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Great hike! Will deter you in the very beginning but if you can get past the first mile or so, the views are wonderful! Doesn’t even feel like New Jersey!

Easy hike. Good views. Nice waterfall and lake. Cool view on top of the big rock. Spent about 3 hours here

This relatively short hike will take you about an hour if you stay at the top for the beautiful views, a picnic/snack, and a trip down 9/11 memory lane (memorial). We take our Cub Scouts (ages 7 - 11) on this hike at least once a year!

Good mix of scrambling and easy walking. Gorgeous views of the valley and sorrounding hills.

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15 days ago

Pro- Great views from ontop the summit, easy trail to follow, especially if you have the Alltrails map, tons of blazes, not many people on New Year Day (this is not the norm at all, from past reviews seems to get extremely busy), lots of history markers at the beginning regarding the Old Revolutionary Forts

Con- Lot of trash first mile or so in and last mile or so out, tons of broken glass along with graffiti, you never really escape the road noise on this hike

Imo the views make this a must do once, I would try to do in Fall if you could, would probably be super busy but I cant imagine how the colors would look from the views a top

Walked this trail on a very hot day during August and enjoyed every second of it, especially the overlook points and crossing the waterfall, can’t wait to go back!

Loved the hike took almost 5 hours. I wouldn’t recommend large dogs for the whole loop. Some portions you have to climb up. I would do this trail in the summer/fall.

There’s better up this way

I did this hike Dec 23rd. I took the white trail up . I made the mistake of carrying extra pack weight as I am training for Washington. Most of the rock scrambles on the way up had ice on them. Some of the ice wasn’t even visible . Picking which way to climb up was a struggle . I would often start up a rock then have to slide down and go another way due to slipping on ice . I am a avid hiker . This is a great trail . All trails has been rating trails as hard that are not actually hard though. It made me underestimate the scramble on this path. Use caution taking this trail in the winter and use a hiking buddy for help . I was solo and didn’t have anybody to spot me in case of a slip. I did bail out earlier than I was wanting to due to fear of more ice ahead of me. I want to try it again in the spring . The views are stunning.

Definitely worth the crazy hike on the white trail. I climbed on Nov 11th when the fall trees were nearing its end (but still glorious). So I definitely recommend going for the hike MUCH sooner when the peak of fall can be experienced. Not for the faint-hearted so make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hiking sticks would have also been a game-changer when descending the trail. All the leaves were gorgeous on the ground but didn’t make the climb down any easier. All in all, definitely worth the hike!

Good trail and nice views. The white trail is over grown with brush.

Great view from the top and a pretty nice return, but the way out is a lot of working on or near the road and a stone’s throw from people’s backyards.

Took 6 kids on this hike for a birthday party. Ages 12-13, boys & girls. Had fun. A bit rocky and tough because of the amount of leaves. Trails were marked alright but there were a few spots that were tricky to make sure we were on the right trail. One tree was down with the trail marker. But we figured it out with the help of this app. Happy hiking.

Great Hike with plenty of variety and fantastic views.

As everyone else says, the first bit is intense! Wear good boots and be ready to use your hands. A lot.

No one else on the trail on a chilly November afternoon.

We tried to take the first trail to the left about a mile up to get back to the road. Could not find the trail, even though the app says we crossed it two times!

A great day out.

Had a great time hiking Sam's Point Preserve and Verkerdeerkill Falls. We completed this hike on black Friday (11/23/18) on a beautiful sunny 20° day. The trails were clearly marked and the map was spot on accurate as far as measuring out the distances of the routes. On top of the mountain was about 4 inches of snow and very icy. Unfortunately the ice caves were closed due to the amount of ice but we will explore that another day. We arrived at 9am on the dot with only 3 other cars in the parking lot but saw that within a few hours of being there the cars (and buses) loaded with people started rolling in; I would suggest getting there as it opens because the parking lot is very small. Staff was extremely nice and helpful, the young woman at the front desk gives a detailed overview of what to expect and there are other staff members driving around to ensure no confusion or issues arise. The sights were stunningly beautiful for such a quick and easy hike in which you can see multiple states and an endless horizon of mountain tops. Our route from the trail head was 1 mile to the overlook, 4 miles to the falls and back and then we walked back to completed the Loop Road around the lake due to the weather. All in all with a few little water breaks and a lunch stop it took us about 5 hours from arrival to departure. We will definitely be back to hike the High Point trail and Ice Caves once the weather warms up a bit!

This hike gets crowded on weekends, as many city folk can take Metro-North right to the trailhead. The map shows this as an out-and-back trail, but there is a loop back to 9D that doesn’t have you traverse back down the rock climb (take the white trail to the red markers- you will see a sign that tells you to head left back to 9D/parking lot). I did this hike in November, and there was snow-ice at the top, but it was not too bad.
There are four peaks, each a better view than the last. Climbing up to the first peak is the most difficult, but the views are unparalleled.
Wear good treds with ankle support!

nice destination. pack food and beverage

Little bit of everything. Easy access off the AT makes it a great place to spend the night. Crater Lake is a great place to swim and also top off your water supply.

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 !

This is a fun trail with very rocky terrain and a steep incline in the beginning with a beautiful overlook. Trail smooths out for the next two miles and goes along the river towards the end. It’s beautiful with lots of bird sightings along the way. Our dog loved it too. Muddy and slippery in mid November and poorly marked in some areas. Parking lot is on Point Mountain Rd where the bridge crosses the Muscetong river.

The trail itself is awesome, especially the first 1.5 miles. But the crowds are out of control.

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2 months 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 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!

pros: a nice loop, beautiful views in most directions along the ridge, even can see the NYC skyline. lots of beautiful creeks and small waterfalls. leaves were still in full bloom. pretty easy hike in regards to physicality.

cons: much of the trail was also a creek, esp on the 1777W portion. nearly the entire time walking on some sort of rock, definitely high ankle boots recommended. this made it the most unpleasant. trail was OK in regards to marking but given the leaves on the ground definitely lost it a few times. our dog had 20+ ticks on her by the end of the day...

busy but so close to the city that it's worth the trade off.

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