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Buttermilk Brook - Bear Slides is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Warrensburg, New York that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Views
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Please note it is easy to get confused at the trail head and take the wrong trail. Take the one marked on the map that goes right and do not walk on River Rd, that is mostly a road with campsites and for horses.

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Don L
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HikingFlooded

Nice hike, the slides are really cool and there is a neat beaver pond upstream of them. AllTrails map takes you to the trailhead, which can be tough to find otherwise. We went to the end of the trail and made a loop on the snowmobile trail that shows up on the map as Gay Pond Road, wound up about 4.5 miles in all.

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Christine Brayton
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Hiking

beautiful easy hike, after the BIG HILL! lived the bear slide and beaver dam

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Tony Crawford
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. When you’re driving up, there are a couple of parking lots. Look for the sign for Parking 6 (see the pics) on the east side of the road; you’ll come to a larger parking area but keep going another few minutes. You’re met with a steep incline at the beginning of the trail which then levels out, but still gradually climbs. You’ll soon hear the water to your right and the trail meets up and follows parallel to the bear slides. The trail is fairly obvious, but has occasional red trail markers. Continue up another 1000’ beyond the top of the falls and look for the large beaver dam through the trees on your right. We turned around at that point because the beavers were effective enough to cover the trail with water.

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Rui Xu
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Joanne Flanagan
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike. At main parking lot you will see a sign for Seasonal Road- go down that road a short distance and park in that lot (#6). Use path to the right, there a small rock on the ground with a red trail marker. No other trail markers on this hike. Start off with steep but short hike and then the rest is easy. Water falls will be a short distance on your right. Water flow was very slow and we found the cause later on in the hike .. a huge beaver dam stopping most of the water flow. Easy, enjoyable hike.

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M.E. P
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Charles Effinger
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Shelby Doheny
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Hiking

Not much at the end (unless I missed something). But very cool where the water runs over the rocks which is only about halfway up the trail. Nice place. I’ll have to come back in the spring.

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John Miller
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Hiking

This is a really cool trail. I did it Spring 2020 with my 3 year old son. We were pretty much the only people there. Go down a LONG dirt road. Park in the parking area and go UP TO THE RIGHT. Follow the road past some camping spots and eventually you will hear the water rushing. It is a really nice hike for kids and we went way up following the stream up the hill.

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Barrett Selfridge
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Michael Katcher
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Hiking

Tough uphill at the start but it doesnt last for long. Then a short walk through a flat forest before arriving at the Bear Slides. Bring bathing suits, inner tubes and a packed lunch and it makes for a great afternoon.

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Matt A
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HikingGreat!

Trail is good but steep on the way in. If you’re going to play in Bear Slide take care not to fall on slimy rock and smash your face like I did. Loved it in there though.

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Kristin Olmstead
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HikingBugsRocky

Once you leave pavement, use the 2nd lot for parking. The first parking lot has a portable outhouse, appears to be the start of the trail. All trails map says not to go down River Rd..you need to go past this parking lot, accessing River Rd. it will be the next spot with #6 on it. We parked at the first parking lot and walked to the next as it was part of the course on the map. Right from the start, the trail has a steep incline. Make sure you wonder off the trail to explore the “Bear Slides.” You’ll know when you come to end the of the trail as it comes to a dirt road that runs perpendicular. I wore a pair of trail sneakers with great tred, I was slipping all over the rocks. My boyfriend wore sneakers, had no problem. The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky. Thank goodness the trail is mostly shaded. We ventured off the trail to check out some campsites and to get some pretty spectacular pictures. When we got back to our parking spot, the lot had filled up. Lots of people hitting the trail to tub down the slides. I would recommend getting there early if you’re going on the weekend. It’s one of the better “short” hikes I’ve been on. Bring the bug spray with you. I sprayed before I left and on the return. Saw lots of those little frogs. No snakes, thank goodness!!

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Heather Pomfret
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Easy trail with great scenery along the stream and a large beaver dam at the top! Saw lots of amphibians (frogs and newts) along the way, and I highly recommend cooling off in the lower pools of the stream. Very refreshing!

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Bryn Chico
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i do this one every year. the upper trail was loaded wooth frogs and red spotted newts. fun change there is now a large bever dam and pond at the top. interesting to see. also plenty of pools to cool off in so bring a swimsuit.

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robert lyons
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Nature trips

wonderful place, the first part of the trail is pretty steep but it's worth it. the farther up you go the more beautiful it gets. awesome!

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Melissa H
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Ivan Garcia
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Walking

Easy short 20-min walk from parking lot to the rock slides. First 10-min are steep. note, when driving to the lot there's a fork in the road, go left. it's single-lane then, so be careful. parking is on right shortly after the fork. park at sign that says "6". inflatable tube is useful to water slide.

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Bob Morehouse
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Hiking

We didn’t find the right trail. Our fault for not researching first. We parked in the right spot but walked the road along the river. Still very peaceful and relaxing. The trail head is on the right of the parking lot. Now we know for next time.

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Emily Houser
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Hiking

I attempted to do this trail today, when we parked and tried to open the all trails app...there was NO SERVICE. So, we didn't even attempt to find the "hard to find trail". But it was a beautiful spot and we explored the different camp sites. We'll be back soon to CAMP...and find that trail! Next time I'll have several screen shots saved of the different tips and trail map ;)

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Em B
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Hiking

You will come at a fork in the road; stay left at the fork. You will see a sign on your right that says “6 parking”. Right near that sign you will see some rocks and a trail; take that trail to the top of the Bear Slides. The trail is a little steep at the beginning, but it flattens out. This is a very nice, quick, and easy walk in the woods.

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Katie K.
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HikingMuddyOff trail

We went to this trail and there are two pathways you can choose from that were unmarked. We chose the one on the left. After reading these reviews, I realize it was the wrong trail. Go to the one on the RIGHT. The one on the left is all campsites with horses walking down so there is also a lot of horse shit. Be careful, do not take the wrong path.

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Jason Pettigrew
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Hiking

Great trail for the family. Make sure to bring something to ride down the slope with or just hang out

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Thomas Williams
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Katy Black
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Hiking

Short and steep

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Kelly Savalli
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Julian Schvartzman
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Hiking

Short easy hike. Lots of fun for the kids (and some adults) on the bear slides.

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Jodie Davis
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HikingMuddy

Great family hike. Kids loved it, but not well marked.

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