Anthony’s Nose Hike

Intersection of Route 9D and 202 |  Cortlandt, NY 

The piece of Appalachian Trail that ascends from Route 9D towards the overlook at Anthony’s Nose feels like a 500-vertical-foot staircase. It feels like that because that’s pretty much what it is: a well-maintained outdoor staircase that brings you to one of the nicest overlooks in the Hudson Valley, with a sprawling, rocky clearing that affords plenty of nice places to take it all in.  It’s like you’ve scored tickets in the skybox for the Bear Mountain Bridge.

The view from the summit of Anthony's Nose (900') looking over the Bear Mountain Bridge and Bear Mountain (the fog-obstructed peak to the left). At the base of Bear Mountain you can see the sliver of Hessian Lake and the large lawn at Bear Mountain State Park. To the right of the bridge you'll see the Popolopen Creek, a small pedestrian footbridge over the creek (where I usually take photos of the bridge), and a road bridge carrying traffic along route 9W. You'll also notice a freight train along the bank of the river. Having the train in the shot was not part of the plan but, unfortunately, it happened to be "parked". It finally trundled up river around 8:30am.

The Stunning photo featured here is by Michael Neal O’Donnell  looking over the Bear Mountain Bridge and Bear Mountain (the fog-obstructed peak to the left). At the base of Bear Mountain you can see the sliver of Hessian Lake and the large lawn at Bear Mountain State Park.  To the right of the bridge you’ll see the Popolopen Creek, a small pedestrian footbridge over the creek.

Cheers!
– Mike Todd of Hike the Hudson Valley