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Sam's Point to Verkeerderkill Falls Loop Hike: (10 Miles - Beginners friendly)

  • May 11, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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Highlights: waterfalls, views, cliffs, ice caves, Lake Awosting (optional) - this hike has it all!

 

Location: 186 Sams Point Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566 (Preserve is at the end of the road)
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Distance: 10 miles round trip, elevation Gain: 1461 ft

Time: 6+ hours

Date: 05/11/2014 Sunday

Starting time: 9:30 AM

Difficulty: Intermediate

Hike Type: Mostly Loop

Cost: $10.00 per car (carpooling is suggested)

If you are driving and able to give a ride to others please post it here.

THIS IS A BEGINNERS FRIENDLY VERSION OF MY OTHER HIKE!!

We will be end up splitting in to two groups one beginners and another one advance so everyone can explore as much as they want.

No kids, no pets, no exceptions.

 

We will hike at a steady pace with frequent stops at view points over rocky trails and some light rock scrambling. There is 1 steep incline of 200 feet. The hike is long, but the views are fantastic.

Maps: NYNJTC Map #104

Terrain: Rocky and uneven in places. Fairly steep in spots.

Route:

Conservation center – loop road - High point carriage way - High point carriage way – High point trail – Verkeerder Falls – back to parking lot

Overview
This hike climbs to Sam's Point, with spectacular views, follows a narrow path through the crevices of the Ice Caves, and continues to Verkeerderkill Falls - the highest waterfall in the Shawangunks.

 

This hike will take you through Sam's Point preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve is part of the Shawangunk ridge extending into Minnewaska State Park. We will hike through a rare and endangered ecosystem, consisting of a dwarf pitch pine barren, one of the few remaining in the world. We will also hike to the ice caves which were formed from the boulders from the cliffs, creating huge rock crevices or caves. The air in the caves gets trapped keeping the interior cold enough for snow to stay through July!

http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/ice-caves-and-verkeerderkill-falls

Trailhead GPS Coordinates[masked],[masked]

Driving Directions
Take NJ 17 north to the New York Thruway and continue to Exit 16. Proceed west on NY 17 to Exit 119, turn right at the end of the ramp, and continue north on NY 302 for 9.6 miles to Pine Bush, where NY 302 ends. Turn left onto NY 52 and continue for 7.3 miles. Just before the crest of the hill, turn right onto Cragsmoor Road. In 1.3 miles, turn right in front of the Cragsmoor post office, take the next right onto Sam's Point Road, and follow it for about 1.2 miles to its end at the parking area for the preserve. A parking fee is charged.

 

Things to bring:
Backpack
Headlamp
Plenty of water (at least 2-3 litter)  
Lunch
Snacks
Map
Bug spray (ticks are active)

Recommended gear:
Non-cotton
Dry wicking clothing
Hiking boots, no sneakers please
Windbreaker Sunblock
Hat
Glasses

As I said this is beginner friendly version so I will try to keep evryone together, and please note that if I feel that you are not up to it at some point than I may request you to head back to parking lot instead of hurting your yourself.

Enthusiastic beginners are well come. If you can walk 10 miles in central park than you can do this ;)

If you always dreamed about hiking but never got a chance than this is your opportunity to start.

Disclaimer:

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  • Karen H

    I am really sorry I missed this trip. Looks like it was awesome. I am going with a few friends on Saturday, July 5. In case anyone wants to meet us up there, let me know.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    May 13, 2014

  • Jerry M.

    Chandresh, how did you get down to the fall?

    May 12, 2014

  • Fiona

    Great hike with fun people not to forget our good debate on the way back. Thank you Chandresh for leading the hike. Cheers!

    2 · May 12, 2014

    • Chandresh

      I wanna hear the story about that debate. It must be interesting since everyone is talking about that lol

      May 12, 2014

  • Rachael

    Great day all around! Thanks to Chandresh for organizing and recommending that awesome Turkish place; Angela for, em, setting the pace and suggesting ICE CREAM; Dmitri and Karthik for assists on the scrambles; and of course everybody in the car for, as Fiona says, the (sure, we won't call it an argument) discussion. Can't wait to see all the pictures!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Chandresh's events are always fun and with lots of laughs...Great Gang to hang out in a perfect Spring day...Thank you guys...

