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Escarpment Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 404' 123 m
Descent: -433' -132 m
High: 1,219' 371 m
Low: 1,086' 331 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Abe Ferraro

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This trail follows the Helderberg's Escarpment via easy trails and has offers views the entire way.

Abe Ferraro

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views

Family Friendly Playgrounds and disc golf course nearby at the Visitors center...lots of picnic benches along the way...pretty easy hiking...great views!

Requires a $6 vehicle entrance fee or Empire Pass from May 1 to October 31.

Description

This is a mostly easy trail and is quite busy many months of the year. If you want to avoid some of the crowds on the trail there are other easy open trails or fields very close by.

Though the Escarpment Trail extends east to the Green House, most people park at the overlook parking area and head northwest along this trail. From the parking area, follow the wooden fence the whole way to stay on trail. There is one section that could be considered Intermediate/Expert since its steep and rocky, but it is easily avoided.

The views are great all along the escarpment and on a clear day you can even see some of the bigger buildings in Albany, which is 15-20 miles away! There are many places to stop and picnic or park along the trail making this an enjoyable hike for folks of all ages.

This is a must see in the Fall for leaf peeping!

The trail connects to the Indian Ladder Trail which has a waterfall and is even more popular.

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Land Manager: NY State Parks

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View of the Helderberg Escarpment from the other side
Dec 15, 2017 near Altamont, NY
1 technical section on the Escarpment Trail that can be easily avoided.
Jan 17, 2018 near Altamont, NY

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