Albany, New York

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Albany

  • Haines Falls, New York

    Kaaterskill Falls

    4.5
    2.57 mi / 719 ft gain
    Although this is a super short hike, it is definitely a tough one! The quick, steep climb is totally worth it once you reach the 260 foot cascade and pool at the end. Hike along the trail, hugging Spruce Creek all the way to the falls. If you hike in the spring, the creek and the falls will be ra...
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  • Stockbridge, Massachusetts

    Laura's Tower and Ice Glen

    5.0
    2.4 mi / 676 ft gain
    You will park at the end of Park Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  From the parking are you will cross a beautiful bridge over the Housatonic River.  The trail crosses railroad tracks and immediately begins to climb into the woods.  You will reach a split in the trail, a left will take you...
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  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts

    Hike Monument Mountain

    4.0
    2 mi / 720 ft gain
    At 1642 feet (with a total elevation gain of 720 feet), Squaw Peak is a great spot to see both Mt Greylock along the Vermont border, and the Catskills in New York. There are several trail options here to get to the summit, but no matter which combination you choose, you can keep your trip under ...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike to Huckleberry Point

    4.5
    4.5 mi / 644 ft gain
    This is a 4.5 mile hike that is great for hikers of all skill levels. Because it is short and not overly difficult, beginners will enjoy this hike. There are some steep sections that will get your heart pumping, though, and a stunning payoff is waiting for you at the end.From the trailhead, follo...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike to Plattekill Falls

    0.5 mi / 137 ft gain
    Just outside of Elka Park, New York, Plattekill Falls is accessible from Albany and New York City alike. This is a great hike for families and all skill levels. The falls are spectacular year-round, but the best time to visit is in the spring.  From the trailhead, walk left past the red house unt...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike Twin Mountain

    6 mi / 1586 ft gain
    The DEC Parking lot, is located at the very end of a dead end, along Prediger Rd. Start at the trail head to the right of the trail kiosk and sign in sheet. The trail starts out very easy going as you approach the base of Twin. At mile 0.25, you’ll hit a junction where you’ll turn RIGHT towards T...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike Indian Head Summit via Jimmy Dolan Notch Overlook

    4.9 mi / 1512 ft gain
    The view from the summit of this hike is incredible. Bring a sack lunch and a camera - you'll want to stay for a while! This trail is open for use year-round and provides great snowshoeing in the winter and fabulous wildflowers in the spring and summer. This is also a great location for birding!
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Devil's Path to Devil's Tombstone

    5.0
    11.9 mi / 4475 ft gain
    The Eastern half of Devil's Path has four major summits: Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf and Plateau. Each summit is a straight climb up and down, then back up to as much as 3,900 ft. There are some sparse sections of level ground, but most is a steep descent uphill or steep slide downhill. Your ...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Devil's Path in the Catskills

    22.04 mi / 7733 ft gain
    Devil's Path is roughly more than 24 miles long, althought it feels like an eternity of milage. Going thru the summits of Indian head, Twin, Sugarloaf, Plateau, Hunter, and Westkill Mountains. Its brutal. Its painful, Its unique. Be prepared for anything and everything. You will encounter wild l...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Camp at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Catskills

    4.0
    6 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Begin by parking at the end of Mink Road in Elka Park (GPS:N42 08.593, W74 09.479). It will be a .7 mile hike to camp. Follow the rocky woods road to the junction where there is a SPRING sign. Continuing straight will take you to the water source. If you do not need water, turn left when you see ...
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  • Shaftsbury, Vermont

    Hike Around Lake Shaftsbury

    1.3 mi / 42 ft gain
    Lake Shaftsbury State Park is a small park in Southern Vermont between Bennington and Manchester. It is well-loved by locals as swimming spot in the summer, especially for families with kids.  Less well known is the nature trail that meanders around the perimeter of the lake. While only a mile in...
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  • Copake, New York

    Bash Bish Falls from Taconic State Park

    1.53 mi / 167 ft gain
    Bash Bish Falls from Taconic State Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Copake, New York.
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  • Savoy, Massachusetts

    Tannery Falls Loop

    0.54 mi / 135 ft gain
    The hike to Tannery Falls may be a little confusing, I'll clear it up for you before you even go there! To get to The falls you will travel down a dirt road that isn't very well maintained during the winter. As you keep driving down the dirt road you will notice a pond , which means you are almos...
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  • Mount Washington, Massachusetts

    Bash Bish Falls

    4.2
    0.75 mi / 295 ft gain
    One of my favorite walks to a spectacular falls. The trail is easy to follow and one mile from NY parking lot and 0.5 from the parking lot. The apparent place to swim. There are several very nice, family safe swimmable pools in the creek above and after the falls. There are signs at the top of t...
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  • Great Barrington, Massachusetts

    Mt. Wilcox and Beartown Mountain Trail Loop

    5.0
    9.29 mi / 981 ft gain
    Mt. Wilcox and Beartown Mountain Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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  • Woodford, Vermont

    Woodford State Park Loop

    2.41 mi / 203 ft gain
    A great loop for the summer, Woodford is also amazing when winter winter comes to the State Park. It also comes earlier than just about anywhere else in Southern Vermont. At 2,400 feet above sea level, this is an easy spot to find winter without spending a fortune at the local ski resorts. Woodfo...
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