Sunday, March 23, 2014

Anthonys Nose Northern Approach

Hudson Highlands State Park/
Camp Smith Military Reservation
Putnam and Westchester Counties,
New York

Total Time:
1:20 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.1 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult, though difficult ice conditions
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points of Interest: Anthony's Nose View
Pros: Good climb and excellent view
Cons: Camp Smith Trail on the northern part of Anthony's Nose is an old dirt road

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Camp Smith Trail: Blue blaze

Hiking Partner:
Debbie Koegel

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

I had not been to Anthony's Nose in several years, so I was due a visit. We took the northern approach to the summit, but the southern approach is a better hike. Anthony's Nose is a rugged peak jutting out of the Hudson by the Bear Mountain Bridge, and the mountain has outstanding views at the top.

We parked on Route 9D after the bridge, and took the Appalachian Trail up the mountain, and at the intersection of the Camp Smith Trail, we continued on the Camp Smith Trail up to the top of the mountain. At the top we turned around and went back down the same route.

Map of the Route.
East Hudson Highlands

Debbie Climbing a Steep Icy Part on the Camp Smith Trail

Looking Across the Hudson River to Bear Mountain and Hessian Lake.
Facing West.

Looking Southwest Towards Iona Island and Dunderberg Mountain

Me in Front of Bear Mountain

Me Overlooking the Hudson

Bear Mountain Park Area

Bear Mountain Bridge and Popolopen Bridge.
Facing West.

Facing South Down the Hudson

Large Freight Trail Going on the Iona Island Rail Bridge

Helicopter Hovering Over the Popolopen Bridge.
There was an Active Search and Rescue for a Missing Person

Small Frozen Pond Along the Camp Smith Trail

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