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

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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)

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.


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.


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

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!

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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:
Plenty of water (at least 2-3 litter)
Bug spray (ticks are active)

Recommended gear:
Dry wicking clothing
Hiking boots, no sneakers please
Windbreaker Sunblock

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.


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