Snake Hill Loop from Crystal Lake

September 11, 2022 – Newburgh, NY

Problem: Reasonable

Size: Roughly 3.5 miles

Max elevation: 705 ft.– whole elevation achieve roughly 670 ft.

Route sort: Circuit

Free map: Snake Hill Trail Map 2022 – Scenic Hudson

Trailhead parking: Crystal Lake, Temple Ave. – Newburgh, NY

Parking is on the market for about 6-8 automobiles – No restrooms on website

Crystal Lake and Snake Hill are Carry-in/Carry-out areas

Particulars on a hike to Snake Hill through totally different a route:


Overview:

Snake Hill is an area landmark that provides sweeping views of the Hudson River and surrounding panorama from its summit. The ridgeline of Snake Hill was privately-owned till not too long ago when possession was transferred to Scenic Hudson, who manages the property as an unimproved nature protect. The Hill straddles the Metropolis of Newburgh/City of New Windsor border and is flanked on its northwestern slope by Crystal Lake, an 8-acre pond that was as soon as the centerpiece of a public park, and the smaller Miller’s Pond. A small Jewish cemetery resides on the western slope of the Hill. Other than Scenic Hudson’s parcel, the possession of those three sources is predominantly municipal.

Snake Hill rises 700 toes above the Hudson River and is the very best elevation alongside Newburgh’s boundary with the City of New Windsor. Snake Hill is the dominant characteristic of the panorama surrounding Newburgh and New Windsor.

Snake Hill as viewed from Denning's Point - 2022

Snake Hill as considered from Denning’s Level – 2022

Snake Hill as viewed from Mount Beacon - 2016

Snake Hill as considered from Mount Beacon – 2016

It drops off precipitously to the east, giving unobstructed views of the Hudson River, the East Hudson Highlands, the cities of Newburgh and New Windsor, Pollepel Island to the southeast, and Storm King Mountain to the south.

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill


Historical past:

As soon as named Muchattoes Hill (A lot-Hattoos, A lot-Hattoes), which loosely translated means dangerous or evil small hill. In native nomenclature the hill has lengthy been referred to as Snake Hill from the abundance of rattlesnakes that inhabited it, although few have been seen there lately.

On the summit of Snake Hill there’s a rock outcrop known as “Spy Rock.” In response to the Historic Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, “Legends say native Indians after which colonial militia used the excessive level to observe exercise on the Hudson.”

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

Throughout the American Revolution, patriots stored a sign fireplace in readiness atop Snake Hill to warn surrounding communities of a British invasion upriver.

Though the land didn’t face any menace of improvement, Scenic Hudson felt it was value completely defending and the chance to take action arose. Scenic Hudson paid $1.06 million for 95 acres, comprising the majority of Snake Hill, in 2004.

The paths have been constructed from 2017-2018 (completed in spring of 2018) by Scenic Hudson and volunteers. Scenic Hudson maintains the paths, once more with volunteer assist.

Because of Reed Sparling, Author and Scenic Hudson Historian for offering the knowledge on its historical past.


Trails Overview:

There are three marked trails on the map and a paved street that cuts via the middle of the property. There are additionally some unmarked “social” trails as properly. The official trails are properly marked and comparatively simple to comply with, though they will use an additional blaze or two at a few turns.

Snake Hill Trail Map - 2022

Snake Hill Path Map – 2022

The paths are marked with Scenic Hudson spherical plastic discs in varied colours.

Snake Hill - Scenic Hudson

Snake Hill – Scenic Hudson

The Yellow Path, travels via the Metropolis of Newburgh property and is marked with painted rectangular blazes. The Scenic Hudson path map solely reveals the spur that results in the view.

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill


Hike Overview:

I’ve been seeing photos posted on social media of the marvelous views from Snake Hill for a couple of years. Since there’s extraordinarily restricted info on-line in regards to the trails, and no path map obtainable till not too long ago, it remained a hidden gem. Then I got here throughout a Fb publish about Snake Hill from Scenic Hudson. I requested a path map and so they added one on their web site. That made it a simple selection for a go to.

