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

This isn’t an easy hike! It requires crossing some creeks with no bridges and the trail is very muddy/wet in parts. Don’t attempt it without waterproof hiking boots.

That said, it’s a good hike. Very quiet and peaceful out in the woods, and I hardly saw anyone all day.

Like all the hikes around Cold Spring, it’s well marked with color tokens nailed to trees. Take a map at the trailhead, as the Alltrail route jumps around between different color trails a lot.

The first 3.6 miles are a general ascent on a good trail. The next two miles (a mile descent and mile ascent) is on an ok but less good trail that includes some mossy rocks that are slick when wet.

At mile 5.6, you reach a peak and have a big lookout area to the left of the trail. It’s a nice place to stop and have lunch.

Around mile 6.4, make a short detour to Beaver Pond. It’s beautiful and the trail goes right to it.

Miles 6.4-8 were my least favorite. The trail gets very narrow in places, with branches pressed against you on both sides. It was also extremely muddy.

Around mile 8, I decided to divert from this route and cut back over to the trail I’d walked up, rather than climb up Round Hill. The ascent and descent of Round Hill are by far the steepest part on this route, and a review here said it involves walking on big rocks. I knew the park’s rock surfaces were wet and slick today and it didn’t sound like fun. My rerouting didn’t meaningfully change the mileage, though it meant I missed some elevation. It turns out I could’ve also cut across further along on the “G” trail, as they’ve just lengthened that trail all the way to the “W” trail.

In case it’s useful, here are the full route’s colors: W, right on B, left on Y, right on B, B becomes R, right on B (but I recommend walking left on B a bit to see Beaver Pond), straight on R, right on G, left on B, left on W.

I like how it weaves together lots of different trails to make a long hike, which you can modify to make your hike easier or even harder.

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29 days ago

Beautiful views in the beginning, plain hike for the rest of the trail. In my opinion , the trail rated as "moderate" not "easy" only due to elevation, indeed, some areas didn't appear tome as accessible for kids or dogs. Overall nice cardio !

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1 month ago

We hiked on this trail a year ago (Sept 9, 2017) starting from the other side of Hudson River, at Brooks Lake. We hiked through the woods up to Fort Montgomerry and afterward we crossed a pedestrian bridge over Popolopen Creek, then continued over Hudson River bridge. From here we reached the starting point of Anthony's Nose trail. Both parts of this trails were rewarding. This in-and-out extended trail was a little more 9 miles.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike (easily accessible from New York City by train). Great views on Hudson valley.

Great trail with awesome views!
Challenging in the beginning going to the right of the loop, but nothing too crazy.
Lots of parents with kids, so you can do it!
Infinitely less crowded than Brackneck (at least the day I went), which is a plus

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1 month ago

Fun but short hike. Strenuous uphill but it’s over quick, and the rest of the trail feels too short! Nice though, and beautiful views from the top.

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1 month ago

The map shown does not lead you to the chimney, but it is correct for the loop.
To get to the chimney take the green trail to the yellow (not the yellow to the left! Stay straight from green to yellow) then take the white trail to the right. Trails ends at chimney and vista view. Very pretty. Good kid trail. Easy and not too long.
Use Avenza Map PDF download for Phillipsburg. Very good map.
FYI: Yellow trail to left needs lots of trail work - trail is almost impassable at one point. Many downed trees across trail.

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2 months ago

Great hiking trail. A little rock scrambling on the way up. Stunning views especially of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

One of my favorite hiking trails. I been there 3 times this year. Easy trail with beautiful views.

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3 months ago

Great view, moderate hike depending on you physical capabilities, take it slow if it's to hard.

Amazing views and a good climb

The hike is fairly easy, with a few good views. The trail itself is not very well marked. We lost our way a few times. For those without a car, the trail begins right at the train station.

My new favorite trail! Did the full thing which is close to seven miles. You see amazing view of Cold Spring, Storm King and the Hudson I believe. You also get to see some nice water sights, ruins and wild turkeys! Love this hike!

Not much of a hike. The old woods road has not been cared for in a long time. It’s overgrown and the trail markers/blazes have fallen off or been destroyed. Lots of downed trees and debris in the trail. The highlights are a nice view of the Hudson River toward Bear Mt Bridge, a small waterfall ACROSS the river, and the Garrison Institute garden. The garden is quaint but in full bloom with peonies, lavender, roses, and rhododendrons. The ruined buildings are interesting but not extensive. There is bamboo along the trail which is lovely but doesn’t make up for the poor trail condition. It’s conveniently located next to the Metro North Garrison stop, but it’s not worth a trip from NYC by itself. Maybe worth including if you do other trails in the Hudson Highlands.

I don’t know who labeled this easy, but I would list it as moderate to hard. If you go right on the blue trail, you’ll go up two steep, rocky inclines. You never have to scale or anything, but the inclines are steep for a good mile or so. The views were worth it though. The walk down is much easier. I haven’t gone all the way around, I’ve cut across the green trail, which cuts about 3 miles out. There were a few boggy patches, but the trail showed recent signs of tree cutting and such, although some areas the brush was so tight to the trails it felt like a chute.

wonderful trail around a pretty lake

Lots of ticks everywhere!

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5 months ago

Great hike with an easy climb. Nice view.

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5 months ago

Great hike. Good climb.

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7 months ago

My family and I hiked the trail while it was snow covered. A bit challenging due to the conditions...wear good boots with aggressive tread. The view from the summit is breathtaking. Highly recommended.

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8 months ago

Not a bad trail, just doesn't offer the views of surrounding hikes.

Fascinating hike with remains of old brick houses, an old monastery turned into a retreat site (garrison institute), and abandoned part of the monastery, Benedict Arnold's escape route, and amazing views of the Hudson from an historic overlook (including views of West Point). Forgot to mention the bamboo throughout the hike serving as a canopy for parts of the trail! And those old stone walls that served as property lines back in the day. All unexpected surprises!

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10 months ago

I started this hike from the beginning of the Under Cliff trail in the Nelsonville Nature Preserve, saw 2 pileated woodpeckers and 2 bluebirds as soon as I stepped onto the trailhead. To access the trail from here turn on pearl st off of 301 and take it to the end, there's a parking lot and a kiosk at the trailhead. Hike was approximately 9 miles round trip this route. Followed the yellow trail to white to blue to red and back to yellow. Not many views because of the snowstorm but absolutely serene as the snow fell in the woods

11 months ago

It is a wonderful place for good hiking

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11 months ago

Easy, scenic, and beautiful!

Pretty views of the Hudson and a great lunch spot halfway. I've done this one twice. Love the bamboo forest too.

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11 months ago

Easy to get to, aerobic climbs and nice views.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

This was an out & back photo hike.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Easy walk, nice views at the end. Not for serious hikers by any means.

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