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greenBlue Dyckman Hill/Carpenter's Grove Loop

  3.2 ( 6 ) Favorite


3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop


Ascent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 341' 104 m
Low: 5' 2 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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An easy hike in a populated area with views of the Hudson River and George Washington Bridge.

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This four-mile loop is located in the Palisades Interstate Park and travels along the Palisades Cliffs along the Hudson River. Half of the loop follows along the waterfront with great views of the George Washington Bridge.

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This area can be crowded on weekends with a lot of people having picnics.


HikerS can access this loop from several different trailheads, but the hike shown starts from Allison Park which overlooks the Hudson River. From the parking area, hike south toward Saint Peter's College on the Long Path, which you join from Allison Park.

This trail travels along the college property and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. At times, the trail hugs the grass shoulder of the highway. After about a half mile, you reach the Henry Hudson Drive access road and the Dyckman Hill Trail, which is designated with yellow markers. Turn right onto this trail to follow the stone staircase/walkway down to the Hudson River.

The Dyckman Hill Trail ends at the river and the Englewood Boat Basin. From here you can connect with the Shore Trail but you can connect with this trail at the right of the boat basin, right on the river. It is a wide trail with white markers. Follow the Shore Trail to the Ross Dock Picnic Area. Hike through the picnic area and stay to the right along the tree line. Just past the picnic area, you'll spot the Carpenter's Trail. This trail has blue markers and ascends the Palisades by a series of steep steps.

Once on top of the Palisades, you'll rejoin the Long Path and turn right to head back to Allison Park. There are several viewpoints with great views of the George Washington Bridge.

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Jun 8, 2019
Jessica Torres
Mar 24, 2019
Dan Patterson
W/ lunch by river. Dry enough. — 3h 00m
Mar 16, 2019
Seongwoo Hwang
Dec 30, 2018
Jozefien Heijlen
Nov 18, 2018
Michael Warren
Neat loop for a short day. Beautiful trail along the shore. Trails up and down the cliffs are steep but not long at all. Long Path was muddy from snow
Jun 17, 2018
Daniel Ramos
Feb 19, 2018
Steven Kolombaris

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