Camp Smith Trail -- Bear Mountain Bridge toll house to Anthony’s Nose

  • August 3, 2014 · 1:00 PM

My favorite Hudson River hike. Join us for a moderate-to-strenuous there-and-back hike along the Hudson River highlands between the Bear Mountain Bridge toll house and Anthony’s Nose. Panoramic Hudson River views combined with several long climbs up heavily exposed rock outcroppings. This is by far the most beautiful and one of the most challenging hikes in Westchester County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distance: 6.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate-to-strenuous. Lots of steep climbs and descents.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Trail Map: NY/NJ TC #101

Parking: Parking is limited at the Bear Mountain Bridge toll house. Park along Rte 202 just south of the toll house. As always, please look for carpooling opportunities.

Driving directions: From Annsville Rte 9 / Rte 202 traffic circle: Drive north on Rte 202 approximately 1.1 miles to Bear Mountain toll booth house. Park in parking lot or along roadside. From Bear Mountain Bridge: Drive south on Rte 202 approximately 2.6 miles to Bear Mountain toll booth house. Park in parking lot or along roadside.

Google Map link for directions to parking area:
http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=41.301419,-73.951316&hl=en&ll=41.301237,-73.951051&spn=0.003365,0.008256&sll=41.301226,-73.951052&sspn=0.000868,0.002064&vpsrc=6&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=20&t=h&z=18

Weather: Rain cancels

Guest policy: No guests for this hike. All hikers must be members of WHMG.

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles are strongly recommended. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

Guests: No guests. Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join!

Dog policy:

Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.

Important general notes about my hikes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TKFHHQIDkgNVWs-4XmPVJM3qXp7X9B6jIrUZSWgyECU/edit


Links:
http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/camp-smith-trail
http://www.nynjtc.org/brochures/cst.pdf

Trivia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Smith_%28New_York%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Highlands_State_Park

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  • Joe B.

    Thanks Peter and all who attended. I enjoyed everyones company, including Mother Nature! Kudos to those who posted photos. BTW that Blue Moon hit the spot, thanks!

    August 6

  • rita c

    Thanks Peter, great new view of the Hudson for me.. it was so nice to see some my old friends.. wish I could have slowed down to enjoy you all more..

    August 4

  • Mariana

    My first hike with this Meetup. A wonderful group of very nice and friendly people. I really challenged myself, good experience so far. Looking forward to more activities. Thank you Peter

    August 4

  • Roni Fiore M.

    Thanks to Peter & everyone for a great day. Hope I can join you all again for another hike. Is anyone from Rockland County? I'll carpool with you.

    August 4

  • Kristina

    Enjoyable day, although if that was a 'moderate hike' I hate to see what you call difficult!(Beg to differ if you all will.) Looking down Anthony's Nose was memorable, and the folks attending we're extremely pleasant. thanks!

    3 · August 4

  • wendiyoakum

    Great hike and even better people! I had such a great time! Thanks Peter for organizing this. Btw is anyone interested in going to a sangria festival Saturday August 9th at Benmarl winery? From 12-7 admission is 20 but you get sangria samples with that and a glass and they have live music.

    1 · August 3

    • Dennis G

      Have fun...I join you on the next adventure.

      1 · August 4

    • wendiyoakum

      wish you could join us ... Next time or next hike.

      August 4

  • Andrea

    Lovely to meet you all - thanks for making my first hike in NY an enjoyable one. Hope to join for another hike soon. (Btw, I can barely walk today!)

    1 · August 4

    • wendiyoakum

      Lol first time is always the worst lol.

      August 4

  • SheShe

    As always thank you Peter for your leadership and keeping us all hiking! Great day on the Hudson River- tad humid but it is August. Echo others' sentinment: it was great to see the regulars, catch up with some old friends and meet a bunch of new ones! And surprise guests along the way, Steve, Liam, upside down Tom, Celine,,,its a small hiking world!

    August 3

    • Dennis G

      Hi SheShe ( really, that's what I'm supposed to call you?) ...You sent me a note re the horrible beer but I can find it again. A little confused by this messaging system. Nice meeting you. Dennis

      August 4

    • SheShe

      Messages go to your regular email. SheShe it is. ;-)

      1 · August 4

  • Susan R.

    Beautiful day with terrific, friendly people. I would've joined you for dinner later, had it not been for the potential of dealing with hours of traffic back to the city. Thank you, Peter, for organizing this day.

    1 · August 4

  • Dennis G

    Thanks to Peter, and all who attended, my first experience with WHMG was great...despite the funky beer at the after party. Looking forward to the next hike.

    1 · August 4

  • Carol

    Thank you, Peter for leading! Had a great time today with a great bunch of people, beautiful views and weather that cooperated too!

    1 · August 3

  • Chris

    Good to see all old and new, Thanks Peter.

    1 · August 3

  • Patrizia

    We were going to be satisfied with a cloudy sky (and no rain...) but instead we were given a glorious day! Thank you again, Peter, for taking us back to one of the most spectacular spots of the entire Hudson Valley!

