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Lovely hike - definitely not hard but very long. Ended up being ~12 miles because we parked in the lower parking lot. Very busy - recommend getting there early

Hiked on 11-11-18 Sam’s point , Ice Cave and Verkeederkill Fall Trail. Lots of water though after the rain. Recommended waterproof footwear.
Ice Cave is icy and cold. Make sure to dress warm. Verkeerderkill Falls view is Amazing, Beautiful trails.
The views are breathtaking. Awesome hike !

We did the traverse starting from Slide PA and ending in Woodland Valley. The trail was like mashed potatoe snow mixed with mud and water. The trail was busy today with other people doing the traverse. Every time when we reached the summits they became socked in and no views. There was snow and crazy high winds today on the the hike.

The foliage right now is outstanding. Bright green pitch pines in a sea of bright red bushes. Suggested waterproof shoes for the footpath to the fall. At times the footpath turns into a stream as you approach the fall. Probably will get worse after rains. Nonetheless a magnificent hike for variety of pace and beauty of scenery. The approach on both direction is a carriage road so do not aspect anything more than a pretty country road. Enjoy!

did this trail yesterday and it was a great workout! it was a beautiful day and part of the trail was a little muddy. i added up doing 12miles total since i passed table view. there is no sign for either view point so make sure you dont miss it! table is after a steep climb right at a bend. after that view point you qill climb on the summit of table which is like a small forest of ever green type trees. if you enter the forest of beautiful trees then you missed the view point! i completed this in less the 6hours including breaks with my dog. make sure you time properly. i got a late start and the sun was setting as i walked out. in the mountains it starts to get dark at around 4, even though sunset is 445 currently with all the trees you start to lose light earlier. great trail overall

hiked it on 11-4-18. was as awesome as the first time. lots of water though, definitely bring some waterproof shoes if hitting it after some rain. river crossing to the falls looked sketchy but wasn't at all once halfway in. would suggest hitting up with ice caves and Indian Rock, made the total mileage 11.4.

The trail is narrow and really rocky. We went after a big rain and the trail was completely covered in water essentially the entire way. We couldn't cross at the mouth of the water fall because the water had risen so much and the current was so strong that it felt dangerous to complete the trail to even get a really great look at it. We wound up hiking a bit in the opposite direction but the view was mediocre at best and covered by a lot of trees. A lot of other hikers hiked upstream to cross but it was incredibly muddy and just covered with so much overgrowth that it was hard to navigate. I've heard that it's not great to come during the summer because there's not much water, but coming after a big rain and not being able to cross after hiking almost 2 miles on a rocky/wet trail was really disappointing. I don't think I'd go out of my way to do this one again.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this today. trail is well marked, straightforward incline. Somewhat challenging but a good hike.

Awesome view!!!! Great workout!

This was a nice day on the mountain despite the chilly temps and mud in parts of the trail. You must start VERY early in the morning this time of the year in order to make it back with day light. Sadly we were a few rock scrambles away from the summit before needing to turn around. We did end up needing a headlamp before making it out. There were a few overlooks just before the summit for some lovely views. The rock scrambles were great!

This is my first! I would go again.

Went during the week to avoid the big crowds and it was totally worth it. It was a pretty short hike up to Sam's Point and the views were amazing. Walking to the falls was pretty easy, flat, and a beautiful walk as well. These trails were easy to navigate and the paths were pretty clear. Take a day off and try to go during the week!

Fun day on the trails. Some really nice foliage. Did the full loop for the first time. Found the short loop a little more challenging though! Look forward to hiking Breakneck Ridge.

The first half doesn’t seem like it will be worth it but if you do the entire trail it is breathtakingly beautiful. The peak, falls, and caves make for a very interesting and well worth it hike

Fun and challenging hike. Summit had some snow and temps were around 30s. If you’re backpacking this time of year just be sure to be extra prepared. Also highly recommend starting at slide mountain parking area and beginning the roughly 5 mile trek on the road towards woodland valley campground and picking up the trail head at woodland valley.

