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OK Slip Falls
One of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks was unavailable to explore, accept distant views from trail less Kettle Mountain, until now. New York State purchased the 2800 acres of what was called the OK Slip Falls Tract on April 23, 2013. It is located in the newly created Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. With a trailhead located off NY 28, OK Slip Falls is now one of the popular hiking destinations in the Adirondacks.
The official 2.5 mile trail to OK Slip Falls was opened in late July of 2014 from a parking area along NY 28. The overall hike to the falls is 3.2 miles one way (6.4 mile round trip hike). The parking area for the trailhead is located on the south side of Route 28, approximately 7.5 miles east of the village of Indian Lake. The trailhead, which also provides access to Ross, Whortleberry and Big Bad Luck Ponds, is across Route 28 about 1000 feet to the west, so there is some walking along NY 28. The GPS coordinates for the parking area is N43 46.296 W74 07.849.
Approximately 0.5 mile from the trailhead hikers should turn right onto the blue marked trail to OK Slip Gorge about 2.5 miles away at the end of the trail. A map of the area is available is located below. The beginning of the Ross Pond trail is very wet and muddy, however the rest of the trail to OK Slip is generally dry. DEC is still working on the trail and plans to complete the installation of signs and bog bridging. Arrive early to avoid the crowds this exciting new hike is attracting.
The waterfall drops over 200 feet into a gorge. Look below for a video featuring the hike to the falls. There are a few pictures below as well. There is a trail that leads over OK Slip Brook and then eventually into the Hudson River Gorge. The main trail to the falls is long, however we would rate as easy to moderate. The trail to the Hudson River Gorge is short but strenuous. As in all waterfall/gorge area's, it is important to watch your step and wear proper shoes.
OK Slip Falls from first overlook
View from the top of OK Slip Falls
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