Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Indian Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nicest little mountain I have walked up in ages. On a beautiful day, with sun shining, plan to just sit and enjoy a snack or a lunch. It was almost too bad that we had to move on.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked OK Slip 4/24/18. GIVE IT A COUPLE WEEKS FROM THIS DATE, It will be explained at the bottom. 60% is still snow and ice. The rest is very muddy. Recommend spikes or some sort of Yaktracs. It is currently IMPOSSIBLE to get to the falls right at the end of the trail. You can kinda see the falls through the tree line but do not recommend heading any further than the trail sign marking “hwy 28”, “falls”, “Hudson river trail”. With the moisture coming off the falls and the cold air coming off the side of the hill (even in 60 degree weather) there was a sheet of ice over the hill and completely covered the trail. Steep incline. Don’t attempt at this time.
Other than that it was a beautiful hike and will be back.

I have hiked this mountain in all four seasons. It is one of my favorite 'best bang for the buck" hikes with much to see (East Ridge, West Ridge, True Summit, Chimney Rock, Eagle Cave). I highly recommend! Please watch your children and pets around chimney rock and the cave on east ridge.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was covered in two inches of fresh, light snow. We were the first to break the powder and had to put on spikes.

It’s seemed like a long three miles in, but the hike was easy. The trail meanders through rolling ups-and-downs until you reach the falls. Very few inclines get your heart pounding.

The falls are beautiful. If you go in the winter be careful of ice. Falling over the side seems almost easy if you’re not wearing spikes.

nice easier hike, beautiful area, i would go again .

hiking
7 months ago

A very easy, long walk in the woods that leaves you with great views! Didn't expect the waterfall to be so full this time of year so it was a nice treat. Packed a lunch and really enjoyed taking in the views with my hiking buddy. Just a friendly suggestion - cross the road from the parking lot and walk along the road there to the trail sign. First walk to what we thought was the entrance to the trailhead was not what we thought it was and can be easily missed on the other side of the road. Looking forward to returning to this hike and also hiking the other trails! :-)

Great trail! Beautiful waterfall at the end! It was raining for 2 days prior to our hike but it was only slightly muddy here and there. After you park in the lot, you have to walk down the road about
.2 tenths of a mile and the trailhead is on the OPPOSITE side of the parking lot fyi. Would recommend this trail.

About 4 miles to the Leanto. We stayed there for the weekend. The campsite and leanto had some garbage left behind but we took it out with us and cleaned up the area inside and out. Left a bunch of firewood for the next group. I forgot my fishing pole which I wasn't happy about but I will go back at some point because the fishing looked ok on the river. . Very steep hill on this hike. Didn't make it out to Siamese ponds but I hear it is beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

very very steep climb, but short and quick. The little caves and rocks at the top are cool and the views are breath taking ! Worth the climb , took about 35 min to get up the Mtn and lightly jogged it down in 20min. My dog enjoyed this hike as well, def wear good shoes as it is slippery.

Nicely kept trail. Definitely bring some good water resistant hiking boots if there's been any recent rain.

hiking
7 months ago

Difficulty is rated about right. A gradual but continual incline up the mountain with quite a bit of steepness. It is a great workout on the calves (at least for me) and it was enjoyable to look back and see partial views from the clearings as my DH and I made our way up! Pleasant views are the reward for this hike...not to mention the climbing options my DH liked exploring. Took us 45 minutes to hike up and 40 to hike down. It is unlike any other summit I've ever hiked but only rating it a two because this type of summit just isn't my favorite. A few things worth mentioning: you will need $2 to park, BYOTP (toilet paper) for the port-a-potties by the trailhead, and don't forget your flashlight if you plan to explore. :-)

I love this hike, it's short but you get a workout in! The top is beautiful, the chimney's are formidable and fun to explore.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome experience had a great time there. Here is a video clip from the trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNa7aZlmt_w&t=165s

Please feel free to check it out!

hiking
7 months ago

Unfortunately, there were several hikers that didn't have their dogs under control, let alone on a leash. Please don't let your dogs be a source of danger for other hikers.

not many bugs this time of yeat, great views!

