Information about hiking at Manitoga
MANITOGA'S PATHS AND HIKING TRAILS
Manitoga’s public South Entrance Drive is now open. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION as the final stages of restoration are ongoing through mid-July.
PLEASE NOTE: THE HOUSE AND STUDIO ARE NOT VISIBLE FROM THE PUBLIC TRAILS AND CAN BE VISITED BY GUIDED TOUR ONLY. For more information please visit the Tours page.
In 2016, Open Space Institute and Manitoga worked in partnership to guarantee the protection the of the Russel Wright designed trail network at Manitoga. The agreement guarantees permanent public access to Manitoga’s scenic footpaths while protecting a key access point to the Appalachian Trail, through the adjacent Hudson Highlands State Park.
Manitoga is grateful to The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew for their ongoing work to restore the stonework along the Killalemy Trail as a part of their Stewards of Stonework Program.
Self Guided Hikes
Woodland paths are open year round during daylight hours unless otherwise posted.
Suggested donation: $5.00.
Public Entrance: 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
Manitoga reminds you to take care on our trails and that all hiking is at your own risk.
Manitoga's trails begin at the edge of Mary’s Meadow adjacent to the Visitor/Guide House at and the Visitor parking lot.
Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at Manitoga due to sensitive habitat. Manitoga has observed and determined that dogs, even on leash, threaten the character of the designed landscape. Stepping stones through fern meadows, moss carpets, and ephemeral pools that provide habitat for sensitive species are vulnerable to dog traffic and waste. To fully respect and contemplate the design and nature of the trails, please leave your pets at home.
You are welcome to picnic while hiking but please carry in-carry out. Please help keep the paths clean.
Please note, in case of snow, the drive is not plowed in the winter. Please be mindful of trees and branches that have fallen during recent storms.
The trails offer opportunities for moderate loop hikes of varying distances on the west facing slopes as well as access to extended hiking on the Osborn Loop Trail and Appalachian Trail in the adjacent Hudson Highlands State Park. In the summer there are pocket views of the Hudson River. These are called “osios” at Manitoga, from the language of the Iroquois.
Three trail loops, named for an historic trail segment, story, or event unique to that loop are marked with blue, red, or white markers.
The trails are co-aligned, following a single path from the start, with the Wickopee Loop (Blue) first peeling off to a short inner loop; then the White Pine Loop (Red): and finally, the Lost Pond Loop (white) extending up the hill to an elevation of 650’ (400’ above the start). Loops reunite at Four Corners and are co-aligned for the descent to the meadow origin.
In keeping with Wright’s original plan, all his trails were designed to be hiked in one direction; trail blazes reinforce that intention by being single colored in one direction, and the same color but with a black dot in the reverse direction.
Wickopee Loop ( Blue ) 3916' .74 miles 1 hr.
- moderate hike
- includes log bridge stream crossing and Wickopee trail
White Pine Loop ( Red) 5773' 1.1 miles 1-1/4 hrs
- moderate hike
- includes stepping stones stream crossing, White Pine Path, Deer Pool Path, Fern Meadow Path
Lost Pond Loop (White) 8038' 1.5 miles 1-1/2 hrs.
- moderate hike with steep sections and rocky footpath
- includes Trail to Lost Pond, access to Connecting Trail to AT via Osborn Loop, Return from Lost Pond/ Zig Zag Trail, access to Chestnut Oak Osio (view spot)
Paths to view spots and connecting trails are marked in Yellow :
Connecting Trail to AT via Osborn Loop (655' / .12 miles)
Path to Chestnut Oak Ridge Osio (860' / .16 miles)
Autumn Path to Sunset Osio (152' / .03 miles)
Manitoga's trails were adopted by the NY/NJ Trail Conference in 2014.
Photos: Chestnut Oak Osio: Manitoga Archives; Lost Pond: Robert Glenn Ketchum; Rock Sculpture: Robert Glenn Ketchum; Winter View