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Schunnemunk Mountain State Park

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Trail

8.1 mile 13.1 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,442' 440 m
Descent: -1,441' -439 m
High: 1,666' 508 m
Low: 265' 81 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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A nice mountain loop accessible by bus from NYC that goes through a meadow, up a mountain, and along a creek.

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

You can get to this trail from NYC by taking the Shortline bus to Woodbury Commons and asking the driver to stop at Schunnemunk. Once you get to the park, you'll get to hike through a lovely meadow full of wildflowers before entering the forest. The route climbs to offer some nice views all along the ridge before descending to return to the bus stop.

Need to Know

The railroad is active, so don't get hit please.

Description

If you are taking the Shortline bus to this hike, make sure you ask the bus driver to stop at Schunnemunk. The park is a little after the Woodbury Commons so all the shoppers will be off already. The bus stop is just a sign on the side of the road so when you are returning be sure to flag the bus down - they are not used to stopping here and ours locked the breaks up stopping for us.

From the bus stop, you'll have to hike along the road until you come to the parking area at the trailhead. If you drove, this is where you can park.

From here, the first section on the Jessup Trail and Sweet Clover Trail is very flat and meanders through a lovely meadow that was packed full of flowers when we went. Head left, staying on the Sweet Clover Trail. Next, you'll enter the forest and cross an active train track before joining the black-blazed Dark Hallow Trail.

This trail climbs quickly to the top of the mountain. Watch for rattlesnakes - the park doesn't get a ton of visitors so we encountered one warming itself on the trail even though we only got there around 11am.

Once on top of the mountain, head south on the yellow-blazed Jessup Trail. Keep an eye out for the Blue and White connector trail that heads down and west through the valley and back up onto the lower ridge to the west. You can then head north on the orange-blazed Western Ridge Trail.

This trail follows the ridge and offers some nice views. Head northeast on the red-blazed Barton Swamp Trail until it quickly meets up with the yellow-blazed Jessup Trail again. The yellow, Jessup Trail will head down the mountain to the railroad tracks again. Stay on the Jessup Trail out of the forest, back through the meadow, and to your car or the bus.

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Land Manager: NY State Parks

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Jun 8, 2019
Lou Poulas
7mi — 5h 00m
Dec 29, 2018
Lou Poulas
Slow going on slippery rock and taking lots of pictures. Didn't do this route exactly, but fairly close 8.7mi — 5h 00m
Sep 12, 2018
Yoshiyuki Takahashi
Very bushy but there were no ticks at that time. Need map and borrow a map from an information board at parking. 8.1mi — 6h 23m
Nov 11, 2017
Andrew Jones
Did it clockwise. Icy patches on ridge walk. 8.3mi
Apr 13, 2017
Jack Aitken
8.1mi
Sep 7, 2014
Karl W

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A rattlesnake blocks the Dark Hallow Trail in Schunnemunk Mountain State Park.
Jan 28, 2017 near Woodbury, NY
A glorious early fall day in upstate NY.
Oct 1, 2017 near Woodbury, NY
An early autumn crossing of the meadows of Schunnemunk State Park
Oct 1, 2017 near Woodbury, NY
The Hudson River flowing south (left to right) and approaching Storm King State Park
Oct 1, 2017 near Woodbury, NY
Dark Hollow Trail in Schunnemunk State Park, NY, hints at what's soon to come this autumn
Oct 1, 2017 near Woodbury, NY
A butterfly lands on a flower in Schunnemunk Mountain State Park.
Jan 28, 2017 near Woodbury, NY

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