of old foundations along the way) into the valley between Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. In the valley, turn left onto the Brook Trail (red) (although it's worth your while to make a slight detour to the right to explore the Cornish farm ruins). When you reach the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), turn left, after which you climb about halfway back up Bull Hill. Near the top of this climb, there are several viewpoints to the west and south. When you reach the Washburn Trail (white), turn right and retrace your steps back to Little Stony Point. Show more
#9 - Bull Hill (Short Trail)
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
This trail is actually a portion of the more popular and frequented Bull Hill Short Loop. It is a quick, steady ascent with dramatic views of the Hudson River Valley. Highlights include an abandoned rock quarry, wonderful rock outcrops, and views of Cold Spring Harbor & West Point Academy. Nearby mountain landmarks, Breakneck Ridge & Storm King, are prominent! Note: hikers suggest going counterclockwise. You’ll go white to yellow to red to blue.Show more
#10 - Breakneck Ridge Trail to Peak #4
Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
This is a route which, starting at the western terminus of the Breakneck Ridge Trail, takes you up the first 4 peaks thereof. This is the most popular part of the trail, so it is frequently quite crowded. There is considerable rock-scrambling involved, but the fairly constant views are awesome. The route (though not the trail) ends at a viewpoint at the 4th peak, after which you have to make your way (carefully) back down the way you came. [A safer alternative to this is to descend back to the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow blazes), and descend via the combination of the Undercliff Trail, an unnamed green-blazed trail, and the Brook Trail (red blazes).]Show more
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