About the Hudson Trail

The Hudson Trail is a hiking path in progress from Manhattan to Mt. Marcy, linking together existing trails along with new sections and including some walking on roads and streets. The general idea is the following: there will be 4 grand sections, we call treks:  South Trek, Stissing Trek, Bend Trek, and North Trek. The route, especially the middle sections, is open to suggestions, adjustments and comment.  We have divided the trail into sections, each roughly 10 miles, a day’s march using Google Earth for estimates.

The South Trek: Highbridge to the City of Beacon

The trek follows the Old Croton Aqueduct from High Bridge north on University Ave through Van Cortland Park, and thence to the New Croton Dam heading northwest.
The trail utilizes the Colabaugh Corridor to Blue Mountain Park with side trails to Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.  It continues from Blue Mountain Reservation to Pleasantside, then north through roads to Fahnestock Park, up over Candlewood Hill with its spectacular 360 degree view. The HT crosses the AT on Sunk Mine Road putting paid to an old hiking dream (see page 154 4th edition, New York Walk Book), north on Charcoal Burners trail, then west on a cross trail to Schoolhouse Mountain Road crossing Rt. 9 at McKeels Corners and continuing on local road to the Old Carriage Road up and over Mt. Taurus, South and North Beacon Mountains to the City of Beacon.

1 Urban Highbridge to Lamartine. First part is in the Bronx and under control of the NYC Parks: no markers. Second part (Yonkers), has painted markers on road crossings. 9.45
2 Suburban Lamartine to Rat 117, Tarrytown. Blazes at road and trail crossings. 12.45
3 Croton Tarrytown to Croton Dam: blazes at road and trail crossings. 9.92
4 Blue Mountain Croton Dam to East Main Street. Currently negotiating move of .7 miles of HT/Briarcliff-Peekskill trail off 129 into woods. Painted blazes in county parks. Painted blazes and markers on roads. 8.53
5 Gallows Hill E. Main to end of pavement Bell Hollow Rd.  All road walking. Painted blazes. 9.51
6 Fahnestock (trail parts under negotiation) Trails and town roads, including Sunken Mine Road. Trail is marked from end of pavement Bell Hollow Road to crossing of Sunken Mine road by Three Lakes Trail. Proposal is to incorporate the red trail over Candlewood Hill. 8.92

The use of Google Earth provides the estimates, but actual walking of the trail will be needed for exact measurements. There will be no private property crossed in this trek. The walking on roads is about 15 miles. About 2 miles of new trail will be needed, from South Beacon Mountain to Mountain Lane in the City of Beacon, the northern trail head of the South Trek.

The Stissing Trek: Beacon to Brainard

The Route is dominated by abandoned railroad right-of-ways and roads. Two gems are found in the center of this trek, the Institute of Ecosystem Studies Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum and the over 1400 ft. Stissing Mountain Massif.

8 Fishkill Mountain Lane, Beacon to intersection of Montfort Rd and Lake Walaton Rd. 10.28
9 Lagrangeville Lake Walton Rd to Rt 82 & Barmore Rd 9.22
10 Verbank Barmore Rd to Sharon turnpike (Rt 44) & Canoe Hill Rd 9.79
11 Wappingers Canoe Hill Rd to Depot Ln junction with Creamery Rd (Village of Stanfordville) 8.62
12 Stissing Creamery Rd up Stissing to Lake Rd 9.73
13 Silvernails Lake Rd Pine Plains crossing into Columbia County Rt 82 10.50
14 New Forge Rt 82 to Rt Main Street (Rt 23) Craryville start of rail road right of way, under development as a bike trail 9.17
15 Philmont Craryville to crossing Arch Bridge Road (continuation of bike trail) 8.66
16 Kinderhook Arch Bridge Road to Rt 9 through Ghent through Chatham to crossing of Thomas Rd  (continuation of bike trail) 9.08
17 Rock City Rail road right of way (crossing Thomas Rd) to Brainard, US route 20   (railroad right of way) 8.06

The trail is never far from the Taconic Parkway, wending its way through rolling farm land with blocks of low hills for variety and streams so pure that the brook trout thrives. The easy access, its relative flatness and interesting places to visit makes this trek appealing to walkers and cyclists as well as short and long distance hikers.

The Bend Trek: Crossing the Hudson

The first half of this trek takes us through the Western Taconics, known locally as the Rensselaer Plateau and the Grafton Hills. Draining the area west to the Hudson are the Postenkill, Quackenkill and Hoosic River. Bobcats abound as does a potent local apple jack. This region is terra incognita to most of the lower Hudson hiking community.  The lovely Cherry Plain and Grafton Hills State Parks are surrounded by Wildlife Management Areas.

