|Clinton County: Lyon Mountain
Wide gradual climb though richly carpeted hardwood landscape
becomes increasingly steep about one mile up. Even though the steep
part(0.7mi) is said to begin in earnest after the firewatcher's
cabin ruins, it has already begun before that. The encouraging part
is that you can rest, turn around and enjoy the view for most of the
difficult part of the climb. Before you know it you are at the top.
The odor of the balsams reminds one of the Holidays, you can't help
but crush some needles inbetween your fingers so you can take the
smell home with you
The views are quite diverse even though I'm sure there are better
ones of the high peaks more to the south. What you won't see
anywhere else are views of the newly rising wind turbines in the
north at Ellenburg. There are very nice 360 degrees views from the
tower that is, by the way, now completely enclosed and with new
stairs. The real shame is that there was a suprising amount of
broken glass at the top as if it was the local hangout. Hard to
believe anyone could have that much energy to climb that long and
get drunk and take the route down again that is just as hard as
going up. One needs to allocate 4.5-5 hrs for the climb and assent.
A pleasant climb considering the height.
Columbia County: Alander Mountain
One of the best summits in the Taconic Range and Berkshires.
Great views across the Hudson Valley to the Catskills.
The hike is easy from the Massachusetts side and challenging
from the New York Side, but well worth the climb. (I've been up six
times this way and, the guide here notwithstanding, no rattlesnakes
encountered yet.) On weekends, you'll have plenty of company.
Weekdays, you'll have it all to yourself.
Cortland County: Virgil Mountain
I had no problem getting to the trailhead using O'Dell Rd.
This was a very nice trail which includes a part of the FLT
as well as the Virgil Mt Spur Trail.
Some nice views on top of Virgil Mountain.
Essex County: Mount Marcy
The best hike I did so far. Started off with rain, mud, and about
50 F, yet it got better as we went up. The trail is very easy to
follow. The winds were about 50 miles/hr on the top so we couldn't
stay long. Definitely pack extra layers of clothing!! Completed in
about 8 hrs. including picture taking and lunch.
Greene County: Hunter Mountain
Excellent workout, trails are very well maintained and marked!
Not for the novice hiker however, much of the hike is very rocky and
that combined with the steep ascent/decent can lead to twisted or
sprained knees/ankles if you're not used to such a hike or do not
have boots with proper ankle support. Highly recommended though,
views from the summit are beautiful!
Ulster County: Slide Mountain
My wife and I hiked a 16 mile loop beginning at the Woodland
Valley Campground. We crossed the small creek and ascended via the
Wittenberg Trail to two peaks, Wittenberg and Cornell. We then
descended Cornell towards Slide Mountain. It poured rain for most of
the trip until we reached the peak of Slide Mountain. We didn't get
to see any views (well, unless you think white nothingness is a
view) because it was deeply cloudy. The most rigorous part of the
hike are the scrambles prior to the summit of each of Wittenberg,
Cornell, and Slide. But, they were still doable for my wife, myself
and our dog (what a sport!). The descent from Slide Mountain is
easy-going, but after 10 miles of up and down, the last 6 are
tiring, especially a brief elevation gain in the Woodland Valley
about a mile and half before the parking area. Altogether, it is
possible, but bring water, food and the spirit of nature.
Westchester County: Bailey Mountain
Great place to take your dog for a quick hike. Trails are fairly
wide. Not the place for great overlooks or anything but still nice
lakes and trails for short hikes.
Yates County: Italy Hill
It was a moderate to hard trail but so worth it. Was able to spot
wildlife as well as being challenged. Great experience.