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Peanut Leap Cascade into Giant Stairs

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A great but very steep hike with some gorgeous views and fun rock scrambling.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

Point to Point

524' 160 m

High

5' 2 m

Low

764' 233 m

Up

765' 233 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

64%

Max Grade (33°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Grounds open daylight hours.

Overview

A gratifying and hilly hike with incredible views and enjoyable rock scrambling.

Need to Know

Bring cash for a quick bite at the State Line Café & bookshop (Open 7 days a week 9:30 AM - 5 PM).

Description

This is an approximately 4.5-mile hike.

Begin this hike on Old Route 9W a little north of Point Lookout, where the Long Path: Section 1 (aqua markers) heads into the woods. Stay on the Long Path headed north. In about half a mile, the Long Path turns right (east) near the state line border monument, then left (north) to go through a gate in a fence.

The trail then descends on steep stone steps.

Just beyond “High Gutter Point” (this is the point where you can see sweeping views to the north) are more steep steps. Use caution and take your time on these to the bottom.

At the bottom of the steps, the trail turns left (west). In about 1/8 mile, the trail crosses a stream. After you cross the stream, turn right (east). This is the start of the Shore Trail (White): Peanut Leap Cascade Segment(white markers). Follow the Shore Trail (White): Peanut Leap Cascade Segment to the river and Peanut Leap Cascade. Sections are rocky and the final descent is steep—use caution! Enjoy this picturesque spot for a while. Continue following the path to reach the Shore Trail (White): The Giant Stairs.

Warning: This is CHALLENGING. Includes a difficult rock scramble followed by a steep ascent. THIS SECTION IS RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY! This hike is NOT recommended for dogs or very young children or when conditions are wet or icy. ALLOW FOR AMPLE DAYLIGHT TO COMPLETE THE ENTIRE Hike.

From Peanut Leap Cascade, continue south on the Shore Trail (White): The Giant Stairs. Following the white markers, you’ll scramble almost a mile across the boulder field called “the Giant Stairs.” About 1/4 mile south of the boulder field, find the steep Forest View Trail (Blue/White) and take it up to its intersection with the Long Path (aqua).

Turn right (north) on the Long Path, cross the stream, and take the aqua trail back to the Lookout.

THIS LOOP CAN ALSO BE HIKED THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

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Shared By:

Kevin Clark with improvements by Andrey Prihodko

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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May 9, 2018 near Northvale, NJ
Nice day
Apr 11, 2018 near Northvale, NJ
The view from the parking lot!
Apr 11, 2018 near Northvale, NJ
Amazing view over Hudson River!
Apr 11, 2018 near Northvale, NJ
Phantoms under water :)
Apr 11, 2018 near Hasting…, NY
Top of the first pile of rocks near the start of the rock scrambling.
Sep 17, 2017 near Northvale, NJ

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Jun 23, 2020
Anson Moy
The diamond rated path is really strenuous and a bit danger if you're not careful. You might just fall off the cliffs! lol Just be super careful ou… 1.3mi — 0h 45m
Nov 23, 2019
Rosa S
Time in 11:13 Time out 2:08
Nov 10, 2019
FP Cart
Great views. Fallen leaves on rocks made for a tricky hike. Steep terrain, rocky trails, rock scramble, and nice steady points. Sturdy shoes a must. 4.3mi
Aug 17, 2019
eling lee
Hard with 2 miles of scrambling 4.2mi — 4h 00m
Jun 30, 2019
Christopher Klingaman
Rocky 4.2mi — 2h 45m
Jun 8, 2019
Kim R
Jun 4, 2019
Diana Ngo
4mi — 3h 48m
Apr 29, 2019
Krizia Pereira
9h 45m