The Hook

Nyack, New York 10960

The Hook

The Hook Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This very scenic loop outing begins with a flat walk along the river and then climbs a high section of the northern Palisades."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Christopher & Catherine Brooks
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"Breathtaking vistas of the Hudson River from a traprock ridge 702 feet up are just one reason to choose this excellent hike. Another is the extended promenade alongside the water on the back half of the loop. Add to that an assortment of plants that might leave a botanist slack-jawed with wonder, and we’re willing to bet that after one tour of Hook Mountain, you too will be hooked."

The Hook Trip Reports

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I managed to get out on the last 80 degree day of the year, I assume, and the foliage was incredible. The trial starts off on a regular road but the traffic, even on Columbus day, was manageable. There is definitely enough space to enjoy your ride. Once you get into the reserve, there are beautiful, windy and moderately hilly roads that provide a nice workout. The one thing I really like about this ride is at the very end. There is a really steep hill at about mile 14 that really gets your legs pumping. Then once you get over it its a nice cool down till the end. I parked at the post office which is right at the start. Enjoy!
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This was a nice nature walk. Very flat, and only muddy in certain places. Definitely take shoes you don't mind getting dirty. We saw some great wildlife. No snakes, but tons of little frogs and deer. At one point a deer even ran off across the path behind us and when we looked to see what startled it we saw a wolf running off in the other direction. Oh I almost forgot. There is one point where we had to do some serious bog hopping, we couldn't find a way around so I used a sturdy stick as a pole to help me jump from clump to clump to get across one of the bogs. We went in mid September.
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I set off with two 14 year old boys in search of a swamp adventure. We saw 2 snakes, two turtles, many frogs & birds and enjoyed crossing flooded spots on logs and clumps of vegetation. We didn't get attacked by mosquitos but sensed other hungry unseen beasties so we applyed the DEET and kept on trucking. There is something wonderful and mysterious about this type of ecosystem. One senses the teeming life under the forest litter and in the many ponds and streams. God's creation is fully enjoyed on this trail. If hiking after a rain expect to get a bit muddy.

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1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 Hours
USGS Sloatsburg
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