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

hiking
9 days ago

This was nice short trail to try with a kid for the first time, really fun to scramble up and down the rocks. My kid loved it (7y/o). We did it counterclockwise and it was steep to descend, but not dangerous. Beautiful views up the top.

15 days ago

pros: a nice loop, beautiful views in most directions along the ridge, even can see the NYC skyline. lots of beautiful creeks and small waterfalls. leaves were still in full bloom. pretty easy hike in regards to physicality.

cons: much of the trail was also a creek, esp on the 1777W portion. nearly the entire time walking on some sort of rock, definitely high ankle boots recommended. this made it the most unpleasant. trail was OK in regards to marking but given the leaves on the ground definitely lost it a few times. our dog had 20+ ticks on her by the end of the day...

busy but so close to the city that it's worth the trade off.

24 days ago

Walking on rocks almost all the time. It was quiet though.

hiking
29 days ago

Quiet trail compared to many in the area. No facilities (use Anthony Wayne area). Keep an eye on markers as easy to get sidetracked. Just after the half way point this trail continues onto an unmarked stoney road while the blue and red/white trails curve to the right. Not easy underfoot (ankle support suggested) and could be slippery when wet. Nice viewpoints from both sides of west mountain. Cool historic area in last two miles. Took 3 hrs with about 1.5 mile extra for missing turnings.

1 month ago

Go counterclockwise for a rocky scramble. Clockwise for an milder up (and go back the same way if the steep way down unnerves). Views are amazing. Better and less crowded than what nearby mountains offer. Memorial at top. Parking lot is small but I parked off the road.

It is a beautiful trail, especially in autumn, the leaves are beautiful, agreed with others, 90% of the trail are exposed to the far mountain views and valley. It felt like walking on a ridge. There are some steep climbs up and down. I would not recommend to take this route in the raining day.

This Hike was OK, got really crowded by the shelter and the road walking at the end isnt so great since people fly down the street. The lake was very nice especially with the fall colors. Not many views unless you add in the short spur to Black Mountain which I highly recommend you do, adds about 250ft of extra elevation gain to your total hike but you get to a very nice lookout point and also get to summit a MTN which also has amazing views of the Hudson on top. PS Trail is very rocky in some spots so make sure you have a good pair of boots.

Really Beautiful. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because at night there isn't enough yellow reflective patch on the trees to navigate out towards the parking lot. It was a bit difficult, but with my offline map, the grace of God, instinct, cellphone lights and the help of our friend Charles, we were able to navigate back to the Parking lot after dark.

Such a fun experience. If you are novice, you will be able to do this trail. Make sure you start in the morning and give yourself extra time.

Great views from summit. Very steap on way down with rock scrambling. Be careful.

Very pretty trail - lots of great look at points. Watch your markers -

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike. Varied terrain. A bit hard with some rock maneuvering but not dangerous. Definitely a core workout. The views and memorial at the summit are totally worth it. I recommend hiking or trail shoes. IMO is best to start it at the lot in Fort Montgomery, this way you’ll be able to unwind towards the end by trekking it down to the creek.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike up to one of the best overviews on the Hudson. The fact that you are set back a bit from the river makes it very dramatic, and the soldiers' memorial and cairn at the top is very moving. I did this hike clockwise, which I think is the best way. You have to follow busy roads for about a half mile from the hiker parking lot before you hit the trail that runs along the creek, but there are some nice views along the way. The Popolopen Gorge Trail has a fair bit of elevation gain, with some small views of the creek until you hit the footbridge where the blue Timp-Torne Trail meets it, Then it's a pretty steady ride up to the Torne with some really fun rock scrambling to get to the top. Enjoy the great views then head back down the other side, which is steep in places but has some ropes to help you down. The last part of the hike back on the blue trail is fairly uneventful, and you have to watch the blazes carefully, as you cross and follow roads a few times before you go under the bridge over the gorge and end at Fort Montgomery. You could add a loop around Brooks Lake if you wanted, but we didn't.

