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This trail was absolutely gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. Sam’s Point was a nice but very crowded lookout point. Once you get to the top past Sam’s Point the landscape is really interesting with all the dwarf pitch pine and wild plants lining the paths. The ice caves were really awesome and that was a nice short trail, but again, it was really crowded. Once we got onto the footpath for the falls it wasn’t nearly as crowded. We did pass some hikers along the way but it was mostly private most of the way. And the scenery is gorgeous. There are also lots of delicious wild blueberries lining that open part of the trail. You’re on an open mountain side overlooking the mountains ahead for most of the trail leading to the falls and the views are amazing but you’ll be exposed to the sun so coverup and wear sunblock if it’s a sunny day. There’s a point where you go through a little faerie fern forest and I thought it was just magical. Afterwards you go through a patch of white birch and then the falls are spectacular. We didn’t do the entire loop. We just went to the falls and back the same way but I plan to go back and finish the loop. Overall I thought it was a beautiful trail with some interesting terrain changes which kept the trail exciting. And if you’re like me and are really into plants you’ll love checking out all the different plant life along the way.

This was a very challenging trail. If you are not prepare and fit don't do it. If you are afraid of heights don't attempt it either. It's a very crowded trail with a lot of dogs. I met a lot of hikers on this trail, some were friendly, others rude. I seen a lady with a 6 month baby on her back. This is definitely not a trail for that.

great local hike especially if you live in NYC (and have a car). great workout, lovely views and lots of seating areas on flats boulders. I initially missed the stairs on right that take you into the Giant Stairs area (through a fence) so keep an eye out as there are trails that lead elsewhere. very well blazed. not scary or too technical at all and good sneakers were sufficient on a sunny day. took 3.5 hours with a half hour lunch break.

Great hike beautiful view just before Table and awesome view Ashokan high peaks at the summit of Peekamoose when you get to the rock look for the trail on the left side coming up from denning road

Fun all the way up

I did the hike with my 5yo son yesterday, a very hot day. I fed him constantly, hydrated him constantly, stopped often and he kept going all the way to the top. Congrats Issei!!
WARNING. You need to know what you are doing, do not attempt this if you are not an expert or your child is reckless. NEVER look away from them. My son is very disciplined, a good listener and stops EVERYTIME I tell him to do so. Nonetheless children that age are unpredictable and disaster could be around the corner. It is up to you to eliminate risk. Took 4 1/2 hour on white/yellow/green/red. I think the full loop would have been too much. Start early on summer days. Gets pretty hot soon. Even on the top. We used one gallon of water between the two of us.
I gave it 4 stars but not for the trail itself but because the conditions the people left the hike in. Graffiti defacing rocks, plastic everywhere... C’mon people!! Carry your own garbage!

Great trail I love it

Great hike that was really well marked. I have the worst sense of direction and get lost on a lot of well marked trails, but I did this one solo and when I got turned around I immediately found my way quickly due to all of the markings.
It is a workout but loved every second. Slid down one of the rocks after trying to follow a path forward that was too steep, but quickly recovered.

Great hike but very strenuous. Make sure you’re in shape for this one!

Amazing and exhausting trail. Completely the whole loop and sweated a good 5lbs. Next time I'll be better prepared with more water and hiking gloves

Good beginners trail. Enjoyed the walk. Three hours with nature!!!!

The hike was moderate but the views were great from both Pinnacle and Puplit rock. Took was about 4 hours with breaks at both the points . We did the loop counterclockwise so we reached the Pinnacle first . But I would love to come back and do it from the pulpit rock end . I think that would be a bit more challenging .

We went from the visitor center to ice caves on the white trails to the falls on the aqua trail and then the high point red trail. It had just stopped raining 30 min before. We clocked in 13 miles even with taking a wrong path that might of hows our time by 45 min.
The ice caves are amazing and cool but very slippery. It was really cool in some parts that I wished I can stay. There are places with motion sensor lights but by the time you get 1/2 down a dark path it would turn on. We looped on the white trail where there are some places you might have to go up a small ladder.

We then went on the Aqua trail towards the falls. There are also a-lot of huckleberry and blue berry bushes, but it was very open space so be prepared to get sun burn, cuz there is not much shade and it is a narrow and very wet and rocky path. Once you get to the stream area the lady we met was not kidding you might wanna take off your shoes it’s cold but it’s very refreshing. And gotten to the falls area. It’s is definitely a beautiful site how the mountains has been carved. After a short rest we continued on to aqua path towards high point.
>>>the trail from the falls the the high point red trail is a 90 degree climb<<< be prepared
When we finally gotten to the cross road of the red and aqua trail. The foot path said 2.5 miles on the red trail to the carriage road.

What they did not tell you able the high point trail. There is a lot of rock climbing and just when you think it’s the highest point there is another rock formation you need to climb. At some points it was more like common your kidding me. The high point is scenic and hard and not a lot of shade coverage. And the end of the high point there is a very steep incline to go down with a lot of loose rocks back on carriage road.
From the carriage road to the visitor center is another 2.8 miles there is not a lot of markers that would tell you how many miles is left. 1/2 of it is not shades the other 1/2 when you get close to the visitor center is shades.

I had about a little two liters of water each person. One thing to remember is that it’s NOT enough. We struggled at the end because we didn’t bring enough at all. We had 2 liters of ice water via hydration bladder. If I had to do it again I would of brought about 3-4 liters of water and a hat.

