On NY 28, proceed east from the hamlet
of Indian Lake. Take a mileage reading as you cross
Lake Abanakee. In 6.0 miles, old Route 28D will exit
to the right. There is a parking area at this
point. From the opposite direction, this point is
4.7 miles from the Hamilton/Warren County line.
||OK Slip Brook
||East of the
hamlet of Indian Lake
|Length of hike:
||3 miles in one
OK Slip Falls is promoted as the
Adirondack's highest waterfall and "one of the tallest waterfalls in the
state." For many years, this area has been privately owned, and only
viewable from a distance, but that has now changed. The NYS DEC has
purchased a sizable amount of remote Adirondack land, including OK Slip
Falls. The waterfall is now accessible by a DEC maintained trail.
It is our understanding that it is clearly marked.
The trailhead is located
about 500 yards west of the parking area and on the opposite side of the
road. The acquisition of the land by the state has caused quite a bit of
excitement in the hiking and waterfalling communities. It has been about
150 years since the public has been able to get into this area.
The DEC website provides a pdf file of a general trail map of this area, available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/okslptrailmp.pdf.
We have a few pictures provided by contributors since the state has opened
up this area. Some of the pics, however, come from contributors who
bush-whacked in through the other side of the Hudson River, over a half mile
away, before this area was accessible.
The OK Slip Brook empties into the Hudson River less than
1/2 mile downstream from this location. The Hudson flows
into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.