Indian Ladder Trail

John Boyd Thacher State Park, New York

Elevation Gain1,382ft
Trailhead Elevation1,115ft
Elevation Min/Max845/1115ft
Elevation Start/End1115/1115ft
Indian Ladder Trail is a hiking trail in Town of New Scotland, New York. It is within John Boyd Thacher State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,115 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,382 feet. The Thacher Park Lagrange Bush parking and the Indian Ladder (elevation 1,076 feet) cliff are near the trailhead. The Thacher Park Minelot parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Escarpment Trail and Nature Trail.

Indian Ladder Trail Professional Review and Guide

"It doesn’t say so in the brochure, but we believe that exclamation points were invented on the Indian Ladder Trail. The path follows a ledge along the breathtaking limestone cliffs of the Helderberg Escarpment, with caves, waterfalls, bridges, and far-reaching vistas adding interest at nearly every turn. In addition, this easy walk provides the kids with some geology lessons and Native American history as you follow a former Mohawk Indian route next to one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Don’t come expecting a solitary, wilderness hike, though—not only is this trail immensely popular, but the 2200-acre John Boyd Thacher State Park that encompasses it caters to summertime crowds with a variety of family attractions. Visit the Olympic-size swimming pool (and the kiddie pool for toddlers); the games area with courts for paddle tennis, handball, basketball, and volleyball; the two playground areas and several baseball diamonds; and the picnic sites with tables, fireplaces, and charcoal grills. Refreshment stands and toilet facilities make this family hike a little more civilized than most. The walk takes less than an hour, but you’ll have no trouble spending a delightful day here—with a lot of other folks who had the same great idea!"

Indian Ladder Trail Reviews

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The trail was as described. Good workout going up the stairs located at the end points of the trail. Waterfalls, caves, and vistas. No one else on the trail while I was there. No indication of which would be considered beginning or ending - I supposed I went in on the out side, because as I left the trail I came onto a beautiful entry. Wide steps and at the top a beautiful partially wooded trail with the source of the trails waterfalls crossing the path, footbridge and grassy patches.
This is a well-kept and thought out trail to a magnificent experience. Like the trail report says, it is rough in places, with a lot of stair climbing involved, so dress appropriately.If you don's take a camera, you will forever regret it.
This was very enjoyable with my two kids ages 6 and 7. Lots of steps and a great workout. The views were amazing and we got there just after the rain so the falls were in full force and the crowds were not there. We plan on heading back soon.

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John Boyd Thacher State Park
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John Boyd Thacher State Park

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Jun 2018