Indian Ladder Trail

EASY 198 reviews

Indian Ladder Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Voorheesville, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
682 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers



4 hours ago

if you want to make this a much better hike and not pay the high price of $6 for parking right on old stage road you'll see a small parking lot that can hold around 10 car or you can parl along side the road if full. this spot will take you too 2 great overlooks. you see on the this map the dotted line call high point road. the second overlook is were hang gliders jump from. then take escarpment trail that will take you into the park and you'll be on Indian trail. this will make your hike a 100 times better.

29 days ago

Beautiful views and rich history. Loved spending time with my husband and kids here. Lots of picnic areas as well once your off the trails.

1 month ago

This trail was recently re-opened after a closure of about a year. The park did some trail work in the down time which included re-surfacing and scaling some of the cliffs. Stairs, boardwalks and trail surface were all in good shape. Great to be back "below the cliffs".

1 month ago


1 month ago

nice walk

5 months ago

such a unique place, it's small but magical.

7 months ago

When I lived in Albany this was a go to trail for anyone visiting me from out of town. Enjoyed this trail dozens of times, particularly enjoyed the winter when the waterfall would freeze.

7 months ago

Visited in fall 2015. Was a perfect hike for my Mom who needs something a little easier and loves to learn about history. Hopefully they can find a way to reopen it.

8 months ago

Trail is still closed as of October 2017

10 months ago

Best trail

10 months ago

Beautiful views I like to do this trail on a rainy day
Sadly, the trail is closed right now

10 months ago

Just a wonderful walk. Shame someone got hurt and they had to close it. I saw some robins and cardinals.

11 months ago

The Indian Ladder Trail is closed indefinitely due to an injury caused by falling rock from the cliff wall. Park Staff said safety of the trail needs to be assessed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trail is closed indefinitely

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail for our 5 years old. Very nice park.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great we escarpment trail. Muddy and tons of bugs on hog and paint trails. Hog and paint trail poorly marked and long (3 ft) grass in parts - got lost for miles when came out to road. Side roads (pinnacle Rd) not on trail map and visitor center could not find road when called.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

great views

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful waterfalls. Easy so you can take non-hiker friends.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Amazing views. Great waterfalls. Even the parking areas are filled with beautiful pick nic tables and grills. Down side- looks like they're charging for parking now.

Friday, May 12, 2017

This trail is my go-to if I want to enjoy a relatively quick, easy hike with a beautiful scene. It never takes me more than an hour to complete and is not hard to hike; the worst part is the slipperiness, which isn't even that bad. It gives you scenes such as beautiful cliffs to look off of and at, a lovely stone staircase, and two waterfalls. The only warning I have is that at some points it is narrow, so be mindful of those around you. A variety of parking lots gives you different points to start at so you have a bit of control of how long you walk. Overall, the greatness of this trail is the reason why I go to it again and again.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Nice view along the entire trail. You start from lookout point and follow the escarpment passing various campgrounds on the left. It's fairly straight and simple until the way back where you can follow the trail below and under a few waterfalls. It's a nice change of pace but can be a bit slippery. It's closed off during the winter. Overall simple but enjoyable hike.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beautiful view today. Plenty of folks enjoying the rim trail. The kids were a little disappointed we couldn't walk under the waterfall today, but we got over it pretty quickly.

The brand new visitor's Center is going to open up next month. Looks beautiful on the outside.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The ladder was closed for the season (late April) so it is just flat walk next to the fence at the top of the escarpment. There is decent bathroom at the far end.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I always love taking day trips to thacher state park, and during the warmer months going down the ILT a few times for the waterfall. Its got beautiful and a peaceful quality to it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It was absolutely beautiful!!

Monday, October 03, 2016

we did both the long trail and ladder trail, we loved them both great views heavily trafficd but worth it very narrow path ways at points so not for the faint of heart but absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice easy stroll for the weekend!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This is our scenic "go to" trail when we need a good mental detox from a long week.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Always an adventure. Some long stairways are far better than the Indian Ladders of long ago. Lots of fossils to be found in the shale along the cliffs.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

it was a fun day out with my 3 year old. a little disappointed how dry it was. no waterfall, or water anywhere actually, it hasn't rained that much this summer. we're going to go back around October:) I'd recommend it!

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