On the day that we hiked Snake Hill, it was overcast and rain was predicted. A couple of drops fell on us that day, however not sufficient to remove from the enjoyment of the hike. We drove virtually one hour from the Decrease Hudson Valley and it was properly value it. The attract of the wide-ranging views from Snake Hill is that I bought to see loads of the Hudson Highlands that I’ve beforehand hiked.

Panoramic view from Snake Hill

Panoramic view from Snake Hill

This loop hike is on the decrease finish of the “reasonable” scale. There are specific steep areas on the Blue Path, however for essentially the most half, the Blue Path climbs Snake Hill steadily. The Yellow Path descends steeply in elements, however totally on a paved street.

Snake Hill Loop

Snake Hill Loop

elevation profile - Snake Hill Loop

elevation profile – Snake Hill Loop


The Hike:

This hike begins on the Crystal Lake Trailhead the place there’s a small lot with room for about 5-6 autos. The Pink Path begins simply previous the break up rail fence and bollards. I didn’t discover any crimson markers in the beginning, however they do seem slightly farther in. The Pink Path runs alongside the japanese shore of Crystal Lake, which on the day that we visited, was lined with Blue-green algae.

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake

Neighborhood Backyard at Crystal Lake.

Community Garden - Crystal Lake

Neighborhood Backyard – Crystal Lake

Proceed on the Pink Path and you need to begin seeing the plastic spherical markers on the bushes. In about 0.3-mile, the Pink Path reaches Snake Hill Cemetery, a Jewish graveyard that dates again to the 1800’s.

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Simply to the left of the cemetery on a tree, are three pale yellow blazes marking the beginning of the Yellow Path. That will probably be your return route, however for now, proceed forward on the Pink Path. In about one other 250 yards, the Pink Path ends at a junction with the Blue Path proper on the northeast finish of Miller’s Pond, which is totally lined in Blue-green algae.

Snake Hill Cemetery

Snake Hill Cemetery

Snake Hill Cemetery

Snake Hill Cemetery

Snake Hill Cemetery

Snake Hill Cemetery

Red Trail - Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Bear left on the Blue Path which travels on a woods street alongside Miller’s Pond which is seen via the bushes on the suitable.

Turn left on Blue Trail

Flip left on Blue Path

Turn left on Blue Trail

Flip left on Blue Path

In about 100 yards or so, the Blue Path turns left, leaving the woods street. This flip is simple to overlook. We walked proper by it and needed to again observe. The Blue Path now begins to ascend Snake Hill on switchbacks, passing an assortment of attention-grabbing trying boulders alongside the way in which.

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

In a couple of mile from the beginning of the Blue Path, it turns left on a paved entry street for about 60 toes, then turns proper on a footpath, leaving the street.

Turn left on paved road

Flip left on paved street

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

The Blue Path climbs to the southeast fringe of the ridge, slightly below the summit. Right here the Blue Path turns left, however you need to flip proper leaving the Blue Path and comply with the White Path for about 300 yards to a southeast-facing viewpoint.

Blue Trail - Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Turn right on White Trail

Flip proper on White Path

White Trail - Snake Hill

White Path – Snake Hill

White Trail - Snake Hill

White Path – Snake Hill

View southeast from White Trail - Snake Hill

View southeast from White Path – Snake Hill

From this spot you possibly can see Breakneck Ridge (left) and Storm King Mountain (proper) which kind the northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. Sugarloaf Mountain is simply to the left of Breakneck with Pollepel Island and Bannerman Fort simply in entrance of it within the Hudson River.

View southeast from White Trail - Snake Hill

View southeast from White Path – Snake Hill

View southeast from White Trail - Snake Hill

View southeast from White Path – Snake Hill

Trying immediately throughout the Hudson River, the 2 excessive factors are North Beacon Mountain (1,526 ft.) with its communications towers and South Beacon Mountain (1,611 ft.) with its fireplace tower. The lengthy knobby ridge to the suitable is Scofield Ridge. On the japanese shore of the Hudson River is Denning’s Level.