    3 · August 3

  • Dave

    If anyone is passing by Annsville Circle with room to pick me up, let me know. I don't want to bring my truck to the parking area. I'm going to get there early. [masked]

    August 3

    • SheShe

      i can pick u up- carpooling with Bohan; silver ex35 infiniti

      August 3

    • Dave

      Thanks SheShe, great to see you!

      August 3

  • Woodstock John M.

    The hike was totally Awesome! It really challenged me. All the other hikers were a true to Joy to be with. Peter, I owe you a case of beer. Thanks.

    1 · August 3

  • libby

    Beautiful hike, beautiful day.

    1 · August 3

  • libby

    Beautiful hike, beautiful day.

    August 3

  • Dave

    Great job by Peter, as usual. Met some new friends and caught up with some old friends. Perfect day!

    1 · August 3

  • Amit

    Great to see you again, Peter. Wonderful hike as always! Final stats for the hike were 6.2 miles and 1665' of elevation gain. A beautiful, sunny day with wonderful views!

    2 · August 3

  • rita c

    Early hike ran a little late. Few mins possibly late .

    August 3

  • Meredith

    Peter, thanks for adding me from the wait list. Unfortunately I just saw this, and it's too late for me to attend. Hope to catch your next hike!

    August 3

  • shari b m.

    I apologize to all for not attending last minute. After fighting a bug for two weeks, I felt the need to rest one more day.

    August 3

  • Jenny

    Some weather report says rain, so I'm skipping this one. See you at the next one, Peter !!

    August 3

    • Peter

      Got it. Thanks.

      August 3

  • Juan

    I'm in the waiting list. Hope there will be space for me :)

    August 1

    • Carol

      Juan does not look like I will make it so my spot is available. Have fun!

      August 3

  • Emma L.

    Does anyone have a copy of the trail map? PDF "brochure/cst" link broken. Other link says "buy trail map" really? ._.

    August 2

  • Becky

    Forecast improves, might have problem with parking. Enjoy.

    August 3

    • Peter

      Be aggressive in seeking out carpooling opportunities, and get to the trailhead early to allow sufficient time to hunt for alternate parking areas.

      August 3

  • Peter

    Carpool: I can transport three hikers from the Katonah area.

    1 · August 2

    • Patrizia

      Thank you, Peter!

      August 2

    • Jenny

      Will be there. Thanks Peter!

      August 2

  • Dennis G

    I will be leaving from Sleepy Hollow and can pick up 2-3 hikers. I would be happy to get you at the The Tarrytown train station. The only train that fits the schedule gets in at 11:20am.

    August 2

    • wendiyoakum

      I can shoot you an email to exchange phone numbers

      August 2

    • wendiyoakum

      Ok sent you email.. Just check junk folder as sometimes messages go there. I suggested a spot on 9 near where I live that has a bus pickup lane that wld be perfect.

      August 2

  • Susan R.

    Greetings, fellow hikers. I have room for one more in my car. I live in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and expect to leave around 10:30 with my passengers. If anyone else needs a ride and will meet me where it's convenient, let me know.

    August 1

    • Andrea

      Definitely. I live in park slope.

      August 1

    • Susan R.

      My car is full now.

      August 2

  • Susan R.

    Peter, even if it's not raining while we're hiking, the trail will be saturated. Is it safe to do the rock scramble if the terrain is slippery?

    August 2

    • Peter

      Should be very safe, as there are no exposed scrambles on the route.

      August 2

    • Susan R.

      Fantastic.

      August 2

  • Joe B.

    I have seats available from the Port Chester area. Parking is tight at the trailhead. Let me know if you need a lift. See you Sunday!

    August 1

  • francisco

    I hope the weather cooperate for this hike. I hope I can make it the next time...good luck

    August 1

  • allison b.

    Andrea, I don't know how this works, as I just joined, but I will be unable to make the hike on Sunday,so that frees up one spot. Peter, please let me know if this message board is the correct way to "bow out" of a hike. Thank you and have yourselves a glorious day. Join you next time...

    July 31

    • Andrea

      Thank you Allison! Hopefully this works :)

      August 1

  • Andrea

    Hi. The meetup is listed as full, but is there any chance I'm able to join still?

    July 31

  • The nameless o.

    Looks like I'll have to do a shorter version...starting at parking area further up goat trail...knees are bugging out

    July 30

  • Susan R.

    I'll be driving from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and would be happy to carpool (either get or give a ride).

    June 13

    • Kristina

      Hi Susan,

      July 29

    • Kristina

      I could meet you in Bay Ridge and go from there, do you have room still, thanks.

      July 29

  • Lillian

    I'm a driver too, Mt. Vernon West is closest meeting spot for someone coming from NYC area (2 train at last stop also in the vicinity).

    June 13

    • Susan R.

      I appreciate your advice. I don't know the Westchester area well at all.

      June 13

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