Nickolis Irby

Gertrude's nose offers great views of the Hudson Valley. This hike is especially stunning during fall.

Best view in the gunks, but not for the adventurous or frugal type

The view from Skytop Tower really has no parallel in the Gunks. If you are visiting the area for just one day and are looking for the perfect hike, this is the one. However, keep in mind it is expensive to visit the mountain house: $22 as of writing this. And as far as adventures go, this one might feel like it has some training wheels on. You practically drive to the mountain house, and there are signs, stairs, and usually people everywhere from the moment you arrive until you leave. However, this only applies if you are entering the resort through the main entrance by car. There are ways to hike in for a much lower cost (or even free, depending on the weekend) if you are willing and able to invest the time. I will have an adventure up soon that will explain how to do this. In the meantime, if you need information on how to do this, feel free to shoot me a message. Overall: Perfect if you don't mind the cost and want an easy stroll to beautiful views. If you are looking for more of an adventure, keep moving.