Long Path to Long Mountain Summit


This loop hike climbs to the summit of Long Mountain, with panoramic views.

1.5 hours
2.1 miles
Route Type:
Allowed on leash
First Published:

Daniel Chazin



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Driving Directions

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.

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path has changed

The hike that is listed has changed. There are new trail markings but I did the old way as I am familer with it. follow the aqua trail markings but I am not sure where you can get a map.

 True, the route has changed

  True, the route has changed a bit. The old route was getting very eroded in places, and had several places with bare rock that could be slippery in wet or snowy conditions and where a lot of trail widening occurred. The new route ia slightly longer (0.15 miles) and safer, but it brings you to the top of Long Mountain well before the Torrey Memorial. The new route is well marked with LP Aqua blazes and does not really require a new map, but it is shown on the new Harriman map that is being produced. Jakob Franke, Chair LP South

great quick hike

Did this on a Sunday and loved it. Snow was on the ground and it was fun. Only thing to watch out for is if it snows, some of the markings are on the rocks. You can still figure the way out but twice had to think about it. Good hike for all levels.

Nice short hike

Did this short hike in July 2014. Hot, humid day but the tree cover made a big difference. Trail was easy to find and follow. The climb to the top was pretty easy. Very nice view considering its only a 2 mile hike. Coming down the back side had some steep sections, nothing really too bad. Really liked the woods road and the stream that ran next to it. Took some nice pictures. If you go mid-day bring your lunch. It's really nice at the top and a good place to enjoy some trail food and water

Nice views

We were looking for a short hike, and tried this hike today. The summit has really nice views in multiple directions. Here are some photos: http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2013/03/long-path-to-long-mountain-summit.html

Best Hike for the Least Effort

We did it this weekend and didn't get on the trail until 4:30 pm. It took very little time to get to the top. The views are fantastic, especially now (foliage season). Then we came down the switchbacks (steeper than we expected!) to the gorgeous little brook. The unmarked road is easy to find if you know where to look for it. The whole thing, with kids and plenty of stopping for pictures, took about 90 minutes. I highly recommend it if you're short of time or just not a very aggressive hiker.