18 Steventown Rte 20 Brainard to State Route 43 9.37
19 Cherry Plain Rte 43 to Dutch Church (intersection Taborton Rd and Bly Hollow Rd) 8.27
20 Buck’s Corner Dutch Church Rd to Plank Rd to Dyken Pond Rd to Fifty Six Rd to Sicko Rd to Dyken Pond Rd to Madonna Rd to South Rd 9.81
21 Grafton South Rd/Dunham Rd to trail in Grafton State Park to NY Hwy 2 to trail to State Route 7 Pittstown 8.94
22 Tomhannock Rt 7 to Factory Hollow Rd past Tomhannock reservoir to State Route 40 9.13
23 Hoosick Route 40, back roads, Verbeck, to River Rd. Section stops at junction with Waite Rd 10.55
24 Crossing Continues on River Rd to Route 29 Bridge, Ferry Street through SchuylerVille to Grange Hall Rd to King Rd (32): Bacon Hill 10.54
25 Gurn Springs King Rd (Winney Dr, aka 32) west to Rugg Rd to Taylor Rd to Scout Rd to Edie Rd to Ballard Rd (over 87) through Gurn Springs, ending at Saratoga Rd in Wilton 9.31
26 Palmerton Continuing on Ballard Rd changing to Corinth Mtn Rd to Woodard Rd Lincoln Mtn Rd to Spier Falls Rd to Angel Rd to Farr Rd to Comstock Rd to Depot Rd to 9N 7.33

This is mineral water country. It is near to Saratoga Springs and goes through Gurn Springs, which was a bustling tourist destination for 100 years. Immediately after crossing the Hudson River at Schuylerville, the trail will follow the tow path to Stark’s Knob, bringing to mind the once significant economic role of the River.

The North Trek: To Marcy

Towns are few—mountains abound. Ascending the Adirondacks, one can gaze over our lovely Hudson Valley. From Spruce Mountain’s lofty summit, you can see the field where, on October 7th, 1777, Tim Murphy, with one bullet tipped the scales toward America’s independence. Moving from history to ecology, a record Great Northern Pike was caught at Sacandaga Reservoir.

27 Spruce Mountain From 9N, Depot Rd, to Chapman St to Miner Rd to Spruce Mt. Rd to Fire Tower Rd (entering the Adirondack State Park), off the road over the summit to Spruce Mountain Rd, leaving the road past Hunt Laek and going over to Stewarts Bridge Reservoir, ending at S Shore Rd 9.75
28 Sacandaga S Shore Road to go on road (Kathan Rd?) up west side of reservoir. Trail turns right and goes over dam to N Shore Rd then turning north on Walter Maxfield Rd to Green Acres Rd to Hadley Hill Rd to Tower Rd leaving the road to go up Hadley Mountain 9.60
29 Stony Creek top of Hadley Mountain down to States Road, west to Seymour Fuller Rd (?) to Harrisburg Rd up Wolf Pond Rd to West Stony Creek Rd up to Bearpen pass 9.43
30 Fish Ponds Continuing on W Stony Creek Rd as it turns west. Leave W Stony Creek Rd at 3 miles on road (?) to go north, up to Bartman Road (past Fish Ponds) around Kirby Pond, ending at Route 8 12.50
31 Gore Mountain Crossing Route 8, crossing saddle of 11th Mountain, then north to second pond and summit of Gore Mt. 8.30
32 Christian Hill Coming down off Gore Mt., Barton Mines Rd to Rogers Rd to Harvey Rd to 13th Lake Rd to Cemetery Rd to Cleveland Rd to State Rt 28 9.17
33 Starbuck’s Mt. State Rt 28 to west of Starbuck Mt to Hudson River, going west along river to Gooley Club Rd 9.46
34 Hudson Gorge Gooley Club Rd  north to Rt 28 10.74
35 Tahawus Rt 28 at Hudson Gorge east to Tahawus to Trail head to Marcy 8.17
36 Marcy Trail head at Tahawus Rd to summit of Marcy. 10.42

Mt. Marcy summit

Panorama view from Mt. Marcy (Wikipedia)


10 Responses to “About the Hudson Trail”

  1. Jon Meres Says:

    I finally found my way to the blogroll. As a camper and hiker for 38 years I have seen many a ‘logroll’…but this is my first ‘blogroll’. Mt. Kisco Troop 1 is looking foward to providing the energy and manpower to help blaze the trail. See you soon.
    Jon M.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    Please fix the spelling of Sacandaga. You wrote Scandaga.

    A Trail with native names would be nice, with all those native words posted but with meanings added. Some NYS markers still exist that explain them, but not too many. One in Canajoharie. They are beautiful and would help to honor the native people. Saratoga was Sar-agh-to-ga, land of rushing waters, and obviously does NOT refer at all to the springs in the forest 10 miles west of the Hudson River, that is Saratoga Springs, but rather refers to the rivers and the waterfalls on the Hudson here along the Batten Kill and Fish Creek as they meet the Hudson River near Schuylerville, Thomson, Clarks Mills, Northumberland areas. The native names seem to me to be descriptive of the natural landscapes like that. Personally, I love that. Just my two cents.

  3. Bandana Man Says:

    I think it’s a great idea and I can’t wait to hike it end to end. However, I feel that to most hikers, including myself, a trail should be primitive. That’s part of the feeling hikers get from being on a trail. I think if the trail on streets and roads can be avoided, it should be. Good luck!

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  6. Meg Says:

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  8. Scott Bahantka Says:

    When will a map series or guidebook be available?

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