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Great hike. Challenging. Be in shape!

Map indicates going up and returning on the white trail. Best to return on the yellow trail. Trail maps were available at the start of the trail, just before the car tunnel.

It is a little strenuous but the views are amazing. The fall colors are just starting and in about two weeks, it will be wonderful! It was a beauty day for hiking today. There were so many people on the mountain, it was unbelievable!

Beautiful vistas, perfectly challenging, and a great workout. My girlfriend and I are both 50 and in moderately good shape. We definitely were challenged by the end of the four hour hike and felt happy to be able to sit down afterward . Our Favorite part was halfway through when we laid down on a giant boulder, listened to the sound and felt the warmth of the warm autumn son.

Super easy, well kept trail. The lake is really lovely. It's a little crowded for my taste, but what a great time of year to go. The leaves are starting to change, and it will only get better in the next couple of weeks.

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!

A nice easy walk with a spectacular view of Taughannock Falls. Lots of people coming & going but never too crowded to get nice photos. The gorge is as spectacular as the actual falls.

Very crowded and but great views and a good hike. Lots of picturesque spots

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.

This was my first hike and pretty challenging for a newbie. #1TIP wear comfortable shoes and clip toe nails beforehand. The incline and decline on the rocks will do a number on your feet. Sunday morning hike (9 am) didn't see much of a crowd. The trail is about 1.5 hours from New York on the Metro North(BEACON STATION). You'll need to take a cab ride from station to trail roughly (5 mins). The view and experience is well worth the hike.

Steep and Rocky. Great late afternoon hike to get the sunset against storm king.

Amazing views!! Go in a few weeks for an breathtaking view of Fall foliage!

Easy Walk Beautiful View !

hiking
8 days ago

A charming and leisurely hike. There are a few sets of somewhat steep stairs, but the climbs are brief. Beautiful waterfalls throughout. A small picnic area at the top before you head back down makes for a great break for kids.

Amazing elevation and breathtaking views. This trail has so much to offer depending on what color trail you choose. If you start off on the white near the train station it is very vertical for certain stretches. The difficulty is part of the fun! Take your time, be safe, enjoy the views and take pictures. You will never forget the views! Life changing!

hiking
10 days ago

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.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. you can get close enough to feel the most off the falls.

This was such a great hike! It is very difficult to get to the waterfall but so worth it. Lots of rocks to hike through and your feet will get wet. It took me and my mom about an hour and a half to get to the falls and then an hour back because at that point we just didn’t care about getting our feet wet. It was such a beautiful experience! We also hiked through the ice caves, there was no ice but the experience was still amazing! Definitely recommend this.

Great hike once you get off the carriage trail! There are three pretty challenging sections. Two where you have to go up and down a steep incline and decline over boulders and one down a stream bed. We went counter clockwise which I’d recommend. My wife and I had our two senior dogs 11 and 14 with us. We all managed just fine although pushing it a few times.

Beautiful views, easy path with some incline but not steep.

hiking
13 days ago

Great views, a must do. Fairly straight forward trail, with only a few spots for some moderate rock scrambling. Nothing too steep or long. We were there after a heavy rainstorm a few days prior and the route back had us walking through lots of water, so make sure you have proper footwear

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous, easy hike. If you go early enough, chances are you’ll be the only person there.

Gorgeous views on this trail, very kid-friendly and lots of signs, just follow the red diamonds. Lots of other good trails too. We went with 3,5,8 years old kids and they were fine the whole time. You can bathe at the lake if you want and there is just a parking fee to get in.

Great views with an amazing waterfall, the ice caves were also pretty cool though i didnt see any ice lol. Did the whole loop going counter clockwise, didnt find it extremely hard. It does get very crowded but the crowds die down for the most part after you get past the falls. Ps parking costs 10 bucks per car.

This was a beautiful, unique trail. The combination of man made structures and natural gorge were impressive to say the least. It felt like walking through a canyon built in biblical times on. The gorge trail and the rim trail had the most beautiful and literally breathtaking stair cases. I ran the 4.7 miles starting from the cabins and found that route excellent since the gorge trail was much more scenic and less challenging so it was a good way to cool down and end the run. Careful with the slippery stairs and maybe try doing this hike at the end of the day while the sun is just setting and rays of light drift through the lightly wooded forest and highlight the falls.

Hiked gorge to top and then took rim trail down- amazing falls on gorge trail A rim was quiet forest and so peaceful- lots of steps especially on gorge trail

Beautiful views, worth the heat.
We did it on a Sunday, few tips if you are planning this one:
- reach early, limited parking spots, park opens at 8am.
- PLEASE bring mosquito/flea repellent
- If u r planning the entire loop including High point, at least 3 Ltr water per person and snacks.
- Minimal shades, so cap and sunscreen.

we did the entire loop starting from the caves, water fall, high point and then back to the lake and parking. The description says approx 8miles but my phone counted approx 11.2 miles. This region is known to have rattle snake, we just saw one non-poisonus black garden snake just before Sam's point but thankfully no encounter with rattle snakes.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in a while! Did this solo- the trail was very well marked, manicured but also secluded. So many scenic lookouts it was difficult to keep pace! I did the loop and then later the waterfall trail which was worthwhile, a total of just under 5 miles when you factor in the connection paths. I spotted salamanders, millipedes and caterpillars. The trail was almost empty during the week. I did have to pay the $10 parking fee but it paid off because the trails were so well maintained.

Did this trail with my GF last Sunday, wow it was awesome! I'd say if you never hiked before, this MAY be "difficult", but to anyone who hikes, it's definitely more on the "moderate" side. There are so many amazing views along the edge of the rocks, and so many places to just sit down, hang out and take in the views. The trail is great because you get a little bit of everything-moderate rock scramble, great views of NY, trails through the forest, etc. My GF saw a bear in the distance, but I wasn't paying attention and missed it! We saw some cool Ravens hanging out on the ledge as well.

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