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A loop starting from Alpine picnic area that heads along the Hudson River and top of Palisades past historical sites.


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.8

KM

Loop

449' 137 m

High

4' 1 m

Low

513' 156 m

Up

512' 156 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Overview

This hike starts at the bottom of the Palisades before climbing to the top (eventually returning to the bottom). The area is full of history from pre-revolutionary war times to the early 1900's and this hike takes you through those sites while providing wonderful views of the Hudson River, NYC, and Yonkers.

Need to Know

May be a parking fee at Alpine Picnic area in summer.

Description

This hike begins at the south end of the Alpine Picnic Area parking lot (note the stone restroom building). Take the Shore Trail (white markers) heading south. As the trail traverses the shore of the Hudson River it utilizes some old stone steps. Check out the beach as you can sometimes find river glass.

After about 1.5 miles there is an old stone jetty for Huyler’s Landing in the river; this jetty is a good reference point for the nearby trail junction. At the junction, take a right, leaving the Shore Trail behind and follow the Huyler’s Landing Trail (marked with red blazes) as it follows the old farm road uphill. When the Huyler's Landing Trail meets Henry Hudson Drive, turn left (south) and continue along the road about 100 yards to where the red trail turns off the road and goes up the hillside to your right. Take red uphill to its intersection with the Long Path: Section 1(aqua markers).

Turn right to take the Long Path: Section 1 north. Along the Long Path, you'll pass through “Millionaires Row”; foundations, driveways, and footpaths can be found in the woods along the path. The Long Path passes by Alpine Lookout where you can check out the views the Millionaires had. Eventually, the Long Path: Section 1 intersects with the Closter Dock Trail (orange markers) near the park office.

Take a right to follow Closter Dock Trail; the trail goes through a small tunnel beneath Henry Hudson Drive. Continue following the orange markers as the Closter Dock Trail heads downhill on switchbacks, following the old Closter Dock Road. When the trail junctions, turn right (south) on the Shore Trail (white markers) to return to start of the hike.

Flora & Fauna

Osprey and Hawks live on the cliffside.

History & Background

See the Palisades Park website njpalisades.org/pdfs/hikeAl… for a good write-up on the history of the area

Contacts

Shared By:

Charles Behnken

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Photos

Alpine Lookout (also once part of the grounds of Rio Vista)
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Clifftop parapet, once part of Manuel Rionda’s “Rio Vista.”
Nov 13, 2017 near Tenafly, NJ
Rock steps on Shore Trail
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Foundation remains of “Cliff Dale,” the c. 1911 summer estate of George Zabriskie, on "Millionaire's Row".
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Foundation remains of Foker mansion on "Millionaire's Row". (Alpine boat basin below. Yonkers across the Husdon River)
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Kearney House at bottom of Palisades at Alpine Picnic area. It has been a Hudson River homestead, a riverfront tavern, a police station, and a “historic shrine, and it is rumored British Gen Conwallis stayed here.
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ

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