August 09, 2016
I just hiked the most of this trail this past weekend (August 6th). Did not do the red trail loop as I was too sweaty and buggy by that time. It's pretty dry right now so none of the pools, streams or cascades were there. Maybe in the spring or fall? Also with all the leaves on the trees most of the overlooks don't show you more than a narrow view. This is probably a great fall hike. Trails were fairly well maintained but the white blazed Vernal Pool trail needs some work. A few trees with markers are down and rotting. At one point we lost the trail altogether, more or less at this part in the hike After briefly paralleling the stream, the trail crosses a wide stone wall and immediately turns left, heading uphill. We ended up heading straight across the area where the streams were and couldn't find the markers to the left. So we walked uphill until we hit a fireroad at the top of the hill, turned left and eventually found the white trail again. There are also a few stretches on this trail and on the blue trail in between the white and red trails where the overgrowth has almost taken over the path. Somene needs to come in with a matchette and clear out the pricker vines that are choking the path. For this time of year bring PLENTY of bug spray. FINALLY - the map link available from this pages does not show the white trail at all. It also links you to the East Hudson map pack that you can buy as a digital copy for use with PDFMaps or paper version. I bought the PDF version and unfortunately this part of the park is NOT IN THE MAPS!!!. Very annoying.
January 19, 2014
Time and distance
The hike claims to be 3 hours and 4 miles. We hiked it today exactly as described and it took 2:40 and the GPS claimed it was 5 miles. Certainly your time may vary based on your pace, but wanted to update the distance estimate.
September 28, 2013
Grateful for update
Was gonna ask re. the current condition of these trails but saw that someone already commented - thanks!
September 03, 2013
My family and I just hiked here and we were grateful to find well marked trails and clear paths. Someone put a lot of work into these trails since the last posts, Including an elevated path across the "swampy area", carved steps thru fallen trees, and new well placed blazes. Thank you!!
February 11, 2012
I am the new Westchester Trail Crew supervisor and agree with you completely. We have started clearance work and have made the trails walkable, but there is significant work still needed including additional clearance, improvement and trail blazing. We are seeking volunteers for trail maintainance for this and other trails in Westchester county. Try the trail again.
December 09, 2011
A Hike to be Avoided.
I did this hike in May of 2010 and was shocked at the lack of trail maintenence so I went back over this past summer and it was even worse. The footpaths are overgrown and in many spots you have to crouch to get under intertwined thorn bushes that grow on each side. There are numerous blow downs and well worn walk arounds indicating they have been there for years. The section that parallels RT 9 (N) is swampy. All in all until someone steps up and gets this place in order, don't bother. I don't even know why the TC lists this as a hike.