March 28, 2017
Viewpoints along the cliffs were incredible. Full views of the hudson river and Nyack below. Just make sure to watch your step.
July 11, 2016
A wonderful hike!
This hike is great. It has a little bit of everything and more. One of my favorites now. Check out some images from my hike: https://scenesfromthetrail.com/2016/07/10/hook-mountain-state-park/
June 05, 2016
Great, fun way to spend a Saturday morning!
My girlfriend and I completed this hike on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. The instructions above are spot on. The first part of the hike (as described) on the local, white-blazed Upper Nyack trail, is very easy. However, be aware that this first part of the trail is not as well marked as the aquablazed Long Path section of the trail. That said, once you get to the Long Path, it ascends pretty quickly. If looking for a sligtly easier route, then one might consider doing this hike backwards, by starting out going along the Hook Mountain Bike Path, as the back end of the hike doesn't appear to be as steep as the front end. (There are more casual switch-backs and paved roads.) However, I defintiely reccomend completing it as described above, so that you end with a nice leisurely stroll along the waterfront. Overall, it took us about 3.5 hours to complete. going at a nice, leisurely pace. Starting and ending at the Nyack Beach State Park is an added bonus, as they have a nice, big clean restroom with drinking fountains, so you canfill up on water before heading out.
October 25, 2015
Aqua Trail questions
The aqua trail you refer to is the Long Path, a long-distance trail of 357 miles, that starts in NYC and currently ends in Thacher State Park near Albany. There is an online guide to the LP available at http://www.nynjtc.org/book/long-path-guide-softcopy. The section you refer to is shown on our trail map 110, which is part of the Hudson Palisades map set sold by the NY/NJ Trail conference. The way you are hiking is north from Landing Hill road, heading south to Upper Nyack and Nyack Beach Road. This hike is described (in opposite direction) on our website at http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/long-pathhook-mountain-bike-path-loop-summit-.... You are starting at the bottom of paragraph 8, and hiking in the opposite direction, from Landing Hill Road south. You will see 2 yellow trails on your right, neither one of them maintained by our volunteers. The first one is the one you took, which ends up in the Executive golf course parking area. The second yellow trail goes off to the right past the summit of Hook Mtn. This yellow trail ends at Rte 9W. If you continue on the LP, which is well-blazed all the way, you'll eventually see a white trail to the left; you are then close to 9W. Turn left on the white trail, which brings you to Nack Beach State Park via a couple of local streets. There are white blazes along the way. From Nyack Beach it is an easy walk back along the river to Landing Hill Road. This shore portion of the loop is not blazed. I hope I answered most of your questions. As to the maps online, that's not my baliwick. I use "real" paper maps. Jakob Franke (Chair LP South Committee).
October 24, 2015
Aqua trail questions
I have questions for those who know this trail. I've been parking on the dead end road near the fire station and head up the rocky trail. Last time I did this, I made the mistake of taking yellow to the right, then ventured down the lake to walk that path before heading back to the car. I love the aqua portion of the trail, and I've read that I can make this a 6 mile loop, but I haven't found how to do that. If I stay on aqua and don't turn off on yellow, does the aqua trail ultimately run a big loop? If so, is it all as nicely marked as the portion I've described, or are portions just roads with turn offs onto the trail that are harder to see? Not sure why this trail doesn't have easy to access maps online. It's clearly a well used and enjoyed trail! Thanks for any info or tips!
August 09, 2015
fun hike, well marked in august 2015 good views, nice terain it took is about 4.5 hours. Moderate uphill climbing, requiring frequent short rests. great hike, definitely recommend it!
December 31, 2014
The yellow trail you mention
The yellow trail you mention leads to a parking area of one of the golf courses at Rockland Lake state park.
December 31, 2014
The vine is called black
The vine is called black swallow wort. A nasty non-native that is wreaking havoc all long the ridge.
September 05, 2014
Question on yellow trail
About half way through the description, you mention at the base of a descent, a yeliow- blazed trails goes off to the left. Does anyone know where this leads to?
June 04, 2014
What is that vine that seems to be smothering everything on top of Hook Mtn, including the endearing little cacti?
October 20, 2013
ps......... signage was great and the hike description meticulously accurate.
October 20, 2013
Had a fun lunch at the top of Hook Mt. studying a bird watching group comfortably enscounced in chairs they'd hauled up. Stunning views, wonderful hike.
August 19, 2013
A fun hike!
I did this hike today and it was a good way to spend a few hours. Not a terrible ascent by any means, at times it was a little steep, but nothing to complain about. Trail is marked very well, maybe one or two Blazes were faded. Saw 12 other hikers throughout the hike on a Monday. The views from the top of the cliffs are pretty impressive indeed (even on a cloudy day), but it is much more imposing looking up from the road below! One note, they do charge a 6 Dollar parking Fee in the Summer even on weekdays.
February 11, 2013
Great snowshoe route
Wife & i did it sunday 2/10/13 after 2' snowfall, great route. Breaking trail for most of the ridge walk. Beautiful day, great views, great snow. We did it counterclockwise, routefinding easy. 4.5 hours door-door, and we're old folks!
November 24, 2010
Hook Mountain Hike
Hook Mountain Bikepath north of intersection noted above now appears to be open. I noticed a sign saying something like "Haverstraw Trail, 3.5miles". Very nice hike--did it early November, 2010. Saw turkey vultures and a raven along ridge of the mountain. We did the hike a little past the peak of hawk watching season.
October 16, 2009
Long Path/Hook Mountain Bike Path Loop to Summit of Hook Mountai
Landing Hill Road (third paragraph from bottom) is Landing Road according the street sign. Jakob Franke