Explore the most popular birding trails in Kaaterskill Wild Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike for an experienced hiker. Lots of signs of Bear, Bobcats, and Coyote. That shouldn't be a surprise though. The rock scrambles were great coming up Hurricane Ledge. I wouldn't suggest going down that way. Plus, you miss the 2nd plane crash site if you dont do the loop. Please respect the families of those who passed and do not touch any wreckage.

We did the loop counter clockwise. First a steep grade down loose rock until we reached the monument. Then about a quarter mile of relatively level trail with multiple viewpoints into the Clove. Rather stunning views. Nice forest with interesting rock formations along the trail. Then steep upgrade (about 30%). Really not an easy hike. Eventually we came to a bridle path by which you return through hemlock woods. This part of the hike was boring. Overall I would say that if you are visiting Kaaterskill Falls and want to get away from the loud tourists for a couple hours on a vigorous hike, this is perfect. But you need hiking boots or good sneakers. It is not a casual walk.

Not sure about the .8 miles and only 150 feet elevation gain. I believe is .8 in and .8 out. Also the last section is a bunch of stairs making it quite a steep walk. No scrambling or anything of the sorts but the stairs can get tiresome

Pretty short but definitely a steep climb. If you are able, the hike down to the lower falls is a must. Absolutely beautiful. There was a short length of muddy and slippery trail. Close to the falls the trail turns into stairs. For a Saturday evening, the hike from this parking area was not too busy. If you’re hiking North Point/Sunset Rock, fit this into your trip!

Went early on a Thursday morning and were the only ones on the otherwise popular trail. Falls were nice after the recent rain.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike March 11th, 2018. We seemed to be the only ones on the hike this day as we made fresh snow tracks in 2ft + snow. It was extremely pretty in the snow.. steep.. and it just keeps going up haha. The ledge is worth it in my opinion if you want a decent challenge.

hiking
6 months ago

Beginning of hike is little sketchy and starts on 23A without much of a shoulder in areas. Hike itself is quite beautiful in January and the trail follows a creek so there were sections that were all ice and I imagine in the spring its a sloppy mess Cramp ons are really needed for this hike...I had a pair of Yaks Tracks and while I was able to comply it I had to constantly adjust them and I needed more traction. View at the end is ok.

Do not forget about spikes for shoes during the winter.
A lot of ice is hidden under the snow.

hiking
7 months ago

Great Hike. Steep start. Waterfalls and great views. I stopped at 2000ft but can extend to over 3000 at High Peak. As far as the parking, talk to the owner of the Fernwood restaurant.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Views from the ledges and the last two miles of trail are really nice. The minus for me is the walking down both the main road and private roads. Really hard to stomach unnecessary and not scenic miles for the sake of people who feel the need to post private property signs every five feet. We get it.....

Hard to find the trail entrance but trust the apps location. Was very challenging as it was mostly uphill. There's a cute cabin about 1/3 way up and we ate lunch on its patio. View was awesome!

This was a fairly hard hike. Starts out really easy and rocky/rooty. Changes to a steep ascent up rocks to the "notch." View was great! We had our dogs with us, mine being an XL Great Pyrenees who needed an assist only once. She is built for this kind of terrain. Remember to wear proper hiking boots, also bring plenty of water and snacks as this is a difficult hike, especially if you continue on on the connecting trails at the notch! Overall great hike, but I do not recommend this for any beginners. I hike in the Catskills a lot and I found this to be pretty difficult. Also, if you have bad knees be sure to tape them up for support or wear braces for this one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fairly easy hike. The area is heavily trafficked, so be prepared to share the trail with a bunch of people. The lake has an active beaver dam. The area is famous for having a lot of rattle snakes, so stay alert.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

decent. the malden avenue thing is nonsense; because the hike is on private property, you have to do a lot of circuitous road walking to get there. the way up is kind of a boring muddy slog, and coming back down is pretty rough on the knees, as you're just doing a steady downgrade in mud and leaves, without many rocks/ steps to climb. the ledge is admittedly nice, and extending the extra couple of miles to the top of buttermilk falls made the effort more worthwhile. will not be back, though- not really worth the hassle.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Had a great walk ... challenges you ... just when you think it's done there is more ... next time i do buttermilk falls as well

