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The Best Backpacking in Schenectady

Looking for the best backpacking in Schenectady? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Schenectady. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Schenectady

  • Corinth, New York

    Grant Mountain

    7.8 mi / 1831 ft gain
    Grant Mountain is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Corinth, New York.
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  • Windham, New York

    Backpack the Catskill's Escarpment Trail

    32.4 mi / 8000 ft gain
    The Escarpment Trail runs the length of the Catskill Escarpment. The Escarpment rises steeply from the valley below forming the northeast corner of the Catskill Mountains. It offers great views toward the Adirondack Mountains to the north and the great Hudson River to the east. The trail is moder...
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  • Maplecrest, New York

    Escarpment Trail to Elm Ridge Shelter

    11.06 mi / 2831 ft gain
    Escarpment Trail to Elm Ridge Shelter is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Acra, New York.
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  • New Ashford, Massachusetts

    Saddle Ball Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    7.66 mi / 1604 ft gain
    Saddle Ball Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cheshire, Massachusetts.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts

    Mount Prospect, Mount Williams, and Mount Greylock Loop via Appalachian Trail

    13.37 mi / 4652 ft gain
    Mount Prospect, Mount Williams, and Mount Greylock Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near North Adams, Massachusetts.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts

    Appalachian Trail: North Adams (Eph's Lookout) to Harmon Hill and Bennington

    4.51 mi / 1427 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: North Adams (Eph's Lookout) to Harmon Hill and Bennington is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts

    Bernard Farm Trail

    3.53 mi / 1178 ft gain
    Bernard Farm Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near North Adams, Massachusetts.
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  • North Adams, Massachusetts

    Bellows Pipe Trail to Ragged Mountain

    4.52 mi / 942 ft gain
    Bellows Pipe Trail to Ragged Mountain is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near North Adams, Massachusetts.
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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Escarpment Trail

    22.06 mi / 4797 ft gain
    Escarpment Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Jewett, New York.
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  • Haines Falls, New York

    Kaaterskill Falls, South Mountain, and North Point Loop

    10.48 mi / 1942 ft gain
    Kaaterskill Falls, South Mountain, and North Point Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Haines Falls, New York.
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  • Cheshire, Massachusetts

    The Cobbles via Appalachian Trail

    1.64 mi / 738 ft gain
    The Cobbles via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Cheshire, Massachusetts.
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  • West Kill, New York

    Southwest Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Road

    6.88 mi / 1670 ft gain
    Southwest Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Road is an out-and-back trail that is accessible year-round (and may require snowshoes or microspikes in winter) located near West Kill, New York.
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  • West Kill, New York

    Hunter, Leavitt and Rusk Bushwhack Loop

    10.88 mi / 3104 ft gain
    Hunter, Leavitt and Rusk Bushwhack Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near West Kill, New York.
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike the Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch

    6.6 mi / 2135 ft gain
    This challenging hike is a great workout for anyone wanting to see panoramic views of the entire Catskill region. This portion of the Sugarloaf Mountain trail offers incredible views of Plateau Mountain and Twin Mountain. To get to the top, hikers must be willing to do some scrambling up rocks. 
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Hike the Mink Hollow Devil's Path Loop Trail

    14.3 mi / 5144 ft gain
    This trail begins gradually by following a fork of the Beaverkill River, leading you to an uphill climb to Sugarloaf Mountain. You will then pick up the Devil's Path. Just before you reach the summit, you'll see a short side trail that leads to an incredible view of the High Peaks. This trail is ...
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  • Elka Park, New York

    Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail

    9.1 mi / 3241 ft gain
    Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Elka Park, New York.
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