Vroman’s Nose Trail

A short moderate loop that climaxes at a stunning series of outrageously scenic ledges.

Hike Length: 1.6 miles (2.57 km)

Total Ascent: 400ft (122m)

Intensity: Moderate Catskills Hike

Route Type: Loop

Includes: Blazed Trail

Parent Vroman’s Nose

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Vroman’s Nose, Northern Catskills, in the fog

Vroman’s Nose

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 A delightful, short, moderate loop.

Hiking Trail Description

This short moderate loop over Vroman’s Nose is one of the most popular hikes in The Catskills—for all the best hiking reasons.

Even on a cloudy day with patchy views, the views of the incredible Schoharie Valley below—wide, flat, and richly agricultural — are some of the most unusual and striking views in the whole of New York State.

The valley below is geologically fascinating, and even the drive through the towns of Schoharie and Middleburgh feels special. This is an absolutely remarkable part of New York State.

There are several places to begin your hike Vroman’s Nose. I hope to try them all. The route shown on this trail guide is the classic route, which is easiest on the legs.

This hike is one of the most rewarding short hikes you can do in the entire Hudson Valley.

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Vroman’s Nose Hiking Trail

The Vroman’s Nose hiking trail includes…

  • A quick ascent
  • Multiple scenic ledges
  • Dangerous cliff edges
  • Peregrine falcon nesting sites

Vroman’s Nose Elevation gain

The elevation gain for this hike is just 400 feet (apx 120 meters).

Vroman’s Nose Hike Time

Allow 1-2 hours for this hike, depending on how long you want to spend hanging out on the ledges. Monitor pets and small children closely at the cliffy sections.

Vertigo to Go?

Warning: the main cliff edge, here, is very cliffy. While the summit is safe to walk, the drop-off itself is sheer. The valley floor is far below, and one has a strong sense of flying or falling.

On Nov. 12, 2023, at 3:35 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance in the rescue of a hiker experiencing a panic attack at the summit of Vroman’s Nose. It’s definitely a fun one.

Peregrine Falcon Nesting Sites

Each year, a small section of this trail is closed and rerouted away from the nesting area of peregrine falcons which are an endangered species. Please respect the signage you may see here February 1 – July 31. The short detour is lovely.

Vroman’s Nose Trail Notes & Gallery

After about 1000 feet of Entrance Trail, turn right at the first junction

Loop junction at Vroman’s Nose
Loop junction

Ignore the Crossover Trail to your left on the way up.

The first ledge is only a teaser, so keep climbing…

Vroman’s Nose ledges
First ledge at Vroman’s Nose

On this day, the second ledge wasn’t up to much either…

Vroman’s Nose
Sean at Vroman’s Nose

You may notice some aquamarine-colored Long Path trail blazes on this route…

Vroman’s Nose
Long Path blazes on Vroman’s Nose

The higher you get, the more the views begin to open up…

Vroman’s Nose view
The drama begins

The cliff top is pretty sheer…

view from Vroman’s Nose
Dizzying view from Vroman’s Nose

The Dance Floor

Make your way to a massive, gorgeous ledge known as The Dance Floor. (You can read about its geology at The Catskill Geologist.) This is an amazing location for a picnic. The views are incredible…

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I can’t wait to revisit Vroman’s Nose — on a clear day!

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large lot for very popular destination.

Google Maps Location: 42.594722, -74.358407

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Very weak signal in parking area. Good signal up high. My network is Verizon. YMMV.