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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 !

I consider this hike to be like a salad and steak type of hike. The road to the top (which is 2.5 miles making this actually a 5 mile hike) is rather mundane. However, when you get to the hotel ruins, it’s fascinating to explore. You then do the last pitch up to the summit to see a great Firetower and without a doubt the best views in the Catskills. We got there at 8:00 and got good parking. We were back at 10:15 and the parking lot was full. There is more parking 1/2 mile up the road, but this will add a mile to your hike. The best Firetower hike in the Catskills.

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5 days ago

Just a gorgeous trail... lots of varied terrain that’s challenging but do-able. Especially beautiful in late May/early June, but gorgeous all season long.

The ruins were really cool to see and the view from the top is beautiful

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!

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.

Beautiful views!

Basically walking up a driveway. The hike itself isn't that visually stimulating but the views from the top are what make this a 5 star hike.

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.

I really liked this trail. Going up and down the hills was a workout, but the the landscape was beautiful. There were many good view points, some castle ruins, and a far away view of the NYC skyline that kept this trail interesting.

beautiful place. Especially south of the lake along the creek.

This was definitely not as hard as made out to be, it’s long, about 8 miles in total but not really not that difficult. I was expecting a few rock scrambles but there isn’t anything that I would call a scramble like at breakneck or crag rock. There is a decent sized section when you are walking through a stream and that for me was the hardest because it was slippery. The ascent up was not that bad either. It was a great hike with spectacular views, but not the adventure I was expecting from some of the reviews

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!

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20 days ago

There is a $10 park entrance fee, but worth it. This trail is awesome. Didn't really understand the signs at the far end. It said private trail, but there was no way we were going to backtrack that far so we went right through

I was ready to hate this trail. It’s just uphill for 1,500ft of elevation on a fire road for almost an hour. Which is pretty awful. I have to say, once we got up to the abandoned hotel, and then probably one of the best overlooks I’ve seen? It is worth it. If you’re willing to put up with a craptacualr hike to see some cool shit, this is the trail.

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

Hiked on Oct. 25th, trail was dry and quiet. Leaves are pretty much at peak color.

Nor’easter this weekend... Oct. 27th... will likely make trail conditions muddy and bring down a lot of leaves... sadly.

Beautiful hike during autumn.

Beautiful area of New York if you want to get out of the city. Single female 30 yo and went by myself. Took about 2.5 hours taking my time. The hike itself is mostly walking up a wide gravel path, there are no switchbacks or rock climbing. Loved seeing the old hotel and the view is worth the hike. I would recommend this to all ages and levels.

No rock scrambling or anything like that and not really even a trail but still tough because of the 2.5 mile walk all uphill until you reach the top. Amazing views just beyond the old hotel and an old fire tower that you can go up for even better views.

Very pretty but steep hike. Trail really isn’t hard because it’s more like a gravel road but the incline does dramatically increase at points. However on my way down I did see a toddler doing this so don’t be afraid! The view is stunning!

the first 45 min are tough as it is all uphill. the abandoned hotel and view up top are really nice and worth it :)

Great hike! More like ‘hard’ than moderate

Do not go alone, especially for your first hike here!! I have been hiking around this area for years, but I’ve never seen a trail from this app so poorly marked. It is very easy to get lost. Also on the spooky side.

28 days ago

A very nice hike. Not overly challenging, but a rewarding view at the top.

A nice moderate intro to Catskills hiking with an honestly arduous climb to the summit, stunning views, a fire tower to play on, and gothic-like ruins of an abandoned hotel to ponder. Do continue another 1.5 miles to serene Echo Lake for its beauty and hiking variety. The downside: the trail to Overlook is more ho-hum gravel road than true trail (undergoing machine grading when I visited), and trailhead parking can be challenging during busy hiking times.

its is a tough trail going up and going down! yet its beautiful when you reach the top!

Did this today with my two kids aged 10 and 13. Had an awesome hike. We forgot to bring water but some nice fellow hikers were kind enough to share with us. Thanks to Louise Hay and positive affirmations (had been listening to Louise in the car to the trailhead and my daughter did affirmations on water literally two minutes before some strangers offered water unprompted).

What a hike. I went this Sunday, October 14th, and the trail was pretty crowded. Parts of it were significantly muddy and rocky parts were basically a creek, with water flowing over the rocks on an incline, so I would recommend waterproof shoes if you're going after a heavy rain. The views were incredible, and I was thoroughly exhausted by the end of the hike. If you are going, I recommend looking at Hike the Hudson Valley's trail guide, as it's very helpful to get a visual look at each turn to get you from the parking lot through the entire hike.
For probably half of the hike, I was walking alone (solo hike but I kept running into people) with a smile on my face. I stopped often to admire the fall foliage (near peak right now! Golden leaves abound!) and pine trees along the quartz rocks. From the start at the lake back to the same spot it took me about 4 1/2 hours.

Great views from summit. Very steap on way down with rock scrambling. Be careful.

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