Sam's Point, Ice Caves, and Indian Rock Loop

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Sam's Point, Ice Caves, and Indian Rock Loop is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ellenville, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

A heavily traveled set of trails in Sam's Point Preserve. The majority is walking on country roads - but with a few side hikes that make the rest worth it. Includes a stop at Sam's Point overlook, the Ice Caves loop (where ice can last in the caves well into July), and Indian Rock (caution: snakes). Get there early, the parking lot opens at 9 and gets busy ($10 to park). IMPORTANT: A number of the trails have been closed due to private purchase. Its a shame as the park is now cut off from the Lake Awosting area and Verdeerderkill Falls is inaccessible!

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14 days ago

It’s great but very wet after the rain. There are rails and at the end you can exit the ice caves and continue on the white trail to loop back out. There are some parts that get narrow and even though there are some places in the caves with motion sensor lights, bring your own head lamp. You will get dirty there are some places where you need to climb a small ladder. We gotten there at 1030 and the rain just stopped around 10. But I wouldn’t have hiked this in the summer with out the rain. It would be very hot.

21 days ago

Walked in Birkenstocks. Made it a little difficult but totally doable. Hiked with our chihuahuas. Had to lift them up a few times. Had I been more prepared for this spontaneous hike it would have been easier. The caves were awesome.

1 month ago

Enjoyable! wouldn't say it was "hard" I saw a lot of very young kids in the caves and they didn't seem to struggle.

2 months ago

My favorite trail in all of NY so far- trail is in great condition and the views are breathtaking. Went on a Monday and it wasn’t crowded at all.

2 months ago

Beautiful !

3 months ago

Signs said the ice caves were closed. The rest was awesome though!

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and two kids (10yr.&5yr. old) had an amazing time. We loved the views ❤

hiking
4 months ago

As beautiful a view as it gets at Sam’s Point. The loop, while mostly paved, offered some really great scenery as well. If you stick to the loop, it’s an easy hike. Where it gets tricky are the unmaintained trails that seem to be everywhere. Highly recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful places I have hiked . Views are astonishing! Very challenging hike but definitely it is worthy! This review is about a hiking done on September 2017.

hiking
10 months ago

Best płace to visit near NYC! Hike to the Sam's point very easy. I've seen people with strollers and motorized wheelchair doing it! Only hard part is the ice caves and waterfall. We did it with our 6 years old daughter and she loved it. We were there Thursday and the parking was almost full.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Loved this hike - the Ice Caves in particular were a lot of fun (minor scrambling and 20 degrees cooler in mid July!).

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