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

We hiked the yellow trail today. Very pretty views at the top. There are many pretty streams and creeks along the way and the forest setting is very peaceful.
So the beginning of the trail is moderate, however coming down the rocks make the hike hard not moderate. You could easily get hurt if you're not in tip top shape and without poles and proper attire. It is definitely not dog friendly.
So I would absolutely change the rating to moderate to hard. total hike for the yellow trail is 5.5 miles.

Very definitely not easy...we turned back when faced with sheer rock with no place to walk...I felt at danger and called the next day to complain no warning of how hard and impossible this trail is. sad I missed the top but better than dying falling . horrible experience....would not recommend t anyone without gear to help them even then I would say no. I have only climbed prospect and sleeping beauty and felt much safer on them. To me this was impossible and the state and some comments below saying this is easy are leading folks to something bad happening.

Beautiful place great walk

Great, relatively easy trail. Great views. Can be busier in the weekends.

Nice hike down through the forest, across some small streams to Mud Pond. Check out the waterfowl blind over looking the pond. The only portion of the hike that makes this "moderate" is the hike back up the Red Oak Ridge trail (red) and along the Turkey trail.

Parking area is VERY easy to miss as the small entrance looks like a turn-off for the power corridor and the signage is hidden by tree growth. Moderate ascent up through the forest to the overlook above Moreau Lake. Path is clearly defined, and marked regularly with green discs. Lots of opportunity to branch out onto other trails on the ridge.

Overall nice hike. The last stretch to the overlook (on the light blue trail) is the most challenging. Be prepared for a steeper rocky ascent. Our dog (30 lbs, athletic) had no problems. I don’t know that I would take elderly parents as the review suggest, unless they are in scrambling shape! Nice view. Plenty of room to sit down and take a breather. The rest of the hike is pretty easy. Look for the red trail marker for the Red Oak Ridge to start. $8 parking fee. Stop and cool your feet in the lake on your way out!

again. this trail is NOT dog friendly. It begins within the park proper. No state park will allow dogs off leash.

Good hike with pretty steep slopes. Just 1.8 miles one way which makes it not so strenuous.
Beautiful trail through the woods.

Not a fan. Most of this is trail is on pavement around a lake that has algae warnings. Mosquitos were terrible even with deet.

This hike is much steeper and rockier than described, toward the top especially. Not recommended for small kids, small dogs or people who aren't in decent shape. Overall it was a good hike, nice overlook.

this trail is NOT dog friendly. it begins in a state park. I don't know who writes your reviews, but accurate information doesn't seem to be a priority with you.

Definitely a pretty hike although it was pretty steep as you get halfway to the top. Not too buggy which was wonderful and the view was gorgeous even though it’s kind of blocked by trees but still nice and relaxing to admire.

on Moreau Lake Overlooks Trail

3 months ago

Great Hike! Great View - small window, but very pretty that overlooks Moreau Lake.

Trails are marked, but some need to be re-marked as trees have fallen down.

I would rate the trails moderate to hard, depending on the trail your hiking.

Stick to the Blue trail and it will bring you to the overlook.

This trail is not suitable for kids or pets at all.

Nice hike. Had to pay $8 for parking though. Even though I liked the hike I wouldn’t pay $8 to do it again

“Moderate” - we experience a bit more like “Moder - ondack”. From the parking lot is was fairly moderate, then the steepness and the terrain changed. There was winding rocky ledges, some of our group was on all fours climbing up the nearly vertical 1/2 way point. As challenging, but much easier on the way back. The view was worth the climb.

Climbing rock ladders can be extremely dangerous if foliage is even slightly wet. Definitely not recommended for small children (

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6 months ago

Great family hike. Great first time hike, since it is more of a walk. Great beach and picnic area and playground for kids. Great one to get grandma and grandpa and the kiddies out in nature.

We ended up hiking this one from the parking area by the playground. We went to the overlook and did some off trail exploring with two mini whacks. The day was humid and the views were covered by the haze. Overall it was a decent outing.

Hiked to the overview with my son yesterday it was a good hike .
Enjoyed the snowman. Trying to get in shape to go up Marcy this summer this hike seemed to be a good start. Enjoyed it.

We snowshoed up there today, a little slushy and a lot of exposed rocks as you get up there. We saw the snowman someone made. And when we got back down to the bottom we look across the lake and you could clearly see the snowman on the ledge! Very cool!

8 months ago

Lots of snow at the overlook on 3/11/18, trail was in good shape, no major winter blowdown,

Great short hike for all levels - very good views at the top... Just do it!

While visiting family who camped at the state park I had to check out the trails. The trail itself has quite a bit of rocks for the short hike it is. Once I got to the overlook I thought it would be more of a “jaw dropping” view. You can sit on the rock and see the lake through the trees. I’ve walked the trails around the water and would recommend overlook. I hiked this with my brother before work and thought it was moderate and did not take us long at all. I think waiting for him to let go from swinging on the vines like a monkey was what took up more time!!

I rate this 2 stars because of the view from the top. Getting there was ridiculous. We paid $2 for the trail map and couldn’t figure it out to save our lives. What should have been a two-mile walk turned into a nine-mile steep hike we were unprepared for. Because we were wearing regular hiking shoes, we tried another route down the mountain and ended up in another park altogether. The park guard refused to take our names and it turned into a race against sundown.

In the winter months, BRING CRAMPONS. We did not, and the guard saw what we were wearing and didn’t warn us otherwise, and had to run/slide down the steep trail where I almost broke my elbow and knee.

The view was incredible, though. Had the map been easier to discern the starting point (ie “you are here” marker), then we would’ve enjoyed it immensely.

Also, bathrooms along all trails are locked. Not sure about that.

9 months ago

Great day and trail system. The steepness near the very top made snowshoeing a challenge. Great views on the overlook.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's a quick hike and an incredible view of Moreau Lake. A pretty consistent incline, but not difficult. Great spot for pictures and a picnic at the top.

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