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We went after big rains. Very muddy. Lots of rock- hopping. Beautiful trail-side vegetation. Fabulous fungi. Falls were booming. There is a guy in the car park who may be living there but he seems friendly and harmless.

My husband and I hiked the loop with our dog, camping overnight at Jimmy Dolan Notch. There's been a lot of rain this month, so there was water everywhere, little creeks and waterfalls. We came up via the eastern leg of the loop. It started off fairly easy, but turned into one of the tougher hikes we've done. Several spots where our dog couldn't make the jumps (he's got stubby little legs), and we had to ferry him up the rocks or carry him up balanced on one knee as we pulled ourselves up with tree roots. Not easy with our packs on. Between the challenge of the dog and the fact that our camp stove crapped out on us, we had to call our trip a little short, and we just hiked back down the next morning via the western leg. The descent was easier, the elevation change was definitely steadier on the western side of the loop.

Overall, this was a gorgeous, well-marked hike, and we fully intend to come back (without the doggo) and try it again. Challenging, beautiful, and well worth the drive from NYC.

With overnight gear, this is a trek. Don’t pay attention to the mile markers on the trail - use your gps. Plenty of mis cues. Be prepared for serious ascents and technical descents. Kind of a blast but a mother ef for sure.

Challenging because everything was flooded. Did the rock scramble up to hurricane ledge and there was water flowing down over the steepest parts. Sketchy!
Great views, beautiful forests. Because it was so flooded the whole loop took over 6 hours. it was worth it.

Hiked Suagloaf, Plateau, and some of Twin last year. If you're looking for a challenge, I would definitely recommend hiking these mountains. Did it as a day hike and I was there for a good 6-7 hours. I know everyone's skill level is different but this one really pushed my limits.
Be prepared to do some dangerous rock scrambles, which are made even more difficult when wet. And to possibly be very sore the next day,

This hike came as advertised. It was a kind of boring hike up, but the ruins are really cool, the views are great, and we saw a timber rattlesnake. My wife and I have only been getting serious about hiking for a few months and we finished in 2.5 hours, which included a few minutes chatting with some volunteers at the top. Overall,it was a great way to spend a morning.

It was fine except that when your finished your legs are KILLING you

We hiked this back in April. Muddy trails but the top was worth it. There’s awesome abandoned buildings and a tower you can climb at the top. Gorgeous views

Way shorter from the trails end side. Both ways are great.

Great hike for kids and you can trout fish at the river!

Just a nice walk with great wildlife. I've seen Bald Eagles and deer.

The trailhead linked in the directions is bad...there's no parking, it's just the end of the road and private residences. Better to just use the Rte 23A lot, about a mile west of the country club. There's another lot off Bogart Rd. that's referenced on the trail signs in the park, but I'm not sure where on the road.

From 23A around the Harding Rd trail and Sleepy Hollow horse trail to the overlook is about 4mi, another 2mi back on the Quarry trail. The Quarry trail hugs the eastern side of the mountain and snakes down from the overlook. Don't go back to the horse trail, that just leads back north toward the campground areas. Quarry trail is dank...lots of wildlife.

We (me, husband, and 4 year old son) hiked this on a Tuesday morning (around 10am). We found an AWESOME trail guide online for this at https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/kaaterskill-falls-ii-upper-trailhead/
This helped us decide on the Laurel House Rd parking lot vs the one where you have to walk around the side of the road. We started at the parking lot and went to the viewing platform to get our first look at the falls. It was empty! For about 1 minute. After that, we made our way down the trail that led to the falls. It was very steep and tricky in some spots because it was our 4 year old’s first time on such a steep/long hike. The trail was easy to navigate and towards the end there are actual steps built into the side. Definitely check out the top waterfall trail that you come to first because it is amazing! Once you’re down at the bottom you can really explore around at your own level which was great. Bring a swimsuit if the weather permits! I wish we had because the pool at the bottom is great and we ended up getting pretty wet just exploring on the rocks. At the bottom a lot of people are coming and going and towards the afternoon it definitely got more crowded. The waterfall was worth the hike back up too and there’s enough to take in at the bottom that you’re really able to rest up for the trip back. Great spot and I can’t wait to go back!!

hiking
14 days ago

Boring all truck road .. top of the fire tower is locked

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous falls that are a short walk down a well cared for single path. The view out from this foot of the Catskills is truly incredible.

nice fall to see when level of water is higher but the trail
is nice and not hard to see.

