Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park

Stone wall along Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin Stone wall along Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin View from Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin View from Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This hike loops through the park, climbing to two viewpoints and crossing several streams with cascades.

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This hike explores the 352-acre Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, where the high points were used for signaling during the Revolutionary War. Subsequently, the land was logged to provide fuel for the local iron industry, and it later served as a dairy farm and a quarry. In recent years, this parcel was slated for development, but it was acquired as parkland in 2000 by Scenic Hudson, the Town of...

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August 09, 2016
Recent experience
<p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p><br>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</p> <p><strong><span style="color: #111111; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.16px; line-height: 14.592px; background-color: #edefd9;">After briefly paralleling the stream, the trail crosses a wide stone wall and immediately turns left, heading uphill.</span></strong></p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p><br>For this time of year bring PLENTY of bug spray.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p>
January 19, 2014
Time and distance
<p>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.</p>
September 28, 2013
Grateful for update
<p>Was gonna ask re. the current condition of these trails but saw that someone already commented - thanks!</p>
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