Where to Hike in New York in June

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view from balsam lake fire tower of balsam forest below

View from Balsam Lake Fire Tower

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Wondering about where to hike in New York? This guide, hand-curated and updated monthly, will inspire you to explore New York’s best hiking trails.

New York isn’t just about its bustling city life; it’s also a hiker’s paradise with diverse terrains that range from lush forests to rugged mountains. Whether you’re a novice walker or a seasoned trekker, this guide provides you with the best trails New York has to offer.

I’ve categorized these hikes into easy, moderate, difficult, and challenging routes to help you find your perfect fit. Need something family-friendly? I’ve got you covered. Craving a scenic hike that will leave you reaching for your camera every step of the way? Look no further.

Each month, I’ll keep my pulse on trail conditions, scenic highlights, and hiker feedback, ensuring you have the most accurate, up-to-date information.

Embrace your adventurous spirit and let’s explore the best hikes in New York together…

Easy New York Hike

I just published this trail guide to the Cornish Estate in Cold Spring. It’s close to New York City and is such an easy hike, but it’s also super rewarding. The ruins are fantastic.

Cornish Estate Ruins, Cold Spring, NY
Cornish Estate / Northgate Ruins

There’s an option to make it 2 miles total (for the main ruins) or 4 miles total (if you want to visit a second set of ruins). This is some of the best hiking near NYC.

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Moderate New York Hike

Balsam Lake Mountain is one of the easiest Catskills High Peaks to hike, and the fire tower at the summit has one the best 360° wilderness views in the entire Catskills Park.

view from balsam lake fire tower of balsam forest below
View from Balsam Lake Fire Tower

Hooked after this hike? Check out The Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

Difficult New York Hike

The Nun-Da-Ga-O ridge is as magical as it is tough. Do not let these easy-sounding mileage and elevation stats trick you!

Nun-Da-Ga-O rock face
Solid Nun-Da-Ga-O rock fun

Looking at the contour map, you’d never guess how tough this hike is. But it’s is crazy good fun. One of my favorite hikes ever. This is one of the best hikes Upstate NY.

Hardest New York Hike

Demanding and spectacular, the Dix Range is one of the most rugged and scenic Adirondack mountain ranges.

scenic Mountain View
View from South Dix

At 16-20 miles, and with 5500 ft of elevation gain, hiking this is one of the longest and most challenging day hikes in the Adirondacks — but the rewards are absolutely insane.

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Together, let’s celebrate the thrill of hiking in beautiful New York!

Scenic Hike

Diamond Notch Falls is a short, easy mountain hike to a true Catskills gem.

two waterfalls side by side
Diamond Notch Falls

There’s also a second, more-challenging route from Diamond Notch Falls from Diamond Notch Road

Family-Friendly Hike

Baxter Mountain in the Adirondacks has one of the sweetest trails in Keene Valley. It’s also one of the most hike-able and scenic peaks in the area.

Baxter Mountain scenic view
Baxter Mountain Scenic View

I loved this hike so much. Super short. Super scenic. A great introduction to the Adirondacks.

Happy New York Hiking

There you have it, your comprehensive, month-by-month guide to the most exhilarating, scenic, and family-friendly hikes in New York. Remember, there’s always a new trail waiting to be discovered, so keep this page bookmarked and check back each month for the latest updates.

Whether you’re venturing out for a solo journey or planning a fun family excursion, this guide ensures you’re well-equipped to make the most out of your hiking experience. I strive to bring you not just routes, but curated adventures that leave you with great stories to tell.

New York’s trails are calling out to you. It’s time to strap on your hiking boots, pack your gear, and set out on an adventure that promises to captivate your senses and rejuvenate your spirit.

Happy hiking!!


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