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17 hours ago

A very nice hike. Not overly challenging, but a rewarding view at the top.

Awesome fall colors illuminated the forests leading to Kaaterskill falls. A little steep at times and leaves make for slightly slippery terrian. but overall fantastic hike.

A nice moderate intro to Catskills hiking with an honestly arduous climb to the summit, stunning views, a fire tower to play on, and gothic-like ruins of an abandoned hotel to ponder. Do continue another 1.5 miles to serene Echo Lake for its beauty and hiking variety. The downside: the trail to Overlook is more ho-hum gravel road than true trail (undergoing machine grading when I visited), and trailhead parking can be challenging during busy hiking times.

its is a tough trail going up and going down! yet its beautiful when you reach the top!

amazing views, great hike rock scramble was fun. Get their early or you will park 3 miles down the road.

Did this today with my two kids aged 10 and 13. Had an awesome hike. We forgot to bring water but some nice fellow hikers were kind enough to share with us. Thanks to Louise Hay and positive affirmations (had been listening to Louise in the car to the trailhead and my daughter did affirmations on water literally two minutes before some strangers offered water unprompted).

Amazing view from the top of the fire tower

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4 days ago

Trailhead parking off of State Highway 23A is limited—be prepared to walk 1/2 mile from the lower lot along blind curves and small shoulders. Follow the trail from Bastion Falls to the base of Kaaterskill Falls. From there, you can choose to enjoy from below and double back or hike up the stairs to a middle falls viewpoint. Be careful: a kid nearly skipped off the edge (loose rocks, mud, and waterfall spray make it very slippery). Continue up the stairs and through a short forest walk a Spruce Creek bridge. There are two viewing places after that: one fenced off (that many were ignoring to hang their boots over the top of the waterfall ledge—and whose feet are in my photos) and a viewing platform with beautiful views of Kaaterskill High Peak and Roundtop Mountain. Aside from blunt safety ignorances and the crowded parking/trail: I understand why everyone wants their photo in front of the falls. This is one of the few hikes I'd say go later in the day as the falls face West.

Loved! Definitely challenging, but a good challenging.

Great hike with beautiful views. Views from giant ledge are better than panther. Deff longer than 6.3 miles if you go up to panther.

Very rocky trails, there are lean to’s at echo lake and right before the beginning of the Indian head trail. Tough hike though definitely recommend for a weekend

beautiful at the top you can see for ever

We went back to this beautiful trail yesterday. The trails were mostly dry views were amazing! Foliage should be peak by the weekend.

Prepare for a long day ahead if you’re taking this trail! There are steep inclines heading up fox hallow, but once you’re over panther it becomes smooth sailing.

This hike isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either. There just are points were you feel like you’re rock climbing rather then hiking. Just prepare for that. Also plan to get there either early or super late; the parking area fills up quickly!

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11 days ago

Amazing — best bang for your buck if you are looking for a very quick trip with the satisfaction of a lovely waterfall. This place is simply beautiful and must be visited IMO if you are in the area... but it is certainly not a true hike. We were completely by ourselves on an early morning trip in early October — and very surprised that it did not see more foot traffic.

hiking
11 days ago

excellent hike. walk along road to trail is nerve wracking but is short. initial rock scramble is fun and some challenge. stairs at top are long. I would rate as moderate since involves plenty of rocks, mud, and road. beautiful large trees.

Beautiful view of the waterfall from the begin to the big water fall at the end. The trail walk was easy but make sure to go early so that you get parking space close to the trail since it gets packed and it's right on the highway.

Be patient for a hour and a half and you will appreciate every single step you took up.

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

This was a nice hike with great views from the ledges. The trail was like a mini river and muddy in most places. Overall not a bad hike but the trail was busy with people.

Did this yesterday from Prediger Rd in Platte Cove 09-22-2018. It was a great time took all day and enjoyed the views as well as what people did with the large pieces of stones in one area. Went all the way to the fire tower then on the way back stopped by echo lake

26 days ago

Loved this. Well worth the effort

We walked down to Echo Lake—definitely challenging enough to work a sweat, but not as difficult as you may think.

hiking
27 days ago

short hike to reach the falls.

The trail up is pretty bland and boring— not too much to see. It was just gravel all the way up. The top of the fire tower was locked when we went up which was a bummer. If there were no hotel ruins to explore I would say it’s not too worth it. The overlook was nice but I’ve seen better views on top of other mountains.

Really cool beginner trail. This is where my GF and I got started and it introduces you to a lot of terrain that you will experience on bigger trails. Our dog had a blast and there are great camp sites around

hiking
1 month ago

This is a busy trail specially on nice weather. This is a moderate hike. weather condition changes at the summit. It was below 40's windchill at the top today

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