Hackensack is a small mountain located right in the heart of Warrensburg. It has a rich history, with many of the historic buildings in the hamlet having been built with rock quarried on the mountain. Its name is derived from an Algonquin word meaning “where two rivers come together”, and those who make the climb to the peak are rewarded with a panoramic view of not only the hamlet, but also the confluence of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers. A series of trails loop up the peak and around its base and to a small pond. Trails can be accessed from two trailheads, as well as from the high school property.
The mountain can be hiked as a short up and back, or combined with the base trails into a loop. For those desiring a loop hike, start from the Prospect Street trailhead and follow the red trail up to the view from the flagpole, over to the summit, and back down to the intersection with the purple trail, which can then be followed around the base of the mountain to the intersection with the red trail back to Prospect St. Those desiring a longer hike can check out the pond and surrounding areas on the mostly flat yellow trails. The trail intersections are well signed on the south side of the park, but hikers planning to do the loop should be sure to bring a map along, as intersections are not as well signed on the north side.
The trail to the summit from the Hackensack Ave trailhead is wider and more heavily used, but the hike up the backside from the Prospect St trailhead, while steeper, is well-marked, and offers nice views. These trails can be quite buggy, especially after a summer rain, so hikers should consider long clothes and bug spray.
3 trails of 3.5 miles for hiking, mountain biking, birding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Leashed dogs welcome. Park is “carry in – carry out”. No alcohol, camping, campfires or motorized vehicles allowed.
Insider Tip: Stop at Oscar’s Smokehouse before or after your hike and take home some tasty smoked meats and cheeses!