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Undercliff Trail

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Trail

3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,362' 415 m
Descent: -649' -198 m
High: 1,138' 347 m
Low: 230' 70 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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One of the most underrated trails in Hudson Highland State Park; not to be missed!

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The Undercliff Trail starts near the Washburn Trail. Turn right and ascend to the quarry. The Undercliff Trail ascends the side of Taurus Mountain and is steep at times. There is a tricky section at the only viewpoint on the Undercliff Trail.

There are several social paths that lead away from the trail. Many people get confused here. After the trail climbs up to this viewpoint, it makes an abrupt turn back and descends again before climbing back up the side of the mountain. It is not well-marked here so take your time to find the right way.

The northwestern section of the Undercliff Trail, once you cross over the Washburn Trail, is seldom visited as most people either hike the Washburn Trail or Breakneck Ridge Trail. This section connects the Washburn Trail and the Brook Trail. The trail has some of the best viewpoints of West Point and Storm King Mountain across the Hudson River. This trail sees little traffic and is very enjoyable. This trail is often done as part of a loop starting from the Cornish Trail.

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Oct 28, 2018
Mack Sharp
Went short of the whole trail as an out and back. Nice hike, good terrain variation and a few gorgeous view spots. 5.8mi
Oct 28, 2018
Biu Biu
Oct 6, 2018
Soly Mahmoud
Apr 22, 2018
Jacqueline Cohen
Oct 5, 2015
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The view of Hudson River looking south.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cold Sp…, NY
A view of Undercliff Trail.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cold Sp…, NY
A view of Storm King Mountain.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cold Sp…, NY
A view of Undercliff Trail.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cold Sp…, NY
Breakneck Brook.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cold Sp…, NY

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