Beginning from the Indian Ladder Picnic Area, the trail weaves below the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. This is also the site where the Schoharie Indians created a shortcut to the deep valley by way of dropping a large climbing tree. Today, visitors are given the opportunity to retrace the route via stone steps. Panoramic vistas of the area's rolling terrain and ancient cliffs consisting of limestone, shale and sandstone are offered. The interpretive route identifies cliff features. The trail follows the natural curvature of the land with sites of Minelot and Outlet Falls and several outcroppings. The trail is 1 mile long. You may retrace your steps or return via the Escarpment Trail
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 Indian Ladder Picnic Area. The trailhead is located in the picnic area.
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
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