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Pocantico Park Loop

Intermediate
 4.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Hike deep into Briarcliff's largest park, featuring rugged terrain and elevation changes that make it a fun challenge!


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Loop

399' 122 m

High

231' 70 m

Low

180' 55 m

Up

180' 55 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

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

Overview

This hike covers the two existing trails within the Village of Briarcliff Manor's Pocantico Park. Watch for new trails and connections coming soon!

Need to Know

Parking is on the side of Laurel Lane in Briarcliff Manor.

Description

Starting out at the trailhead on Laurel Lane, you'll actually descend to the junction with the park's Yellow Trail. Stay left and follow the Yellow Trail as it gently climbs toward scenic vistas at the top of the hill. Fall and winter are especially beautiful times of year to visit.

Descend from the summit and take a left to return on the Red Trail. There is a steep descent on this trail that leads you toward, and then along the Pocantico River. Further down the trail, there is a hand-operated floating dock system that acts as a ferry connecting Briarcliff's Pocantico Park with Westchester County's Pocantico Lake Park to the south.

This loop finishes with a steep, but short climb, that brings you back up to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Henry Jamin

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Boggy pond with lots of damsel flies.
Jun 28, 2020 near Briarcl…, NY
Pocantico Park Trailhead on Laurel Lane
Oct 2, 2019 near Briarcl…, NY

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