Summary: This hike is not recommended for small children and dogs, or if wet or icy. From parking head south along the cliff and catch the aqua blazed Long Path (LP). Shortly after reaching the LP turn left on the blue/white blazed Forest Trl and descend steep terrain on a series of switchbacks and stairs. At end of trail, turn left on the white blazed Shore Trail. The trail soon reaches a difficult, rocky area known as Giant Stairs. Be careful here as some rocks are not stable. After about a mile of rocks, you reach flat ground and pass Peanut Leap Falls (impressive after a rain, a trickle otherwise) and some ruins. Trail climbs here and reaches the LP again. For a more strenuous, scenic route, turn left on LP, cross bridge, climb steep section and return to parking. For an easier return, continue straight on LP to a distinct, unmarked trail that leaves to left (sign says To Park Office). Take this. At end turn left onto old Rt 9W (closed to vehicles) and return to parking.
Trailhead: Palisades Interstate Parkway to State Line Lookout exit. Take access road to parking lot at end. (Lat:40.98907 Lon:-73.90665)
Trail Guides for Palisades Giant Stairs Peanut Leap:
New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Palisades Interstate Park Commission - 201 768-1360
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by old shoe on 8/30/2012
There have been two fatal falls this summer on this section of the Palisades. Just because they are easily accessed doesn't make them easy. Always respect.
Reviewed by Kristen on 7/9/2012
Definitely good exercise! Giant stairs were really cool. We saw a sign that said it was closed.....um, we kinda went ahead and did it anyway lol went off the trail by accident and ended up following a river that took us to the 250ft waterfall. We had no idea where we were going and ended up getting stuck and had to climb down the waterfall. Almost died 7x lol took 1 hr for the 4 of us to get down. Got real dirty and sweaty. SO DANGEROUS! But what an awesome day!!!
Reviewed by TJ on 6/7/2012
Giant Stairs Closed due to a rock slide on May 12, 2012. The shore trail is open from either end but you'll have to turn back at the Giant Stairs. Check the Palisades Park Commission website for current status.
Reviewed by Ambler on 6/7/2012
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Reviewed by pjl on 3/12/2012
Nice hike - but be careful in spots.
Reviewed by S&K on 10/6/2011
Good interesting hike. Lots of chipmunks. For 2 twenty somethings it took us a little over 2 hours. Definitely a workout, but would definitely make it longer next time.
Reviewed by MK on 9/23/2010
I particularly like this hike because the college I attended is right across the river.
Reviewed by WA on 9/13/2010
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