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Greater New York City Area
Day Hike Selector

Hike Name
(Click on the hike's name
to see detailed information.)
Distance in miles
(estimated)
Difficulty Hiking Time in hours
(estimated)

*Terrain
Rating

Notes
Anthony's Nose 6 medium+ 3.5 - 5.5 C hilly/steep/rocky terrain, nice river views, about 1,500' elevation gain
Beacon Hills & Views 10 medium+ 6.5+ (group) D hills & views !
Bear Mountain 4 medium+ 3.5 C hilly
Bearfort Ridge 8.3 medium+ 5-7+ D some rock scrambling, hilly
Black Rock Forest 8.6 medium 4.5+ (individual) C moderate / rolling hills, nice views
Breakneck Ridge - Breakneck Bypass 3.1 medium - difficult < 4 E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 1400' total elevation gain
Breakneck Ridge & Mount Taurus 7.2 medium - difficult 5.5+ E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 2100' total elevation gain
Breakneck Ridge - Notch Trail 3.7 medium - difficult < 4 E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 1400' total elevation gain
Breakneck Ridge & Sugarloaf Mountain 5.5 medium - difficult 4+ (5-6.25 group) E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 1670' total elevation gain.
Breakneck Ridge, Sunset Point & Sugarloaf Mountain 6.6 medium - difficult 5+ E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 2100' total elevation gain.
Taste of Breakneck Ridge 2.4 medium - difficult <3 E Lots of rock scrambling, not for those with a fear of heights, over 1125' total elevation gain.
Car Pond Mountain 6.6 medium 4+ C 1,600+ total elevation gain
Catamount Mountain 6 medium 3+ C 1,000'+ total elevation gain
Dater Mountain Nature County Park 4.75 medium 3+ C 600'+ total elevation gain
Delaware Water Gap - Dunnfield Creek 10 moderate- strenuous 5.5+ D 2,140'+ total elevation gain
Delaware Water Gap - Holly Springs 6 moderate- strenuous 4-5.5 D 1,600'+ total elevation gain.
Delaware Water Gap - Mount Tammany 3.3 moderate- strenuous 2.5+ D 1,200'+ total elevation gain.
Delaware Water Gap - Sunfish Pond 10 moderate- strenuous 5.5 - 7 D 1,300'+ total elevation gain
Doodletown Plus West Mountain 7 moderate+ 4.5+ C / D views and history (1330' of elevation gain)
Dover Oak & Nuclear Lake 7 / 7.5 moderate+ 3.5+ C views, nice lake (1,300'+ of elevation gain)
Dunderberg (and Bald) Mountain and the Timp strenuous 4.5+, 5.5 - 7 (group) D over 1500' total elevation gain
Elk Pen Five Mile Circular 5.2 medium 3+ C 1,100'+ total elevation gain
Elk Pen - Lemon Squeezer Circular 7.2 moderate+ 4.5+ C/D 1,300'+ total elevation gain
Elk Pen - Lichen Trail Circular 7.3 moderate+ 4.5+ C/D 1,400'+ total elevation gain
Elk Pen Seven Mile Circular 7.2 moderate 4+ C 1,000'+ total elevation gain
Elk Pen - Times Square Circular 10.6 medium+ 5.5+
(6.5+ groups)
C Lemon Squeezer, ridge walking along the RD trail, 1273' gain
Fingerboard Shelter 9.4 moderate - strenuous 5.5+ D 1,600'+ total elevation gain
Goshen Mountain 8 medium 4+ C 1,400'+ total elevation gain
Hogencamp Mountain 6.8 medium+ 4+ C 1,360'+ total elevation gain

