Explore the most popular wildlife 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
9 hours ago

What an amazing hike! Absolutely stunning views, and such a great range of terrain & elevation. The views of island pond are especially breathtaking. However, I deducted a star for a few reasons: First, this hike is NOT seven miles. My mother and I both measured the distance, and it came out to about 12 miles in total. Also, really keep track of what trail you should be following - it changes abruptly at times. We followed: white to green at times square, then to blue on white, then red on white, then yellow, then to a trail that had no markings until the parking sign. The main thing that threw a wrench in our hike was the 35 feet of standing water in the last mile and a half of the hike. We were stuck with another two hikers and could not find anyway around this water (even hiked >50 feet away from the trail). We ended up wading through water that was mid thigh-high for me (I’m 5’9”). All in all, I think it’s a rewarding hike if you take adequate breaks and plan for distance & weather!

This trail should be characterized as hard, not moderate. Halfway through, red path markings nonexistent.

Pretty challenging long hike. Couple of points you got some nice views. Cool lake area and couple of spots it looks like you can camp out at as well. Noticed some campers left some garbage behind which was disappointing to see. Otherwise awesome, beautiful and peaceful trail.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

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.

hiking
5 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
5 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

Great place to hike.

hiking
10 months ago

hiked, just watch for some fallen trail markers

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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
Saturday, August 26, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Although this is rated moderate it can get quite challenging at times. Do not underestimate. You'll definitely had a great time here. It's beautiful open scenery makes it all worth it.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This hike begins with a challenging, uphill terrain. As things level out, you will approach a picturesque lake, which is quite cold to swim in, even in the summer months. The Lemon Squeezer bit is short, but quite fun. There is a beautiful meadow at the top of the large boulders, right after the Lemon Squeezer. This meadow almost resembles the Swiss countryside. But it's just too damn close to New York City for me to imagine I'm in Switzerland!

I would recommend this hike for anyone in decent shape, and will definitely be back myself sometime soon.

on Elk Pen Loop Trail

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Super chill, yet rigorous. Lots of different terrains on this route. GPS on AllTrail app was spot on. Some of the path on Dunning fully covered with water, so bring waterproofs. Counter-clockwise route was great for a dip in Island Pond towards the end.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Beautiful, magical hike. Steep in places but highly rewarded with a swim in the pond--be sure to swim out to the little island in the middle!

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