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This trail was absolutely gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. Sam’s Point was a nice but very crowded lookout point. Once you get to the top past Sam’s Point the landscape is really interesting with all the dwarf pitch pine and wild plants lining the paths. The ice caves were really awesome and that was a nice short trail, but again, it was really crowded. Once we got onto the footpath for the falls it wasn’t nearly as crowded. We did pass some hikers along the way but it was mostly private most of the way. And the scenery is gorgeous. There are also lots of delicious wild blueberries lining that open part of the trail. You’re on an open mountain side overlooking the mountains ahead for most of the trail leading to the falls and the views are amazing but you’ll be exposed to the sun so coverup and wear sunblock if it’s a sunny day. There’s a point where you go through a little faerie fern forest and I thought it was just magical. Afterwards you go through a patch of white birch and then the falls are spectacular. We didn’t do the entire loop. We just went to the falls and back the same way but I plan to go back and finish the loop. Overall I thought it was a beautiful trail with some interesting terrain changes which kept the trail exciting. And if you’re like me and are really into plants you’ll love checking out all the different plant life along the way.

Great trail, intense when going uphill but the views are absolutely worth it

Solid hike. The beginning/end section from the parking lot to the lake is really nice, with beautiful pine trees. The middle/east loop of the hike was perhaps not the best for the summer. The markings left a lot to be desired when switching from the white/red blazes to yellow blazes. The mosquitos were also in full force in that back section, which really ruined that part. I think it would be a lot nicer in the fall/winter/spring. Also, saw two black bear in the east section!

This is not my favorite trail. It’s not really in the woods and there isn’t much sun cover. Stony kill falls is beautiful and so is the lake. The wolf jaw connection is poorly marked to enter and then once you’re in it’s poorly marked to follow. Without gps and the map I would not have known what to follow. But hey, there’s a lot to appreciate about the lake. It’s warm (relatively) and you can catch the occasional nudist. The stony kill falls were the highlight of the hike.

backpacking
8 days ago

Was my second time backpacking. Got to the trailhead 530PM and made the summit around 830. Was pretty gruelling with a pack. Word of caution- the left side of the loop floods and some portions of it had actively flowing water. Wear proper footwear and trekking poles would be good too.

Overlooks would be better in fall after foliage drops but the hike itself is quite amazing visually.

We went from the visitor center to ice caves on the white trails to the falls on the aqua trail and then the high point red trail. It had just stopped raining 30 min before. We clocked in 13 miles even with taking a wrong path that might of hows our time by 45 min.
The ice caves are amazing and cool but very slippery. It was really cool in some parts that I wished I can stay. There are places with motion sensor lights but by the time you get 1/2 down a dark path it would turn on. We looped on the white trail where there are some places you might have to go up a small ladder.

We then went on the Aqua trail towards the falls. There are also a-lot of huckleberry and blue berry bushes, but it was very open space so be prepared to get sun burn, cuz there is not much shade and it is a narrow and very wet and rocky path. Once you get to the stream area the lady we met was not kidding you might wanna take off your shoes it’s cold but it’s very refreshing. And gotten to the falls area. It’s is definitely a beautiful site how the mountains has been carved. After a short rest we continued on to aqua path towards high point.
>>>the trail from the falls the the high point red trail is a 90 degree climb<<< be prepared
When we finally gotten to the cross road of the red and aqua trail. The foot path said 2.5 miles on the red trail to the carriage road.

What they did not tell you able the high point trail. There is a lot of rock climbing and just when you think it’s the highest point there is another rock formation you need to climb. At some points it was more like common your kidding me. The high point is scenic and hard and not a lot of shade coverage. And the end of the high point there is a very steep incline to go down with a lot of loose rocks back on carriage road.
From the carriage road to the visitor center is another 2.8 miles there is not a lot of markers that would tell you how many miles is left. 1/2 of it is not shades the other 1/2 when you get close to the visitor center is shades.

I had about a little two liters of water each person. One thing to remember is that it’s NOT enough. We struggled at the end because we didn’t bring enough at all. We had 2 liters of ice water via hydration bladder. If I had to do it again I would of brought about 3-4 liters of water and a hat.

Very easy to get over heated on parts of the aqua trail and the high point trail especially now. Now that we got home I can honestly say I wished I taken some more photos it was truest beautiful and above the clouds.

hiking
11 days ago

This was a pretty sweet first hike for me. Only would ask for some clearer markings but it was overall a great hike! Went the wrong way twice and added two miles but well worth the view at the peak of the NYC skyline. Only saw a handful of other people when we went. Great first hike

hiking
12 days ago

It was a great hike with superb scenic on the top. But be aware of stairs and immediate inclining hill (with lots of rocks) in the beginning, which sadly made our friends gave up the hike...

Hikes the full loop - ice caves, to the falls, to high point. My Fitbit clocked 13 miles total.

