Poet's Ledge Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palenville, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
We are elementary level hikers who greatly enjoyed the trail. Uphill almost all of the way with a few flat exceptions. We hiked in the beginning of November so the crunching of leaves accompanied each step we took. This at times made us lose our footing for minor falls but no injuries other than a few bumps and bruises. Slightly down the mountain from where you see the sign that says poets ledge: .47 miles away, we encountered a black bear in the bush about 25 ft to our side. With a few shouts it scurried away and we continued but did not reach the ledge as we were racing darkness. A noteworthy and truly awesome view along the way was Maelis look out. Another note is the entrance is sort of hard to find as it seems you are trespassing, this may be the reason that we encountered few people along the way. Overall an enjoyable, strenuously steep, scenic hike.
Hard only made it to Maeli's look out.
Definitely a challenging hike when you keep a steady pace! Bring lots of water and keep your eyes peeled for bears. We saw some scratches on trees, and lots of droppings along the way.
It took us a while to find the trail. We parked across from the church by the bridge. The trail starts off a dirt road which is right before the Fernwood restaurant. It starts to the right so it is confusing because as you walk up the dirt road there is a sign saying private property but that is only if you continue straight. Gorgeous hike. Difficult first 2 miles but well worth the view and well marked. Note that blueberry bushes are everywhere and were in full bloom with blueberries (a bears favorite) coming soon. Saw some deer and bear tracks but no bears.
Great hike. Make sure to continue along to the falls after the Ledge. Ledge and waterfalls offer great views. Steep incline for about the first two miles after that it levels off nicely.
Incline for hours, but a beautiful view.
Difficult trail but worth it... Just make sure you go all the way to the falls and don't bring people that aren't in shape
just completed this trail over the weekend, the website says it is moderate but to be honest it was very difficult. It is pretty much straight up the entire way with about 300 yards of varying flat parts. The trail was pretty icy so wear your crampons if you're going this time of year. it is moderate bear country we saw some Bearskat and a few scratch marks on some trees, we saw four different groups of hikers when we were told you will never see anyone on this trail. crowded?The view wasn't that great for all the work you had to put in to get there, probably took 5 to 10 breaks along the way, if you like something challenging this is your trail
The trail is well marked with blue markers the entire hike up. Path itself is very clear until you hit the naturally made rock stairs. Then the path is heavily covered in leaves leaving things a bit slippery for the hike back down. Lots of loose large rocks as well. Some nice views but for the depth of the hike I thought it would be much better. Maeli's Lookout which is one of the ledges along the hike was pretty dope though. There were red tailed Hawks soaring below. There are several ledges as you hike up. It's definitely an intense incline at spots. Great for an experienced hiker. Definitely WOULD NOT recommend bringing children. Side note: there are no parking signs at the start of the trail and all of the homeowners have signs posted saying no parking or get towed. Fences blocking their property too. However, there is a restaurant called Fernwood right there and the owner was really cool. Just ask if you can park there and he will appreciate you asking and show u the stairs behind the restaurant leading right to the trail.
I didn't get a chance to tack on the falls to this hike, but the climb to Poet's Ledge was still worth it. The Ledge itself features a great view and the view from Maeli's Lookout (about 3/4 of the way there), is decent.
The first two-thirds of the trail feature a strenuous, though not particularly difficult ascent. The trail levels off, but ironically becomes rockier and therefore, less straining, but arguably more dangerous. Risk of losing balance is high, especially in the fall when leaves cover the rocky trail.
The trail is blazed throughout, but there are a few areas where the sparingly used footpath is virtually indistinguishable from the forest around it and it becomes easy to find yourself off the trail (and hopefully not lost).
The Catskills website labels this trail as 'moderate' but it is definitely 'strenuous.' Pretty steep ascent the entire way up, and the view is okay but not really worth it.
I kind of like the idea of having the trail head be a little difficult to find because it makes it a Lil more adventurous. Mind you we did this entire hike with 65lb backpacks in the middle of the night... Was just about the worst experience I've ever had on a trail... Super steep with very Lil to no straight paths. The views were not rewarding. There are wayyyyy more spectacular views in the Catskills. Poets ledge was kinda lame... The hike was way to rigorous for a view so minuscule... I'm also a little biased on this trail because my friends and I were expecting there to be water up here and all the streams were dried up so we sorta put ourselves in survival situation...