Last update 09/20/2023

New York Arden Point and Glenclyffe


This hike passes several panoramic viewpoints over the Hudson River and follows an historic road used by Benedict Arnold to escape during the Revolutionary War.

Just south of the southern entrance to the station, you’ll notice two stone pillars and a sign for “Arden Point – Hudson Highlands State Park.” This is the trailhead of a blue-blazed woods road which heads south. Follow this woods road, soon passing ruins of brick buildings on the right and crossing a wooden footbridge over a stream.

In about half a mile, you’ll notice on the right a one-lane steel truss bridge that goes over the railroad tracks. Turn right and cross the bridge, which leads to Arden Point, wonderful place, where you can enjoy nature.

Hike Checklist:

Whether you are going for a day hike or backpacking overnight, it is good practice to carry what we call The Hiking Essentials. These essentials will help you enjoy your outing more and will provide basic safety gear if needed. There may also be more essentials, depending on the season and your needs.

The Essentials

Hiking Shoes or Boots

Water – Two quarts per person is recommended in every season. Keep in mind that fluid loss is heightened in winter as well as summer. Don’t put yourself in the position of having to end your hike early because you have run out of water.

Map – Know where you are and where you are going. Many of our hiking areas feature interconnecting network of trails. Use a waterproof/tear-resistant Tyvek Trail Conference map if available or enclose your map in a Ziplock plastic bag.  Check out some map-reading basics here.

Food – Snacks/lunch will keep you going as you burn energy walking or climbing. Nuts, seeds, and chocolate are favorites on the trail.

Sunscreen and insect repellent

Rain Gear and Extra Clothing – Rain happens. So does cold. Be prepared for changing weather. Avoid cotton–it traps water against your skin and is slow to dry. If you are wearing wet cotton and must return to your starting point, you risk getting chills that may lead to a dangerous hypothermia. Choose synthetic shirts, sweaters and/or vests and dress in layers for easy on and off.

Compass – A simple compass is all you need to orient you and your map to magnetic north.

Light – A flashlight or small, lightweight headlamp will be welcome gear if you find yourself still on the trail when darkness falls. Check the batteries before you start out and have extras in your pack.

First Aid Kit – Keep it simple, compact, and weatherproof. Know how to use the basic components.

Firestarter and Matches – In an emergency, you may need to keep yourself or someone else warm until help arrives. A firestarter (this could be as simple as leftover birthday candles that are kept inside a waterproof container) and matches (again, make sure to keep them in a waterproof container) could save a life.

Knife or Multi-tool – You may need to cut a piece of moleskin to put over a blister, repair a piece of broken equipment, or solve some other unexpected problem.

Emergency Numbers –  Know the emergency numbers for the area you’re going to and realize that in many locations–especially mountainous ones, your phone will not get reception.

Common Sense – Pay attention to your environment, your energy, and the condition of your companions. Has the weather turned rainy? Is daylight fading? Did you drink all your water? Did your companion fail to bring rain gear? Are you getting tired? Keep in mind that until you turn around you are (typically) only half-way to completing your hike–you must still get back to where you started from! (Exceptions are loop hikes.)

Check the weather forecast before you head out. Know the rules and regulations of the area.

  1. The Leave No Trace Seven Principles
  2. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  3. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  4. Dispose of Waste Properly
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  7. Respect Wildlife
  8. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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