Off the Beaten Path: Hiking the Hudson Valley – Schunemunk

Three guys hiking up a red rock of a mountain with green trees surrounding and blue skies above - image by phil coffman www.unsplash.com“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”     –Aristotle

If the rat race of life has you spinning ten different plates and you are finding yourself aching for some peace and serenity, we have the answer….nature. An escape into the mountains of the Hudson Valley may be exactly what you need to relax, unwind, and maybe even find yourself again. We have guests asking us all of the time about the best places to go hiking so we figured with summer around the corner we’d provide a “Hiking the Hudson Valley” blog series. Each week we’ll focus on a different region and set of trails to conquer along with some tips and tricks to help your adventures be even better.

So, are you ready? Let’s go! First up we’ve got some information about Schunemunk Mountain State Park. Schunemunk is the highest mountain in Orange County, where our bed and breakfast is located. With an elevation of 1,664 feet, it can be seen from many different areas. Over the years it has become a very popular destination for adventurers and nature lovers as the hiking trails have been established.

This is a great place for our guests to hike as these trails are close to our inn, however we do want to note that the hikes here are all labeled as strenuous and are longer in length. Below we have some of the most popular hikes, including distance from the inn and length of hike. If you are up for a challenge these hikes are definitely worth the effort as they offer some incredible views of the Hudson Valley and many lead to some pretty waterfalls.

Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Otterkill Road – 2 miles away – 8.5 miles long

Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Jessup, Western Ridge and Dark Hollow Trails – 4 miles away – 8.2 miles long

Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Jessup, Western Ridge and Sweet Clover Trails – 4 miles away – 7.5 miles long

Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Sweet Clover, Jessup and Dark Hollow Trails – 4 miles away – 6.5 miles long

Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Dark Hollow, Jessup and Western Ridge Trails – 4 miles away – 9 miles long        

Long Path on Schunemunk Mountain – 8 miles away – 7 miles long

Come mid-week or over the weekend – we would love to be your hosts for a hiking getaway this spring or summer. Be sure to mention your hiking plans when you arrive, as we will provide you with a special Hikers Backpack full of snacks and water for your journey. Book online today or contact us anytime for further information.

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