Join us for a 4-5 mile Hike with Intermediate Rock Scrambles at Giant Stairs (Palisades Interstate Park)
This hike explores the northern end of the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park. It is, perhaps, the most rewarding loop hike in the park, as it incorporates a number of scenic features and, for nearly the entire distance, you are far away from the noise of the Parkway. But it is also the most difficult hike in the park, as it involves not only steep climbs and descents on uneven rock steps, but also nearly a mile of walking near the shore of the river on jumbled rocks.
As a special treat we will be making a small detour off the beginning of our loop to see the Woman's Federation Monument Castle!
Unlike previous visits you may have made to Giants Stairs, I will be offering further exploration of some of the boulders and crevices along the shoreline for any of the more adventurous members in the group (hopefully all of you!)
We will meet at: The Parking area by the State Line Cafe by the State Line Lookout
Take the Palisades Interstate Park north from the George Washington Bridge. Continue for 1.7 miles beyond Exit 2, and turn right at a sign for the State Line Lookout. Follow the access road for about half a mile until it ends at a large parking lot near the lookout. (If you are coming from the north on the Parkway, bear left just beyond Exit 3 and follow the signs for the lookout).
Distance: Approximately 4-5 miles
Hiking Pace: Slow but physically challenging
Estimated Hike Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate - Rocky Terrain, Scrambling, steep Ascents and Descents with a total of approx 700' elevation gain
Current Weather Forecast: Partly Sunny with a high of 48 degrees
- A Small Pack - nothing too large that will become a hindrance in the scrambles
- Related maps, a compass or GPS, Water, Snacks, First Aid, etc.
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Hudson Palisades Trails Map
(Specifically Trail Map 109)
What Route will we take?
(Route highlighted in Yellow - Click image to enlarge)
**Heavy Rain will cancel this event.**
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