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Indian Head Mountain Loop is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,656 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

This park is experiencing partial closure at the Platte Clove road SE entrance due to COVID-19. Users have reported that the NW entrance is still open. If you are unable to access the trailhead, please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

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Mary Arnold
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HikingRockyScramble

Absolutely stunning views made the scramble worthwhile!

P P
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Hiking

One of the best trails.

Joanne Amomonpon
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

slippery so be careful nice hike! did it counterclockwise. enjoy

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Barbara Mones
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Great hike! Took Erica L’s suggestion and did the loop counter clockwise. Sections of the Devil’s Path are challenging, but beautiful. Don’t recommend dogs or very young children. Bring bug spray- the black flies are out.

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Jared F.
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HikingScramble

Fun and challenging hike. Glad I spread it out over a couple days.

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Brian O'Leary
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RunningRocky

Beautiful trail

Daniel Lindner
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HikingBugsMuddy
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William Haines
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HikingBugsRocky
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Erica L
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HikingRockyScramble

This was a cool trail. Lots to see. It is well worn but still feels undisturbed. Do not recommend bringing kids or dogs. Older kids maybe. The whole trail is rocky with roots to trip and scrambles to fall. There are places where you need both hands and can't carry a child or animal. There are also some sections of forest that are very open and easy to lose the trail if you're not watching for the trail markers. We went counterclockwise (right at the first fork, 2.0 to summit). This was the right call (on the way down the other side I was very glad we chose the way we did). The trail becomes a scramble for the last mile, which could get dangerous if you're inexperienced or careless but it never felt too difficult, just fun. No views or outcroppings, just beast it and enjoy the geology. Super cool hike up. Intersection near summit leads to the notch with a limited view. Then another .5 left to the top. The views here are few. The first spot we found to sit and snack was right near the summit but the view wasn't great. It's another four miles back down. Again as we headed this way I was grateful we were going this direction. It would draggg on to hike up this route. There are a couple nice spots on the way down. The first view is another .5ish miles from the summit on a flat cliff. The trail then goes right, straight down a steep climb/scramble. It was fun and there were enough hand holds that it wasn't hard for us, but could really be challenging for some. The second little lookout another .7 or so from the summit is where we got the best view of the valley, town below, and the river. The rest of the trail remains super rocky but relatively easy compared. It was muddy but good trail work has been done to place rocks. It was a really nice hike, no crowds.

Eric B
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Platte Clove road SE entrance was still closed May 2 but NW entrance is open. Trail very muddy and slippery at times due to snow melt. Also don't forget the bug spray!

Kyly P
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

At the end of April, the ascent from the Prediger lot is still snowy and icy. I would recommend heading counter-clockwise up the Blue trail. Runoff from melting snow along all faces of the mountain made for a constant slog through slush and ice. I would recommend crampons or a good walking stick until everything is thoroughly thawed. This trail is not 5.9 miles, but closer to 7. It took about 5.5 hours including sightseeing stops.

Emily M
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Go counter clock wise, super steep, snowy and slushy the first two miles up, but the views at the top were incredible, best iv’e seen yet! I wore just sneakers and my feet were soaked right off the bat, definitely need waterproof shoes! Many different lookout spots and the way down is much nicer! Awesome hike, took us 5 and half hours with me having only sneakers on.

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