Hook Mountain - Trail, Upper Nyack, York

Hook Mountain - Trail, Upper Nyack, York

DESCRIPTION

Rocky, rooty singletrack track follows the edge of a cliff overlooking the hudson river. Exposure. Some hike-a-bike, but the riding and view are worth it. I think it's the most challenging terrain in the NYC area.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2010]
2lo
Weekend Warrior

Sorry if this review isnt a professional review.

Im new to mountain biking and my first trail was this one. I took it from Haverstraw to Nyack. Its about 6 miles long, with some nice views of the Hudson River.

It has a few larger hills (large to me since this is my first trail), path is well kept. There is also a path that will lead you to Rockland Lake in the middle.

Customer Service

Haverstraw down to Nyack Beach

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jul 20, 2009]
mmafreak22
Weekend Warrior

***not a review***
can someone tell me where the single track part of this trail is? does anyone have a map of the single track? because everything i rode was a fireroad and the only sections i saw was single track is when the fireroad became narrow for about 15 feet. i would like to explore this trail again if i can find the single track part. thanks!

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3
VALUE
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3
[May 26, 2008]
jayroda82
Cross Country Rider

tough it up the powerline trails then cut into the woods where you will find enjoyable singletrack with inclines. . . declines . . all while paralleling the hudson river. Just got back from the ride and will resent now having to go to work on such a beautiful day. There are rock patches, some downed trees, tight corners and other obstacles that can classify this ride as "technical", dont need to be an expert XC rider to enjoy this ride but being in somewhat decent shape wont hurt. Hope this helped a little.

Customer Service

Run a mapquest search for Tilcon mining quary. Once you have that, if you are south of Tilcon on 9W, head north toward Tilcon on 9w north. You will see Tilcon's sign on the left hand side and directly across 9w from the sign in a small pull off with a powerline service road blocked by a locked metal gate. Thats where you start. Couple hundred feet in, it will fork one going slightly uphill to the right and the other downhill to the left with crushed stone. . go right. Hop on the powerline trail until you make it to the top where you will see a green circular NJ power co. tag. At the top of the powerline trail with your back facing the way you came, make a left onto the actual trail and off the powerlines. Few side notes that I had to work out trying to find this for my first time. 1) if you feel uncomfortable parking where police could potentially tow your car, go a 1/4 miles up and there is a pull over on your right for free roadside public parking. 2) If your TomTom Gps is as stubborn as mine, you will come up with "NO POI FOUND" and be discouraged for both Nyack state park and Hooks Mountain State park. Thats why I started with the recommendation of mapquesting Tilcon. C YA.

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Go up by stewart airport, youll have fun there.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 21, 2006]
burning heart
Cross Country Rider

i usually park near rockland lake and warm up around the lake, before i venture out near the fire house, to the hook mtn trailhead, if you start @ nyack beach its all people walking very impersonal, the other way gets you to the trail directly start shredding the beautiful singletrack with a view to kill, the conditions are awesome, not overgrown lots of wild life (deer, snakes you name it)

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clauseland, all of California

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Jun 30, 1999]
Thad

This trail rules. Rolly, flowing singletrack in some places. Ultra tech rock gardens and X-crossed log hops in others. Great view. Riding literally along the edge of a cliff. Compares favorably to Portal in Moab. Rocky drop-ins. All of the DH is ridable. Friggin' fun

Customer Service

I think the Nyack Beach State park entrance is best. From 287 E take the second exit after Tappan Zee bridge. Go straight off exit, towards the river. Turn left on Broadway. Go to the end of B'way. That's Nyack Beach. From 287 W, take last exit b4 TZ bridge. Take first left at light onto rte 59/main st. Go 4 lights, take left of Broadway. Go straight til Nyack Beach.
Ride north on wide bike path along for about 8 miles. It's a good warm up. The bike path comes to a Y halfway thru. Left will take you up to rockland lake and the trail you'll be riding. Go RIGHT. Bike path ends in Haverstraw. Ride the road a bit, past the Tilcon rock quarry. Take a left up the main road. You'll come to a light/railroad crossing. Take a left on the railroad tracks. Ride the railway south for about a 1/2 mile. Keep you're eyes open for a trail going up to the right. It's super-steep, hike-a-bike for a bit. It turns into loose rock. At the peak of the climb, look for single track to your left. NOW THE FUN BEGINS. There are actually two entrances that meet up a short while into the trail, the second higher up one is better. Now ride! fun, fun, fun. Past the cliffside lookout a little bit, there will be a fork. Go left. You'll soon pass a small family cemetary and come to a road. This is the road you passed on the bikepath along the river. If you're beat and bleeding, go left down the road back to the path to your car. If you're game for more riding, cross the road into the trail on the other side. There's a bit of hike-a-bike climb early on, but you'll soon be riding along the edge of the cliff for a half mile. It's sick. After the cliffside ride, one of the most technical DHs around here awaits. Eventually the trail widens up into a groomed double track. As soon as it does, look for a green trail marker to your left. This trail empties onto Midland ave. Take a left. Ride 100ft to the end, take a right, downhill. Take left at the bottom. Nyack Beach Parking lot should be right in front of you

