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Long Path/Bike Path Loop from Landing Road
This loop hike follows the ridge of Hook Mountain, with many views, and returns via a bike path along the Hudson River.
Allowed on leash
Views, Historic feature, Cliffs
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Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north to Exit 4, and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto US 9W. Continue north on US 9W for about 10 miles (2.7 miles beyond the intersection with NY 59 in Nyack). At the bottom of a hill, turn right and enter Rockland Lake State Park. Continue ahead on the main park road, which curves to the right, and proceed for 1.4 miles to a three-way intersection. Here, the main road bears left, but you should continue ahead onto Landing Road (marked by a “No Outlet” sign). After passing a fire station on the right, park in the parking area on the right, just before a barricade across the road.
The aqua-blazed Long Path – which will be your route for the first part of the hike – crosses the road near the barricade. Follow the Long Path to the north (left) as it begins to climb the ridge of Hook Mountain. In a short distance, you’ll notice an old cemetery behind an iron fence on the right, with gravestones dating to the 1800s. You’ll want to stop and take a look at this interesting feature.
Beyond the cemetery, the climb steepens. As the grade moderates and the trail bends to the left, there is a limited viewpoint over the Hudson River on the right. After reaching the top of the rise, the trail begins a steady descent. Towards the base of the descent, as the trail bends to the left, you’ll come to an unobstructed viewpoint over the river. Croton Point Park juts out into the river on the left, and the Village of Ossining is on the right.
Directly below you is the site of a former quarry. Beginning in the 1870s, a series of quarries were opened along this stretch of the river. Public outrage over this defacement of the Palisades led to the establishment of the park in 1911, but the scars carved into the hillside are a permanent reminder of these quarrying operations. Down below, along the river, you can see the Hook Mountain Bike Path, which will be your return route. The drop to river level is quite steep, so caution should be exercised if you approach the edge.
At the base of the descent, you’ll pass an overgrown area surrounded by a chain-link fence on the right. The trail now resumes its ascent, soon beginning to parallel a stone wall on the left, with tennis courts visible beyond. Just beyond the end of the stone wall, where the trail bears left and continues to ascend, an unmarked path leads ahead to a viewpoint over the river from the top of another abandoned quarry.
The Long Path continues ahead along the ridge, with views through the trees on both sides of the ridge when there are no leaves on the trees. The park’s Championship Golf Course may be visible on the left. After reaching an open area at the crest of the ridge, the trail begins a rather steep descent, then bends left and again begins to climb, first steeply, then more gradually. For the next mile, the trail follows the relatively level ridgeline, with some minor ups and downs, and with views through the trees over the river.
After reaching the highest point on this section of Hook Mountain, the trail begins a steady descent. In a short distance, you’ll reach an intersection. Here, the Long Path turns left, but you should turn right onto the white-blazed Treason Trail. As it approaches the cliffs above the river, the Treason Trail turns left and descends to the river on switchbacks. Below you on the left is the West Shore Railroad, built in 1883 and now operated by CSX. The railroad tunnels through the mountain, and the north portal of the tunnel is only about 150 feet from the trail. Many freight trains pass through the tunnel daily, and you may see and/or hear a train as you descend along the white-blazed trail.
As you approach the river, you’ll pass the ruins of a stone structure on the right. Just beyond, the white-blazed Treason Trail ends at the Hook Mountain Bike Path, which is paved at this point. An abandoned stone park building is adjacent to the intersection. Turn right and follow the bike path, which continues south along the river, on a shelf about 80 feet above the water level. You’ll soon pass an abandoned quarry.
Continue along the bike path as it winds along the river, passing several ruins of former structures. After about two miles of pleasant walking, you’ll notice the sites of two more former quarries on the right. To the left, at the end of the second quarry, an abandoned road leads down to the river. This is the site of Rockland Landing North. Just beyond, on the right, are the ruins of another stone building surrounded by cedar trees. A short distance ahead, the site of yet another, even larger, quarry is visible on the right.
In another half mile, the bike path descends rather steeply to the river level (this portion of the path is paved). You’re now at the site of Rockland Landing South, where ice from Rockland Lake was once shipped to New York City by boat. You’ll pass some more abandoned buildings and see wooden pilings in the river – the remains of former docks.
Beyond the pilings, the bike path (once again paved) begins to climb, soon reaching a barricade and another park road. Turn right and follow the park road past the remnants of the largest quarry in the area and a stone building, now used as a private residence. Continue uphill on the road (now paved), until you reach the barricade at the Long Path crossing, where the hike began.
To view a photo collection for this hike, click here.