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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 !

Quick getaway for NYC resident. We completed the trail in approximately 4.5 hours (with a 30 minute detour off the white trail and a 20 minute meal break at the top of the blue trail) with two fit adults and a 45lb beagle dog. Trail markings at times missing, which, thankful for the free Alltrails app with prior free download of the trails.

Some dos and dont's:
Go counter-clockwise, as recommended by many on this page (white - blue - orange - red - yellow). Yellow trail is along the water and brings you back to the parking lot, but minimal trail markings to find the merger from the red trail. To find the orange from the blue - take the left fork when descending from the highest point of blue. Especially if bringing a dog go counter-clockwise because of the rock scramble on the blue trail. 80 degree angle at points.

Wear waterproof boots is a must - no tennis shoes.

We arrived at 10am and there were only 3 parking spots remaining (in both the visitor center and the dirt lot across the road), however, cars were parked adjacent to the center on the main road by the time we left.

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5 days ago

View is beautiful! Very steep trail though, but so much fun!

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

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.

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

Pretty nice trail, I would rate it easy except for that steep part on the blue dot which is moderate difficulty, would recommend doing it counter clock wise, otherwise it would be more scetchy going down on blue dot. A bit too crowded.

Great trail overall. We did the red, blue, and then white but I would recommend the opposite (white, blue and then red). Since the blue was a STEEP downhill, it made going down for our dogs very difficult. Other than that part, we all had a great time! And also, wear waterproof shoes/boots! Getting your them soaked is almost inevitable.

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6 days ago

A bit challenging for kids and beginners but really a nice trail for the family. We started along the green blazed long path and both kids (2 and 4 yo) did the first mile on their two feet. That took about 2 hours, so then the little one went up in the carrier and we continued on to the yellow then white with red triangle trails to complete the approx 3 mile loop. The 4 year old did the whole thing with a couple tough spots but she loved it. It took us a little less than 4 hours. We only stopped a few minutes here and there for water or a quick lunch. A couple relatively challenging stream crossings (for little legs) and a nice spot where the yellow meets the white/red triangle trails with some little waterfalls. I am glad we did it clockwise- the more challenging and rockier parts seemed to be in the first mile and on fresh legs. The yellow trail is wider and white with red triangle more rolling hills. All made for a really nice day hike from Long Island.

Some puddles here and there but still passable.

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7 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.

These trails are fenced off! As of nov. 2018 they seem closed if you enter from sweet hollow road. Hopefully they are doing maintenance and will open again!

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!

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.

Overall one of the top hikes I’ve been on. It took us about 4.5hrs (but we stayed at the top for about 45 min). We originally read that we should do white - blue - orange - red .. but after speaking to other hikers along the way we were advised to do white - blue - red .. we did this but be very careful because compared to other hikes I’ve been on the trail was not well marked and at times it was difficult to find the next marker which made it a bit confusing. I would recommend wearing boots as it was very wet and at times muddy.

great hike

An excellent hike, with varied terrain, excellent views and beautiful trails.

A word to the wise: if you load and follow the exact path outlined above, please be aware that this is not 5.5 miles. The complete loop, covering Bald, The Timp and Doodletown is 7.5 miles.

Wonderful, none the less, but plan accordingly. Not the first Harriman/Bear Mtn Park hike that’s miles off in distance on this app...

this is a ez and beautiful hike!

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.

Great, well marked trail. Inclines were challenging but reasonable. Descents with a lot of leaf litter were a bit more challenging. Lovely views. Can’t wait to do it again in spring or summer!

If you’re heavy or out of shape this will be a difficult hike for you. The first 1.25 mile is a 75 degree rock scramble where you are literally on your fours the entire time. It’s exhilarating if you’re a regular hiker. I hiked all the way up to the fire tower on the white trail & it is totally worth it.

Do not come back on the yellow trail - that adds another 6 mile to your hike most of it downhill.

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13 days ago

Excellent hike. Shaded. It had rained heavily the night before, and the trail was often muddy; long portions of the trail had water flowing down the trail. Very crowded on an unseasonably warm November day--more than 300 cars were parked at the trailhead at 1pm. Took us 3.5 hours (two fit adults carrying a baby in a baby backpack). Some people were struggling with the rock scramble, but we thought it was fairly straightforward.

Great workout. Did the trail to the tower and back on the yellow trail. 10 miles, but so worth it. Was a gorgeous day. From the top of breakneck to the fire tower I did not come across any other people, but I did start at 7:40. The yellow trail coming back was quite wet from all the rain we had, but very pretty with the fall colors and the running streams. This was my first time doing the yellow trail on this side of the mountain and I had to back track a few times to find the yellow markers and use my GPS. So if this is your first time, be on the lookout for yellow markers. Well worth it, but it's quite a workout.

Worth doing again and again and again.

Breathtaking hike. Except that it’s no joke. It’s as hard as it gets with great rewarding views! You might think you are done but it is a long stretch of rock scrambling. I did the white trail and then red trail which then led to a waterfall immediately after which there was the yellow trail.

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