Distance: 3.8 miles
Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Year to date miles: 169.6
Map: East Hudson Trails Map
Parking: From Route 9D north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, turn right on Manitou Road. Turn Right on South Mountain Pass Road. It can also be reached by turning west from Route 9 on South Mountain Pass Road. The road is a long, narrow gravel road. There were actually detour/road closed signs, but we didn't have any issues driving on it. There is room for 2 cars off of the gravel road. Look for the AT blazes.
Post hike dinner: None
Directions: The Appalachian Trail (white blazed) starts at the parking area (same side of the road). Follow the blazes along a woods road. We passed a blue blazed trail early on, but keep on the AT, passing a campsite. Later, the AT turns right, and the woods road stays straight on the blue blazed camp Smith Trail. Stay straight on the Camp Smith trail. Eventually unmarked trails leave to views of the Hudson north (geodesic markers for Anthony's Nose North here), then another trail to the view of the Bear Mountain Bridge (the classic view you see in photos). The trail turns left and climbs a short way where you reach a large rock slab to another geodesic marker. If you walk towards the water here, you'll get another view of the Hudson.
|Parking area off of the road|
|The trail from the parking area|
|Which turns into a wide woods road behind the gate. The trail alternates between a wide woods road and a normal trail.|
|Classic view of the Bear Mountain Bridge from Anthony's Nose|
|Moxie at the southern geodesic marker for Anthony's Nose. One hot dog.|
|View of the Hudson River from the northern edge.|
|Another geodesic marker on a concrete slab (base of an old fire tower?)|