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Local Hikes: New York City, NY

The best hikes near New York, as selected by the Big Apple's best hiking clubs.
sept 2010 local hikes nyc 445x260Breakneck Ridge, Hudson Highlands SP (Carr Clifton)

Your Guides
New York Ramblers (nyramblers.org); Shorewalkers(shorewalkers.org)

Your Hikes
» Hook Mountain, Hook Mountain SP Share Hook’s 728-foot summit, the area’s second highest, with soaring broad-winged hawks, then descend the Long Path to Rockland Lake and return to Upper Nyack, New York, for a six-mile loop. “Rockland is a pristine lake,” says Shorewalker Marvin Malater, “with Canadian geese all around.” Miles from city center 35; Trip ID 775317

» Timp-Torne Trail, Harriman SP From Jones Point, pass skyline views of Manhattan (35 miles south) as you roller-coaster over the Timp, West Mountain, and Popolopen Torne, a trio of thousand-foot peaks “There’s a memorial on the Torne,” says Rambler Lee Ruelle. “West Point cadets will climb up with a rock from the bottom and add it to the six-foot-high cairn. Some paint the stones with insignia for units fighting terrorism.” Take the Popolopen Gorge Trail to finish the 11-miler at Fort Montgomery. Miles from city center 45; Trip ID 775322

» Breakneck Ridge Trail, Hudson Highlands SP Take Metro North from Grand Central Station and start this 8.3-mile point-to-point by cranking up 1,000 feet to cross-Hudson views of Storm King Mountain’s whalelike prow. Scramble up granite slabs to an exposed ridge (or take the X-blazed bypass) and follow the Notch Trail—with vistas of bucolic dairy farmland and crumbling, Scottish-style Bannerman Castle, which was once home to a 19th-century arms dealer. Finish the day with an easy meander into Cold Spring. Miles from city center 60; Trip ID 775324

» Sugarloaf to Osborn loop, Hudson Highlands SP This seven-mile hike departs from the Manitou railroad station and climbs 1,000 feet to a flat ridgeline with views of Bear Mountain. Take the AT and Osborn Loop to the Manitoga Point Nature Preserve to add a mile of walking along the Hudson for a perfect blend of woods and water. Miles from city center 60; Trip ID 775325

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