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Long Path to Long Mountain Summit
This loop hike climbs to the summit of Long Mountain, with panoramic views.
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Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 18. At the Long Mountain Traffic Circle, continue on Route 6 West. In 1.1 miles, at a sign for the Long Path, turn right onto a side road and continue for 0.3 mile to a kiosk on the right.
From the kiosk, head north into the woods on aqua-blazed Long Path, which soon becomes rather rocky. In 0.3 mile, after a short descent, you’ll reach a junction. Here, the red-square-on-white Popolopen Gorge Trail begins on the right, but you should bear left to continue on the Long Path, which begins a gradual climb.
As the trail levels off, it proceeds ahead on a new route, built by the Long Path and Long Distance Trail Crews in 2016. Replacing the former route, which was steep and eroded, the new route heads north on a contour along the side of the mountain. It soon resumes a gradual climb, turns sharply right, and continues its gradual ascent on switchbacks.
The trail emerges on the 1,155-foot summit of Long Mountain, which affords a panoramic east-facing view. Turkey Hill Lake is directly below, with Bear Mountain beyond (note the Perkins Memorial Tower on its summit) and the rocky Popolopen Torne to its left. Chiseled into the rock on the summit is a memorial to Raymond H. Torrey, who served as President of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference from 1931 until his death in 1938. It was Torrey who scouted this trail section in 1922.
After taking in the magnificent view, continue ahead on the Long Path. From the northern end of the summit ridge, there is a broad view to the north over the hills of the West Point Military Reservation, The Long Path now descends over open rock slabs. Soon, it bears left and descends steadily on switchbacks.
At the base of the descent – just before the crossing of Deep Hollow Brook – turn left onto an unmarked woods road. This road, known as the Deep Hollow Road, was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The CCC workers laid a base of broken stone, but never completed the road by overlaying it with a layer of gravel. Head south on Deep Hollow Road, which briefly parallels the brook, then begins a gradual climb.
In half a mile, you’ll reach the junction of the Long Path with the Popolopen Gorge Trail at the base of Long Mountain. Turn right and retrace your steps along the Long Path to the parking area where the hike began.
To view a photo collection for this hike, click here.