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Go Stand on Anthony's Nose



A moderate Hudson Valley Hike

Anthony's Nose is a great hike in the Hudson Highlands. It's simple to find. Parking was fine during the week. However, during the weekend, it might prove more difficult. Also, be very aware of traffic as you exit your car. Sometimes it feels like Route 9D in this area people drive like race car drivers. We parked by the Appalachian Trail on the right before the Bear Mountain Bridge.

Start walking up. There is a kiosk that had maps at one point. There were also a lot of bags of dog poop. I guess these people haven't read Ms. Abby's Guide to Trail Etiquette. 
Anthony's nose

However, once you pass the bags of poop, it becomes a steady climb of twists and turns. There are lot's of rocks to climb over. There are unmarked trails shooting off here and there. Stay on the white Appalachian trail. It will be alternating somewhat flat rocky to climbing until the old road and split off. We did adventure up an old trail to do a true rock scramble. However, it you aren't an advanced hiker, I wouldn't. Snakes can also sun on the rocks and be in the crevices. We have timber rattlesnakes and copperheads in the Hudson Valley.
However, both are considered uncommon and timber's are listed as "threatened."
Anthony's Nose
At the top, everything changes drastically. The trail opens up. Left will keep a person going north on the Appalachian Trail and right will take a person up the blue trail. So if you feel like heading to Maine, stay left. Otherwise, continue to right. Eventually, there is a pool over water. Not sure if it's a vernal pool or not. Anyways, keep climbing. It's a piece of cake from here to the summit.
Anthony's Nose

At the summit, have a snack and do the summit happy dance. There are great views and this point, do a wave at the neighboring, Bear Mountain. Feel like the mole on the tip of Anthony's Nose. After that, turn around and go back the way you came to your car.
Anthony's Nose

There is also the Camp Smith Trail which is a longer hike. However, a woman advised me to not do it as a solo female because she went by a few homeless camps. I also walked by some interesting males on the way. So for this hike, I would advise hiking in a group. 

But overall, it's a rewarding hike. It makes a person want to chase even higher summits. Feel free to read the top five everyday backpacking essentials for some affordable and practical items to bring on the hike! Hike is recommended for intermediate and advanced hikers. Not recommended for children who have very little trail under their feet. 

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