Explore the most popular trails in Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
19 hours ago

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19 hours ago

I believe this is the best hike in the Gunks. Ice caves, waterfall, and Gunk cliff splendour. Enjoy!

Very good hike! I took the Aqua trail to the red trail and came back on the carriage road. Approx 9.2 miles. Lots a short scrambles that lead to beautiful views. The red trails runs along the edge of mountain almost the entire length. Some spots are not for anyone who has a fear of heights. Great hike!

It took us 4.5 hours for the bigger trail plus the ice caves trail. 10.35 total miles. We moved pretty fast. Totally worth the $10 and takes credit cards. 4 different types of hikes all in one. 1. Ice caves. 2. High point trail that has amazing views all along that portion. 3. Burned out area which had an amazing view. 4. Woodsy portions. Lots and lots of rock on trail. Great hike! Mostly no shade, so go in spring or fall for ice in caves and best hike.

Lovely nature - very particular vegetation. Rough terrain to the falls

One of my favorite east coast hikes so far. Loved the ice caves and falls. Nice day trek; interesting terrain. The lake seems skippable, but plenty else to keep you moving!

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rocky
14 days ago

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rocky
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14 days ago

Overall this small town didn’t seem very welcoming to visitors, hikers and outsiders. Even though the ice cave trail was fascinating we might not want to come back later. We parked at a library down the hill because at peak season there is very limited parking at trailhead. That added around 3 miles to the trail itself.

Super fun hike but was a little mislead by directions and ended up making it an even longer loop. Took us a long time but the dogs loved it. Ice caves were so cool, I would do it again but would bring more water this time around.

If you get there early on a weekday, this is a fantastic hike. It starts out with a road, and the last leg of the loop is a road as well. That is why I took off a star. But the sections of trail are really beautiful and fun. The tourists seemed to avoid the section past the falls to High Point (definitely worth your time; the person who said it was boring should be ignored - it is really fun!). Basically, it's a ridge walk and you cut over to the other side of the ridge. The types of plants and trees feel sub-alpine, there isn't a lot of soil once you get above the falls (the visitor center seemed worth visiting if you have the time). The ice caves are cool as well, just don't expect any ice in August. And don't try to climb anything difficult in there. I started to go the wrong way a couple of times. Think like a tourist and you'll make your way safely through. Bring lots of water!

We came the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, and it was busy as expected. The hike itself is very easy. Not much of a challenge. Ice caves were cool, but we were in a line of hikers since it was so crowded. The crowd petered out after the ice caves, going to Indian Rock. I’d recommend exploring some of the less popular trails if you want to escape the crowds! The greenery was very lush and beautiful in May. The actual hiking itself isn’t too exciting, but pretty views.

Uneven terrain, some loose rocks. Listed as a two mile hike, which it is not. Falls were absolutely beautiful!

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1 month ago

Great trail I enjoyed the caves it provided a good cool down from the hot sun,will definitely do this again

One of my favorites! Highly recommend this one because it encompasses everything you need in a hike! Every point of this hike was exciting because every point had a cool view or surrounding. You can climb up and find small cracks in the mountain that gives a cave-like feel, there are beautiful flat lands of small trees growing back firm a possible forest fire so you see a vast flat view, sams point has a cliff to take awesome looking photos from, and it ends by a beautiful waterfall! What more can you ask for :)

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rocky
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1 month ago

The ice caves were *definitely* the highlight of this hike. Very awesome. We went counter-clockwise and I would agree with the other review - once you do the ice cave and waterfall, go back unless you're just into long boring hikes. There is absolutely no shade for the last 2/3 of the loop. Total distance is 10.2 miles. Delicious blueberries everywhere along the trails!

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