Sam's Point, Ice Caves, and Indian Rock Loop [CLOSED]

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve: Sam's Point Area

Sam's Point, Ice Caves, and Indian Rock Loop [CLOSED] is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ellenville, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 672 feet Route Type: Loop

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The Sam’s Point portion of this hike is open, however Ice Caves and Indian Rock sections are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 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).

20 days ago

The foot trails were closed so there wasn't really much to look at but I had a decent walk, it turned out to be about 6.5 miles... i will try again once everything opens up.

Trail open but Ice caves is caged and closed

2 months ago

We did the loop hike. Sam’s Point was cool as were the dwarf pine plains but you are walking on a paved road the whole time. More like a nice walk than a hike.

Ice caves closed

off trail
4 months ago

8 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone who wants an easy walk with a beautiful view! Definitely fun for the dogs. My boy had an absolute blast climbing through the caves and up the large rock structures! Awesome hike. The whole thing took about 3 hours, including us sitting down and eating for lunch.

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.

no shade
9 months ago

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Ice caves were cool and refreshing in the summer heat. Much of the walk around the lake is a wide gravel path. We saw two black rattle snakes! All and all a nice walk. I agree with other reviewers that it was not so much a hike.

11 months ago

First of all, arrive early. Parking fills up very fast. Also, it's $10 to park for the day... pretty average. There path up to Sam's Point overlook is very wide and easily accessible. The views are incredible from the top. The trail to the ice caves is a wide gravel path. It's easy to walk, regardles of weather. The trail through the ice caves is steep, uneven and very narrow in places. The ice caves are incredible. there were snow packs inside in late may. If you are at Minnewaska State Park, definitely go check out the ice caves.

11 months ago

This is a great hike! The Ice Caves were amazing! There was still ice in June

Mon May 27 2019

Mon May 27 2019

Great hike! The ice caves were amazing!

Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking views... Ice caves and water falls...

Sat May 25 2019

First warm day if the season so it was a bit hot with not too much shade, but still a great hike. We headed left in the Loop Road and veered off to Indian Rock first. Very narrow, in and out trail but beautiful views! After getting back to the Loop Road, and working up a sweat, we head to the Ice Caves... gloriously cold walking through them! Sam's Point is such a beautiful park!

Tue Nov 06 2018


Sat Oct 20 2018


Mon Oct 01 2018

Amazing hike ! Beautiful scenery with many photography opportunities !

Mon Sep 24 2018

The Ice caves were amazing to visit and walk through the trail make sure to bring a sweatshirt or sweater something to keep you warm since it gets cold inside.

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Thu Sep 20 2018

Great starter if you are new to hiking. Waterfalls, caves, view, and snakes! Great.

Thu Sep 13 2018

First time back in twenty years and it was as exciting as I last remembered. The hike is pretty easy and the views are amazing.

Tue Sep 04 2018

definitely bring cool weather clothes. we went in early fall and 2 hours back home it was warm and comfy. we got to park and it was windy and cold. beautiful trail and sites

Mon Sep 03 2018

Beautiful place to be!

Sat Aug 25 2018

This was an amazing hike!!

Sun Aug 05 2018

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. We ended up doing the ice caves then the falls and high points. Even tho we had 2 liters water each it was still not enough for a summer day. I would definitely bring more then 2 liter water or have a water filter with you.

Sun Jul 29 2018

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.

Mon Jul 16 2018

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.

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