Blue Mountain Reservation Summit Loop

A relaxing hike connecting moss-covered ponds to two defined summits.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
8.8 km
Ascent
292 m
Descent
292 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
32 m
High Point
203 m
Gradient
Blue Mountain Reservation Summit Loop Map

Blue Mountain Reservation is home to a massive network of trails, both for hiking and mountain biking. Roughly an hour north of NYC, it's easy to forget how close you are to such a massive metropolitan area.

Description

This loop connects the main parking lot at the pond to two large, defined peaks: Mount Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain. Either peak is accessible as an out-and-back hike, but this loop is one of the best options to connect both in one day while avoiding the most frequented mountain biking trails.

Complete this hike in either direction. The northern portion of the loop follows the Dickey Brook Trail. Enjoy its calming waters and picturesque flora and fauna in this corner of the park. Wildlife also abounds in the area—keep an eye out for the often camouflaged deer that graze there.

A moderately challenging hiking-only trail leads to the summit of Blue Mountain in one of the most tranquil parts of the park. Though there are no defined views, pack a lunch and enjoy it atop the calming summit.

Spitzenberg Mountain is accessible by an out-and-back on the Sitting Duck Trail. A short spur leads to a rocky outcropping, awarding some partial views to the Hudson River Below.

Know that Blue Mountain Reservation is home to countless trails and it is easy to become disoriented or confused at times. Though a free park map is available, many of the intersections—and even some additional trails—are unmarked. Follow this route closely to avoid ending up on the wrong trails.

Sources: https://parks.westchestergov.com/blue-mountain-reservation

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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