Sam's Point Overlook to Ice Cave Loop

MODERATE 40 reviews

Sam's Point Overlook to Ice Cave Loop is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Ellenville, New York that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
531 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

20 days ago

Went on a nice overcast day and still had great views. IMPORTANT!! Be sure to get there before 10 to ensure a spot to park. Lot is extremely limited. $10 bucks. Did the entire loop, about 3.3 miles in about 2 hours with taking pics and walking with inexperienced hikers. Poles could help but not needed if your sure footed. Most of the trail is a road except when you get into the Ice Cave. Some narrow paths in the caves but well worth it. Temp in cave is about 30 degrees cooler but it's a quick walk. No ice in summer in case that needed to be said. The walk to Sams point is easy but uphill. The caves are on the high end of moderate. Happy trails!

1 month ago

the ice caves were simply amazing
the views up top were incredible
the carriage road was uneventful and sunny with no shade cover
beautiful 2.5 hours spent !

hiking
2 months ago

Decades ago, there was an audio tour available (Cassette tapes) with a driving path up the mountain and around the lake, but those are long gone now and the ice caves aren't as famous as they once were, and it's all walking trails. But the ice caves are still there. The parking lot has been repaved and there is a building with bathrooms and soda machines at trail head. Parking is $10 usually. For the trail, Initial switchbacks up the trail are as expected, good tree cover. Sams point overlook is pretty cool (they have over the decades removed the stone "fence" at the outcropping, so be careful!) From there to the ice caves is a long, slightly up-inclined, completely sky-exposed walk with very little tree cover, so take caution on hot sunny days. The descent into the ice caves and the caves are a bit steep and steppy, but worth it, the caves are still nice and really cold even on the hottest days. Overall, fun to visit (again).

3 months ago

Ice caves were awesome! Loved it

4 months ago

Easy walk. I had my 9yo and 3yo kids with me. They loved it. Views from the top are beautiful. Went to the overlook and back the way we came.

hiking
7 months ago

I'd say this is an easy trail. It's a nice view from the overlook but the ice caves are the coolest part. Since it's easy, it's going to be more crowded. There's also a fee.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the more boring and uneventful trails I've been on. 10 bucks to park and go there and the loop is so lame. You're literally walking on a service road to/from radio towers. Save the money. Not worth the trip.

11 months ago

Ice cave was the best part!!! I mean the views are super but the caves are pretty sweet...

hiking
Friday, September 15, 2017

Added the walk around Lake Maratanz.

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Not exactly what I was expecting. Tons of Monarch Butterflies and bumblebees which was nice to see.

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