Long Path: Minnewaska to Sam's Point Traverse

Inspired by the gorgeous scenery we saw at the northern end of the Shawangunk Ridge trail, join us for this super-scenic hike from Minnewaska to Sam's Point. 

Starting at Jenny Lake by route 55, we will follow the Long Path (aqua blazes) through Minnewaska State Park passing by some really interesting rock formations. The Long Path is a fun trail through Minnewaska as it doesn't just go straight, but meanders through the rock formations! 

Rock formations of Minnewaska

After several miles in Minnewaska, the LP enters Sam's Point Preserve. We will walk past Verkeederer Falls and the dwarf pines that makes Sam's Point famous! We can stop by at the Sam's Point Visitor Center on our way out of the park. 

Beautiful Verkeederer Falls


The total distance is approx 16 miles. The trail is a combination of carriage roads & proper dirt & rock trail

Here is a map link: We will start @ Jenny Lane trailhead.. 

http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/MinnewaskaParkMap.pdf

Here's information on parking:

LIMITED PARKING Please be aware that during the season, April through November, parking on weekends and holidays is limited.Plan to arrive early to help secure a parking space and to avoid being turned away. Visiting during weekdays is encouraged. Parking along Sam's Point Road is prohibited and is strictly enforced by the NY State Police and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office. Parking Fee is $10.00.





NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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  • Dorothy

    wow what a super-scenic hike! I loved it

    July 13

  • John R.

    My first hike in the Gunks and it was a wonderful day. Had a good time to taking in some good views and with water ops. at refreshing stops at the falls and lake on a good-paced hike.

    July 13

  • Shoshanna

    What a great hike and met a lot of great people.

    July 13

  • kim

    What a perfect summer hike! Almost Every three miles or so we were at the lake or waterfall! Loved Jenny lane trail! It was first for me. Soft under our feet with carpet of pine needles! Thank you Dorothy for wonderful day! Thank you Louise for driving and guiding us to right direction! Good see you all, till next one! PS Dorothy winter hike on this one? And more summer hikes please! :-)

    1 · July 12

  • Evan

    Dorothy, Minhua & Kim,
    To follow-up on our discussion, I'm afraid that I seem to be right on this one, though for obvious reasons I would rather not be..... Evan

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/07/height_and_longevity_the_research_is_clear_being_tall_is_hazardous_to_your.html

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1071721/

    July 12

    • Dorothy

      whoa wait a sec.. there's a HUGE difference in diet/lifestyle btw northern & southern europe..

      July 12

  • Evan

    Dorothy, Thanks for organizing another great hike & swim with fantastic views. Great to see everyone & talk!

    2 · July 12

  • Raj

    Dorothy another great hike with all great variable, speed, swim, rest anf timely finish... Thank you

    July 12

  • Roge

    Best address is 400 sams point rd, ellenville. ( for GPS)

    July 12

  • Dorothy

    Start time moved to 9:45 due to horrible traffic on tappan zee

    July 12

  • Louis

    I am driving from southern Westchester. I can meet people at Dyre Ave subway in Bx or Tarrytown metro north.

    2 · July 10

    • Tom

      I can meet you in Tarrytown (if I get off the waitlist) Is that okay? What time?

      July 11

    • Louis

      I'm sorry, but my car is full.

      July 11

  • kim

    There is many hikers in NYC. Can anyone has spot in your car? Thank you.

    July 11

  • Intaba L.

    Twisted my ankle today in Mohonk. :-( Sorry to cancel at the last minute but think I should take a break from hiking tomorrow. Hope to meet up another time, Dorothy.

    July 11

  • Roge

    If people can get to Garrison or Cold Springs train station I have room for 4 and their gear

    July 10

  • alicia

    Still working on getting around the house in crutches, let alone something called the Long Path. Ha. Have a great time!

    July 10

  • Rob

    The LP has been rerouted and no longer runs through the northern (eastern) part of Minnewaska and the aqua blazes have been painted over (except where I missed a few.) The trail is there, but the colors have changed and it's been "split" into three parts: The Jenny Lane Trail, The Rainbow Falls Trail, and the Scenic Trail. Each as it's own rather lame color (light blue, orange, and purple, respectively.). You don't reach the LP (aqua blazes) until the Scenic Trail ends, about 10 minutes before Verkeerder Kill Falls in Sam's Point. From there the aqua blazes continue to the Nature Conservancy's Conservation Center (They don't call it a Visitor's Center--they don't want to encourage visitors.) The route you are taking is also co-aligned with the newer Shawangunk Ridge Trail, so now and then you will see a round blue plastic blaze on a tree. Also, keep in mind that the Park has implemented a Do Not Eat the Blueberries Policy with a $100 fine. (OK, JK about the berries!)

    July 7

    • Dorothy

      ok thanks Rob.. sure you don't wanna join us?

      1 · July 8

  • Aneta

    Two of us are looking for a ride from NYC. We would gladly share expenses.

    July 8

  • erika

    anyone who feels so inclined should come by beacon for second saturday post-hike imbibing!

    July 7

  • Louis

    I was in Minnewaska a couple of weeks ago, and some of the carriage roads were closed for major repairs. That's probably why the LP was rerouted. Anyway, here's a link: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/MinnewaskaTrailClosures.pdf
    On the day I was there, there was some big construction equipment completely blocking the road at battlement terr.

    July 2

    • Rob

      The current closure of the Carriage Roads has nothing to do with the reroute of the LP, which has been years in the planning. See my other comment for details. Following the original planned route you will not be on any closed carriage roads except for a very short portion of the Hamilton Point Road. If you want to avoid that, you would have to turn right onto Upper Awosting CR when you reach it , follow it to the Lake Awosting Circular CR, and take this either to Spruce Glen CR or Murray Hill CR to again access the original planned route. Doing it this way you could pass the Lake Awosting Swimming area, where you will probably find me relaxing and enjoying an herbal concoction.

      July 7

  • Chintan

    Hi, i'm planning to drive out of jersey city. But we will need to leave early morning around 6 to get there by 8 8:30 and find a parking spot, not sure how th traffic will be on a weekend morning. I live next to the path station so getting here is no problem.

    July 3

  • Chintan

    Hi, i'm planning to drive out from jersey city. But we will need to start early around 6 to get there by 8 8:30 depending on the traffic and find a place to park.

    July 3

  • Yat L.

    From NYC looking for a ride. Will share all expenses and meet anywhere. Thanks.

    July 2

  • Deanna

    Is that 16 miles out & back? Thx.

    June 29

    • Dorothy

      no it's a traverse.. we'll spot cars

      June 30

    • Deanna

      Thx Dorothy, guess i could have looked "traverse" up!

      June 30

  • Emma L.

    Any info on the grade/elevation gain on this route? Difficulty level? Obviously it's 16 miles... :)

    June 29

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