Share:

Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

Hudson Valley, New York

Start Exploring
Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks

Share:

Advertisement
  • The trail meanders through the woods.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • A gravel road leads to Bonticou Crag.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • What seems to be a dead end is the beginning of Bonticou Crag.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • Looking up the crag trail.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The view east across the Hudson Valley from about halfway up the crag.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • Yellow blazes mark the path up the fallen boulders.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • A tight squeeze as the trail continues up through chimneys and over slabs of rock.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The first views of the Catskill Mountains.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • A birds-eye view of the trail.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • Atop Bonticou Crag.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The jagged edge of the crag is picturesque, set against the Hudson Valley.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • A viewpoint along the trail to Table Rocks overlooks the Catskills.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The wide, smooth surfaces of Table Rocks sit at a jaunty angle.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • Deep crevices separate the tables.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • Table Rocks overlooking the Catskills.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The Slingerland Pavillion is a great place to rest and enjoy the view.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • An interpretive sign describing the Catskill Mountains from inside the pavillion.- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
  • The last highlight of the hike, the "Million Dollar View."- Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible views. Rock scramble.
Cons: 
Challenging. Parking fee.
Advertisement
Region:
Hudson Valley, NY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,195.00 ft (364.24 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
545.00 ft (166.12 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.30 mi (10.14 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,215.00 ft (370.33 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
650.00 ft (198.12 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Contributor

Marked by boulders and a steep slope, the hike to Bonticou Crag is not for the faint of heart, but for those who conquer the challenge of the crag there are spectacular views and a major hit of exhilaration. A high point in the Hudson Valley, the 6-mile access trail climbs a total of about 1,200 feet, the last and most strenuous feet of which are unmarked and trail-less, a boulder-hopping climb that yields, through effort, a wonderful glimpse of the surrounding Catskill Mountains.

Access Bonticou Crag via a quick, easy hike on wooded trails and gravel paths. Similar to Breakneck Ridge, but shorter, the tricky rock scramble up the crag tests even experienced hikers. Carefully follow the yellow blazes up, over, under, and around giant white boulders. At the top is one of the best views of the Hudson Valley with glimpses of the Catskills to the northeast.

Continue through the trees, passing small viewpoints as you head north towards Table Rocks. These wide, flat rocks are the perfect place to stop for lunch or to take in the sweeping view of the Catskills. Take care to avoid the crevices between the megaliths; many are deeper than expected.

On the way back to the parking lot, pass by the Slingerland Pavilion, inside which is a detailed sign describing the Catskill Mountains as viewed from the pavilion. Lastly, stop at the Million Dollar View—a breathtaking panorama of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills worth every penny of its name.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Adventures

(58 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
Become a pioneer and be the first to add this adventure to your Bucket List
Who's Done It
1 Members
Submission by
Contributor
36 Adventures Explored
8 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info