Start by crossing the Bridge, then crossing the road and entering the woods. More difficult to manage down the big rocks if you start on the trail at the edge and of the parking lot. Great trail though!

I started nearby the Fort as well. Guess i'm not as strong of a hiker that I thought I was, as this hike damn near killed me. (however, the weather was about 100 degrees that day). coming down is very hard so be sure to take care. amazing views.

This was a great hike and a nice loop. Well marked, but it does switch over from the blue trail to the white with red trail in order to make it a loop. There’s a great view at top but it’s a very steep climb/decent no matter which way you come from. I would recommend having a good pair of hiking shoes. Definitely on the more difficult side if you are going to go to the peak. You are right on the water for most of it which is nice, we’ve had a lot of rain so it was roaring.

hiking
3 months ago

If I could I would give it 3.5 stars, varied terrain with some nice views, it is a moderate difficulty imo, there is a lot of road noise along the way unfortunately but anyway with this close proximity to NYC it was a good outing.

A nice trail. Not very crowded pretty forest. The trail is Rocky I suggest good shoes. Enjoyable afternoon. Even though it was hot trail was pretty much in shade and stayed relatively cool. We went up on yellow about 1.8 miles up the trail is a lento. right after the lento you need to make a left on trail white. I missed that marker and continued on yellow for but about a quarter-mile. I needed to retrace my step but not before I found a beautiful large untouched ripe blueberry patch.

Great trail to hike. Done it now about 4 times in both directions. Love the fact that it’s mostly in the shade.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic Hike. Coming down wasn’t easy so be prepared. Loved this hike. My favorite hike so far!!!

Extended it over to West Mountain and back in a big loop. Mostly woods hike but nice. There was a Rattlesnake hanging out at the Brien Memorial Shelter. Crossing the Palisades Parkway was a little sketchy.

hiking
5 months ago

I had this rated at about a 3 star until I got to the point where the trail (green markers I think) and the map on the app diverged when I got near art 6. Before that the trail was a good challenge and well marked. Only downside was gunfire in the background from nearby military training/WP. Everything went downhill after that... I ended up walking along the highway, which felt very uncomfortable, and cut my hike short. I did this trail for the purpose of getting to lake Te Ata, named after an amazing Native American woman. Were it not for that I would have opted another trail based on reviews. My feeling is that there are plenty of other places to go around The area with beautiful views and more peaceful setting...save yourself the aggravation...go for something else.

Well I attempted to do the shorter version from Mine Road. I really wanted to get pictures of the memorial but at as I got up to the final scramble, I could barely get up as I began to slide down and decided it wasn't worth the risk. Don't let this scare you as I was carrying a heavy DSLR. If there is another way,let me know. I may attempt it again with less weight but not sure if it would have made a difference or not for me. I was so disappointed :-(

hiking
5 months ago

The summit and the view was amazing - especially on a clear, sunny day. Some spots were tricky too which was unexpected and welcomed.

Nice trail. I must mention it is not completely out away from civilization so you may hear cars at times. Aside from that very beautiful trail and lovely view at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and mild. Easy for the kids.

Didnt realize part of this hike was off trail and hard going even in spring.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike begins on the 1777 Trail from Fort Montgomery, which is a pretty cool place to check out as well. The 1777 Trail meanders for awhile, across a road and sometimes along the road which I found slightly annoying but it's all about the payoff!! Eventually the trail stays in the woods along Popolopen Creek, look for a blue blazed trail to your right at some point. I opted to take the second blue trail to ensure a loop, this also allowed me to enjoy the bridge which crosses over the creek. Nice climb once you get into the blue trail, view at the top is stunning, 360 degree views. There is also a Memorial at the peak which is the culmination of the "Trail of the Fallen".

backpacking
6 months ago

Excellent views. First half of trail is a steep ascent to a ridgeline hike and second half is very flat.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike. Got some good incline. Beautiful view from the top.

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