Sunday, November 26, 2017

NJ Palisades - Englewood Boat Basin to Huylers Landing

Palisades Interstate Park
Bergen Co.
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Shore Trail: White blaze
Huyler's Landing Trail: Red blaze
Long Path: Green blaze
Dyckman Hill Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 3:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 8.6 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Pros: Peaceful walk along river and good views
Cons: Urban views and noise from highway

This is the longest stretch for a loop hike in the Jersey Palisades. The terrain and views are similar to some of the others that I have done in the past, and I wanted to cover some more of the trails along the Long Path and Shore Trail that I had not yet done. This hike, like the other hikes in this area, features dramatic diabase cliffs along the side of the Hudson River, with a pleasant walk alongside the river on the bottom, and nice views above the cliffs on top.

It was a seasonally brisk late November day, and there was surprisingly some foliage and color remaining despite the lateness in the season. I parked at the Englewood Boat Basin and Picnic Area down at the bottom of the Palisades, and went on the Shore Path northward along the side of the river towards Huylers Landing. Along the way I passed several points of interest, including Bloomers Beach,  Undercliff Dock, Canoe Beach, Powder Dock, and Lambier's Brook. All these areas are on the map but they have all since reverted to a wilderness state. Across the river was an urban view first of Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan, the Henry Hudson Bridge, the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and then the urban waterfront and downtown of Yonkers.

A short distance before Huyler's Landing is Greenbrook falls, an attractive and beautiful waterfalls with a significant amount of water despite the recent dry conditions. It is a surprisingly significant falls given its close proximity to New York City. I then continued to the Huylers Landing Trail snaking up the cliffs. At the top of the Huylers Landing Trail, I took the Long Path north parallel to the Palisades Parkway going southward. This part of the hike is very loud from the constant cars in proximity on the highway. The trail goes to the Rockefeller Lookout, which affords excellent views from the top of the cliff across the Hudson River. I continued until the Dyckman Hill Trail, which descends the cliffs by Englewood Ave while passing a different set of waterfalls along the route. The Dyckman Hill Trail ends at the Englewood Picnic Area where I had parked my car.

Map of the Route

Looking up at the Palidades Cliffs from Englewood Boat Basin

Looking Across the River to Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan

Looking North

George Washington Bridge

Boats Covered for Winter at the Boat Basin

Bloomers Beach

Shore Trail Informational Trail

Hudson River Along the Shore Path

Abandoned Run on the Shore Trail

Shore Trail Looking South

Downtown Yonkers Across the Hudson River

Late Season Foliage along the Shore Trail

View near Greenbrook Falls, Facing North

Greenbrook Falls

Greenbrook Falls, Wide Perspective

Greenwood Falls, Zoomed In

Downtown Yonkers

Huyler's Landing Trail

View from Above Cliffs

Facing South from Rockefeller Lookout

View Across the Hudson River

View Across Hudson to Henry Hudson Bridge

From Rockefeller Lookout, Facing South

Cascade along the Dyckman Hill Trail

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