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organized hike Chandresh. Thanks. Views of waterfall from down below were awesome!

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • Lucy

    hi guys. we have 5 of us. we are about 15 mins away

    May 11, 2014

  • Jennifer

    My phone broken.
    Since I have to drive myself I feel unsafe with out phone. I will join next time . Have fun !

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming from LI via GWB if anyone needs a ride. Good pickup points are on lines[masked] A B D near cross bronx exp. Please note, I'm on waiting list right now..

    3 · May 5, 2014

    • Lucy

      Awesome! mine is[masked]

      May 9, 2014

    • Lucy

      hi wasif. that # doesnt work. do u have another #?

      May 11, 2014

  • Doug L.

    Chandresh, I'm not feeling well at the moment, so I don't know if I'll be able to make it tomorrow. Since there are people on the waiting list, I will remove my RSVP and allow someone else to join.

    May 10, 2014

    • Chandresh

      Feel better . Hopefully see you next week.

      May 10, 2014

  • Chandresh

    weather looks awesome tomorrow. in 70s and sunny. Looking forward to seeing you all on the first Hike of the summer ;)

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Julia C.

    I'll be driving from upper Manhattan. Email me if interested in carpooling with me.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Jennifer

    I am going to leave Palisades park or Fort Lee, NJ. I may pick up near GWB .

    2 · May 6, 2014

    • Prissy

      Sorry Jennifer! I can't make this one.

      May 8, 2014

    • Jennifer

      See you next time!

      May 9, 2014

  • Fiona

    Hi Chandresh. I am getting a ride from Wasif. Can I be off the waiting list? Thanks

    May 8, 2014

  • Doug L.

    What's the situation with the ice? Will micro-spikes or any other winter equipment be necessary?

    May 8, 2014

    • Chandresh

      If you decide to go to explore ice caves than yes you will need microspikes. Otherwise it should be pretty much summer hike :)

      May 8, 2014

  • Chandresh

    Hi everyone please double check your schedule and update your RSVPs accordingly. We have people on waiting list

    May 8, 2014

  • Jerry M.

    Keep an eye on the local weather. Finger cross

    May 6, 2014

  • Chandresh

    If there are any drivers on wait list willing to offer a ride to others let me know I will take you off the waiting list. Let's help each other out.

    4 · May 5, 2014

  • Tina

    Me and my plus one will need a ride from NYC please. Thanks!

    May 4, 2014

    • Tina

      Thanks Chandresh, I'll PM you.

      1 · May 5, 2014

    • Chandresh

      With Orla, Angela and Tina +1 my car is full.

      May 5, 2014

  • Lucy

    Hi I'm coming from jackson height queens. Looking for a ride. Will be happy to chip in for gas& toll

    May 4, 2014

  • Chandresh

    It's about the time to make a arrangements for a ride. Please post is if you can offer a ride.

    May 4, 2014

  • Nandini

    I guess it's a bit too late to ask for a ride...nonetheless...

    Anyone has a spot left in their car? I am in Jersey city, NJ but can pretty much join from anywhere in Manhattan as well.

    May 2, 2014

  • Dianna

    Anyone pass by White Plains?

    April 28, 2014

  • Karen H

    I read that the ice caves were off limits due to hazardous conditions.

    April 28, 2014

    • Jerry M.

      not rumor. We went there.

      April 28, 2014

    • Jerry M.

      Yes that's what they said over the phone and web. Check the official open/close before going there.

      1 · April 28, 2014

  • Chandresh

    If anyone interested in Ice caves please make sure to bring your micro spikes. We need drivers . If you are driving and able to give a ride to others please post it here.

    April 24, 2014

  • Jerry M.

    went there on April 20. The end part of ice cave is very icy and in dangerous situation. I doubt it will be full melted by then. Microspike ,crampon and ice axe are recommended.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Tina

    Yes! :D

    1 · April 24, 2014

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