AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley  by Peter Kick

AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley Guide Book

by Peter Kick (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley  by Peter Kick
With more than 600 miles of trails within just a few hours of New York City, the Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany. This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes. From classic hikes like Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, to carriage road walks in the Shawangunks and a historic walk around the grounds of Oleana, to 25 Catskills hikes such as Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains, to ridgewalks along the Taconic Range, this guide offers a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests. An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.

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Trails from the "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

This short hike to an isolated lookout above the Black Dome Valley provides intimate views of the Blackhead Range.
Maplecrest, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
A gradual climb to the central Taconic Ridge combines views east over the Hudson Valley and the Catskills with free camping.
Mount Washington, MA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
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A fairly steep ascent climbs to an easy woods road leading to Engagement Rock, where you look straight down on the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge.
Cortland, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
A gradual climb to a scenic and extensive blueberry heath affords intimate views of the high peaks.
West Shokan, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
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This flat hike along a popular section of the Ashokan Reservoir— the scenic middle dike—affords the most intimate views of the Catskills from the Hudson Valley lowlands.
Shokan, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
This spruce–fir summit would be viewless without its fire tower, which offers 360-degree views of the western Catskills.
Arkville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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This trail is rugged, rocky, and steep, with a stream crossing and a spur trail to Bash Bish Falls.
Hillsdale, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
This pretty hike from the famous Bear Mountain Inn in the state park along Hessian Lake goes to Perkins Memorial Tower and its 360-degree views and descends on the Appalachian Trail.
Bear Mountain, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4
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This steep trail climbs into Lockwood Gap to the Escarpment Trail.
Maplecrest, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
This carriage road walk is followed by a short introduction to rock scrambling on the Shawangunks’ white-quartz conglomerate talus fields, before arriving at a bare summit with vertical cliffs and excellent views.
New Paltz, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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A short, very steep climb followed by a ridge walk across the scenic Southern Taconic Plateau features valley and mountain views.
Ancram, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
This demanding hike up the steepest and most exposed scenic trail in the Highlands offers sustained views from open ridges, with a return through quiet forests.
Beacon, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
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An easy though long hike passes two sky lakes along the old Shawangunk carriage roads, with swimming in Lake Awosting and far-reaching valley views from Castle Point.
New Paltz, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
This easy and interesting outing through bogs and wetlands is ideal for children and bird-watchers.
North White Plains, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This classic mountain notch leads to a secluded waterfall.
Lanesville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
Dry Brook Valley is a remote hike in the western Catskills in a firstgrowth forest. Off the beaten track, Dry Brook has experienced little change in thousands of years.
Arkville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.6
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A carriage road walk from Mohonk Mountain House heads to the gazebos and cliffs overlooking the Shawangunks and the Catskills, with a walk around Mohonk Lake.
New Paltz, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6
This is a short and rewarding hike to the scenic cliffs of a glacial cirque in the epicenter of an ancient meteorite impact zone.
Shandaken, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
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This little-known trail features views of the Southern Taconics from a blueberry knoll and free camping.
Austerlitz, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
This easy hike winds through a park and a zoo, around a lake, and through a Revolutionary War site adjacent to the Hudson River.
Fort Montgomery, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.25
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