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The Escarpment Trail offers 5 miles of interesting walking along a thin earthen trail.

Beginning from the turnaround near Hale's Cave Picnic Area, this trail offers 5 miles of walking along a fairly thin trail skirting several picnic groves and offering sites of Indian Ladder; the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world; and the Cliff Edge Overlook. Panoramic views of the Mohawk-Hudson Valley are given. On clear days, it is possible to look northbound for views of the Adirondacks and even Vermont's Green Mountains. The trail terminates at Cliff Edge Overlook.

Directions: From Junction of US 20 and SR 158, NY, Take SR 158 south about 1.5 miles until it dead ends at SR 146. Turn left (west) and take SR 146 west for several miles. The road intersects with SR 156. Continue straight which is SR 156. Travel 3.2 miles to SR 157, then head south for 1.7 miles. Turn left (east) on Albany Country Road 256. Travel approximately 2.5 miles then get back on SR 157 which takes you into the park. Travel to the Hale's Cave Picnic Area. The trailhead is located on the north side of the dead-end road at the base of the picnic area.

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Difficulty: Easy

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