Anthony’s Nose

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

I had heard a lot about Anthony’s Nose from friend’s in the city who hike. Like Breakneck Ridge it’s a pretty popular day hike because it’s a short walk from a Metro-North Station. I went with my friend Ranger Rick on a Sunday day hike.

Sunny day looking off Anthony's Nose in the Hudson Valley in New York. The view looks down the Hudson River where the wakes of small boats can be seen
View of Anthony's Nose

According to AWOL’s 2018 Northbound The A.T. Guide the hike from the Maintou Rd (Really South Mountain Road, I believe) to the Camp Smith Trail is one mile. Anthony’s Nose is a short hike down the blue blazed Camp Smith Trail. However, accessing the trail from the Metro-North involves a pretty steep road walk from Manitou Station.

To get to the trail head from the city, take the Metro-North towards Poughkeepsie and get off at Manitou. It’s a tiny stop with a station hut and a few houses right next to the Hudson River. You’ll need to be in the back car in order to get off, but most of the conductors are good at announcing reminders.

Manitou Station on New York's Metro North. The green and white and railroad tracks with a cross warning are in the foreground. In the background one can see the green of a forest leading up a mountain in the Hudson Valley.
Manitou Station on the Metro North

Follow Manitou Station road all the way up to route 9D. It’ll be your busiest crossing (everything else are side roads or private drive ways) and there will be a New York State historical marker for the chain across the Hudson during the Revolutionary War.

Blue and Yellow New York State Historic Marker on the way to Anthony's Nose in the Hudson Valley. The sign denotes The First Chain referring to a tool used during the blockade in the American Revolutionary War
The First Chain

A lot of people recommend following 9D to a trailhead on the southside of the mountain, I do not.


Instead, cross 9D and stay on the gravel Manitou Road. Keep following it and make sure you don’t end up on some of the private drive ways that look a bit like roads. At your next intersection you’ll turn right onto South Mountain Pass. You’ll start walking uphill and go by Fern Hill Rd and High Ridge Rd following a brook all the way up.

You’ll start seeing some Appalachian Trail boundary markers and then your first blaze will be right at a little pull off about two cars wide.

A small gravel parking lot off a gravel road that denotes the Appalachian Trail crossing and the way up to Anthony's Nose. A red SUV is seen parked in one of the two available spots.
Parking Lot/Trail Head

Head onto the trail, past the car gate and follow the Appalachian Trail until you hit the junction with the blue blazed Camp Smith Trail.

Blue blaze for hikers in the Hudson Valley to follow the Camp Smith Trail to Anthony's Nose. The blaze is a small medal sign situated on the center of a tree.
Blue Blaze for Camp Smith

Follow the Camp Smith Trail about 0.6 miles to the view, passing some smaller views and little pond along the way.


Anthony’s Nose gives you a cool vantage of Bear Mountain Bridge and Bear Mountain itself as well as views down the Hudson back toward New York City.

Bear Mountain Bridge from Anthony's Nose. The Bridge is situated over the Hudson River with the green trees in the foreground and the background on a sunny day in the Hudson Valley.
Bear Mountain Bridge from Anthony's Nose

-Babysteps

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