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Ice Caves

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 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This run takes you up a mountain with beautiful views and a network of caves one cannot miss.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

92%

Runnable

2,253' 687 m

High

1,982' 604 m

Low

466' 142 m

Up

466' 142 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Cave · Fall Colors · Views

Overview

This is a easy to moderate run. The way up the mountain is an easy climb, though once you reach the caves, it gets challenging. Nevertheless, it’s worth the effort.

Starting at the Visitor Center and parking lot, run towards the caves on Sam's Point Road Loop. When you reach the junction with the Ice Caves Road, follow that road down to the Ice Caves Trail. The Ice Caves Trail is a loop trail, so you'll end up back at the Ice Caves Road no matter which direction you run.

Description

From the Visitor Center, start out on the trail to the right where there is a footpath (an old carriage way, Sam's Point Road Loop) taking you up the hill. It’s a easy to moderate run up the mountain. After around a half mile, you'll come to a junction where you can turn left to head to the Sam's Point Overlook, or continue going straight towards the Ice Caves. I first turned left going towards the Sam’s Point Overlook. I wanted to have a view from that vantage point as the views are breathtaking.

Once on your way from Sam's Point towards the caves on Ice Caves Road, the carriage way flats out. After running on this old road for another half mile, you'll again get to another junction with the Ice Caves Trail. Turn right to head towards the caves. After 500 feet, continue straight if you want to go towards the caves, or follow the trail to the left towards the falls. The caves are rugged, rocky, and wet.

Make sure to wear proper footwear. A hiking stick or poles are recommended.

Contacts

Land Manager: Minnewaska State Park

Shared By:

Bentzion Gruber

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Snow covered frozen creek
Dec 10, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Sam’s Point
Oct 17, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Cave
Oct 17, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Cave
Oct 17, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Snow covered carriage trail
Dec 10, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Carriage road going up the mountain
Oct 17, 2018 near Ellenville, NY

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