March 30, 2019
Great hike in an awesome park
I love this area of NY for hiking. Storm King, Black Rock and Shunnemunk all have great hiking trails with amazing views. This particular hike is a solid "moderate" hike with just enough climbs leading to very scenic viewpoints to make it a workout plus a good balance of flats. This time of year lacks color but at least the bugs are still not flying.
October 15, 2017
Sackett Trail in Good Shape
Did this hike of couple of weeks ago. Some of the comments below state Sackett Trail was quite overgrown. That is no longer the case. I had no problem walking this section of the hike. Some folks/volunteers have done a great job of clearing all the overgrown areas. Thank you! Also I did not see the cable barrier mentioned in the hike description before you get to the Sackett Trail. And a large sign pointing to Sackett Trail is also part of the scenery now (I surmise this sign was not there when Mr. Chazin did this hike for his write up). This is a great hike with outstanding views. I highly recommend it as we approach peak foliage in our neck of the woods.
August 04, 2016
Sutherland etc hike from Mine Hill
Three NYNJTC East Hudson maintainers/trail & crew supervisors took today off to enjoy some West Hudson hiking. It was our first time in Black Rock Forest. Thoroughly enjoyed this hike, especially the spectacular views. The only concern - the Sackett Trail is quite overgrown. We did not have trouble following it but many sections resemble an animal track rather than a trail. Overgrown with blueberry, laurel and other shrubery. We are also curious about the trail (indicated as "under construction") to the HHNC.
September 01, 2015
Great hike! Some minor points
My wife and I did this hike on 8/29/15 using both the turn by turn guide given om this page, and the PDF map available on the Avenza app. It was the first time using that app and is such a great tool, although we tried to avoid pulling out the phone as much as possible. After the first view point over Sutherland pond (gorgeous!), it instructs to continue ahead northeast, past the split rock, and descend to Sutherland Road, where you make a right. But at this intersection with Sutherland Road, there are actually 3 options. A left turns, a slight right, and a hard right. We were able to figure out it was a hard right to head back towards the pond, and the abandoned mine along the way proved we were right, but still it could be confusing. Also, one of the commenters (GenieA1) mentioned that the Rut trail blazes look red instead of orange as described here, and I agree. It is most certainly a deep red trail blaze marking the Rut trail. And lastly, we also had a bit of confusion at the Two Gates intersection, as it was not at all clear that going straight counted as "continue ahead along the road". We used the PDF app to figure it out, and then saw the triple yellow blaze quite quickly, but thawould not have been obvious given the description.
January 07, 2015
Thanks for modifying your turn-by-turn directions
Thanks so much, Mr. Chazin! You are my hero.
December 31, 2014
Hike description has been modified
In response to your comment, I modified the hike desciption to make it clear that the Sackett Trail turns left onto Hall Road. As to the cable barrier, the cable might have been removed to permit passage of vehicles, but I believe that there is usually a cable across the road here, as the location ishown on the map as "Two Gates."
December 29, 2014
Changes in directions needed
My daughter and i did this hike today and it was just beautiful ... but a bit confusing. For one thing, there is no cable any more (you say we'd see one). But more importantly, near the hike's end (your next-to-last paragraph), you say, "After briefly following the grassy Hall Road, ..." but you never say whether, from Sackett Trail, we are to turn right or left onto that (unmarked) road! We turned right and walked downhill for five minutes before thinking we must be wrong. You might better say, "Sackett seems to end at the wide, grassy and unmarked Hall Road, but turn LEFT onto that road and within a minute or so Sackett resumes with a well-marked right-hand turn."
August 14, 2014
A bit of confusion for me:
A bit of confusion for me: "...you'll reach a cable barrier across the road. Here, the yellow-square-blazed Stillman Trail & the teal-diamond-blazed Highlands Trail join briefly. Continue ahead along the road." I think it would be more clear to say that one must cross the cable barrier and continue forward on that road, otherwise one might be prompted to continue on Continental Rd which turns left, as I did. Also, these roads (Continental, Hall, etc) are not labeled, furthermore what constitues a 'road' and a 'trail' can be deceptive. The last part of this hike, from the cable barrier onward, is quite over-grown and at times the blazes are difficult to find. Not a good position to be in when one is running out of daylight. One other comment: the word "soon" is relative and one should keep that in mind when gauging distance. Over-all, an incredible hike. There is a great place to swim in Sutherland pond slightly off the beaten path and I could have spent 2 hours hanging out on Eagle Cliff.
December 31, 2013
Both map and hike description are correct
You have raised a good point. Actually, though, both the map and the description are correct. The viewpoint at the end of the Eagle Cliff Trail is a short distance beyond the junction with the Rut Trail (much too short a distance to be shown on a map of the scale that we publish). If you were coming on the Eagle Cliff Trail and skipped the view, you would, indeed, turn left onto the Rut Trail. But if you head to the viewpoint (and the hike description assumes that you would), you would have to retrace your steps for a very short distance and then turn right onto the Rut Trail.
December 29, 2013
Either description is wrong, or my map is wrong
After printing out these directions on 12/28/13, i noticed that either they or my "West Hudson Trails" Map #113, Fifth Edition, 2009, must be wrong. At one point you say we should "bear right onto the orange-blazed Rut Trail," but the map clearly shows that we must bear LEFT onto the RED-blazed Rut Trail. Is my map out of date? Or are these turn-by-turn directions wrong? Please advise.
May 09, 2010
Black Rock Forest Pictures
Hiked a longer (10.5 mile) version of this hike on 5/9/10 to also include Rattlesnake Hill, Hill of Pines and Black Rock. Great views. For pictures: http://gonehikin.blogspot.com/2010/05/black-rock-forest-ny.html