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Nice trail with great views at the top. A little muddy and slippery after rainy days.

Beautiful waterfalls! Do not expect to follow the trail without crossing the Platterkill River. The crossings are only passable when there is low water conditions.!!! We hiked after a rain and had to find downed trees across the River. Advanced hiking for sure. You can see a waterfall from the designated view point not far from the start of the trail. Follow blue trail.

I was so impressed by how well-maintained the trail is! The stairs and bridge made the trail feel very safe despite being on a pretty steep incline. Even though it was a short distance, the rocks to climb and bigger switchback near the topmost tier of the falls made me feel like I was still getting a great hike in.

I could see it getting very busy during the afternoon (and was told so by someone I bumped into on my way down), but getting there around 8 am allowed me to park in the first lot with easy access to the trailhead and have the trail nearly entirely to myself - including the upper observation deck, on which I got to look at the falls by myself for quite a while. It’s a gorgeous view and was a perfect fall hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy trail in summer and early fall. Watch out for slick rocks during rain and especially ice patches in the winter. The amphitheater midway through the larger falls is just incredible. Several people die here each year, so be careful. It helps to take a single trekking pole for balance and insurance. I did and I’m glad I did. Have fun! This place is breathtaking in October.

All I can, we. did blue trail and then red to 1st waterfall. Easy!!

23 days ago

Great hike. Water was moving which made falls very nice. No problem for 4 and 9 year old and they loved it. Spent almost 2 hours there and did not do loop. Started going downstream which I think was technically opposite way and came back same way. Highly recommend.

hiking
24 days ago

Took the West trail. It turns out that was a great idea because you encounter the muddy portions early and leave the best for last. That includes the waterfalls, the climb besides the running brook and the beach/picnic area. It is a easy trail and has all the scenic elements built into the 3.2 mile hike: waterfalls, elevation, lake, trees and a beaver lodge!! It was past peak fall so missed that magic but it was still a great 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.

It’s definitely closer to 7.5 miles. Lots of up and down and crossing the kill 6 times (2 over bridges) which was fine but can get deep. Don’t expect sprawling views, there aren’t any. There are supplemental red marks on the trees as the official markers are few and far between. Had a hard time finding directions in some areas. The falls were beautiful. I would definitely rate this one as moderate.

Very nice hike to amazing views! Good balance of moderately steep areas and long flat areas. Great for families also. Will do this one again!

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.

Great trail. The dog loved it

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

hiking
1 month 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.

Nice short hike up to the top of the Nose. The place was packed but there are several overlooks to afford some peace. The green trail was very muddy so boots were a good idea. Views as always were beautiful.

on Tenant Creek Falls

1 month ago

Challenging for 2nd hike of life but definitely worth the effort. Make sure to go to all three falls and bring a camera. We got some great shots. Would like to hike again in summer and get some swimming in the water holes around the falls. Saw eleven people during trip in and out.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of the halls. Takes about an hour and a half, depending on how often you stop for pictures and resting.

great hike and views

I LOVE THE VIEW FROM THE TOP!!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Do not believe this is a trail for toddlers and small kids. It’s a beautiful hike that’s about 2hrs if you do not go to the bottom.

nature trips
1 month ago

I loved this short and sweet hike. The rain made it a little muddy and slippery in spots, but nothing a pair of nice treaded hiking boots couldn't handle. My six year old beagle/basset accompanied me on this hike, she didn't have any trouble. I honestly think the cliff made her a little nervous. overall, easy and fun:).

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A perfect dog hike! My wife, dog and I had a great walk to the waterfalls! Uphill getting there, but worth it. Well marked foot trails. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

nice trail with great views of Schoharie County from the top.

Short but incredibly beautiful hike. The falls are amazing...an easy hike for all abilities. The Fall is definitely a great time to visit!

I got a very late start in the day and was only able to get to the first waterfall before it started getting dark. I'll definitely go back to see the rest...it was beautiful.

Nice easy hike to a pretty view of Lake George. Partially obstructed views but still worth the climb. After hiking to the View we went back down and looped around to the falls which was very pretty. The kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9) loved it. We took a short cut to the falls so the total hike was about 5 miles instead of 6.3.

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