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Great short hike. Well-maintained trail. Nice views to the west and northwest. No bugs and lots of happy hiking dogs! We left before sunset, but it would have been an amazing place to watch the sun go down!

Very rocky and steep trail but worth the beautiful view you get at the top!!

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!

Absolutely loved this hike, the views are beautiful. I'm not very active unfortunately, and I definitely pushed myself a bit, but I did the hike in 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend giving it a try !!

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.

the view was amazing

Easy to follow markers to guide you along the way, did it with my pet Rottweiler and I can tell she enjoyed it as well.

Nice, moderate hike. Very popular. View was good but outlook was crowded. Bring some snacks to enjoy at the top. Well marked trail, but make sure to go left when you see the huge pile of rocks for the view! Had to be careful going down as it was slippery. Overall, fun hike

Amazing trail and views. Challenging climb but worth the effort.

Hiked this trail on Sat Oct 6th and it was 4.3 miles according to my GPS. I wouldn’t rate this trail as difficult at all, maybe a little tricky in a few spots (giant stairs) but moderate is a better rating. Beautiful views and we did the trail clockwise so we hit the waterfall first which is always a highlight of any hike. There is a nice area to relax by the waterfall and near the shore once you get down by the water. The giant stairs, rock scramble was so much fun and you have to be careful but that’s what a fun hike is all about! After the rock scramble and a few flat areas you head back up to the road, cross it and back to the parking area. If you live in the Tri-State area and haven’t done this trail I highly recommend it!!

Cloudy, foggy day so visibility / views were pretty limited so I can't really comment on that. The trail was well maintained and marked. I would rate this as moderate with one small section with a decent incline. We took the AT up and the fire road back down. Wasn't too busy but that was probably due to the slightly rainy weather. Not one of my top hikes but I'll come back and check it out when the weather is better.

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11 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.

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11 days ago

Awesome trails, gorgeous views! The rock scramble is hard but worth the effort!

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.

Pretty view. Not a very difficult jaunt for more experienced hikers

I definitely wasn’t prepared for how difficult this trail is but it was manageable! I had my dog with me who is very confidant and sure-footed but even he had some second thoughts at times. I know they say to keep your dog on a leash but I for sure would’ve had a broken ankle from the pull of the leash had I had it on him. So ONLY bring your dog if they 1. Are super skilled at rough terrain 2. Have great stamina 3. Are friendly and easygoing when it comes to other people and dogs. Might go back someday!

Hiked in September 2018. The description of the hike doesn’t match the mapped area and trail markers. So we followed the map downloaded from AllTrails and it worked great. I’d say it’s more easy than moderate. There are some nice viewpoints - Castle ruins, a water tower, nice lake, few streams with some waterfalls.
There are 2 parking areas, the one with directions from AllTrails has 2 portapotties. No ranger station, only trailhead with a map posted. Trails are clearly marked. We didn’t get lost as were following the app’s map.
A lot of people with dogs at the beginning of the hike. You can combine trails for various difficulties. Parking is tight but people come in and out all the time, as there are a lot of locals who just come to walk with dogs around the lake.

hiking
15 days ago

Good trail...amazing overlooks @ the top and some spots in the trail.. trail is marked very well... narrow in spots & of course rocky in spots. Overall a decent trail...recommended

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.

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.

Not very dog friendly, muddy. Most of the trail is through a field on planks. Only enough room for one person and u get full sun so it gets hot. I don’t know about this one

amazing views and challenging rocky path

hiking
22 days ago

Wear good shoes!!! This hike was very well-marked and fun. The rock scramble was intense, as it went across rather than up. I went in mid-Sept.

Awesome trail! Definitely drink plenty of water and watch your footing. All the rock scrambles you’ll end up climbing/hiking through get difficult and very exhausting but climbing through them is so much fun. You’ll feel accomplished when you’re finished!

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful views in the beginning, plain hike for the rest of the trail. In my opinion , the trail rated as "moderate" not "easy" only due to elevation, indeed, some areas didn't appear tome as accessible for kids or dogs. Overall nice cardio !

Where’s the Damn Waterfall!!!! Lol

Well marked and is difficult after the first 2 miles. Be prepared for scambling and steps. I did this after the rain and the scrambling was very hard and slippery. Beautiful views.

not hard but tricky. finished the loop with 3 other people, 1 who has never hiked before. enjoyed it immensely though. Calves were a little achy the day after climbing the grand staircase and the boulders. but nothing insane if you have some level of fitness.

29 days ago

I did this time Clockwise , it is much easier than counter clockwise. Beautiful views with good workout in a sunny Sunday afternoon, love it

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