Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls

Cragsmoor, New York 12420

Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls

Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Professional Review and Guide

"The hike to see the magnificent Verkeerderkill Falls in the Shawangunk Mountains is a tough one for kids, way too difficult even for sturdy, uncomplaining little ones. But before you turn to the next hike, read the full description. The Sam’s Point part of this hike comes at the start—it’s a short and easy trail (OK, it’s a road) that takes you to one of the highest points in the ’Gunks with very little effort. The kids will love it, and so will you. You might even want to continue on the old road for just another mile or so to explore some real caves. And if you’re hiking with sturdy older kids (ten and up) who will enjoy the challenge of a long, rough trail with magnificent views, by all means carry on to Verkeerderkill Falls. Just be sure to allow enough time and bring plenty of water and trail snacks."

Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Reviews

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7/14/2018
I really love this hike. Aside from seeing the waterfall and lake, there are some very cool ice caves that you can explore. There's even ice in the summer which is nice if you've been hiking on a hot day and want to cool off a bit. Note that the waterfall is more impressive in the spring when it has more water. I've seen this hike rated as difficult in some places but I found it to be about mid-level in terms of skill.
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7/11/2018
It was incredible to see that the ice caves still had ice! The trail is rocky and has some inclines, but all in all a moderate hike. The cliffs and the falls are amazing, and the ice caves are interesting and fun. There are awesome panoramic views of High Point. Bring lots of water and sunscreen.
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10/13/2010
Gorgeous day to hike. We skipped Sam's point on the way out and skipped the ice caves altogether. We continued on to the Falls over terrain that was rockier than we anticipated, thus making the trail a little challenging, but the vertical climbs and descents weren't too bad. The falls were really terrific. Much better than expected, both the view and the amount of water in them. We rested and snacked there before our return.The view from the falls out over the landscape is also terrific. Upon our return trip, we did stop at Sam's Point to enjoy the views. Hardest part of the hike is the climb from the parking lot to Sam's Point at the very start.
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1/3/2010
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6/21/2009
We had a good time on this hike. The ice caves were amazing and the falls were very powerful (it rained the night before). We will probably do this hike in the future. What we did not like about it was the trail was filled with water nearly the whole way, so keeping your feet dry was impossible, and because of the water on the trail there were a lot of hidden rocks to twist your ankles on. I would recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots on this trail.
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5/24/2009
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11/24/2007
cool and clear weather made the views spectacular. My girlfriend and I started late on the trail, so we did not make it to the falls. We did a round trip to the caves. The trail is very easy, although the signs are not large enough. The caves are amazing, and absolutely worth the trip. The stairway inside the cave was iced over, so I did that section alone. What the trail map and signs do not say is that there are two caves in the loop. You use one to go down, and the other to climb up. The second cave is much better, and has solar powered lights on motion sensors, so you do not need a flashlight, although I do recommend one. My advice is to ignore the last sign post. When you see the "kiosk" keep walking past it straight to the end of the open area, and there is the return part of the trail. You will follow the trail until you see the solar panel, and enter the cave there. Go through the cave until you reach the door. Now you are at the bottom of the face of the cliff, Take a look around there, and return the way you came. Don't forget to close the door to keep the critters out. With the cave entrance behind you there are some rocks to your left. You can look down into the caves from there (watch your children). It was such a beautiful spot that I proposed right there. My Fiance and I are going to make this a yearly trip.
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8/18/2007
We started out to Sam's Point and were not disappointed. The day was clear and the view was fantastic. The rock formations on the way up were really nice. The trip up was easy on the gravel trail. We made this our lunch stop. Make sure to hold on to your sandwich or it will blow away in the wind. Wind gusts were very strong and I thought I might get blown away. We next went to the Ice Caves and were all blown away. I was not expecting it and was very pleasantly surprised. We reached another great vista after exiting the caves which were ice free at this point in the summer. Lastly we split up and the strong amongst us trekked out to Verkeerderkill Falls. The trip was long and hard but the vast fields of blueberry bushes was a nice treat. As soon as I started getting a little bored of the monotony we reached the falls. It took my breath away, literally. I was not expecting the great height of the cliffs. Awesome. No too much water though but still spectacular. I recommend this to everyone. Great balance of difficulty and reward, a wonderful array of terrain and scenery and overall the best hike I've been on, in and around the NY metro area.
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7/11/2005
Full of adventure! We did the slightly longer loop, continuing from Verkeerderkill Falls around to High Point and back via the Carriage Road -- all very well marked. The ice caves and falls are spectacular and fun; views from the ridge are great. Highly recommended. Note that the Nature Conservancy now owns the land, and there is a $7 parking fee at the trailhead, which supports the very lovely visitor center.
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Trail Information

Cragsmoor
Nearby City
5.6
Distance
255 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike; 6 hours
Duration
March to October
Season
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 9
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Activity Feed

Sep 2018