Kaaterskill High Peak South Trail is a 9.2 mile out and back trail located near Elka Park, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until October.
Took the northern entrance. 15.2 miles out and back. Did poets ledge. Very difficult, steep and unforgiving. Great views of the clove tho.
This was great. Couldn't find the planes, though, and it was quite muddy in places but overall a very pretty hike with lots of different terrain.
Hiked Kaaterskill HP on 11 Oct 14. This is a required hike for the Catskills 3500 Foot Club. Hiking Kaaterskill in October is the perfect time of the year. The views from Hurricane Ledge in October are spectacular and worth the effort. Briefly, this is how hiking Kaaterskill feels: the first mile, basically to the Huckleberry Trail cutoff, is a moderate incline on dry ground. After the cutoff the trail is relatively flat but it's wet and you are going to spend a lot of time and effort skirting the marsh. To this point you have been hiking on the Long Path. When you reach the point where you leave the Long Path and head UP toward the Kaaterskill summit the trail is dry but it is very steep. After about a half of mile of climbing, hand over hand in a couple places, the trail is almost flat to the peak. There is no view at the summit, but if you continue on for about 200 yards to Hurricane Ledge the views are incredible. Looking directly South you can see Overlook Mtn, Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau, in that order from left to right. This is another hike I recommend. I have added my track and it was about 8.5 miles and included a very short detour to see the plane crash site.
Did this one mid July 2013. Not the most ideal conditions too. It rained the whole time, very muddy/marsh-like terrain. My favorite part of the whole thing was the push to the top. Ended up using a snowmobile trail to get there. Lots of scrambling, tons of fun. I'd like to do this hike again, not on an overcast and heavy rain kind of day though.
I did this trail with two other friends. I think that it was a little more than 10 miles but it was worth it. There is a decent rock scramble forward a mile or so in the beginning. Follow the blue trail markers and eventually you will come to three different waterfalls. It was quite a strenuous hike but well worth it. We completed the trail on April 21, 2013