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Absolutely beautiful hike challenging yet very worth it once you get to the top we took the dog and she loved it definitely worth the trip don’t miss this one

AWESOME trail for a short hike.

The falls itself is beautiful when viewed from either the upper viewing deck or from below. A strong word of caution is that in wet weather the trail down to the falls becomes very wet and extremely slippery. The trail itself is narrow and borders a sharp cliff before transforming into the rock steps that guides hikers to the falls themselves. People are frequently injured on this descent and I would advise groups to take their time be careful with children and be mindful of the weather to ensure all can have a safe fun time enjoying the beautiful scenery.

I am extremely disappointed in how visitors of the Catskills behave when they’re at the falls. Whether it’s the lower or upper falls trail, people always seem to be making it a mess for everyone else. People parking and standing in the middle of the road, standing in the middle of the road to direct traffic while they back their cars right up to the falls, parking all over the side of the mountain road (at least they get ticketed), going way too close to the cliff edges, swimming in the water right before the waterfall...I can’t believe it. People act out of line at the falls and it’s unsafe for them as well as the people who are just driving up the road. The falls is one of the most beautiful places in the Catskills but skip it if you’re not in the mood to deal with disrespectful visitors. If people don’t shape up, they’ll ruin it for everyone and the falls will be closed. Hopefully a shuttle system from Palenville or Haines Falls will fix this. But for now, visit any of the less crowded waterfalls near by.

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.

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

Great short hike. Well-maintained trail. Nice views to the west and northwest. No bugs and lots of happy hiking dogs! We left before sunset, but it would have been an amazing place to watch the sun go down!

hiking
8 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.

Very rocky and steep trail but worth the beautiful view you get at the top!!

Super easy, well kept trail. The lake is really lovely. It's a little crowded for my taste, but what a great time of year to go. The leaves are starting to change, and it will only get better in the next couple of weeks.

Beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Easy to follow markers to guide you along the way, did it with my pet Rottweiler and I can tell she enjoyed it as well.

hiking
14 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.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice, moderate hike. Very popular. View was good but outlook was crowded. Bring some snacks to enjoy at the top. Well marked trail, but make sure to go left when you see the huge pile of rocks for the view! Had to be careful going down as it was slippery. Overall, fun hike

Easy Walk Beautiful View !

hiking
20 days ago

I saw a black bear only a few hundred feet from the trailhead! It crossed the trail and looked right at me, but didnt seem interested. Not a hard hike at all, but very wet during a downpour. Luckily I was wearing waterproof boots

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.

Beautiful views, easy path with some incline but not steep.

Gorgeous views on this trail, very kid-friendly and lots of signs, just follow the red diamonds. Lots of other good trails too. We went with 3,5,8 years old kids and they were fine the whole time. You can bathe at the lake if you want and there is just a parking fee to get in.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in a while! Did this solo- the trail was very well marked, manicured but also secluded. So many scenic lookouts it was difficult to keep pace! I did the loop and then later the waterfall trail which was worthwhile, a total of just under 5 miles when you factor in the connection paths. I spotted salamanders, millipedes and caterpillars. The trail was almost empty during the week. I did have to pay the $10 parking fee but it paid off because the trails were so well maintained.

Not very dog friendly, muddy. Most of the trail is through a field on planks. Only enough room for one person and u get full sun so it gets hot. I don’t know about this one

hiking
29 days ago

Very easy walk, nice views around the lake and plenty of good places for picnics etc. Not the kind of walk we’d do but my partner had hurt his ankle!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful moderately challenging and fun

hiking
1 month ago

short hike to reach the falls.

Where’s the Damn Waterfall!!!! Lol

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

1 month ago

Some of the most gorgeous views ever- majestic!!!

Very pleasant 2.5 miles hike on a large carriage road. in different points, get out of the main road and get to beautiful view points.

Where’s this waterfall???

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

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