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May 03, 2017
Great hike, but author didnt mention a few things
I did this hike today. I was surprised that right around the corner from the station was a small parking lot (maybe 6 cars at most) that didn't appear to charge any fees. It is at the end of kemble avenue and the hike can be picked up from that lot. I wish the author mentioned this in the description, I could have saved a few dollars. The directions were on point, though. It is also worth mentioning tha for those looking to that this hike can be done in a different way. It can be done in a loop by starting at little stony point. Take the white into the yellow into the red and blue on return. It can even be done in an out and back if you just want to hit the two viewpoints on the yellow. Doing it through these alternative methods does cut out views to the east over nelsonville, though. For a map of the area, follow this link for a pdf https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/HudsonHighlandsTrailMapNorth.pdf
December 30, 2015
First time hiker - this was great!
I had left NYC for a couple days to relieve myself from the stress of daily life in the city. Many people recommended Cold Spring. I wanted to hike, or spend time in the forests, near water, and this seemed ideal. I didn't plan anything ahead of time and was staying at a hotel in Highland Falls, about a 20 min drive from Cold Spring. On the 2nd day, I decided it was time to hike. I spent about 30 minutes searching online and all I could find were hikes in Breakneck Mountain. It seemed beyond my capabilities. I found this and decided it sounded perfect. A 4 hour hike with the Cornish estate towards the end as a payoff was the adventure that fit my vision for the day. I texted the directions here to myself and was prepared not to have a cell connection. I did have GPS capabilities on my phone. I did not know about trail markers when I began my hike. It was when I walked 30 minutes past where I was to have turned that I found a post with a map of the trails, along with the indication of colored markers. Aha! It was then that it turned into a game of finding the next marker. About 2 hours into the hike, I reached the first outlook. It was amazing. It was as described, strenuous. There were 2 other views, before the descent. Here's one of the Hudson with Cold Spring on the bottom left. After that, I came upon the bridge, which is where you turn to head towards the Cornish Trail (look for a red arrow. Do not cross the bridge. Then later, you find the cistern (screen grab from video) And for me, the payoff was Cornish Estate As you walk back, don't forget to stop and check out the geese and the passing trains just near a pavilion on Fair Street. The trains will pass by often (I waited 10 minutes at most for a train after missing a photo opportunity on the first).
August 11, 2014
Did this hike yesterday 8/10/14
Beautiful day to hike. Beginning of hike was a bit confusing, Nelsonville Park has lots of turns and rogue(unmarked) paths, so some doubling back was necessary. After the start the path became much better marked with newish looking trail makers.
August 14, 2012
Foundry Cove Historic Site is closed until fall 2013
The Foundry Cove Historic Site is closed until fall 2013. To bypass this site during the period of closure, follow the alternative route shown in bold in the hike description.
August 13, 2012
The path through the Foundry
The path through the Foundry Cove Historic Site was closed for construction yesterday (8/12/12). I just looked up an alternate way to get to the parking lot by Pearl St. and Main St. Some of the instructions for the Undercliff Trail were difficult to follow. There were several forks in the trail where it was difficult to see which was the main path since there were no yellow markers on them. And I saw a lot more markers for the Nelsonville Trail than the Undercliff Trail ones (which didn't actually say 'Undercliff Trail' on them, they were just yellow circles vs Nelsonville's yellow diamonds) sooner than the instructions mentioned. I think someone needs to revisit this trail and update the instructions.
November 16, 2009
Hike description has been corrected
Thanks for bringing these corrections to our attention! The directions in the hike description have been corrected. The directions were correct in the original version of the hike description (as printed in The Record), but it seems that they somehow got garbled when posted on the web.
November 13, 2009
Driving directions should read, turn left onto Main Street. Last paragraph should read turn right on Main Street at end of Fair Street. Also, hikers may want to continue on the blue Cornish Trail for about 1/10th mile to a dirt lot which is the terminus of the Washburn and Cornish trails to avoid walking on hazardous section of Rt 9D.