Hiking Project Logo

greenBlue Jessup/Highlands/Long Path Trail

  4.0 ( 1 ) Favorite

Trail

10.5 mile 17.0 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,093' 333 m
Descent: -1,093' -333 m
High: 1,668' 509 m
Low: 935' 285 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by John Maurizi

This is a beautiful hike along an exposed ridge.

John Maurizi

Features Views

Overview

This route follows a ridge with great views to both the east and west along the way. It's best in the fall and winter as hikers will be treated to more unobstructed views.

Description

The hike starts at a small park in Woodbury called Gonzaga Park. The park itself is closed from mid-November to April, but you'll still be able to park just outside the gate to access the trails. There are three different trail names that share this path. The Jessup Trail starts/end at Gonzaga Park and travels through all of Schunemunk State Park. The Highlands Trail and the Long Path also share this trail, so along the way you'll see these markers for these three individual trails.

The trail follows the Schunemunk Ridge the entire way on an easement trail through private property. The ridge can be narrow in places, and in winter you'll enjoy open views to the east and west. Once you get to the top of the ridge, there is not much more elevation gain.

This section ends when you reach the trail junction with the Western Ridge Trail in Schunemunk State Park. The Long Path also breaks off here, descending off the ridge to the east. This is a good place to turn back but if you have time you can hike a three-mile loop of the Western Ridge Trail - Ridge-to-Ridge Trail and back on the Jessup/Highlands Trail.

If you add that loop, the total distance is 10.8 miles with an additional 700 feet of elevation gain. I did this hike in early December and had the entire hike to myself.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna, History & Background

Contacts

Rate This Featured Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

Aug 3, 2019
William Madayag
sunny summer day around 90f

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#1

in Gonzaga Park

#3095

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Featured Hike Rankings

#1

in Gonzaga Park

#74

in New York

#3,095

Overall
25 Views Last Month
818 Since Apr 25, 2017
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking