Outstanding views of New York while hiking above and below the impressive rock face of the Palisades… with a little Revolutionary War history thrown in for good measure.
In 1776, General Cornwallis landed 5,000 British Troops at Huyler’s Landing in order to head to Fort Lee, which is south of this hike and also within Palisades Interstate Park.
5.5 miles, surface ranges from easy path to rocky trail. One decent downhill to the shoreline and then another uphill back to the upper trail, where there is considerable road noise.
- Alpine to Huyler’s Landing – start from same lot, but head north.
- More options on the park site – this is a loooong park so there are much higher mileage hike loops possible.
Our two cents: While not a truly remote wilderness experience, hiking along the Shore Trail feels far removed from city life – even with the fantastic views of New York. The Palisades offer a unique hike experience that every Jersey-area hiker should check out at least once.
Map: Nice map brochure within the Park Headquarters building and online. Topo map: Hudson Palisades Trails
Parking: N40 57.192 W73 55.259 [Alpine Park HQ]
Exit 2 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
Restrooms: Inside the Park HQ building.
Hike Directions: Overview: Long Path (TEAL) – Closter Dock (ORANGE) – Shore (WHITE) – Huyler’s Landing (RED) – Long Path (TEAL)
0.0 – Start walking down the grassy shoulder on the side of the park road, past the buildings. The trail will veer left away from the road and into the woods.
0.2 – Continue straight, following Closter Dock (ORANGE) downhill. GPS: LongPath-ORG
[The Long Path (TEAL) and Closter Dock (ORANGE) turn right, through the stone tunnel]
Part-way down the hill, a short side trail to the right leads to house ruins. GPS: RuinSideTrail
0.7 – At the bottom of the hill, Closter Dock (ORANGE) ends Shore (WHITE). Turn RIGHT, now following Shore (WHITE), along the water. Walk past the Kearney House and Alpine Boat Basin, continuing through the parking area.
It’s not really blazed in this area. To the left of where the park road goes uphill is where the Shore (WHITE) trail continues.
The trail follows close to the water, mostly in forest but with a few sandy spots of beach. There are remains of stone steps at one point.
2.3 – Arrive at Huyler’s Landing, a rather unimpressive little strip of rocks that can be walked out on to get some views down either side of the shore.
When ready, take a sharp RIGHT and start following Huyler’s Landing (RED) uphill. There are 3 red blazes on a tree. GPS: Red-ShorePath
2.6 – Huyler’s Landing (RED) turns left onto the park road for a bit, before making a RIGHT back onto a trail again.
3.0 – Huyler’s Landing (RED) ends at a T with the Long Path (TEAL). Turn RIGHT, now following the Long Path (TEAL). There is a directional sign with distances and the road is very close by. GPS: Red-LongPath
The Long Path (TEAL) follows along the top of the cliff, with the road nearby on the left, passing several viewpoints along the way.
3.4 – Nice viewpoint GPS: LongPathView
3.6 – Alpine Lookout with a large parking area. GPS: AlpineView
4.3 – Zabriskie Ruin off on the right. This is a large stone building with some crumbling stairs inside that lead to the 2nd floor. GPS: ZabriskieRuin
5.1 – Continue straight on Long Path (TEAL)/ Closter Dock (ORANGE). [Pass a tunnel on the left] GPS: ORG-LongPath
5.3 – Sharp RIGHT on Long Path (TEAL)/ Closter Dock (ORANGE). Go under the road via a tunnel and immediately turn LEFT, following the trail back to the parking lot.
(The right turn is easy to miss. You’ll end up on the paved park road if you do, which could also be followed back to the lot).