Hudson Valley, NY 17 Jul
The trailhead to Anthony’s Nose is on Rte. 9D, north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. If you are coming from the side of Bear Mountains, cross over the bridge and take a left onto Route 9D. The trail starts just past the Putnam County sign, where there are white markings to mark the beginning of the trail. Park along the side of the street, where you may see other cars already parked, and start climbing.
The actual hike is not very difficult but is mostly uphill. At the end of the white uphill path there is a junction. A right turn on the blue path will lead to the direction of Anthony’s Nose. Part of the path meets up with the famous Appalachian Trail (Trail from Georgia to Maine). While we were hiking, we encountered people with long unkempt beards and carrying large packs on their way from Georgia to Maine. Many of them took a slight detour to take in the magnificent view on Anthony’s Nose.
The blue trail is less uphill and strenuous. It is more relaxing as you near the viewing spot of Anthony’s Nose. The Rocky clearing at the top affords awesome and clear breathtaking views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, West Point and the areas across the Hudson River. The clearing is a great place to enjoy a snack or lunch before turning around and retracing your steps back down to Route 9D.
Rte. 9D, north just past the Putnam County sign.
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Monsey: 35 minutes