Sam's Point, Indian Rock, High Point and...

Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Verkeerderkill Falls - Sam's Point Preserve - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin Verkeerderkill Falls - Sam's Point Preserve - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to Indian Rock, High Point and Verkeerder Kill Falls, with many spectacular views.

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Old Berry Picker's Cabin. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

From the parking area, walk around the gate and take the left fork of the Loop Road (a gravel road, closed...

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Avenza App Map: Shawangunk 104

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October 10, 2017
Interesting park features
Did a slight variation of this hike since I was pressed for time. Took the right fork to Sams point, then to the ice falls, then went to indian rocks, then to high point, and back. As of 10/10/17 most of the park is still open. Evidence of the wildfire is hard to miss, though. It's certainly something you don't see everyday.
October 20, 2015
Thank you for the clarification and correction
Thank you for your comments and clarification.  I guess I should have taken the left fork at the wooden sign that read 'Trails" pointing toward the left and that was the continuation of the High Point Road.  
October 20, 2015
I think that you took the wrong trail
You refer in your comment to an overgrown connector trail between the High Point Road and the High Point Trail.  Shawangunk Trails Map 104 does indeed show such a connector trail, and it is very likely overgrown and nearly impossible to follow.  As I recall, when I was last there, in August 2013, I could not find this connector trail.  But the hike directions do not instruct you to take this unmarked, overgrown trail.  Rather, the hike description tells you to follow the High Point Road all the way to its junction with the High Point Trail.  This red-blazed trail extends all the way to High Point Road, and when I was there in August 2013, the junction was plainly marked by a large sign and red blazes.  And I am quite certain that the route of the High Point Trail from there is well blazed and easy to follow.  So, in sum, you must have turned in the wrong place.  Had you followed the High Point Road all the way to its junction with the red-blazed High Point Trail, you would have been able to complete the entire hike as described.
Daniel Chazin
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