Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Cold Spring with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

From the parking lot we went right and followed the arrows and white blazes to the yellow to green to blue. The remains of the Cornish estate are at the very end of the trail, about a quarter mile away from the parking lot! But we were happy we hiked up for the views and the time spent alongside the waterfall. We thought we had somehow missed the old mansion! So I thought I’d let anyone else know; it’s at the end of the trail. But do what we did and go right at the trailhead! It’s so worth the views and feeling of accomplishment and the estate is like icing on the cake at the end of the hike! Enjoy!

Awesome awesome hike. Has it all - great river views, an old quarry, rock scrambling, cool forests, streams, a waterfall and ruins. First half of hike is definitely strenuous but once you hit the blue trail it's virtually all downhill. Lots of great places to stop and admire the view. IMO once you get to where the white trail meets the yellow trail it's worth taking the yellow for a few tenths of a mile to see some great money views, then heading back to continue on white. Notch trail is super rocky and marshy in places. Cornish Mansion ruins are pretty cool. All in all a great experience. Only downside for me was some lingering haze, which limited the view down the Hudson. Great parking area. It's also worth popping across the road to explore the two short trails at Little Stony Point. The red trail goes around to a weird little cave, while the green trail takes you up to the top of the rocks for nice views up and down the Hudson.

Nice challenge at the beginning if you take the white route... then a really nice walk back down.
Takes about 3 hours and is roughly 6 Miles...

hiking
28 days ago

Short walk...a nice little connector trail which brings you to the Wicopee trail. A stroll through old farmland.. there are remnants of the farm all over, a chimney from the old farmhouse along with a barn a short walk away. Yellow blazed

A nice way to warm up for the much more challenging neighbor - the Breakneck ridge. Well marked, parking spot available, couple of good view points of the Hudson.
Overall a pretty decent hike.

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.

The trail is a nice trail, but far from easy. I took my two daughters and there were a lot of steep areas, some areas were narrow and one could fall off the edge of you slip. It was definitely stressful. This trail needs to be labeled properly.

Finished in about 3 hours with a moderate pace.
Hiked in reverse like most said and it definitely is better to get the rocks out of the way in the beginning. Definitely recommend it!

The view is worth it. My 74 year old Mother and I climbed it.. A tad slippery at points with the melting water so where real hiking boots.

I would rate this as hard and not moderate. We started counter clockwise (white markers) after parking in the lot. At the top we crossed over to the yellow trail, then red and finally home on blue. There was a big tree down at the end of the blue trail and tons of prickers, but it didn’t dampen the fun! Tons of great water views, babbling creeks and generally a great hike!

Took this trail yesterday, was a little chilly but still beautiful enough out for a hike. Wasn’t very crowded which made it even more enjoyable. Wish I took the advice of going counter clockwise but all in all enjoyed the hike. Got some great shots in as well!

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great trail! Went on a beautiful Saturday and while we saw plenty of people, it wasn’t ever too crowded. My dog had a blast. I’d recommend hiking it counter-clockwise. You get all of the elevation out of the way at the start and I much prefer scrambling up over rock than scrambling down personally! Also, it’s only about a mile from the Cold Spring MetroNorth stop.

One bridge (if you can call the ugly steel plates they use bridges) is out 3/4’s of a mile in. The creek isn’t too hard to cross anyway, but it’s due for a few repairs in the first mile.

Trails are well marked, the beginning is a well worn path for about a mile.

There’s a new alternate blaze green detour that takes you between the peaks rather than over them. (They have route maps posted, See pictures) There’s no real path and it’s less travelled, we enjoyed it since a foot injury prevented us from climbing higher anyway.

This route terminated at the turnpike entrance, there are no parking lots or structures nearby. You can follow the road around to reconnect with the Campbell Rd entrance.

Nice relaxing trail, no real challenges but worth it for lovely creek and spooky rock structures and walls.

Had a perfect March Saturday morning for this fun hike. The loop is moderate and gives you a chance to explore the ruins of a stately estate which must have been a lot of fun to visit is the 1920's and 30's. Follow the Cornish trail to the notch trail and end the loop with the Washburn trail back at he parking lot off 9D. There are several glorious viewing points on the Washburn trail

We did this in a few inches of snow, which definitely slowed it down. It made the hike really fun and pretty so would recommend. Hiking in the snow actually means less mud and mess but definitely need to be careful with you’re footing. We aren’t experienced hikers but pretty fit and this took us 2hours 45. I’m sure on a dry day it wound have been a lot quicker, more like a 2-2:15.

We went clockwise around this trail and I think I would do the same if doing it again. The ascent clockwise is longer but more gradual. The descent then was pretty steep but nice and quick. Doing it clockwise means you have done the majority of the trail when you see the lovely views at the peak.

quick 2 hour hike. added Little Stony Point after. once you get to the top. great views and MUCH easier on the way down.

Great hike. The start of the white trail up is more of a road and there was recent clear cutting to widen it (not very scenic) but once past the quarry the trail thins out and you get great views of the Hudson. The actual summit is a bit inland past the river views and has a bit of tree cover. Past that it’s a long gentle down hill. Then you hit the Cornish estate Ruins which is an awesome treat on a somewhat uneventful descent. We went in winter so it was empty but I hear summer is a zoo.

Pretty difficult because of all the ice but well worth the trek!

Easy walking pace or moderate running, this stunning gem should be on your list of HV hikes.

we took this trail based on the “easy” rating because we weren’t really prepared to hike but wanted to do something outdoors. maybe it’s because we weren’t dressed appropriately but I would have ranked this more as a “moderate” trail. the trail was high, there was quite a bit of climbing and walking along the edge of some cliffs/hills, and there was some scrambling. it was disappointing that we could barely see the lake through most of the hike, and to complete the loop we had to walk several miles back up rte 301 which was busy with traffic. wouldn’t bring a dog or kids for this reason. had a good time, but wouldn’t take this route again.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views. Not too crowded

Rigorous for the first mile or so, but relatively easy the rest of the way. Spectacular view looking south rewards the climb. Easy 15-20 min walk from Cold Spring Metro North.

It was a good day for hiking. But in the afternoon the trail was a bit too crowded. Some groups monopolized the scenic overlooks. Normally I would give this 5-Stars.
Also I am very pleased with the improvements Governor Cuomo is making to the NYS Parks, Thank you.

Nice trail with a good ascent and a bit of rock scrambling. Unfortunately it was also absurdly overcrowded with loud annoying hiking groups, it felt like we were still in the city, so much so that we decided to go off trail to get away, which was nice. A tip for hiking couples and groups-most of us come out here to get away from the noise of the city and enjoy the peace of nature, so keep your mouths shut or at least have the courtesy to use your inside voices. We want to hear the wind blow through the trees, not your constant blathering at full volume.

The first half of the trail was great second half a little scary with no markers because you’re on the road. We did cut across to the Pelton Pond trail for a bit so we were not on the road. NOT 3.9 miles actually 4.6 from the kiosk on Route 301. Beautiful day White markers to Blue to beach then to Rt 301 to yellow trail back to Rt 301

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is awesome! A bit challenging during the first mile or so but after that it's quite easy. The ruins are amazing!!!!

Great trail, great views

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful view at the top! The first white arrow you see up the white trail leads to a great vista. Don't miss that!

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