Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

The trail is wide open, well marked, and honestly a moderate grade. Multiple spots with water on trail, making for some good chunks of mud still. Would recommend adding Echo Lake to the loop, great views on the way from Indian Head over to Echo Lake.

Lovely, challenging trail. I recommend that anyone doing this trail bring poles--the downhill is steep & rocky, murder on the knees! Hiked this on 5/13/18, it is still muddy, but no need for spikes.

Loved it, pretty views, some good inclines and some easier areas too
Great places for eating lunch, sitting in the rocks with the beautiful views

Easy walk on washout road . Very cool spot to spend time at the top

This was my first real hiking. Since I am a crazy person and like to push my body, I start with this very hard trail. Oh my God, this trail is very challenging. I would not recommend for someone to do it solo or out of shape. People must be careful and pay attention of your footing. I don’t want to scare anyone, but people can get hurt very badly on this trail. Stay safe.

A gnarly hike coming down, icy and muddy. Otherwise, a beautiful view at the top! :)

My friends and I did this trail yesterday. It was very well marked which was great.

The snow and ice and not having spikes on our shoes is what made this trail a living hell. We came down Devil's Path and it was a slip and slide between the snow, ice, and mud. We picked up sticks to help us but it was still a very scary hike. The conditions was what made it negative but otherwise we have clamboured over this trail like nothing.

I want to do it again when there is not snow.

Beginner hiker here:: more like 3 1/2 stars— strenuous and intense climb to the top with a small outlook, but amazing view!

LOTS OF snow and ice. Rocky and very muddy path.

Took about 5 hours to complete the loop. My SO and I went backwards? (Stayed left and went up Devil’s path and then down Jimmy Dolan Notch) so it felt like we climbed most of the way.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiking boots/shoes with spikes due to the snow and ice. Bring walking sticks! My boyfriend and I used a thick branch which helped us from not falling too much.

I would say it was pretty strenuous hike. We did it in 3hrs 7minutes... I'd be weary of the coyotes. One or two were following us from a distance on the way down. Enjoyed the view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

I went up a day after a storm. Was pretty easy for the first 2 miles, but after that, snow got way too deep. Should have brought along a pair of snow shoes. One of the better hikes close to NYC.

Nice 2 day backpacking trip. It starts pretty steep and then eases out to the top of Hunter Mountain. Views at the top of the tower are breathtaking. The back loop is much easier with one water point on the way down and then a river at the bottom.

As others have stated, getting to the trail was poorly marked and hard to find. No signs for trail starts anywhere from parking lots. However, once you find the trail it’s very well marked. Rock scrambles are difficult for dogs but do-able. Only a few steep parts and they’re on the rock scrambles. The views from Sunset Rock are absolutely beautiful.

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

Steep climb, but the view was definitely worth it. It was a good workout with a couple rocky portions that probably account for it's difficult rating. Overall, a great time, good view and not too difficult.

This is the most difficult part of Devils Path. I did it from Mink Hollow and climbed Plateau and Sugarloaf. On 1/21 crampons (not just microspikes) we’re very useful

Twin mountain has such an excellent summit view.. and the sugarloaf view is also one of my favorites in the Catskills. you can see the Shawangunks in the distance!

This is a straightforward, mostly uphill hike with few turns. It’s pretty much a straight shot from the trailhead to the top of table mountain. Not too difficult and some nice viewpoints along the way.

A very nice spot great views
Fantastic way to spend a December day
The only drawback was having to walk thru the campground since it is closed for the season
Even got to see a deer

Great hike. Very challenging. Left flashlight at home so started descending from the top during sunset so had to use iPhone as flash light. Be aware of animals at sunset. There are two spots with a great view. However I went all the way to the top as well thinking that’s where the best view would be but there was no view from there. Good luck to anyone it’s definitely a great experience :)

This was a great trail however the map layout is a bit misleading. If you Map the walk to Boulder Rock it adds a bit of mileage and i don't think it was "Moderate" . However the views were gorgeous. There are some ledges to be really careful on if you go for some good views.

Campground was closed which made getting to the trail head a bit tricky as everything was poorly marked. Still a nice stroll around north/south lake. Once on the trail everything was very well marked and the views were beautiful and well earned. Some of the rock scrambling, especially if you divert up to north point, can be tricky, but not too difficult. Highly recommend to anyone looking for sweeping views of the Hudson Valley.

Gorgeous views, amazing outlook. Highly trafficked, but with good reason, I've been many times.

This was a beautiful trail and the views were amazing. Artist's Rock is breathtaking, and you reach it almost instantly. Took my 10 year old. The parking lots closer to the trail were closed, so we ended up having to walk from the western most tip of South Lake to the trail. That added a few more miles to our trip, so we were over 7 miles.
For us, the Blue trail was easy. It was relatively flat, and then you would reach steep, but doable areas to climb. It was beautiful, and we loved it.
North Point was a bit steep (300 ft in .3 miles), but the view is worth it.
We took the red trail (Mary's Glen Trail) back down. While it was stunning, it was hard for me (as I have problematic knees and ankles). It was very rocky almost all the way down. I should probably have taken blue back down, and will again next time I go.
Overall, it was a hike that should not be missed. I am not a very experienced hiker, and I have a good amount weight to lose, but it is doable, even with a 10 year old. Just take your time.

This trail was good, but definitely not the best. Great views, slightly tough with dog on a few steep climbs.

amazimg views well worth the hard work

TRAILHEAD IS ACROSS THE ROAD FROM PARKING AREA! Moderately challenging hike with lots of rock under foot... be sure to wear hiking shoes for this one. Peaceful, beautiful trail with delightful cascading falls at turnaround point. Really enjoyed this one!

Did Twin Mtn trail from Pediger Rd. Decent hike. Lots of rock scrambles. Nice pano view near summit. 4-4.5 hrs.

Stopped off 87 on my way to the Adirondacks to stretch my legs. Glad we did it, but wouldn’t go out of my way to do it again. I am an experienced hiker and did not find many aspects of this trail challenging. It was exceptionally muddy and other than one or two openings in the tree line the views were so/so.

My girlfriend and I started on the blue trail from the North lake parking lot. Followed this trail to Artist rock, Sunset rock (blue trail to yellow trail for Sunset rock), Newman’s ledge and North point/North mountain ledge, then took Mary’s Glen (Red trail) back which brought us to North lake Rd about 3/4 of a mile north from the main parking lot. After that we walked just south of the parking lot to the Overlook mountain house site. Everything was about 6.6 miles and 4hrs at a conservative pace with time to enjoy each lookout. Trails were pretty easy with a decent amount of short inclines, and not annoying crowded for a Saturday between the hours of 9:30 - 1:30.

on Indian Head Mountain Loop

backpacking
7 months ago

This was our first backpacking hike in 2017 as we were particularly busy this past summer and the mountain top views did not disappoint. The overnight camping was amazing... just deafening silence all night.
I agree with the "difficult" rating but if you want to experience a hike on some portions of the famed Devil's path, this is it. A year ago, I and my wife Annie hiked up the equally difficult ascent to Mt Plateau at the opposite end of the Devil's Path. We are just the getting ready to do the entire 24-mile / five peaks of the Devil's Path, hopefully this Fall.

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