The Escarpment Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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The Escarpment Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tannersville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

4.2 miles 583 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

4 months ago

TOTALLY STUNNING. A good portion of the trail runs at the edge of the valley and so the views are incredible with a bunch of overlooks so you can really enjoy it. North-South Lake can get pretty crowded but this is one of the outer trails so you avoid a lot of the campground traffic. The trail system in the North-South Lake area is really extensive so there's a lot to see and a lot of routes you can take. It's also only about ten minutes from my favorite place in Tannersville: Twin Peaks doughnuts! Just writing about this hike is making me want to do it again so I would definitely recommend it!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Super pretty, great views, nice balance of ups and downs. Pretty evergreens, which was nice since most trees still had no leaves on them. Crosses a very nice creek as well. Great details about the route at

2 years ago

Hiked the section on a fall day near peak color starting at the intersection of North Lake Road & Scutt Road. Walked to Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point & located the ruins of the Kaaterskill Hotel with the help of 3 experienced local hikers. Very easy walk, fantastic views. Just be careful as the trail is narrow in spots with steep dropoffs.

3 years ago

Prolly gonna do this one soon. Negative lonely woman spoke highly of it. She had a cool look though.

4 years ago

Hiked the Arca Point portion of this trail. Steeper in some points than most mention, however, this was a great trail to get back into the hiking after close to a 10 year absence. I brought my dog along for the trek and she did great for her first outing. Trail is well maintained; cut just enough to get by without making it look over used or over groomed. This trail has great vistas and past only a hand full fellow travelers. Planning on looping to the Batavia Kill portion next time to complete the loop.

4 years ago

Such a great trail! Steady inclines with amazing scenery and just enough rock scrambling to make it interesting ...not to mention an outhouse in just the right spot! Great hike!