Blue Ledges

Newcomb, New York

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The beautiful stroll through a deep forest would be excuse enough to go on this hike, but the spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches in the Hudson River Gorge elevate it to a don’t-miss list. In the height of summer, it makes an excellent picnic or swimming destination with the option for excellent riverside camping. On dam-release days, especially during spring and fall, you will likely see rafters and kayakers navigating the turbulent rapids that flow at the base of these gigantic cliffs. Despite the thundering rapids that seem to be just beyond the treeline, you will not be able to see the river until you reach the trail’s end. At 2 miles you cross a large, exposed portion of ledge that marks the beginning of the descent to the river. This lookout reveals nothing through the thick foliage of summer, but when the leaves fall, it promises excellent views.

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"The beautiful stroll through a deep forest would be excuse enough to go on this hike, but the spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches in the Hudson River Gorge elevate it to a don’t-miss list. In the height of summer, it makes an excellent picnic or swimming destination with the option for excellent riverside camping. On dam-release days, especially during spring and fall, you will likely see rafters and kayakers navigating the turbulent rapids that flow at the base of these gigantic cliffs.

Despite the thundering rapids that seem to be just beyond the treeline, you will not be able to see the river until you reach the trail’s end. At 2 miles you cross a large, exposed portion of ledge that marks the beginning of the descent to the river. This lookout reveals nothing through the thick foliage of summer, but when the leaves fall, it promises excellent views."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newcomb
Distance: 5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming, Camping
Features: Views
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Siamese Ponds Wilderness: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/53172.html
Local Maps: National Geographic Adirondack Park, Northville/Raquette Lake (#744)

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Jun 2018