Very easy to get over heated on parts of the aqua trail and the high point trail especially now. Now that we got home I can honestly say I wished I taken some more photos it was truest beautiful and above the clouds.

This is easily one of my favorite hikes near NYC. The only reason I give it 4 stars is due to the amount of people on the trail. It can be a zoo if you get there after 9am. So go early. But if you want a short hike with a little challenge and seriously rewarding views, this is the one. You also have the option to extend the hike out to the fire tower, if you want more mileage and dodge fewer people. After the hike, I love to head to Cold Spring for some lunch, a rewarding beer, or a little shopping. I heard the trail will be closed down next year, so get there while you can.

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12 days ago

First time back since my first visit in November and lemme tell you it’s just as much of an escape from the city as it was than back then! The wind in the summer was a lot less crazy, so when I got up to the top to the tower it wasn’t as sketch. Went solo so wanted to see how quick I could get to the tower and back from the breakneck trailhead, made it under 5.5hrs! Near the fire tower I was startled by a noise and all of a sudden saw a little doe and was able to snap some pics of it. Even though it does break up to allow you your own space in nature (crazy concept to think being so close to nyc!) but I’d suggest getting up there before noon to avoid congestion and the peak heat, tho it’s really not too bad between the trees. Biggest suggestion, bring at least two more bottles of water than you’d thought you’d need in the first place, will not regret it...! Only thing that’d make this hike perfect was a swimming hole (and less people, but that’s dreamin big lol).

Great hike, devils pool is refreshing.....but rocks are very slippery! Hardly any restrooms though

Hikes the full loop - ice caves, to the falls, to high point. My Fitbit clocked 13 miles total.

It had stormed the night before so the trails were very very wet and muddy, as were the caves. The caves were incredible!

The hike out to the falls was very easily followed. A couple of water crossings near the falls, trekking poles would be very helpful! I took off my boots to barefoot it across the falls - very flat and not slippery. Absolutely gorgeous!

The hike from the falls to high point was long (and it rained!) but views for a good part of the way. There is a benchmark at the top. Views for miles!

A short but steep desent leads back to a carriage trail that goes on for 2.8 miles back to the parking lot. A long and boring trek, except the remains of old berry picker cabins, which were cool!

A moderate hike which rewards you with amazing views from the Pulpit and the Pinnacle. Highly recommend you hike to the Pinnacle to catch the sunset, truly beautiful. Probably one of the top 5 best hikes in east PA. Few camping spots at the top but camping is not allowed and the rangers are known to patrol this very popular hike so i wouldnt recommend doing an overnight. Also no overnight parking in the lot, when I went to do a sunset hike I left a sign on my car stating as such and received no problems. Hike gets very crowded but me and my group were the only ones on the trail for our sunset hike.

16 days ago

Wow! What amazing views! I cannot wait to return in the fall and just sit at the top taking in the scenery. Definitely start with the white trail because it is quite a challenge. It’s mostly rock scrambling...I wouldn’t want to go down that way. It’s definitely some of the best scrambling that I’ve done in the area. There are so many places to stop and enjoy the views along the way. Once you get to the top with the flagpole it only gets better. There are at least 2-3 more places further up on the white trail that were less crowded where you can sit and enjoy the wind and take it all in.

Both scenic and challenging. Greenery and trees along the NJ/NY border. Challenging rock climb & descents at “The Giant Stairs.” Bring a backpack: pack water & snacks. Don’t be a litter bug :)

Hiked on 7/28. Awesome hike, steep in spots, great lookouts when offered. Recommend going up the Devils Path and down through Jimmy Dolan Notch.

really challenging hike but felt so good to finish!! definitely need to be in good shape to navigate all of the rocky terrain. great views of the hudson river!!

Parking lot was full after 10am. They have no second overflow lot and the rangers were sending everyone away. Thankfully, we found a nice lady who let us park in her lawn a 1.5 miles down from the trail head.

There was recently heavy rain, which made for some muddy trails but a glorious fast moving waterfall. If you do not do the full loop at least make it to the waterfall. It's truly stunning!

The caves are awesome as well but I think those would be especially beautiful in the winter.

Overall great hike!

If you want a challenge, this is the one. If you want the full experience of the trail, take it to fire tower, but that makes it a much longer hike

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18 days ago

As good as its reputation. challenging uphill climb, especially when going the morning after a rain because the rocks were slippery. But the vistas at pulpit and pinnacle make it worthwhile. Went with a six and nine year old, took about 4 hours.

If there was a higher classification than hard I would give it. We were not prepared for the difficulty of the scrambles. It had rained on and off recently and they were very slick. We encountered a rock avalanche, which we were told later is a common occurrence after and during rain. Scariest thing in my life! Luckily we did not get hurt/Hit as we were about 20 feet ahead of it. We had kids ranging from 8-13 with us. They all did well, but looking back really not for kids under 12. And they need to be athletically inclined.

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23 days ago

Best scrambling and free style short day hike in lower NY!!

Not as great as the reviews say, the waterfall was weak and after the waterfall there’s pretty much nothing else to see for the remaining 5miles. It lacks any scenic views for a hike that climbs 1.3k feet. It’s too challenging for the amount of views on the trail, and the road leading up to the trail entrance is terrible. I will def not be going back.

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