It had stormed the night before so the trails were very very wet and muddy, as were the caves. The caves were incredible!

The hike out to the falls was very easily followed. A couple of water crossings near the falls, trekking poles would be very helpful! I took off my boots to barefoot it across the falls - very flat and not slippery. Absolutely gorgeous!

The hike from the falls to high point was long (and it rained!) but views for a good part of the way. There is a benchmark at the top. Views for miles!

A short but steep desent leads back to a carriage trail that goes on for 2.8 miles back to the parking lot. A long and boring trek, except the remains of old berry picker cabins, which were cool!

hiking
13 days ago

I started on the red trail. Now let me warn you right now, this hike is extremely difficult because of how steep, rocky and narrow the trails are. I did the entire loop and if it wasn’t for my phone gps guiding me I’d be getting lost. It’s like a maze. The good side of this was the views from the tower. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life. Plus, I got caught in the rain and mist! I was so tired close to the end, sleepy, hungry and in pain lol.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome trails. Just avoid the carriageway (boring to hike) – you can catch trails all the way instead.

Also note that the trail to the falls may be cut off after plentiful rain, but it's still worth it just for the Mossy Glen section (immediate left off carriageway at parking lot).

I went on this hike yesterday and I highly recommend it. It starts off with a moderate incline but doesn't get too intense as you keep going up. The views of the lake are really nice and there are a ton of blueberry and a few raspberry bushes by the middle of the trail that are currently in season which taste delicious! As a heads up there is a hornets nest close to the trail a little before you get to the lake so be aware of that.

Challenging hike with beautiful views. Our surroundings continued to change drastically so it was motivating to keep going and see what you would find next. Great variety of mushrooms, flowers, and tiny critters; I had never seen a neon orange lizard before. Once we finally reached the very top, we were in a misty cloud and that was pretty awesome.

A positive Sensory overload- highly recommend!

(Shoes with good traction and plenty of shock absorbing cushion are a must for the lengthy descend.)

Parking lot was full after 10am. They have no second overflow lot and the rangers were sending everyone away. Thankfully, we found a nice lady who let us park in her lawn a 1.5 miles down from the trail head.

There was recently heavy rain, which made for some muddy trails but a glorious fast moving waterfall. If you do not do the full loop at least make it to the waterfall. It's truly stunning!

The caves are awesome as well but I think those would be especially beautiful in the winter.

Overall great hike!

I definitely went off the trail that’s listed here on AllTrails and it was pretty awesome. Some decent climbing up. Nothing to technical or hard but got my heart rate up nicely. It was a perfect hike with my dog who is super athletic but she’s also 11. I’d go back to explore more for sure!

Not bad, easy trail To a nice pond for a pic nic

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful trail...

Fun trail! Great views and has a little bit of everything. Make sure to pack lunch and water. The waterfall was beautiful too. Enjoy!!

This was an enjoyable hike. Some of the views are breathtaking.
If I were to do it again, I will just do the red trail to the fire tower and back, as thats where the best views are. The yellow trail was long and did not offer much in terms of scenery.

I started out hiking to Sam's point which was maybe a 15 minute hike to get to from the parking lot and of course had spectacular views. From there we hiked to the ice caves which isn't A long hike from Sam's point. The ice caves were need to see if you've never been there before like myself. It's cool to feel how cold it is in those caves. We then hiked to the falls but unfortunately there was just a trickle of water coming down them. I would definitely say the best part of the hike was the ice caves and some great views on the way to the falls.

Did Sam's Point, Ice Caves, Verkeerderkill Falls which takes you through the dwarf pitch pines, and then High Point Trails (don't know why the name of this is just Sam's Point Verkeerderkill--missing the other 2 trails in the map on Alltrails.)

Sam's Point trail is very short and easy. Ice caves is also short. Spent about 20 min there. Low ceilings, low light, some steep stairs.

Really fun caves, I could see my breath in the caves and it felt chilly even when its at least 80F or more out. Strongly recommend a headlamp or flashlight, although there are motion detecting lights installed it's still very dark in the caves--watch where you walk and your head if you're tall. Nice ledges to rest at the end. Lots of horseflies biting me, bring DEET.

Verkeerderkill Falls trail through pitch pines was a fairly easy path made difficult and uncomfortable by the many rocks in the path that can be sharp. Overheard a family with small children having a difficult time who didn't seem so happy that this was described as a 'moderate' trail and they felt it was challenging. Pretty with lots of shade once you get there; couldn't find any spot along the trail that lets you see the whole waterfall; maybe people are taking pictures along the Scenic Path?

The High Point trail was very challenging. This was described by the park to me as 'some scrambles', but it was pretty steep at times, nearly vertical and sometimes requiring some thought as to hand/toe holds so it's more like 'all scrambles'. You will also be very close to the edge of ledges high up. This is not a trail for dogs or children and there is no shade being on a ridge. Bring more water than you think you need and a hat. Heat exhaustion/fainting and high ledges aren't a good mix. Excellent views though! Was eye to eye with a turkey vulture that was coasting on a warm air vent--wild.

