From the hamlet of Minerva, take NY 28N
north. At about 1.7 miles, take a left on the
Northwoods Road. In a little over 6.5 miles, there
is a marked camping spot where you should park.
||OK Slip Brook
||East of the
hamlet of Indian Lake
|Length of hike:
||2 miles in one
OK Slip Falls is promoted as the
Adirondack's highest waterfall and "one of the tallest waterfalls in the
state." Please note that the information on this page is soon to be
outdated. For many years, this area has been privately owned, and only
viewable from a distance, but that is soon to change. The NYS DEC has
purchased a sizable amount of remote Adirondack land, including OK Slip
Falls. We have reached out to one of our contacts in the DEC and are
waiting for more specifics, but it looks like this area may soon be
accessible. Until that time, we will stick with the info we have
previously had posted.
We need to mention that four-wheel drive is necessary in the
winter and probably during wet months of the year. The Northwoods Road
isn't exactly a well maintained highway. It is a long, dead-end dirt
road. Also, you are not actually hiking to OK Slip Falls. That is
on private land and is not directly accessible. This hike is to Kettle
Mountain, on the other side of the Hudson River, almost a mile to the
north. You will only have distant views.
Three of these photos were provided by Vince Spadaro of
Malta, New York, who took them from Kettle Mountain. He called the hike
"a moderate to difficult two mile bushwhack based on ones abilities."
As a point of interest, this waterfall is just less than 1/2 mile from where
the OK Slip Brook enters the Hudson River. Kettle Mountain is on the
other side of the Hudson, so these shots, taken with an iPhone, were from
almost a mile away. The fourth photo was used by permission from
ftroop1968.com, an organization that Mr. Spadaro is a member of. Our
thanks to them.
About 50 yards south of the parking area, in the woods on
the south side of the road is a large spruce tree where the very informal trail
starts. Be advised that it is difficult to follow. Mr. Spadaro also
provided these instructions to follow once you start on the trail. "Head
approximately 207o true, navigating several swamps and crossing
whatever beaver dam is accessible to do so. Be careful of more
swamps and watch your heading. Once you see Kettle Mountain, stay to
the left of it and climb until you see the gorge. Turn right for the very
short scramble to the summit. Great views of Snowy and Blue Mountains are
an additional reward of this bushwhack. It's about two miles of
walking, more dependant on swamp encounters."
This is not a recommended
trek for the faint of heart or inexperienced hiker. Not only is it a
difficult trail (or lack of) to follow, it is somewhat dangerous with drops on
Kettle Mountain of over 500' to the Hudson below!
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.