View east from White Trail - Snake Hill

View east from White Path – Snake Hill

When you find yourself finished having fun with the view, retrace your steps uphill again to the Blue Path. Simply to the suitable there’s a rock outcrop with related views as these on the White Path.

End of White Trail – Snake Hill

Finish of White Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail – Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

View southeast - Blue Trail – Snake Hill

View southeast – Blue Path – Snake Hill

View southeast - Blue Trail – Snake Hill

View southeast – Blue Path – Snake Hill

Proceed North on the Blue Path for about one other 415 toes to its terminus at a pair of benches positioned upon a big rock outcrop. This makes for an awesome place to loosen up and take within the majestic view.

Blue Trail – Snake Hill

Blue Path – Snake Hill

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

Blue Trail benches – Snake Hill

Blue Path benches – Snake Hill

When you find yourself able to proceed, stroll a brief distance on an unmarked footpath immediately behind the benches that result in the paved entry street. Flip proper on the entry street and proceed north.

Paved road - Snake Hill

Paved street – Snake Hill

After the street passes a communications tower, it’s now not paved.

Access road - Snake Hill

Entry street – Snake Hill

Quickly, the street involves a gate with one other communication tower simply past on the left. You at the moment are leaving Scenic Hudson property and getting into property owned by the Metropolis of Newburgh. Proceed downhill on the paved street previous the gate for about 400 toes.

Access road - Snake Hill

Entry street – Snake Hill

Access road - Snake Hill

Entry street – Snake Hill

Access road - Snake Hill

Entry street – Snake Hill

Search for a large footpath on the suitable, simply previous phone pole #38 (phone pole #37 is immediately throughout from the path) that leads uphill. Despite the fact that chances are you’ll not see any blazes, that is the route of the Yellow Path that’s proven on the path map. Observe this path for about 360 toes to a different viewpoint.

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail viewpoint – Snake Hill

Yellow Path viewpoint – Snake Hill

Right here the panorama is extra in depth, with views north in addition to south. The Beacon waterfront and the East Hudson Highlands might be seen throughout the river. The historic structure of Newburgh is seen down beneath to the north with the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge simply past.

Yellow Trail viewpoint – Snake Hill

Yellow Path viewpoint – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail viewpoint – Snake Hill

Yellow Path viewpoint – Snake Hill

View south from the Yellow Path.

Yellow Trail viewpoint – Snake Hill

Yellow Path viewpoint – Snake Hill

When you find yourself able to proceed, retrace your steps again to the paved entry street and switch proper. You could begin to see painted yellow blazes on the bushes. This part of the Yellow Path is proven as an entry street on the path map. Observe the street steeply downhill for about 0.36-mile. The Yellow Path makes a pointy left activate an outdated woods street that descends steadily. This part of the Yellow Path is just not proven on the path map. There is probably not any markers indicating this flip (I don’t keep in mind seeing any), however the woods street is definitely discernible.

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Observe the woods street (Yellow Path) for about 250 yards to its terminus on the Snake Hill Cemetery. Flip proper on the Pink Path and retrace your steps again to the parking space at Crystal Lake, the place the hike started.

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Yellow Trail – Snake Hill

Yellow Path – Snake Hill

Red Trail – Snake Hill

Pink Path – Snake Hill

Crystal Lake Trailhead – Snake Hill

Crystal Lake Trailhead – Snake Hill


Evaluate:

A very nice hike that results in a few of the finest views within the Hudson Valley. The paths are properly marked and straightforward to comply with. Solely noticed one particular person all through all the hike on the day that we visited. The one factor destructive that may be stated, is that the realm round Crystal Lake is slightly run-down and I observed what gave the impression to be a homeless encampment within the woods simply off the Pink Path. I wouldn’t depart something of worth within the automobile or in plain sight. That is an space that one ought to most likely not hike alone. Aside from that, a hike value doing only for the views.

Professionals:

Beautiful Hudson River Valley views, properly marked trails, not a lot foot site visitors.

Cons:

Trailhead is in an industrial space and seems slightly sketchy.


Take a hike!

Snake Hill Loop

Snake Hill Loop


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