Got rattled a lot by timber rattlesnakes though I never saw them, on the Verkeerderkill Falls trail when you go through the blueberry bushes after the pitch pine. Twice, they sounded close but I was just careful to look at the trail in the bushes, move slowly and used trek poles to probe the path/bushes. Other place I got rattled at (but much farther from me) was in the forest path just before the Verkeerderkill path meets the Long Path/High Point trail.

Took the High Point Carriage Road all the way back to visitors lot. Not scenic but easy after more difficult High Point Trail. You get a glimpse of Mataranza through the trees and pass by berry picker shack ruins.

I loved this hike! I'm an asthmatic and I forgot my inhaler, so I had to take frequent stops, but the view from the top was completely worth it. Absolutely breathtaking!

This is a great hike with some great views and things to explore. We first stopped at Sams point which had great views. From Sams point we went at ice caves which was really neat to see if you've never been there before like myself it was nice and cold in the caves which was refreshing being so hot out and there was ice in one spot yes ice. After the ice caves we went to the falls but unfortunately the falls only had a trickle of water coming down it. On the way to the falls the views where spectacular. If you've never been here before it's definitely worth checking out, you won't be disappointed.

backpacking
1 month ago

Let me start by saying, this hike is absolutely beautiful. I backpacked for a day, stayed overnight at the dedicated camp site at the top and left the next morning. The first part of this hike from the trailhead to the loop is straight and goes through pine forest and for the most runs along the Kanape Brook and is absolutely scenic and beautiful. We hiked the loop counterclockwise and for the most the ascent was not difficult but because our heavy backpacks was a little hard. I'm sure as a day hike, the hike to the top would be a piece of cake. The top has a nice view, not the best in the Catskills but very nice none the less. If you're looking for a spectacular view you'll be disappointed. Bring plenty of water because there's no water source after you hike away from the brook.

Here's why I absolutely loved this hike for backpacking. The dedicated campsites at the top are spacious and open so you can see the stars at night. The main site has a nice fire pit is very spacious and very comfortable. For some reason it was amazingly quiet at night and didn't hear any owls or animals scampering, just the wind blowing. We were lucky to have a clear sky and the stars were out in full effect! We made a nice fire which kept the bugs away and had an amazing time! If you're looking for a single day pleasant backpacking trip this is the hike for you! We had a very great time and would do it again!

This is the part of the hike we were totally disappointed. The second part of the loop continues through the campsite where you begin the descent and this is where I would do it differently. The remainder of the other side of the loop needs much needed maintenance. There is overgrown brush neck high or greater which sometimes you feel that you're bush-wacking. There are times when we also thought we weren't on the trail or lost because the brush is so overgrown. I was concerned of what I was touching. I had hiking pants thankfully but my arms, neck and face were rubbing against all sorts of brush and was concerned of getting ticks on me. This also added about an hour to the hike because the dense brush slowed us down. Another issue of the other side of the loop was a multitude of fallen trees. Simply put, the other side of the loop is in disarray and would greatly recommend not taking it and do this as an in and out hike. You will gave a much better time hiking back the way you hiked in.

I'm doing this hike again because its the perfect place to backpack and it's not a popular spot for day hikers. If you love solitude this is the hike for you We only bumped into five people on our way up and absolutely nobody on our way back to the trailhead. I'm giving this hike 4 stars because of the part of the loop which I would recommend you stay away from until it gets the attention it needs. Happy hiking!

Nice hike, in total it was closer to 6.5miles and had nice views, but unfortunately the waterfall was a mere trickle. Bring LOTS of water especially if you’re brining your dog. I thought I brought enough and ended up having to ration it the whole time.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike that’s accessible from NYC by train. I’m a decently fit 20-something and found the hike up to be challenging. Nice views but very busy - you won’t be the only one on this hike during the summer. We only went to the fire tower, and we were briefly turned around when trail markers disappeared. Pay attention to the path, and make sure you hook back in to the red trail on the way back from the tower! If all else fails, there is service and the trail is marked on Maps.

The place is gorgeous and well kept. A park ranger came by to let us know a rattlesnake was nearby. The lake was beautiful.

Black Rock Forest is absolutely wonderful. Recently went hiking with buddies through over 9 miles of the park's various trails (and there's still at least 1/3 of the park we didn't even get a chance to see), Black Rock Forest is definitely staying as one of my favorite parks. Lots of great hiking, well maintained trails. Trails are very scenic, lots of wildlife and flora. Parking lot is spacious. Encountered a couple of people towards the beginning and end of the hike, but otherwise didn't see anyone.

Very cool hike. Ice caves still had ice in them! There is almost no shade offered on this hike. Bring plenty of water, sunblock and a hat!

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