Main parking lot was full. Had to park down the road. Kind of a dicey walk along the road to get to the trailhead. Trail was crowded and mostly vertical. Well maintained and beautiful waterfalls.

Gorgeous moderate hike. If you are looking for views this is a great pick. The trail is moderate and offers nice portions that are great for trail running. There are also many nice little overlooks so you can find your own spot to relax and take in the views.

Great views and a manageable hike

Nice hike through a mostly hemlock forest. Parking is getting difficult during summer. No signs for Codfish Point. Just have to look for the yellow trail once you level out. Be careful for bears and porcupines if you have a dog. And rattlesnakes, tho I never saw them here. Lots of stinging nettles in late summer. Stay on trail.

Short, relatively easy, enjoyable hike that was simply exhilarating! The heavy rain storms last night & into this morning transformed the creek into a thundering, magnificent torrent, crashing & tumbling down into the gorge below. Highly recommend!

Tough as nails. Do not underestimate.

Parked the car at Devil's Tombstone Campground where Smiley's Taxi awaited to take us to the trailhead at Prediger Road. The plan was to do Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau.

Started at 8 am and hit Indian Head first. Everyone said it would be the hardest, but this is incorrect. Read on. The ascent was challenging with several steep sections that required abandoning hiking poles and scrambling on hands and feet. Several breathtaking views await. Descent is moderate.

Next up was Twin mountain. The ascent was shorter than Indian Head's but felt more strenuous in some sections. You will hit the first (lowest) summit of Twin to great views. It's an easy hike to the second, true summit of Twin, good views here as well. The descent from Twin is pretty steep. Kind of an ass kicker. Good footwork is essential here.

Sugarloaf is next. Very steep ascent, where I saw several people I had been bumping into on previous summits start to show signs of exhaustion. The summit is short and nothing to write home about. The descent is pretty steep and will test many. I met groups at the bottom of Sugarloaf that had members call it quits here.

Without a doubt, Plateau is the true test of anyone attempting this hike. Take advantage of the "spring" during the approach to refill water bottles or refresh yourself. The ascent itself is very very challenging, perhaps even more so since it'll be the fourth and last mountain of the day. By the time I reached the summit, which is not memorable at all save for the feeling of relief, I was completely gassed out. Enjoy the flat hiking atop Plateau (~2.2 mi) and get ready for the descent down to campground, which is steep and seems endless.

All in all, a great day and a very enjoyable challenge.

The trail itself was pretty boring. It felt like an old road (which it may have been given the numerous hotels over the years right off of it near the top) rather than a hiking-specific trail developed within the woods/mountains. Also be prepared to not have a lot of shade during the hike. It offers a steady climb to the top that I would consider moderate but nothing more (if you hike fairly often), though certain areas will definitely get your heart racing. That being said, we got lucky and went on a very pleasant day in July (low 80s and low humidity). The incline could definitely take a toll in severe heat.

All of that being said, the views from the top are worth the trip. Try to visit on a day when the fire tower and “museum” are open. The mini-museum offers some fascinating history about the area as well as the abandoned hotel you pass by on the way up. Plus, the views from the top of the fire tower are even better than those from the overlook (which is saying something). We did not encounter any rattlesnakes.

A three mile hike straight up hill? You sound less crazy when you get to the top and have the opportunity to admire the views. This place is also highly populated with Timber rattlesnakes so I would recommend sticking to the trails and keeping a close eye on your pets. Otherwise the trail is well maintained and worth it!!

Great vertical ascents and views! Especially between Blackhead and Black Dome. You can cruise through these 3 peaks if you time the crowds and weather right.

hiking
25 days ago

The hike up to the summit is a steady incline up a road. The top is absolutely beautiful especially the view from the fire tower. My only concern was the Timber Rattlesnakes that are very common along the trail and at the top. We saw a big one in alert mode with its head up. Think twice about bringing a dog with you on this hike because the snakes are no joke

backpacking
28 days ago

Nice to have the hotel ruins as a destination and the extra half mile to the tower is worth it

nice scenery , good hike uphill to the falls.. definitely worth the trip

cross country skiing
29 days ago

I loved

Great trail. The first half is one of the tuffest trails ive hiked. Be ready because there is no ridge line. You have to hike up and down ever single mountain. But the shelters are well kept and adaquitly spread apart.

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