Iron Mine Hike

6.5 medium 5? C 1050' elevation gain
Jackie Jones Fire Tower 8 moderate - strenuous 5 - 6 D 1,700'+ total elevation gain
Jackie Jones Mountain 5.4 moderate - strenuous 3.5+ D 1,300'+ total elevation gain
Johnsontown Road - Diamond Mountain 6 medium 4+ C 900'+ total elevation gain
Johnsontown Road - Lake Sebago 7 medium 4+ C 800'+ total elevation gain
Johnsontown Road - Lakes Skenonto & Sebago 6.8 medium 4+ C 800'+ total elevation gain
Lake Askoti - Fingerboard Shelter Circular 6.2 medium+ 4 C 1120'+ total elevation gain
Lake Skenonto Circular 8 medium+ 5.5-6 (group) D medium hills
Macedonia Brook State Park 4.4 medium++ 3+ (group) C+ some rock scrambling, 1,000'+ total elevation gain
Mombasha High Point 8.7 medium+ 5+ (group) C 1,100'+ total elevation gain
Mt. Taurus 5.2  medium - strenuous 4+ group D over 1400' elevation gain
Palisades Interstate Park: Giant Stairs 4 medium - challenging 3 E rock scrambling, rocky terrain!! 700'+ total elevation gain
Palisades Interstate Park: Northern Section 7+ moderate 4 C small hills (600'+ total elevation gain)
Palisades Interstate Park: Southern Section 10 easy or moderate 4 or 5.25 B or C Two versions
Pine Meadow Lake 8.3 or 9 medium+ 6+ D 1300'+ elevation gain, alternative option adds 0.7 miles to hike
Popolopen Torne 6 strenuous 3.5+ D excellent panoramic views, rock scrambling, steep climb, 1,000'+ total elevation gain
Pound Mountain Circular 6 medium 4+ (group) C 1200'+ total elevation gain
Pyramid Mountain 5 moderate 3 - 4 C

700'+ elevation gain

Raccoon Brook Hill 10 moderate+ 6+ C / D 1000'+ elevation gain
Ramapo Mountains 10 medium+ 6+, 6.5-7.5 (group) C 1000'+ elevation gain
Ramapo Torne and the Pulpit 6 medium - strenuous 5 - 6
(group)
D hilly, some rock scrambles, ~1400' total elevation gain
Ringwood State Park 5.5 medium 4 C   
Schunemunk Mountain 9.6 strenuous 6.5 - 7.5
(group)
D 1,575'+ vertical rise, some rocky terrain and scrambling
Schunemunk Mountain: The Megaliths 6.4 strenuous  5+ (group) D 1,350'+ total elevation gain
Southern Storm King State Park 4 medium 3 C 1250' vertical rise, panoramic views
Southfields Circular 10.25
(or 8)
medium 5.5+
(~6.5+
group)
C 1,000'+ vertical rise, car shuttle needed for shorter version
Sterling Fire Tower 8 or 9.5 medium 4 C small hills, two options.
Storm King Mountain 4 medium 3 - 4.25 C 1,200'+ total elevation gain, small amount of rock scrambling
The Timp & the Anchor 6 medium - strenuous 4 - 5 group 
(3+ solo)
D 1240'+ elevation gain
The Timp & Bald Mountain
strenuous 5.5 - 7 (group) D 1500'+ elevation gain, starts near Jones Point
Tom Jones Mountain 9.1 medium+ 5+ D 1860'+ total elevation gain
Three Mountains Plus Doodletown 7.5 medium+ 5+ C / D views and history (1875' of elevation gain)
Three Mountains: West, The Timp & Bald 8.5 medium+ 5+ D Starts and ends at the Bear Mountain Inn. 2,000'+ total elevation gain
Tuxedo + Two Lakes 7.5 medium+ 4.5+ C 1,300+ total elevation gain
Wayne's Timp 8+ medium - difficult 5+ (6+ group) C / D hilly, steep, many views
West Mountain & Nuclear Lake (Pawling, NY) 7, 12, 12.5 moderate 4, 6+, 7
(group)
C 3 versions (900', 1250', 1250' rise)
West Pawling Appalachian Trail Highlights 7.2 moderate 4-5 (group) C small rolling hills
Wyanokie High Point 8.4  medium+ 5+ - 6.5+ C hilly, about 1,000' elevation gain

*Terrain Rating using the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) scale;
A - Solid pavement/sidewalk
B - Soft ground/sand/carriage trails
C - Hiking trails/gentle rolling hills
D - Steep hills, scrambles possible
E - Rough terrain/exposure and/or thick brush possible
F - Extremely difficult terrain/possible sustained exposure

Guide to Day Hiking: Getting Started  - Your first day hike, a detailed discussion about what to bring, planning a hike of your own and leading a group hike. 

What to Bring on a Hike (IMPORTANT)

Trail News: To get the latest info about trail relocations and closures go to the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference website.

Which hike has the best views? All hikes listed above have at least one really nice view (and some have more than one!).

Questions: Michael Brochstein

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