Looking for a great trail near Maplecrest, New York? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest 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 Catskill State Park or John Boyd Thacher State Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Maplecrest ranging from 4.7 to 11.4 miles and from 2,139 to 3,982 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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I loved this hike a lot. So peaceful and quiet, only saw a few other hikers in spite of it being a weekend. Beautiful views from the ledge - not many views elsewhere, save your lunch for that spot. Bugs weren’t out at all today. The hike up is steep once the ascent starts. Trails and junctions are well marked.

Great challenging trail. Theres no view at the summit, but there are two areas of beautiful views and the trail itself is beautiful.

Dog had fun

Great hiking loop with 2 really nice viewpoints. There is no view at the summit so soak up the views prior to reaching the top. We did the hike clockwise which was moderate until the final mile, which becomes very difficult. A very good workout but also very doable for not so experienced hikers. I rated 4.5 only because there is no view at the summit. Otherwise, great hike with well makes trail and 2 very beautiful and breathtaking view points.

It is a great trail to go with kids. My 9 and 10 years old enjoyed some veriety. We did counterclockwise, and finished within 3 hours.

I am not new to hiking, but I’m new to hiking solo as a single woman, and this trail was perfect. I did the loop counterclockwise, and it took just over three hours. I encountered enough people so that I felt safe, but the trail is still quiet and serene. And the lookout view is spectacular. I’m a little surprised that it’s classified as “easy” because there’s a substantial elevation gain. Not complaining—it was fun—but I’d say it’s moderate. I don’t think this would be a good hike for anyone with mobility issues or zero experience hiking.

Hiked to Black dome and back only. Maybe a little shorter than blackhead loop. Moderate difficulty with plenty of rocks and some easy rock climbing near peak. Beautiful views before peak. Amazing short, younger Balsam fir thicket on peak. Sugar maples are large along trail.

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muddy
scramble
2 months ago

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muddy
scramble
2 months ago

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2 months ago

I loved this trail. It was steep in some areas which meant a good work out and we caught some great views of the big mountains. My track included all 3 peaks on the range and it was winter. Check out my full review along with pictures and some things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/blackheadrange

beautiful hike. not sure where the reviews of "no views" come from, there are some stunning views close to the summits of both. I'd go up the yellow trail to Black Head mountain first (to the left), it's quite steep but easier going up than down. the trails are pretty dry, some mud here or there. beautiful creek that leads you up the mountain for a good part of the way. very buggy, so bring your spray!

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rocky
3 months ago

5/27/19 Not recommended for beginners or out of shape. (Both could definitely do the hike, but be warned my group was having a hard time 30 min into it- I did it with a broken hand, and it wasn’t too bad) Took 2 cars, started at big hollow and cut out the back part. Trekking poles highly encouraged. Lower wet areas had a LOT of bugs, but the rest of the trail had practically none. I just got back and am already planning a trip to do this hike again in the fall. I cannot speak highly enough about this hike. Incredible views, great physical activity, lovely experience. Be sure to stop every so often for water on the little overlooks. There is a natural spring that is marked with a sign, water is safe to drink (I drank it) but I wouldn’t drink a lot. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack, and a good camera.

Great trail with a few excellent views. The best vista is just to the east of the summit of Black Dome. There was some recent blowdown but trail crews had already cleared most of it.

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rocky
3 months ago

Neither of these peaks has views at the true summits, but there are amazing views between the two, coming down from Blackhead on the yellow trail and then along the red trail up to Black Dome. Very very rocky walk back down the red trail to the Big Hollow parking area, but if the weather is good as it was today you get amazing views. A few black flies along the way but nothing too bad.

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

We were concerned with the earlier snow reviews but the trail is no longer icy, so it was really enjoyable. We did the whole loop which was 6 miles, doing it counterclockwise ( doing the Black Dome first), there’s a steep area that was easier going down than going up. The forest and views at the top of the Black Dome were amazing, make sure you make it to the top. Somewhat straining but doable. We really enjoyed it!!

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snow
5 months ago

As the other two hikers stated, best to go counter clockwise. I would advice to not go on this hike right now for a couple weeks until there is less ice. There is large amounts of ice and even with crampons, I slide down the north side 3 times for about 15 feet before hitting a tree. There was nice lookouts going up and down both sides with no view at top, camp steel lookout is too overgrown to really see anything.

3/31/19, this trail is very icy. please, everyone use caution.

Seems like an amazing trail- but there are such huge snow drifts (up to 4 feet) that it’s not quite time to enjoy it! Warning to others- do not attempt without snow shoes!

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