John Boyd Thacher State Park Indian Ladder Trail

Voorheesville, New York 12186

John Boyd Thacher State Park Indian Ladder Trail

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"Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must- see trail in the Capital region. Towering limestone walls, waterfalls originating above and below the trail, and overhangs that allow us to stand behind tumbling waters are just a few of the delights this trail produces. Remember to look behind you to catch the hanging gardens that spring forth when water seeps through porous rock walls, and to peer deep into holes in the rock to glimpse the origins of trickling streams.

You can walk the Indian Ladder Trail to its end, turn around, and walk back on the same trail or climb the 110 steps at the far end and return on the level trail at the rim of the cliff. The rim trail delivers panoramic valley views and provides an easy return route if you’ve had enough of stairs, rocks, and ledges."

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"Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking opportunities in the greater Albany area, Indian Ladder Trail stands out as the best representation of central New York’s geological story. The hike traces an edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, where the collision of continents hundreds of millions of years ago forced limestone, sandstone, and shale peaks up from the depths of the Earth’s bedrock. Over eons, wind and weather wore away the sharp peaks and left behind this long range of cliffs, breaking away great limestone slabs and leaving a rock wall perpendicular to the valley floor at its base." Read more
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"Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: This is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking opportunities in the greater Albany area, Indian Ladder Trail stands out as the best representation of central New York’s geological story: The hike traces an edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, where the collision of continents hundreds of millions of years ago forced limestone, sandstone, and shale peaks up from the depths of the earth’s bedrock. Over eons, wind and weather wore away the sharp peaks and left behind this long range of cliffs, breaking away great limestone slabs and leaving a rock wall perpendicular to the valley floor at its base." Read more
"Limestone cliffs, spectacular valley views, hanging gardens, jagged rock formations, and coves behind waterfalls: this is the must-see trail in the Capital region. Of the many excellent hiking opportunities in the greater Albany area, Indian Ladder Trail stands out as the best representation of central New York’s geological story. The hike traces an edge of the Helderberg Escarpment, where the collision of continents hundreds of millions of years ago forced limestone, sandstone, and shale peaks up from the depths of the Earth’s bedrock. Over eons, wind and weather wore away the sharp peaks and left behind this long range of cliff s, breaking away great limestone slabs and leaving a rock wall perpendicular to the valley floor at its base." Read more

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10/2/2007
Beautiful views and interesting topography. I recommend this trail for families.
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5/26/2007
The trail and park are lovely. Easy hiking. Lots of stairs. The waterfalls and cliff faces are rather impressive.
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8/4/2005
This is a very easy and short hike, but has a spectacular view of the southwestern part of the capital district. There are many large cliff formations that present great photo ops. Ideal for picnics and a great hike to bring along the kids.
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Trail Information

Voorheesville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.6
Distance
317 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Waterfalls
Features
John Boyd Thacher State Park, 1 Hailes Cave Rd., Voorheesville 12186; (518) 872-9133; parks.ny.gov/parks/128/details.aspx
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Dec 2018