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October 12, 2015
Blazing of Undercliff Trail is acceptable
Today, I did this hike (for the first time in 11 years). I found a number of other things in the hike description that required updating (and I have since updated the description), but had little trouble following the route of the Undercliff and Split Rock Trails. I agree that the blazng is somewhat sparse in places and could probably be improved, but there are enough blazes to show the hiker where to go. Thanks for alerting me to a potential issue with the hike -- as a result of which I enjoyed a magnificent hike today!
October 09, 2015
Undercliff needs re-blazing
My husband and I did this hike in three and a half hours today. Beautiful hike with great views, BUT: Please, please re-blaze the Undercliff trail! We nearly got lost a few different times on it. First we encountered a single blaze where there should have been two, indicating a left turn; at other times the blazes were too "few and far between"; and at one junction, just after a great viewpoint, hikers can see two trees, both seemingly "aimed at" hikers coming from the same direction, where one tree has two blazes indicating a turn, and the other has a single, "straight-ahead" blaze. Here we accidentally hiked in a complete circle, coming back to where we'd started! And as long as i'm grousing: On the red trail near the end of the hike, but before you get back to the blue trail, more red blazes are needed. We wandered around for quite a while there, too, looking for the next blaze.
April 05, 2014
Missed turns too!
I have to laugh. I didn't take notes about where other people said they missed turns on the yellow trail. I remember reading the comments that the yellow trail was tricky, so we paid careful attention to the blazes. However, we missed two turns too! The same ones described by others. One of my dogs actually pointed out the first one to us (which we had just past). The second one, at the view, where the trail markers changed we missed too. We no longer saw blazes and had to go back, where someone else pointed out the turn to us. Nice hike though with several views. Some photos: http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2014/04/bull-hill-mt-taurus-via-lone.html
August 28, 2013
Great Hike But Pay Attention to the Blazes
We went on this hike this past weekend and it was wonderful. The views at the top were amazing and well worth the effort. I have to note however, the importance of paying attention to the blazes and not the footpath, especially on the yellow Undercliff Trail. There's a point in particular just after you break off of the white trail and make the left onto the yellow trail where there's a clear path that continues but without any blazes to lead you on. Confused, we had to double back up the unmarked path to the last blaze that we saw, and it was only then that we realized that the blazes actually lead off to the left, rather than down this unmarked path. Really easy to miss that turn if you're only paying attention to the path and not the actual blazes.Another thing to note, which another person commented on, is that the blazes on the yellow path aren't uniform, and they suddenly change shape, from circles to diamonds right at the point where it says you need to be alert, where the yellow trail turns leaving the woods road near the east-facing viewpoint over the Aqueduct and Fahnestock. Needless to say, we were a little thrown off by the unexpected change and it took us a few minutes to figure that out. Finally, in the last hundred or so feet to the intersection with the green trail, the yellow blazes suddenly stop. We cautiously ventured down the path, fearing we might have missed another turn as before, but we ended up coming upon the green trail.Otherwise however, its a great hike. The Lonestar Trail and the the Undercliff/Nelsonville trails appeared to be little trafficked and we encountered no one on either of those trails the entire time we were on them. The white trail, on the otherhand, was busy with hikers, but it wasn't impossibly crowded.
July 01, 2011
Trails need to be maintained
Recently tried hking the Nelsonville Footpath trail beginning from the Lonestar trail (blue). Lonestar trailhead at CR-10 has a lot of overgrowth that's making it difficult to find from the street. If you're hiking south-west along the green Nelsonville trail and after crossing the map kiosk at Gatehouse Rd, (and just before reaching the yellow Undercliff trail), a BLUE-blazed unnamed trail (still part of the Nelsonville Footpath) branches off to the south from the green Nelsonville trail (this is also indicated on NYNJ Map 102) terminating down to Rt 301. The diamond-shaped blue Nelsonville plastic marker that shows this branch has been removed /damaged and should be repaired. The blue trail itself also has a lot of overgrowth (especially at the sourthern end) that needs to be maintained (although I'm not sure whether the green / blue Nelsonville trail maintenance is still under NYNJTC or the town's). =)
October 26, 2010
Nice Hike But Undercliff Needs Attention
This is a beautiful hike with numerous great views and a small but appealing waterfall. With a good pair of binoculars you can entertain yourself watching your counterparts struggle up Breakneck Ridge! :-) What I want to mention regarding the trail description is that the Undercliff Trail, in the direction given here, needs a little attention. It was longer than expected and much of it felt not so much like a trail as a bushwhack with occasional markers. The trail is not heavily used and therefore not easy to discern, especially at the top and especially covered with leaves in the fall. But the yellow markers are also rather sparse (again, mainly the top half of the trail or so), and also harder to see in the fall, so it can be difficult to find your way. (The markers seemed better in the other direction.) There is a confusing array of about 5 different types of yellow markers, and one of them identifies the trail as "Nelsonville Walk" (or something like that) long before you get to the green-blazed "Nelsonville Trail", which made us wonder if we had missed a turn. And not that I'm looking to nitpick but many of the markers also identified the wrong region. I think it would not take much to improve all this, just a consistent, properly labeled set of markers more closely spaced. Aside from that, the paragraph that begins "Follow the Undercliff Trail..." is not all that clear - the "woods road" referred to is not obvious here, and the turn after the "east-facing viewpoint" is not just sharp, it doesn't seem to be marked as a turn at all. One other thing - the cairn near the top, not too long after you start to descend Mt. Taurus - what is it for? Didn't notice it in the directions and was not sure whether it was marking a trail or not. The trail at that point seemed clearer without it. Other than that, it was a day well spent in the magnificent Hudson Highlands.