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Very poorly marked trail. You will need to cut through the bushwack at one point, but the "trail" can easily be identified. I recommend bringing a map for this one... and following the recording on here helps too.
There is no view at the top, but following my recording you will find a few lookouts along the peak while hiking down. The walk is muddy, even when it's dry.
The way I took down was pretty steep, I added a waypoint where I had to help my dog down because the rock climb was steep and there was no other way around. Keep that in mind if bringing dogs/kids. This peak can be tough.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Great hike. However it was hard and there was ice 90% of the journey to Poet's Ledge. January probably isn't your best bet to go but if you go in the winter be very careful with the ice. Overall it was a great experience.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

We are elementary level hikers who greatly enjoyed the trail. Uphill almost all of the way with a few flat exceptions. We hiked in the beginning of November so the crunching of leaves accompanied each step we took. This at times made us lose our footing for minor falls but no injuries other than a few bumps and bruises. Slightly down the mountain from where you see the sign that says poets ledge: .47 miles away, we encountered a black bear in the bush about 25 ft to our side. With a few shouts it scurried away and we continued but did not reach the ledge as we were racing darkness. A noteworthy and truly awesome view along the way was Maelis look out. Another note is the entrance is sort of hard to find as it seems you are trespassing, this may be the reason that we encountered few people along the way. Overall an enjoyable, strenuously steep, scenic hike.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hard only made it to Maeli's look out.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Definitely a challenging hike when you keep a steady pace! Bring lots of water and keep your eyes peeled for bears. We saw some scratches on trees, and lots of droppings along the way.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

It took us a while to find the trail. We parked across from the church by the bridge. The trail starts off a dirt road which is right before the Fernwood restaurant. It starts to the right so it is confusing because as you walk up the dirt road there is a sign saying private property but that is only if you continue straight. Gorgeous hike. Difficult first 2 miles but well worth the view and well marked. Note that blueberry bushes are everywhere and were in full bloom with blueberries (a bears favorite) coming soon. Saw some deer and bear tracks but no bears.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Great hike. Make sure to continue along to the falls after the Ledge. Ledge and waterfalls offer great views. Steep incline for about the first two miles after that it levels off nicely.

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incline for hours, but a beautiful view.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Difficult trail but worth it... Just make sure you go all the way to the falls and don't bring people that aren't in shape

Monday, January 18, 2016

just completed this trail over the weekend, the website says it is moderate but to be honest it was very difficult. It is pretty much straight up the entire way with about 300 yards of varying flat parts. The trail was pretty icy so wear your crampons if you're going this time of year. it is moderate bear country we saw some Bearskat and a few scratch marks on some trees, we saw four different groups of hikers when we were told you will never see anyone on this trail. crowded?The view wasn't that great for all the work you had to put in to get there, probably took 5 to 10 breaks along the way, if you like something challenging this is your trail

Monday, April 27, 2015

The trail is well marked with blue markers the entire hike up. Path itself is very clear until you hit the naturally made rock stairs. Then the path is heavily covered in leaves leaving things a bit slippery for the hike back down. Lots of loose large rocks as well. Some nice views but for the depth of the hike I thought it would be much better. Maeli's Lookout which is one of the ledges along the hike was pretty dope though. There were red tailed Hawks soaring below. There are several ledges as you hike up. It's definitely an intense incline at spots. Great for an experienced hiker. Definitely WOULD NOT recommend bringing children. Side note: there are no parking signs at the start of the trail and all of the homeowners have signs posted saying no parking or get towed. Fences blocking their property too. However, there is a restaurant called Fernwood right there and the owner was really cool. Just ask if you can park there and he will appreciate you asking and show u the stairs behind the restaurant leading right to the trail.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

I didn't get a chance to tack on the falls to this hike, but the climb to Poet's Ledge was still worth it. The Ledge itself features a great view and the view from Maeli's Lookout (about 3/4 of the way there), is decent.

The first two-thirds of the trail feature a strenuous, though not particularly difficult ascent. The trail levels off, but ironically becomes rockier and therefore, less straining, but arguably more dangerous. Risk of losing balance is high, especially in the fall when leaves cover the rocky trail.

The trail is blazed throughout, but there are a few areas where the sparingly used footpath is virtually indistinguishable from the forest around it and it becomes easy to find yourself off the trail (and hopefully not lost).

hiking
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Peaceful. Pretty.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Catskills website labels this trail as 'moderate' but it is definitely 'strenuous.' Pretty steep ascent the entire way up, and the view is okay but not really worth it.

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