October 16, 2017

Best Hikes in Hudson Valley, NY

Hiking is a relatively new hobby of mine.  Honestly, my first couple of times almost scared me off it for good.  First, my friend Coley took me to Mount Beacon when I was a complete newbie...  yeah, that was a mistake!!  Second was in the Catskills mountains with a friend group.  Peer pressured into six hours of never-ending inclines and steep-as-hell rock scrambling?  #dead

When Matt suggested we try it again, I thought why not?  I'd already lived through hell climbing through the Catskills, and NOTHING could be as bad as that.  Turns out, it's gotten easier since those first couple of times.  I started anticipating what to expect, and we've been hooked ever since!  Now I find there's nothing quite like it.  The rush somehow keeps me feeling great all week long.

My favorite are short-ish hikes that are challenging, but not impossible.  So I've rounded up a couple of my favorites here!  Starting with easy to hard, there's something for everyone to try.

Hiking NY


Roundtrip- 2.5 miles
Time- 2.5 hours
Difficulty- Easy to moderate
Elevation- 893 feet

If you are totally new to hiking, and want to experience the majesty of the Hudson Valley, I'd start here.  Storm King is a magical place, and this hike is enjoyable, pretty, and not too difficult.  Not only are there wonderful views, but the hike itself is pleasurable and pretty.  Storm King made me feel like a fairy passing through an enchanted garden.

Storm King Mountain
view of Storm King Mountain, from Breakneck


Roundtrip- 4.2 miles
Time- 2 hours
Difficulty- Moderate
Elevation- 1100 feet

We went on this hike with a couple of friends who aren't very outdoorsy, and they found it totally doable. This spot is located on private resort called Bear Mountain Inn, which is why it costs $10 to get in for the day.  Normally, I'd balk at paying for something you could normally get for free.  However, you get the added bonus of wandering around the gorgeous property, checking out the rustic inn, and a carousel!  :)

Bear Mountain New York
Bear Mountain New York
Bear Mountain Hudson Valley


Roundtrip- 2.6 miles
Time- 2.5
Difficulty- Moderate
Elevation- 927 feet

A friend gave us this recommendation when we were out of the hiking loop for awhile, but wanted to dive back in with something that was a bit of a challenge.  Anthony's Nose was a perfect choice!  Gorgeous views of the Hudson River, and only a few spots where we had to stop and catch our breath.  Parking alongside the road.

Anthony's Nose NY


Roundtrip- 4.4 miles roundtrip (to the fire tower)
Time- 3 hours
Difficulty- Moderate to hard
Elevation- 1653 feet above sea level

There are two pit stops on Mount Beacon- the overlook and the fire tower.  The overlook is the first stop you'll get to, and is a great spot to take in views of Beacon.  You can turn back here if the hike has gotten too intense- ain't no shame in it!  But if you choose to keep going to the Fire Tower, you'll be rewarded with not only insane views, but a sense of profound accomplishment.  Not to mention a sweet rush of endorphins. #worthit


Roundtrip- 3.7 miles
Time- 4 hours
Difficulty- Hard

When people talk about Hudson Valley hiking, they are usually referring to the infamous Breakneck.  Mobbed with hikers every weekend, it's a toughie... not to mention dangerous.  I felt mostly like I was rock-climbing rather than hiking.  The good part is, because of the it's so vertical, it's a short trip straight to the top.  Once you get there, it's all views.  Keep your phones/ cameras handy!


Breakneck is closing indefinitely for construction/ repair as of January 1st, 2018 (too many people have been dying on it over the years.  Yes, people die on this hike, be careful!!)

Breakneck Ridge Hudson Valley


Best Hikes in the Hudson Valley


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