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

hiking
14 days ago

Honestly, I didn't expect too much from this hike but I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of hiccups though, about a quarter of the way through the hike there was about a 20 ft stretch of water about 3 feet deep. Had to cut underneath the lake and then did the hike coming from the opposite way. The lemon squeeze was unexpected and fun and the little peak at the top is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks. Overall the hike was very fulfilling, ended up doing 10 miles overall because of the back tracking and wandering off the trail hear and there. Definitely would recommend for a weekend day hike if you are moderately athletic.

For a rookie, it was easy to follow the trail with a map, very well marked. Some challenging uphill terrain, but plenty of opportunities to rest. Stopped at Tom Jones coming from Tuxedo train station.

Truly a joy of a trail to hike! Features a great variety in the terrain with some decent vert to boot. As others have noted, the trail is really flooded. With recent rain fall there’s probably 1.5 feet of standing water. On the bright side, some trail maintenance folks were out clearing the downed trees! (7/27). If you still want to do the loop, works as an out and back or you can put together a fun lollipop with the other trials in the area.

For what it was, it was a great hike. Moderate.....maybe. There is a lot of up with rocks and more up. I’d say it’s on the upper level of moderate but it was a good day. LOTS of bugs but that’s not the trails fault. LOL no bathroom facilities.

hiking
25 days ago

One of my favorites! As of July 21 the path that goes past meadow on the way to Island Pond is still flooded. If you’re brave and have water proof boots, stick to the right and it’s passable. LOTS of downed trees, so be prepared to climb over them. The view once you get to the lake is totally worth it, always is.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

As of Sunday June 10, the section previously noted to be flooded is still flooded. You have to go off trail for quite a bit to get around and back on trail. I enjoyed the hike but it was a little bit on the difficult side. Lemon squeeze was fun. Would do again.

I loved doing this trail! I hike a lot in Ringwood, Ramapo and Harriman and needed something new to do and found this gem. It is well marked with a little of everything, walking, inclines, some climbing, rocks, little streams, and a beautiful view! I had to review it so other people give it a chance too, I’m surprised it has less reviews except for the fact that there are more popular and well known trails down the road.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike. Good amount of up and down, with 3 scenic viewpoints. Went counter clockwise, felt like a good decision with a natural lunch stopping point midway at the titular den. Not too crowded when Memorial Day Weekend. Easy to get to from Tuxedo train station. Overall great day hike.

This would have been a nice hike except for two major issues. The Long Path trail was blocked by scores of huge trees fallen across the trail.....big ones. It made the going slow, and a little dangerous at times. It looked like a tornado had come through there. Consider skipping the AT Long Path northern outcropping as it is easy just to cut across.
The second problem was the Arden Surebridge trail section southwest of Island Pond. It was completely flooded out as far as the eye could see with no alternative trail. A half mile of bushwhacking south of the tail, hugging the high ground, was required to get around the water. Make sure these issues are resolved before endeavoring to take this hike.

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful run, fairly technical in sections. Quite a lot of downed trees across the trail,

My watch recorded around 9.5 miles for the total distance

Will do this again

Loved this hike! Spotted Bear tracks which was neat

hiking
4 months ago

Great 8 mile hike. Varied terrain, nice views at the top. At some points - it was difficult to find the trail markers. This trail loop was accurately rated as moderate. Looking forward to hiking it again.

Awesome trails!

One to avoid when snowy but nice views and varied terrain. Hiked march, the week after a snow storm. Took 4hrs20 (no stops). Phones measured at 8.5miles. Solidly uphill for first hour. Rocky ground + snow throughout made difficult. Lower trails were waterlogged due to melting snow. Many fallen trees on section of long path (green) adjacent to marsh made impassable but possible to skirt around higher up bank.

hiking
4 months ago

BEEN HIKING THE TRAIL SINCE 1994,AWSOME!!! HIKE FROM CLAUDIUS SMITH DEN TO THE DUCH DOCTOR SHELTER AREA

Nice in the winter, only saw a few folks the whole day.

Great hike - strenuous - there was a lot of snow and ice when I went - be prepared and careful treading through ice. We came to a point at the end of the hike where it was a straight path of frozen water and had to maneuver very carefully to finish. Amazing visuals and changes in scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, not far from NYC. Beautiful Island Pond is en route.

hiking
8 months ago

Love this hike. The history of Claudius Smith and his gang is always fascinating to me. My dad always took me as a kid and we still go and enjoy ourselves. Love the views. We usually do the blue disc trail to the TMI trail to the white trail back so we can check out the Dutch Dr. shelter. From the shelter you can see below the field where the dutch doctor would grow his medicinal herbs. I almost always find fossils on this hike.

Did the loop clockwise in 5 steady hours. Red to orange to blue back to red. Great Greenwood overlook at orange NW corner. Flushed an eagle on the final approach Splendid Sterling overlook from the east ridge blues. Spooked deer in the valley below the fire tower a bit before the beaver pond.

hiking
9 months ago

Not sure who originally tracked this hike, but it’s certainly not 9.3 miles. If you do the lollipop (and don’t double back twice like OP did) you’re looking at a little over 5 miles total.

Also, I recommend hiking this counterclockwise—that’ll provide a better “payoff” toward the end of your trek. The view at the summit would also provide a stunning sunrise for any photographer to capture. One last tip: definitely get here early; the lot fills up quickly.

hiking
9 months ago

Great place to hike.

hiking
9 months ago

hiked, just watch for some fallen trail markers

Well marked, clean and clear and bonus of free parking by the preserve. Only did three miles this time but will be returning to go further.

hiking
11 months ago

We made our way to the Pulpit view point from the Blue Rocks Family Campground. The uphill hike was a bit challenging for the inexperienced hikers in the group, nevertheless, we managed to make it up in good time; about 2 hours up, and 1 hour down.

hiking
11 months ago

only the parking spot was little confusing. other than that, overall experience was awesome. we started from 67 Johnstown road, Sloatsburg (a small parking space for 4 cars). started with Orange and connected to Blue trail and did all the way up to TMI and joined in Red trail to join the Blue trail and the to while trail to get back to orange trail. overall 6 mile loop. unfortunately we did not bring lots of water and there was no water source either. awesome views.

Fantastic trail --- so beautiful

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Pretty challenging hike, but right after the "squeeze" walk about 100 yards to the left for a great view of the mountains and lake. Elk Pen for parking

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