Anthony's Nose Trail

#2 of 11 trails in Bear Mountain State Park

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Anthony's Nose Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Cortlandt Manor, New York that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from March until November.

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Kimmy Alessio (132)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Loved this hike, the view was beautiful, there were a lot of people out there... If you cross the bear mountain bridge from the palisades stay to the left toward cold spring and you'll see a bunch of cars on the side. Park there.. The directions on here had taken me to the right

Bert B. (86)

This was our first hike for the season and beings it was a long winter we didn't get out much so needles to say we were out of shape lol, the start was a butt kicker as the incline was pretty steep but got easier as we learned to pace ourselves. Beautiful scenery and great being back outdoors.

robin wallace (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

when you all say "climb" do you mean that i should bring my rock climbing shoes and a crash pad or just that it is very steep?

Brett Bergeron (528)

15 Completed15 Reviews

Rob Mian (256)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Incredible views. Fantastic workout. Be sure to wear micro spikes if it's cold.

Jacob Fomin (78)

3 Completed2 Reviews

It was a super awesome hike. Very steep in some places but it's worth it. The view is amazing. Sometimes the blazers are confusing.

Note: If you want to go to Anthony's nose, then you have to turn to the right when the trail splits into two.

Alex B (252)

11 Completed11 Reviews

Definitely worth it. Great views of Bear Mountain, Bear Mountain Bridge, Popolopen Torne and a fantastic view north up the Hudson River from a slightly hidden, unmarked side trail.

The first half of the ascent is pretty strenuous, but not especially difficult. The rest is fairly level.

john hayes (47)

2 Completed2 Reviews

I completed this trail on 10/12/2014. Great weather, clear sunny Fall day 60's in the sun. For reference, I an 48 yr old guy, 230lbs, 6'1", carried 18 lbs pack. I am a weekend warrior when it comes to hiking at this stage of the game.

I started the hike from the Toll House as I am told it is called; it is the parking area nearest the Camp Smith entrance. The trek I took was up to Anthony's Nose and back to the toll house. The trail's first climb from the Toll House warns you of the ascents and descents to come. It is a rocky trail. You will certainly get your exercise. The trail has some confusing blazes, but it is hard to get lost. You have the road (Route 6) to your left (NW) as you proceed north and the military reservation to the right (E/SE). If you go all the way to Anthony's Nose, midway you will come out at a second parking area. From this parking area up to Anthony's nose, there are some sections of the trail which are smoother before you get to some of the rocky ascents. From this parking lot to the marker on the top of the "Nose," it is a much shorter trip than it was from the Toll House to the second parking lot. Along the route, the views will show you the Bear Mountain Bridge to the North, panning West and to the South, you will see Bear Mountain, Iona Island, and then Indian Point Nuke Facility and the Peekskill Beach. Of course between you and Bear Mountain is the Hudson River; through the haze to the south you can see NYC.

I had just come off of a hike two days before in the Anthony Wayne Rec Area. While that hike was longer, a great hike too by the way, it was surprisingly not as much of a physical challenge as this trail. Anthony's Nose will keep your hear rate up. Although I had very close black bear encounter on the Anthony Wayne Rec trail which provided its own excitement (30 ft away) just after the shelter on the blue trail. Bears can get your heart rate up too ;-).

Again, I love the cardio, something I need at this stage of the game, and the views. I saw a few folks heading in late in the day about my age wearing running shoes. I expect they were in for some ankle exercise. I think they would be better off with a cross trainer if they were going to use a sneaker at all instead of hiking boot. I'd recommend a at least a light hiking boot in any event. My two cents.

The only down side is the restriction to the trail, so you won't be doing any land navigation, compass/map. You will see moderate hiker traffic on trail which may or may not be your thing; everyone was friendly along the route. It is worth the hike if you are in the region, or a day trip to the area. There is also plenty to do in the surrounding area if the trail over or underwhelms you, though I don't think it will underwhelm anyone.

There are much more family friendly trails in the area in terms of whether or not you would want to put your children on this trail. Depending on your parentitude, you can bring kids, 8+ from the second parking lot to Anthony's Nose. I would not take 7-10 yr olds up the initial climb from the Toll House. You will have your hands full getting them safely through the first rock ascent and two other forth coming descents (which become ascents on the way back). I saw people doing it, but I don't think it worth the risk. I am pretty certain they did not know what they were getting into, and I did not have the presence of mind to inquire at the end my hike. One twisted ankle and you have 45-60lbs to carry out, never mind the unthinkable fall. If you made the trip with kids and found the Toll House entry too much, you can fall back and go to the second parking lot and walk up to the Nose from there. If that was too much, you can take the kids over to Bear Mountain across the bridge and still make a day of it at Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain Lodge, even a small zoo. Sorry, I just wanted to give the parents some options ;-).

Ashutosh Saraf (40)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Rocky, steep but fun! We completed in 2 hours.

Uma Karkala (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went out with a friend and my dog. Great hike up,although coming down, it wasn't clear with the blue markings and we ended up half a mile north of were we parked. Had to walk along the road. Nevertheless, great views on the hikes and on the walk back. Would definitely do it again and this time follow the white trail back down.