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4 days ago

Poorly marked, but beautiful along the brook!

Decent hike, was looking to do some photography but nothing too astounding

This was just a quick hike exploring around Diamond Notch Falls. The trail was icy in places and the falls were free flowing.

I only did a quick hike to the falls and a little beyond. The trail was icy and the falls were partly frozen.

It was a great trail. Took my two dogs. Beautiful scenery, lots of rock scrambling. Start early!! I started at 11 and finished at 6-ish.

Did the falls to high point and back. Currently, microspikes are not needed, but did help.

For food hit up the Hoot Owl which is about 10minutes away. Stumbled upon it.. great food and atmosphere!

Fun trail with a variety of different landscape. I’d recommend going off trail up through rockier paths whenever you get the chance.

I did this today with my brother (it is January.) After a bit of a heatwave today was a balmy 15 degrees, and all of the snow had melted and then re-froze in the path like a beautiful ice cat walk. There's a solid 3 miles of trail that is completely iced over, and you have to penguin-walk a lot, even with good boots. we fell 3x total. 10/10 will do again.

but seriously, I strongly recommend this in the winter for experienced hikers. A frozen Verkeerderkill Falls is truly spectacular and well worth enduring the cold. There is one section of river that is impossible to cross without dipping a boot, so bag your feet if you're worried about your boots and their water resistance.

Given the very slow moving with the ice, we (ages 26/30) started this at 10:45 and finished at 2:45.

2 months ago

I love the motha f***ing forgeeee. I was birthed here

Great trail, went up yesterday, look for days with low wind on the summit it was brutally cold at the summit. Microspikes are a must to do safely. Snow isn't too deep yet.

2 months ago

Great amount of options for a local trail with a fire tower! Great day hike! Identified a downy woodpecker and golden crowned kinglet

Awesome trail with tons to do. Started in the parking lot at 11am, did the 8.5 mile loop and ice caves and finished at 5pm with a long lunch break

Loved it so many things too see and do, ice caves are amazing, I did bring my dog w me which I had to help him up the latter lol but all is worth it!!

love this place and come here all the time! parking can be tricky at times

3 months ago

Lovely hike. One of my favorites.

3 months ago

Excellent trails that are well marked. Beautiful south facing view of Monadnock and other mountains. Hiked in about 3 hours— I kept moving (it was 20 degrees), but stopped a few times for photos.

Trail was easy to follow using the app. There are off shoot trails so without the map could be confusing.

4 months ago

This hike is great, but if I had to do it over again I would stop at the Slide MTN parking area and hitch a ride back to Woodland Valley. The hike I did was the full loop (start in Woodland Valley, and end in Woodland Valley). Once you finish Slide MTN, to complete the full loop you have to hike from Slide MTN parking area to Panther MTN parking and trailhead which is a few miles of road, then the hike to Woodland Valley is long and tedious over nothing but endless steep downgrades and ankle breaker rocks so it's slow going especially in the rain today and slippery roots. Then after 17.5 miles or so the trail crushes you one last time with a climb straight up rock to more ankle breaking rocks on the walk back to the lot at Woodland Valley. I took one star off for the full loop because after Slide the rest of the hike is long, tedious, and annoying. Park one car at the Slide MTN parking area and the have a friend bring you over to Woodland Valley and call it a Hike once you finish Slide MTN.

The hike up Wittenberg is great, with a great view at the top, expect 2 hours or so to reach the peak, 3 hours if you stop to smell the roses. The hike over to Cornell MTN (done this hike 3 times, still have no idea where the summit is) is easy feels great after Wittenberg. I wasn't going to do the full loop but I got out so late I knew I wouldn't make it down and needed to spend the night anyway, so I camped on a rock ledge near Cornell MTN, solid rock so no impact to the environment and I never leave anything behind, it's over 3500 feet but I didn't really have a choice, such a cool place to camp until the weather went south, the winds kicked up to 40 MPH and it got real cold, and real wet, not a fun night.

The climb up the back end of Slide MTN is probably my favorite in the Catskills, short, brutal and really interesting, Wittenberg and Slide alone make this route worth doing.

Great views and very well maintained but the markings are unclear at times and you might get turned around. Good for dogs but most are off leash.

Loved every second of this hike. The views were incredible and every step was magnificent. The cal foliage definitely enhanced the beauty, but was overall magical. Definitely didn’t think it was hard or difficult. With proper footwear and basic hiking experience it was fairly easy. Definitely plan to return.

We did Sams Point,Ice Caves, verheebeck falls and High Point loop it is about 11.5 miles took us 6 hours with stops. There are rock scrambles throughout the way but would not rate this hard. The views following the Ridgeline to High Point are incredible We did this hike with our puggle who loved it but he needed a little help with the big rocks tight spaces in the ice caves.

Hard but worth it. Take the long way from the Mt Major parking lot for added distance.

4 months ago

We tried accessing the trail off Mount Major Highway, onto Jesus Valley Road (turns into a dirt road), about 500 feet before the trail mark, there were signs up for private property, no trespassing on both sides of the road. We had to tie a round and were not able to access trail from there. Just a heads up...

Took the red up and orange blazes down. Much better than parking at busy Mt Major trail. Take the dirt trail next to the private driveway then look for the red trail sign.

We hiked this beauty on Sat October 21st. Got to the trail errrs entrance gate to the Park at 8:30am and we were probably the 10th car in line. Park opened at 9 and we got on our way. It costs $10 to park and there are two bathrooms small vending machines and a cute little visitor center.

The weather was absolutely mint and the fall colors were popping so nice. We planned all along to do the Ice Caves, falls and the whole loop basically and we did. All in just shy of 11 miles and we stopped a few times to take in the views and and also had lunch etc. We ended up taking around 6 hours.

There was a few beautiful lookouts pretty early on after a little climb and then the Ice Caves came up quick and early on into the hike. So glad we ventured down and did that little detour as it was pretty cool. Hopped back on the trail and headed to the waterfall which was a few miles away. Again it was a beautiful blue sky, sunshiny fall day with temps in the 60s. I say that because your pretty exposed most of the hike so on a hot summer day your roasting. On our way to the falls you really started to see where the forest fire wrecked havoc a year earlier with hundreds of standing burnt trees and life starting to rebuild around it.

Got to the falls (dribble this time of year plus it hadn’t rained at all). and found a cute spot to chill and have lunch. Not that I recommend this to anyone but the falls were pretty dry so I ventured out as your on top of the falls at this point to the edge. It was straight beauty and a huge fall but amazing.

After the falls there’s a nice steep incline that will get the blood pumping but after that it was a nice walk all along the cliff side then back in and around for 3-4 miles with some rock scrambles and then back down a little and you get to the service road (booooo!). Kinda boring and it’s the last 2 miles but we stopped at the pristine lake and made the most of it.

All in all it was a great day and hike and I definitely recommend. The trail is rated as hard but at best it’s a high moderate in my opinion.

Very trafficked but beautiful especially in the fall

If the parking lot is full, catch a cab from Ellenville. If your loop includes the ice caves and the high trail, prepare for 10.1 miles, not 8.4. The trail is pretty easy until you get past the falls and up to the ridge. Then it takes some stamina. Very fun and gorgeous the whole way.

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