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 08, 1999]
Bob

I broke my collarbone on this trail. Endoed off one of the rocky drop-ins. I cut my face open riding down the first hikabike climb once you get on the singletrack. It's called "stitches".
The Hook and I have a painful relationship. It kicks my ass and I love it.

Customer Service

route above is good. I other direction is fun for a change, with a couple of VERY fun sections, but has too many hikabike climbs.

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5
VALUE
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[Sep 07, 1999]
Oliver

The trail is challenging because its so technical: roots, rocks and short, steep climbs. Watch the turns near the cliffs though, its a long way down! The trickiness of the trail and hiking sections make it difficult to get into any kind of rythm. However, if you like views of the Hudson, you'll like this trail.

Customer Service

There aren't too many ways to go on this trail. Start near the firehouse, start the steep climb, then follow single track and trek your way through the hike-a-bike section. If you keep going, you end up near route 9 and can head back towards Nyack on the road.

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It's a bit further north and most of it is illegal too, however, Harriman State Park is worth a try!

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2
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[Jul 13, 2000]
George

New section off Route 9W can get you to the top or down from Firehouse entrance. Directly across from Brittany Ct. (middle of 9W hill, north side) is a new trail marked with orange streamers. Goes over hill, next to Golf (STAY OFF GOLF COURSE!), and up old road to top trail. This trail is not for the everyday rider. A few good hill sections and a muddy stream to cross. Use it, don't abuse it. Thanks.

Customer Service

New sections opening.

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3
VALUE
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[Jun 25, 2002]
Joe

The path by the river is very mellow and a nice quick ride. On the other hand, the upper section is very overgrown. The first posted review describes entering the upper section and riding along the cliff. Due to the high grass and other debris in the section under the power lines, I couldn't find the entrance to that part of the path. I ended up diving into the woods and locating a trail marked with green squares on the trees. I was happy to find the trail, but it kicked my butt. I ended up hiking more than I rode my bike. I have an increased amount of respect for people that can bike this intense of a trail. Lots of trees down in the path, overgrown grass covering lots of hidden rocks, steep uphill climbs consisting totally of rock...a very difficult trail. (but then again, I'm not even sure if I was on the right trail!) I ended up at the parking lot for the Rockland Lake Golf Course and made a hasty exit to some paved roads that I could handle.

Customer Service

I start at the Nyack State Beach entrance and take the gravel path along the river. It eventually turns to an uphill paved path. At that point, take the right through the rocks and down the blocked off path. There are some sections with pretty bad erosion, but still plenty of path to make it around safely. From there it's dirt paths up to Haverstraw. The second section that goes on top of the cliffs is still confusing to me.

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Don't know any other. I'm new to the area.

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RATING
3
VALUE
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[Oct 02, 2002]
Christopher

It's a great trail although sections have been washed out by hurricane Floyd in '99 (which makes it more interesting). The terrain is not too tough but has some good hills. Watch your head as you ride under fallen trees. If you like hills stay to the left at the fork which brings you to the State Park Police sub-station and up a difficult climb past the Rockland Lake Firehouse to Rockland Lake State Park. Try to avoid riding on weekends due to the large amount of hikers, joggers and dog walkers.

Customer Service

Start either at Nyack Beach State Park and bear right at the fork onto the roped-off section and straight through to Haverstraw or the reverse starting at Tilcon Rock Quary.

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Ringwood, NJ.

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4
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