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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 !

Great hike for someone looking for a challenge but doesn’t want to get overwhelmed either. First km or two is steep (climbing on rocks, some lose some not). Rest of it is flat and downhill but still rocky and climbing over fallen trees, crossing tiny streams etc. I hiked this alone, so was happy with this moderately busy route. Gave full stars for the ease of access and the just right amount of distance and challenge. I went this weekend, and there were one or two patches where water was still frozen on path in the afternoon.

Made it with the kids to the fall. Definitely bring extra socks as there’s several muddy and wet patches on trail. Great fun day.

We did this trail on the weekend as part of the Catskill Firetower Challenge. The actual out and back (you don’t have to do the loop) is more like 7 miles. It’s a steady rise for the first part up a road/horse path, then pitches a little steeper for the second half. The trail is o good shape, no great views though. We got to the summit and were greeted with a blizzard white out, so now views from the tower. I’d suggest that if you’re not up for the 2000 ft in 2 miles elevation of the other trail, this is a great option.

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3 days ago

We followed the trail clockwise in early-mid Nov, with sunny and crisp clear skies in the 40s with leaf-concealed mud and puddles in low areas and some small icy spots in the elevated rocky areas. It was interesting seeing the faint remains of Doodletown, and the assortment of mountain tops allowed for numerous beautiful viewpoints, including Bear Mountain, the Hudson River, and NYC. I’d consider this a Medium-difficulty trail. Elevation gains were a nice challenge and GPS was invaluable on this partially-unmarked trail. Foot traffic was light to moderate. Would love to see it in June!

Great morning hike. A little muddy and the waterfall on white trail (AT) near the road was impassable. Otherwise it was great moderate hike.

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3 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.

Did this one today from the Spruceton Road Trailhead. This route is 7 miles round trip with 2000 + feet of elevation. The summit was in blizzard like conditions, but I never needed microspikes, although I had them. No views due to snow squall, but a great hike nonetheless.

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 park ..... but missing signage and maps for visitors and precautions in schedules. my husband and I got lost and another 4 people more ... ... the forest guards looked for us in the night there was good collaboration from the police, bonberos, ambulance thanks!

Beautiful views!

Thank you below to La Gattons. We navigated around the flooded section to the left like you mentioned and it helped immensely! When you get to that flooded part, go left of that area and through the woods and up some slight hills. You'll start seeing some pink and blue ribbons, follow those until you start seeing the red and white markers and you can follow those all the way back to the parking lot. We did the white markers all the way until they merged with the red and white. If you do white to red and white the whole way it's a big loop and that will get you back to the elk parking lot trailhead. All in all a great hike, awesome lake, beautiful scenery throughout. My gf and I thought it was mostly pretty easy to moderate, but we do hike a lot. Not too challenging.

Really pretty, not too well marked in places but besides that a great day...

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9 days ago

Great hike with some amazing views near and around Cobble Mtn. Started from the lower half and went counter so that I saved the views for the 2nd half of the hike. Perfect hike to do in the fall, the colors are beautiful and pictures cant do it justice. Easy trail to follow and i personally didnt find it extremely hard, did it on a late Saturday Morning after a few showers and had the whole trail to myself until the end where I passed a few people heading up Cobble Mtn in the early PM. By the time I was finishing the weather really cleared up, the sun was shining and the parking lot was starting to get packed, so I expect this hike gets busy when the weather is nice, luckily I dont mind hiking in the rain and the sun was out by the time I started the 2nd half of the hike, so I was able to enjoy Cobble Mtn for myself. This trail has a lot of boulder crossings which were very slippery after the rain and a few of the trails acted as streams, so I highly recommend you have waterproof boots with good traction. Great place to go after this hike is Kent Falls Brewery, its a working farm brewery and they have some great beer on tap made right there for a very reasonable price, plus the workers there are super friendly, youll thank me later!

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.

Just did this hike. It was awesome definitely the right amount of challenge with great views along the way. The way up is the perfect amount of incline, but is a little congested with people going to see the fire tower and come back down. Once you go into yellow/white/blue territory you barely see other hikers.
In doing that loop we got lost a few times (we are seasoned hikers). As mentioned in other comments, where the blue and the yellow meet it is very confusing and if you follow the blue you will be taking yourself off of the trail entirely. You need to follow the stream down on unmarked trail until you intersect with white (at a very obviously paved intersection) which will then take you to yellow again to get down.

Great hike , it started out pretty easy but we found some really neat challenges on the higher elevations

Did the Mount Beacon/Firetower side instead of the Fishkill Ridge side. After all the rain, alot of water on the trails.

What an awesome spot we trained here before heading out west to hike Havasu Falls great spot challenging at times with elevation change great scenic overlooks best in the fall in my opinion nice and cool and the foliage was amazing. Highly recommended

hiking
12 days ago

It’s a pretty hike though interesting when it became part of a photo shoot.

Note that the trail information/route has been updated as of November 2018 to reflect the current route of the eastern section of the Wilkinson Trail.

hiking
12 days ago

My wife and I did this trail yesterday and enjoyed it thoroughly. We are active seniors and do some hiking. The beginning, first 2 miles, is on the steep side and offers some challenges along with some great views. Once over the top it is more of a nice walk in the woods. The trail is well marked although we did lose it a couple of times and the app helped to find our way. Some reviews mentioned that it was crowded, this was not the case on a lovely November Thursday! Being old and retired has some benefits. Gave it only 4 stars not for any particular reason , always want to think there is something better down the road or in this case trail.

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12 days ago

The beginning of the hike is pretty steep (never to the point of rock scrambling though) and quite enjoyable. The views are great at the top! The descent is pretty easy and flat, but at the end of the hike it takes you beside 9D and it gets quite noisy. This place also has heavy foot traffic so try to go during the week.

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

Made for a great, fairly easy hike and was perfect to take in some amazing views of the foliage, from both sides of the valley. The mix of terrains climbing and descending the 2 peaks and valley kept things interesting and fun the whole way out and back.

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16 days ago

Great hike but don't take it without a map. Easy to get lost, not hard but long. Breathtaking views and nice changes to vegetation and rocks during the hike. Bring water, you'll need it. The last section was flooded, but if you turn left you can make it and be back at the parking lot.

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.

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