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Treacherous in the winner. Ice all over the trail and very difficult to avoid. Spikes on your shoes are a must!
waterfall is beautiful frozen.

Beautiful from start to finish! My favorite quick hike in the area.

stunning, well maintained hike! micro-spikes and poles are a must in winter

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
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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.

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
2 months 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.

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.

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

hiking
3 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.

walking
3 months ago

The trail is short and accessible for families but lots of foot traffic creates muddy traffic jams and slippery points. It’s fun to take a dip when it’s hot.

hiking
3 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.

Came in from Kaaterskill Rail Trail and then continued to inspiration point. Beautiful day!!

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.

Short and easy and all the time beautiful

Went with husband and 5 and 9 year old. They loved it. Great views, pretty easy but they could explore.

hiking
4 months ago

short hike to reach the falls.

beautiful falls, best at less busy time of day. def. extend to make hike a little longer.

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

4 months ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

It was a great day hiking Indian Head and Twin Mountains. The weather was great as were the views. There was a lot of people on the trails today. The trail wasn’t too steep heading up to the ridge. Very enjoyable hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

Spectacular views!

Was very crowded but its also Labor Day weekend. I'm happy the first two lots were full because frankly you don't want to walk on the road when you can just drive further up to one of the numerous other parking options that get you in without walking on a road with no shoulder. I brought my 5 and 8 year old and we did this and then added on inspiration point after. There is a decent amount of climbing up and down(for the falls from Scudder Road Parking), but the views were nice (minus the crowds). Boys thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a bit more adventurous and climbed right near the falls on the top and bottom (very carefully, watch for wet rocks)

Very easy trail with a lot of steps to get down the waterfall area and back up. The rest of the trail is through the woods and very nice, but somewhat crowded.

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