Did the 7.7 mile out and back to Wittenberg. Challenging ascent right off the bat. Then a respite before a challenging and rocky last mile. Great view at the top.

Amazon hike. Do it!

this hike had it all, views, rock scrambles, streams, a waterfall, etc. some of the best-marked trails i’ve seen too, loved this hike!

Skipped Lake Awosting, Did Rainbow Falls and the Shawangunk Ridge Trail up to Litchfield Ledge, Castle Point, and Hamilton Point Carriage Rd back. The cut-through from Castle Point down to Hamilton Point CR is a little hard to find and is a straight down scramble. Beautiful.

Beautiful!

Really cool hike with three or four different terrains. Particularly fun if you like to scramble. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen as there’s little cover.

We went clockwise, first to the ice caves and then to the Verkeerder Kill Falls, which was beautiful. We climbed up and down cliff facades to the high point which was a climatic ending, then walked the boring carriage road back to the parking lot.

Fun challenging hike u have to pay $6 per night to park in the lot. Found a place to camp at about 1.5 miles but the ground was not even. Got to the first peak on day two but too foggy to see anything. Also tough to find a good opening to stargaze where i was.

I did this as a 2-day backpacking trip in late September, starting in the afternoon and hitting the first two peaks, setting up camp for the night at one of the marked camp sites between Cornell and Slide Mountains. There are additional camp sites when you get past Slide. Very fun, challenging hike. If I did it again, though, would do it as a day hike as climbing over some of the ledges and scrambles with a full pack was seriously tough. Views from Slide Mountain are limited; I got better views from Wittenberg and Cornell. Be advised that a good portion of the loop is along a road, which is kind of boring, but the trail is incredibly pretty.

backpacking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike.

Challenging but really fun hike. We parked at the Slide Mountain parking lot and heading east at noon towards Slide Mountain. NOTE: water between Slide Mountain and Woodland Valley is hard to come by! So bring plenty. Also, there is a nice little waterfall, just under Slide Mountain. Would do good to bring a water filter and fill up here.

Wet, muddy, lots of streams and you step over stones to cross, which can be fun. Mixed acreage and roads connect several reservoirs, really nice view of Hudson from Black Rock peak. They have an education building for school kids and there are minnows in some streams, nice. Tons of trails, got off trail several times, should have planned colors of flags ahead of time for whole loop.

I did the entire loop counter-clockwise and included the ice caves, which are very well worth the detour. You can feel like an amateur cave explorer for a moment, especially in two sections that are quite dark (the motion detectors eventually trigger some light bulbs).

The loop past the ice caves is quite narrow and you will have to stop often to let groups pass by who are returning from the waterfall. You may get your boots wet if it has rained recently as the trail crosses the creek shortly before the falls. There are rocks, but I can imagine they will be under water after a heavy downpour.

The section past the waterfall feels wilder and the trail meanders along the edge of exposed boulders, so you'll consistently have nice views. Once you reach the north-western part of the loop you are on a fire road for the remainder of it which is quite boring and has no views. For that reason alone, I understand why most people return the same way they came from once they've reached the waterfall.

The entire loop including the ice caves is 10.6 miles, so plan at least 4 hrs for it. Also, once the parking lot is full (around 100 cars) you can't enter this park. On a motorcycle it's not an issue however. And yes, it's a $10 fee per vehicle.

My oh my... very confusing trail. Most of the time I felt like we are lost as you can barely see/find trail marks. , Poor marking added an additional excitement but if we were on a trail at dusk we might not be able to get out of the woods until next morning. Summit views are to die for, overall nice hike, nice waterfalls. This trail is definitely "moderate" to "hard".
Around one mile into the trail there was a "killed deer weight station" which made me sick, it had a huge scale with iron chain accompanied by picture instructions of what do you have to do with it(absolutely disgusting and sickening). Not sure if you want to bump into that if hiking with kids... Otherwise trail was ok

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