April 10, 2021 – Cortlandt, NY
Problem: Average – strenuous
Size: Roughly 3 miles
Max elevation: 910 ft. – complete elevation achieve: roughly 749 ft.
Route sort: Out and again
Trailhead parking: Anthony’s Nostril U-Bend Parking Lot – Bear Mountain Bridge Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10567 (room for about 6 automobiles)
Particulars on hikes to Anthony’s Nostril through completely different routes:
Anthony’s Nostril is a peak alongside the Hudson River on the north finish of Westchester County, New York. Along with Dunderberg Mountain, it contains the South Gate of the Hudson Highlands. The 910 ft. peak has been often called Anthony’s Nostril since no less than 1697, when the title seems on a grant patent. Pierre Van Cortlandt, who owned this mountain, mentioned it was named for a pre-Revolutionary Struggle sea captain, Anthony Hogan. This captain was reputed to have a Cyrano de Bergerac sort nostril.
Anthony’s Nostril is likely one of the extra well-liked hikes within the Hudson Valley and on weekends the automobiles are lined up alongside Route 9D as a testomony to its recognition. The brief, however steep hike to the summit provides some spectacular views up and down the Hudson River. There are a number of approaches to the summit with various levels of problem, however none are simple as a result of typically tough terrain and/or sudden elevation achieve. As a result of crowds, it is a hike higher accomplished on weekdays.
Anthony’s Nostril was strategically essential in the course of the American Revolution. The highway at its base alongside the Hudson River (current day US 202) was a choke-point within the Hudson Highlands north of Peekskill. The one wagon highway on the east facet of the Hudson River, the Albany Publish Highway, ran from NYC to Albany, and handed alongside the river right here. It could possibly be simply defended from atop the steep rock face.
Throughout 1777, George Washington ordered the development of a big chain throughout the Hudson from the shore close to Anthony’s Nostril to the other shore beneath Fort Montgomery. Though meant to maintain the British ships from passing, it didn’t work. The chain was sunk after a number of effectively positioned British cannon photographs. It was blown to bits and on October 6, 1777, the British sailed by way of the opening, destroyed Fort Structure, attacked Forts Montgomery and Clinton and sailed as much as Kingston and burned a lot of the metropolis to the bottom. Throughout April 1780, the chain was once more stretched throughout the river and brought out of the water on October 16 (after the defection of Benedict Arnold). On April 10, 1781 the chain was as soon as extra reinstalled throughout the river.
The Bear Mountain Bridge was constructed in 1924 alongside roughly the identical alignment the place the chain was laid out. An airway beacon was as soon as situated on the summit.
Please Observe: Camp Smith (army reservation) is about 50 ft to the appropriate of the path in most locations on the best way to the Nostril. It’s closely utilized by the army and should embody dwell gunfire. To your security, it’s essential to keep on the marked path. Many locations to the left of the path there are steep cliffs that drop all the way down to the Bear Mountain Highway. To your security and the motorists beneath, please keep on the path lest you dislodge rocks onto the automobiles.
This hike climbs Anthony’s Nostril from the south and begins at a smaller parking space on Route 6/202 at a big bend within the highway, 2.2 miles north of the doorway to Camp Smith, also called the U-Bend Parking Lot. Because the trailhead parking is smaller, there’s a lot much less foot site visitors than from the trailhead on Route 9D.
You continue to wind up on the similar nice viewpoint, which extra instances than not, is crowded on a pleasant day. There are additionally a number of viewpoints alongside this route that give hikers a unique look.
The climb is steep, gaining over 250 ft in elevation within the first 1/2 mile and nearly 500 ft by the primary mile. There are a number of sections which might be considerably stage alongside the best way that give a reprieve from the steep climb. The path travels by way of very rocky sections and over open rock slabs. In all probability not an excellent hike beneath moist circumstances.
The path is effectively marked, however one ought to preserve their eyes on the blazes in order to not wander onto Camp Smith property on one of many unmarked trails. There are quite a few indicators alongside the boundary to let you realize.
This hike is a primary out and again, which signifies that you can be returning the best way you got here. Because the mountain borders a busy highway on one facet and Camp Smith on the opposite, a loop is just not potential right here.
You’ll be able to see by the elevation profile the steepness of the climb and the descent on the best way again.
From the parking space, head into the woods previous the kiosk and switch left on the blue-blazed Camp Smith Path.
Heading north in the direction of Anthony’s Nostril, the path crosses Broccy Creek and leads step by step uphill, parallel to the highway.
After turning away from the highway, it joins and leaves woods roads and crosses streams.
Rising out of a ravine, in a couple of 1/2 mile, the path turns proper onto a rock outcropping with views of the Hudson River, Iona Island, and Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park.
The view was considerably obscured by the early morning fog.
The identical viewpoint on our manner again round midday.
Paralleling the river excessive over the highway, the path first drops barely then begins to climb steeply. In one other 0.3 mile, one other rock outcropping with a view provides an excuse to cease earlier than tackling the remaining unrelenting assault up Anthony’s Nostril. Alongside the following 0.4 mile, there are each seasonal and year-round views from open rock slabs.
The path drops down off the summit and turns proper to affix a woods highway, however it is best to proceed straight forward to panoramic views of the Hudson River, the Bear Mountain Bridge, and Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park.
If you find yourself able to proceed, retrace your steps again to the woods highway that you simply crossed to get to the overlook. Flip left on the woods highway (the continuation of the Camp Smith Path) and head north, following the signal for the Appalachian Path. Proceed on the woods highway for about 400 ft. Search for a faint footpath to the left of the path. Comply with this unmarked path a brief distance uphill in the direction of some concrete footings. This was the location of an airway beacon that when stood guard on Anthony’s Nostril. There are two survey markers, one on the footing and one on a rock slab close by.
Proceed previous the concrete footings a brief distance to a big slanted rock slab with views to the north of the Hudson River.
There are no less than three extra survey markers in shut proximity at this viewpoint.
If you find yourself able to proceed, retrace your steps again to the Camp Smith Path and switch proper (south). Whenever you arrive again on the junction with the Overlook, flip left and comply with the blue blazes of the Camp Smith Path south, now retracing your steps, for an additional 1.4 miles again to the U-Bend Parking Lot, the place the hike started.
One other nice Hudson Valley hike. Though the perspective can get crowded, relying on which day and what time you get there, the views are completely price it. This strategy, from the U-Bend Parking Lot provides extra views and sees much less foot site visitors. On the best way again, I don’t bear in mind passing some other hikers. This hike is finest accomplished on a weekday when there are much less individuals on the paths. The small car parking zone fills up early. We acquired there simply earlier than 8am on a Saturday and acquired the final spot.
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Widespread spot that does get crowded.
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