Steady incline with chances to rest periodically, summit is amazing with lots to explore! Descent was steep but quick. Took about an hr up, we hung out for a while at the top, and about 40min down. Gorgeous view, not terribly buggy this time of year. I would imagine it would be challenging post-rainfall.

I would say it was moderate. The trip down to the Hudson was worth it too.

great

8 months ago

Easy and lovely. There is a fire pit. Marked trail splits off before Clear Pond heading to John's Pond. 1.4 miles.
Directions to trails: chamberlain to starbuck, turn left. Stay straight till end which is Wilderness Lane. Park on right; trail begins at left across the Lane.

hiking
8 months ago

Love this hike, but as a senior citizen I suggest it is a hike to take ones time. 19 years ago it was a snap! We made it in and out last week in 3.5 hours and glad we made the trip.

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this trail! The weather was perfect 8-26-17! I came in the morning around 10:30 and there were only 2 other cars when I arrived. I trail was for the most part drier than July. I had been waiting for the bug situation to clear up somewhat also too. It has just been so bad this year with bugs and rain. Once I got to the Falls the view was just spectacular! I will definitely do this hike and other trails here in the future!

Very long hike , nice hike though , very well maintained, lots of trail markers , absolutely beautiful view at the end . We went down to the bottom of the falls it's a very very steep hike down and back to the bottom , so be prepared, however it is a have to , the falls are gorgeous from that view , we hung out along time at the base of the falls and ate lunch and soaked in the beautiful views .
The trail was very dry , but if it rains I can see where the mud would be much in some spots , I would take that into consideration after a rainfall

Loved our day at the falls

Fantastic trail for a family with kids. We hiked with my wife, my two children five years old and 10 years old, myself and some friends with older children. It took us one hour to ascend the mountain and one hour to descend, taking plenty of rest for my youngest child. We spent two hours at the summit which is the coolest summit I have ever experienced. There are plenty of fun rock formations to climb on and caves to explore. The views are also fantastic. There are some steep sections towards the top, but nothing too difficult for any skill level to handle.

Things to know:

The trailhead is on private property and requires a two dollar donation to park. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

There is NO cell phone reception at the trailhead. So plan ahead, you are not going to be able to text your friends if you are running late or have to cancel. There is a payphone at the trailhead to use. And ironically there is cell phone reception at the summit. That is not a joke.

The trail head to the mountain is at the end of approximately 3 miles of well groomed gravel road.

There is a camping section near the summit of the mountain. It is not very big, will hold approximately 3 tents, I am told this is an area that needs to be reserved to camp.

There are two out houses at the start of the trail head. Bring your own toilet paper as they may not have any.

In the town of Indian lake there are a couple of gas stations and a couple of different restaurant options as well

Overall, and excellent place to hike!

Easy hike, but a good enough distance to be worth the trip, plus an awesome view at the end. Still pretty buggy even in late August. A popular option so don't expect to be out on your own!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail, not long but quite steep, beautiful views. Didn't have time to see caves. Maybe next time!

hiking
9 months ago

WOW! A very long hike to get here but nothing short of breathtaking! It was an amazing experience! Here is a video I pit together highlighting the hike!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNa7aZlmt_w&t=1s

Please feel free to check it out if you want to see videos of the hike!

hiking
9 months ago

forest was beautiful! Long hike to a pretty nice view of the falls however it would have been nice to hike down to the bottom of the falls, there was a sign that said remainder of trail was closed, so that was a little disappointing. However we were proud of our three young boys under 8 to make the 6 mile trek!

Excellent way to spend a few hours in the woods. Fairly flat with a few rolling sections. Very muddy!

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous rushing waterfall at the end of the trail. Rained first part of the hike, very muddy in sections but walkways had been built over the worst sections of the trail. Well worth the hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Good moderate ranking. Decent incline but easy enough for most inexperienced hikers. Cabins at the bottom are also a great stay, been going there for years.

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