Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Jessup,...

Schunemunk State Park (Schunnemunk State Park)

Along the Jessup Trail on the ridge of Schunemunk Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the Jessup Trail on the ridge of Schunemunk Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to a ridge composed of unusual conglomerate rock, with many viewpoints from open rock ledges dotted with pitch pines.

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From the parking area, cross the road and proceed south on the joint Jessup (yellow), Sweet Clover (white) and Highlands (teal diamond) Trails, which climb gently to the crest of a field and then descend to a woods road. To the right, you can see Schunemunk Mountain, which you’ll soon climb.

Turn right on the woods road, going past a chain that blocks off the road. When the white-...

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November 14, 2015
Great Views - Dog Possible*!
I hiked this route today with the pooch only we looped in the opposite direction and double backed onto Jessup on our descent instead of taking of the Sweet Clover Trail. Be careful of the Jessup trail as it ascends past the railroad toward the baby brook falls as it is very slippery with leaves underfoot and was probably the most dangerous section of the route. After ascending Jessup beyond the falls we took a right towards the western ridge although most perfer to hike the eastern ridge first. The views atop the northern peak of the western ridge were the best we encountered the entire hike with panoramic views of the hudson river to the east, stewart air base to the north west and even the very distant catskill mountians. The WR hike was a breeze and very well marked. You will begin to notice several tree stands as you approach the Ridge to Ridge trail. The first we noted has marks from ATV travel coming up from the western side of the ridge.  The RR trail was short but wet in its lowest parts. The asecent from RR to the Yellow Marked Jessup Trail was fairly steep and had some of the largest jumps we encountered. A warning to dog owners. My pooch is about 35lbs and can bound 4' verticals fairly easily. This was the only part of our hike where I had to lift her up. Less agile dogs may have an issue hiking through if you're not able to help them up. We followed Jessup north on the eastern ridge with a detour to the monoliths which are a remarkable rock formation. Hiking north on JS was fairly easy although not as well marked as the WR and the trail seems to mander a good bit. There was one fairly large drop off for the pooch before we began our descent and our double back to JS by the baby brook falls but the rest was straight forward.  I would consider myself an amature hiker at best and all in all I would say this was a fairly easy but strenuous hike. Trails are well marked and the mountian makes it easy to orient yourself so I would say its almost impossible to get lost. For extra assurance you can download the Schunnemunk State Park map for free on the free android/ios app pdf maps. This will allow you to locate yourself on the trail with gps even when your cell service drops out. 
November 15, 2012
Great spot!
This is a wonderful place for some hiking (haven't tried running there yet, but i will eventually), although i found the views a bit disappointing, as there aren't any views that don't feature some reminder of "civilization". Very unique area though with lots of great rock formations. Anyone taking the bus, be aware that the driver may not have a clue where the stop is, so you'll have to help him figure it out.
Michael K7
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