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Hike: Fabulous Hudson River and Mountain Views

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Group: Appalachian Mountain Club

When: Saturday, September 2, 10:15 am

Where: Cold Spring, NY

Cost: Free


Enjoy a great start to the Labor Day weekend in the Hudson Highlands where you can enjoy spectacular views on a real nice hike and spend some time in the quaint town of Cold Spring afterwards.

We will do a lot of our uphill hiking in the morning on the Undercliff trail which begins in the village of Nelsonville, and have lunch on a ridge overlooking the Hudson Highlands with panoramic views of the surrounding area. Afterwards we will hike up the side of Mt. Taurus and then take a pleasant woods road trail back to Nelsonville, which includes a short detour on the interesting Lone Star and Split Rock trails.

We will end the hike near Cold Spring, a short distance from Nelsonville, where we can walk along a vibrant Main Street and relax at the serene promenade by the river, which also offers breathtaking views of Storm King Mountain, West Point and the majestic Hudson River. There will be easy access back to Manhattan by train at least every hour on the scenic Metro-North Hudson line.

We will hike at a steady, moderate 3 level pace (not fast, but definitely not slow) over a distance of 8 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails with varied terrain. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 2000 feet. There are no special skills or equipment required, other than to wear hiking boots, and have at least 3 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch. However, hikers should be in good condition to complete a fairly strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise).

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