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Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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8.7 mile 14.0 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 890' 271 m
Descent: -903' -275 m
High: 2,277' 694 m
Low: 1,783' 543 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Daniel Nilson

A diverse run that has a little bit of everything; a true outdoor experience for those looking to escape big city life.

Daniel Nilson

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

An 8 to 9-mile loop (depending if you take the Ice Caves trails too) that is an intermediate/moderate run with a waterfall, lake, scrambling, and wildlife! This is not a small jaunt, but a dedicated 5-7 hour affair.

Need to Know

$10 a day to park at the Visitors Center.

Description

This run will take you through the Sam's Point preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve is part of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail extending into Minnewaska State Park. You'll run through a rare and endangered ecosystem, consisting of a Rare Dwarf Pitch Pine barren -- one of the few remaining in the world.

You'll also have the chance to run the Ice Caves Trail, which brings you to caves that were formed from the talus or boulders from the cliffs, creating huge rock crevices The air in the caves gets trapped, keeping the inside cold enough for snow to stay through July.

Along the way, you'll also run up and on top of the many cliffs in the area as you take the High Point Trail. You'll get views of High Point Monument in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, as well as the Catskills and Roundout Valley. You'll also pass the Verkeerderkill Falls and the old berry picker shacks from the days when the area was picked for its wild blueberries. Return to the start of the trail along High Point Carriage Road.

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Land Manager: Minnewaska State Park

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Going up a rocky trail, past Sam's Point on the way to High Point.
Sep 2, 2019 near Ellenville, NY
High Point
Sep 2, 2019 near Ellenville, NY
Snow covered frozen creek
Dec 10, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Sam’s Point
Oct 17, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Top of the falls
Dec 11, 2018 near Ellenville, NY
Snow covered carriage trail
Dec 10, 2018 near Ellenville, NY

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