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This is a great short hike, with a beautiful waterfall and plenty of places to just sit and enjoy the view. Best done during the summer when you have the option of getting in the water. Very easy to follow, impossible to get lost. There are stairs that lead up to the waterfall and are borderline dangerous because they get wet.

The trail has become busier throughout the years, which is a big con for me. Hard to enjoy the view at times.

Great trail and great views of the waterfalls. In winter, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to climb the stairs as it is completely covered with icy snow.

backpacking
11 days ago

Such an incredible place to visit! We went during the snow season - incredible views, very icy.
Breathtaking place to see from each viewpoint.

Dont go down the icy steps - unless u have spikes ;)

(also camping was great up near North South Campsite)

Easy trail until you get to the 190 steps down to the bottom of the waterfalls. The view is great! Remember you have to go back up the 190 steps. Well worth it!

We loved this hike! The falls are beautiful and the trails very interesting. It ended up being 4.5 miles after going to see Mullet falls and Denton falls. Be careful not to miss the side trails to the falls! You will not see any water alls if you follow the route on all trails however the map at the parking area clearly shows where they are.

hiking
16 days ago

Very pretty! Went after a snow and the latter sections with stairs got very icey and slippery, so make sure you wear good boots with grip in the winter.

My 8-year old and I did this last weekend after a pretty significant snowfall. We ascended up Jimmy Dolan and that was pretty easy for us. We really didn’t need our microspikes for it. Coming down the the other side was much more challenging.

One spot that is pretty well photographed here is about 30 feet down and steep. I ended up just lowering off my son with a 50’ section of rope I brought just in case and it was much safer. It could be climbed down safely with an axe by most people.

The rest of it was pretty straightforward, but challenging. We ended up walking more like 7mi and the snow makes that a little tougher. Would only recommend this for people who know what they’re getting into (my kid climbs, etc. and is pretty good).

You’ll find a couple good spots to take in a view, although not on the peak. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Made it with the kids to the fall. Definitely bring extra socks as there’s several muddy and wet patches on trail. Great fun day.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this today. trail is well marked, straightforward incline. Somewhat challenging but a good hike.

Can be very muddy and slippery if there has been rain recently. Otherwise quite pleasant and accurately described.

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
1 month 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.

Hiked the Escarpment Trail counterclockwise. Walked down the little detour to the Kaaterskill Falls and made a loop behind the upper falls. This is not to be missed as the falls are in a spectacular setting and if you're careful and have good boots, you can carefully walk behind the falls and make a loop around the upper basin, explicit warnings of "deaths have occurred in this area" in mind.
I then continued on the Escarpment Trail to Layman's Monument, Inspiration Point, Boulder Rock, and the site of the Catskill Mountain House (CMH).
Note that the Alltrails map shows a trail that is supposed to run parallel to South Lake Road, beginning a bit south of the CMH. However, I could not find the first section, even after verifying the GPS location. So I hiked back to Boulder Rock and found the trail, but there are no trail markers and it turned out to be a rather wild trail that seems barely used and is not maintained. The GPS was really needed in this section, as I lost the barely visible trail multiple times. There were multiple fallen trees, mossy and hollow ground, and an overall feeling of being in the middle of the wild, which is very nice if you're into that. I eventually came out onto South Lake road and made a left on the South Lake Access Rd which brought me back to the Escarpment Trail.
The entire hike with these extensions was 8 miles, but next time I'll probably stick to the original loop, just adding the Kaaterskill Falls viewing platform and a hike down to the basins.

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

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.

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.

Hiked October 13, 2018. Rained the night before, so it was very muddy - not much drainage to speak of. Some mild scrambling, nothing to be afraid of. Some views towards the top. Leaves were out in force, which made it worth it. Be advised that the peak is wooded and unmarked. Made that mistake the first time I did this hike - you’ll have no idea you’re at the top until you start going down again. Pretty slippery on the way down, but we took our time. We did this in just over 5 hours with plenty of breaks. Would rate this as moderate.

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

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

nice trail, with great markings and signs. More of a moderate trail aside from a few short steep sections going up Blackhead from the Batavia kill lean to side. no view on Blackhead summit, I would say skip it and just head straight up Black dome on the red trail, perfect rock ledge with views there. nice spring on the red trail to refill water bottles.

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

hiking
2 months 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.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pleasant.

hiking
2 months 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.

Great walk through pretty forest and along escarpment. Beautiful views. Add the path to the low waterfall towards the end of the walk for some beautiful scenery. This section is busy and can get very slippery. There are also steps to climb done to the falls (183)

hiking
2 months 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.

Hiked in from Kaaterskill RR trail and hit up the falls before heading to Inspiration Point. Didn’t make it to Boulder Rock this time.

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