Explore the most popular river trails in Catskill State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

Strenuous hike due to consistent incline, but somewhat too straight-forward. The view at the summit is basically nonexistent unless you climb the fire tower. When I arrived, there were too many clouds to see anything. After spending some time at the top of the tower, the clouds cleared and a nice view opened up. However, I have seen many better views from more interesting trails. Many, many, gnats as well made it impossible to stand still.

Fun hike. Lots of things to see on the way up, leantos, etc. did it as part of the fire tower challenge, the tower was locked but you could still climb up the stairs

A totally beautiful walk from the trail head car park up through the woods and right alongside the rushing stream. A fairly gentle climb and even though we didn’t get to the top, it was one of the loveliest hikes we have done around here.

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed yesterday in beautiful weather approx low 60’s. Very dry hike with a few patches of snow near the summit. Some cool shelters on the way in case hikers wanted to stay the night. Seemed long but was beat from a previous hike. 4 hour hike with awesome views at the top. Fire tower not in great condition and was closed at top!

hiking
1 month ago

Probably one of the easiest mountains I have done I have NO idea when it’s listed as hard ! Trail had minimal snow towards the top but spikes and shoes are no longer needed ! Beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in September 2017 and barely saw another person. Beautiful forest and view along the creek. Our dog loved it too.

Great trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike took 3 hrs round trip First 2 tenths of the hike is the hardest Weather was 30degrees dry trail no mud

hiking
6 months ago

It was a brisk day 11/11/17 first ones on the trail that day
Pleasant hike still not sure why it's rated hard
The terrain is easy to navigate made to the tower in 2 hours and 20 min that included a pit stop to the first lean to
I would DEFINATELY do this hike again

Nice walk in the woods. went up steadily but felt like a long hike... no views going up, nice fall colors. Tower was locked

Nice hike, moderately steep some of the way but very easy with switchbacks. No views from the summit, great views from the firetower.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice moderate hike...love when the payoff is a firetower. Unfortunately the clouds were hanging pretty low and the view was not too great. Trail seemed great for families with children met several on the trail

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome but be careful off loose rocks

It was a good workout and the Blue Hole at the bottom made my efforts worth while but there is no view unless you go on to the next summit. I was pretty disappointed to realize that after hiking 10 miles up vertical rock scrambles in 90 degree weather.

Was a beautiful day for a hike! We did have some trouble finding the Hurricane ledge but it just took some time and adventuring around! We also found the plane crash towards the bottom on our hike out. Only saw 2 other hikers. Little to no garbage was on the trail which was nice to see.

Beautiful hike through forest and over streams with abundant wild flowers, ferns, blueberry bushes, and brush. The trailhead is across the road from the parking lot. Bring more water than you think you need (it's a long traverse) and wear hiking boots. The trail is very rocky (an old riverbed?) and people in low hikers and sneakers regretted it. Be sure to take the loop. Gorgeous fall hike!

There are plenty of opportunities to see great views from both mountains, even with a bit of overcast. We started the hike at around 8am on a Saturday morning, and only managed to see 4 other people (and 1 dog)! We also didn't see any moose, but it was still worth it!

Easy hike with a great view! Waterfall trail adjacent was closed

hiking
8 months ago

very rewarding hike. be careful parking your car though. Hunter police were writing parking tickets as we were leaving today.

Relaxing easy hike. Make sure you turn left onto the yellow trail in the end to get the panoramic view.

A great trail. Challenging in all the right ways.

Not bad ok hike i wouldn't say hard good workout views were good from tower. Another 1 down on the fire tower challenge that's most important. FYI no snakes bears or wolves just lots of other hikers

Lovely day in the woods and mountains. Included 3 toads,1 snake and 2 animals that scurried away!
Unfortunately Lots of flies on summit and Can't hang out.
Nice steady elevation gain that's never really that steep making it good for beginners who want a challenge and experienced hikers who want a fast and terrain changing hike.
Lovely terrain changes throughout but essentially a forest walk. Nice soft stretches of pine needles that offer reprieve from rocks that you will find between table and peekamoose.
Tracts of moss, ferns and woodlands are part of the charm of this hike. Would repeat this hike.

The weather and views were beautiful. The rocks kept our 9 mile hike exciting. It was also such a short drive from queens, just an hour and a half. Highly recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

love this place! fire tower is so cool, recommend to do it with low lying clouds, and alittle rain, it will be worth it

really a great hike, honestly a favorite of mine, plenty of places to tent closer to the bottom. and a sweet lean-to, can fit 8 people easy. views are desent but nothing to write home about, did it in the pouring rain and had a blast, planning on going back to tent it out and do the hole ridge!

Don't let the easy rating on this hike fool you. It was certainly challenging. Mostly a steady, steep climb through a rocky trail then some rock scaling just before the very top. As you get towards the top, the trail isn't that well marked and there is no signs or markers that point you towards Hurricane Ledge or the plane crash site. Hurricane Ledge is definitely worth a visit since you can not see any views from the top of the high peak, just a piece of the plane someone must've dragged up there, an ammo case full of emergency supplies and 2 geological markers. I never made it to the plane crash site as it was getting late and we were completely exhausted and we skipped Poets Ledge, which adds about another mile to the hike. But the water falls with ledges on the way up are breath taking. There is no trail head parking on Malden Ave and we practically got chased out by a local when looking for somewhere to park. We chose the dirt lot across the street just off of 23 A across from the church about .5 miles from Malden Ave and hiked it in. This definitely isn't easy because you are climbing 4000 feet in elevation in just over 5 miles and because of the length of the trek. We left the car at 10 am and got back to it by 9 pm, we stopped twice to eat for about an hour total, got off the trail for about another mile and that ate up some time but overall this is an all day, moderately difficult hike.

We hiked from the Peekamoose Rd parking area (around 10AM). Good technical trail to get your heart rate up but quickly became boring (The views aren't worth the hike). We hiked 7-8 miles on July 4th weekend and saw about 5 people total on this trail. Also.. the watering hole on the opposite side to the parking area was waaaaay too crowded with people acting like animals (around 3:30PM). The Ranger said to come mon-fri if you want a enjoyable watering hole experience, or very early on the weekends.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike up. Very challenging. Views from FIRETOWER were phenomenal. Trail a bit slick from recent rains. A must do for the FIRETOWER Challenge.

A couple a nice views...good trail to get your heart rate going. A few nice streams as well..overall a great way to spend my Saturday

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