Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Area Loop Road to the Ice Caves

Cragsmoor, New York 12420

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Area Loop Road to the Ice Caves

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam's Point Area: Loop Road to the Ice Caves Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There’s nothing like a naturally chilled cave on a hot summer day. This hike through a portion of Sam’s Point Preserve, a unit of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, delivers a double treat—especially if you’re trying to beat the heat. First, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views available of the park and surrounding area from Sam’s Point, a wide stone ledge (or a second, slightly higher ledge) that provides a 270-degree countryside panorama.

Second, you can continue from the point to the Ice Caves, a labyrinth of staircases, corridors, squeezes, climbs, and wet spots that can include mounds of snow and slippery ice—even in the heat of July."

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Trail Information

Cragsmoor
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6 miles
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Spring through fall
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, 400 Sam’s Point Rd., Cragsmoor, NY 12420; (845) 647-7989; parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Napanoch, NY; NatGeo Trails Illustrated Map #750: Shawangunk Mountains; New York–New Jersey Trail Conference #104: Shawangunk Trails
Local Maps

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Dec 2018