Photo by Justin A. Levine
OK Slip Falls as seen from the first lookout, with an ice pyramid at the base of the falls.
 
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It's not too often that a new trail opens up in the Adirondacks, but when the state acquires something as beautiful as OK Slip Falls, it has to get a trail in place quickly because something that spectacular can't be kept hidden from the public for long.

The trail, which opened in July 2014, is an easy walk to one of the best sights in the Adirondacks. The state Department of Environmental Conservation purchased the land from The Nature Conservancy in 2013, and added the land to the Hudson Gorge Wilderness.

The parking area is about 6.5 miles west of Stewart's in Indian Lake on state Route 28. It's located on the south side of the road. From there, you walk back toward Indian Lake for 0.2 miles to the trailhead on the north side of the road. You'll have to step over some wire guard rails to get to the trail register just off the road.

My dad and I met at the Stewart's in Indian Lake, since the hamlet is about half way between my house in Vermontville and my parents' home in Gloversville. From there we took one car to the trailhead, not even noticing the sign for the actual trail as we went past.

The length of the trail was relatively flat, with a general downhill trend. We went right shortly after entering the woods to follow the trail. We strapped on microspikes for a stretch of ice, but soon took them off and just made our way carefully around the little patches we ran into. There was ice really only on the trail, where people had been packing the snow down all winter.

There were a couple of small rises, but nothing serious. One of the hills was a nice walk up and over a ridge through some very old hemlocks. The forest was wide open at this point about a mile into the hike, with very little undergrowth.

The trail wound through a variety of forest types and passed a couple of beaver meadows before hitting another road at just about two miles. The dirt road was private, but the trail made a left and followed it for one-tenth of a mile before hanging a right back into the woods. All the turns were well marked.

The lead-up to the road was a tunnel of small evergreens, which was a neat change from the open woods of the trail up to that point. On the way back, dad slipped on some ice and grabbed one of the small evergreens as he slid to the ground. He ended up on his side with both arms hanging onto the tree over his head, looking like the world's worst stripper.

After leaving the road, the trail followed an old logging road to a new foot bridge across a stream. There were a few stream crossings along the trail, but we were able to rock-hop across them without getting too wet. There were also a few sections of trail with bog bridging.

Just one-tenth of a mile from the first view of the falls, we went right and continued to follow the blue markers toward the audible roar of the falls.

The first overlook of the falls was breathtaking, but as we continued a few hundred feet down the trail to another lookout, we found a bunch of big pine roots that made for good seats. The views offered at both spots were fantastic since we were up on the lip of the gorge looking at the top of the falls, not needing to strain our necks upward to see the magnificence.

OK Slip Falls drops more than 200 feet in a single cascade. There is almost always a rainbow at the bottom as the stream flows from OK Slip Pond to the Hudson River. The whole trail, including the road walk from the parking area, is 6.4 miles round-trip.

The trail is kid friendly, although in the spring it might be wet and will most certainly be buggy due to some swampy land and beaver ponds. The two viewing areas have drop-offs, so keep an eye on little ones and dogs in the last tenth of a mile.

This is a great hike to a beautiful waterfall, and provides a rare opportunity to see something "new" in the Adirondacks.