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Shore Trail (White): The Giant Stairs

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A trail full of fun rock scrambling with a very steep ending.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

166' 51 m

High

5' 2 m

Low

228' 69 m

Up

249' 76 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Grounds open daylight hours. This trail is NOT recommended for dogs or very young children or when conditions are wet or icy.

Description

This route is not directly accessible from the parking area. Instead, you'll either need to take the Long Path: Section 1 south to the Shore Path, where you'll first reach the Peanut Leap Cascade, or you'll need to head north, also on the Long Path: Section 1, and also connecting to the Shore Trail before making it to this section of trail.

If you come in from the north, continue south on the Shore Trail (white markers). Following the white markers, and you'll scramble almost a mile across the boulder field called "the Giant Stairs." These trails can be steep and slippery, requiring hikers to be fairly coordinated to negotiate the tough terrain.

If you're looking to complete a loop, keep an eye out about 1/4 mile south of the boulder field, to find the steep Forest View Trail (blue-and-white markers) 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.

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Kevin Clark

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Top of the first pile of rocks near the start of the rock scrambling.
Sep 17, 2017 near Northvale, NJ
Phantoms under water :)
Apr 11, 2018 near Hasting…, NY
Beautiful Cascade
Apr 11, 2018 near Hasting…, NY
Spring
Apr 11, 2018 near Hasting…, NY
Rocky trail, difficult, but it's amazing!!!
Apr 11, 2018 near Northvale, NJ
So high!!
Apr 11, 2018 near Northvale, NJ

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Dec 15, 2019
Laura Green
Nov 27, 2019
Komal Patel
Oct 26, 2019
Komal Patel
Did the loop starting from cafe 2mi
Sep 30, 2017
Michael Sydney
8mi — 2h 45m