Explore the most popular trail running trails in Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

The trail starts off next to a beautiful creek full of falls and has a forest that is covered in moss. very cool setting to hike through. The trail gets step and very rocky in some sections but the views from the top are worth it. one of my new favorite trails and will be returning soon.

backpacking
11 months ago

Completed the full Escarpment trail 3 weeks ago, 2 days 1 night. Awesome trail, great views, a real grind. I traveled south to north (left a car at 23/Elm Ridge parking). Going the other way would be just as strenuous.

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Escarpment Trail is a Catskill delight. Great views, historic places, awesomely exhausting climbs, and great options for side trips. We hiked S > N as an overnight. After climbing Black Dome ducked off the blue blazed escarpment trail to the lean-to and hung the hammock. The next morning we took a short jaunt to tag Black Dome and Thomas Cole mountains then return to the trail. Finished by going over Windham High Peak. Make sure not to miss the short jaunt (~.2m) down to the top of Kaaterskill Falls by the southern terminus at North-South Lake and the quick (~.2m) Yellow side trail to Artists Ledge. You'll get better views of N-S lake further along (and higher up) on the Escarpment but Artists Ledge is a place of significance to early painters in the area. Very cool to see the paintings and know you've stood in that spot, looking at that view. I highly recommend the side trip to tag Black Head and Thomas Cole, especially if your working on your 3500 club list. Go mid-July through the fall after black flies die off, fall is the best if you can pull it off so it's not so hot.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This trail head is not located where your map says. I have been lead to the middle of nowhere.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Completed this over Memorial Day w/e 3 nights and 3 days (we came from Central PA) following one of the detailed guides found online. We prepared and understood the challenges on this hike: water and lots of rocks. We parked our vehicle (free) at the Laurel House Rd trail head and took a taxi to Rte 23 trail head for $47. There were quite a number of day-hikers on the trail fr Rte 23 to Windham High Peak; fr Batavia to Black Dome/Thomas Cole; and after Newman's Ledge to both trail heads (Schutt/Laurel House Rd). In between, we hardly saw anyone. We camped at Colgate Lake, Batavia Kill, and North Mtn. We divided the trek into 9.5/8.5/9.0 miles. The toughest was on the 2nd day, climbing Blackhead Mountain (3940'). Like they say the total elevation gain is 9,000 ft - this is exhausting. Expect an average rate of 1.5 mph. The distances seemed much longer, these are not your regular miles. The black flies were horrendous esp at Batavia Kill. Meals had to be planned well due to water being scarce - we limited our cooking to when we were at the water source. The spring water at the junction of Dutcher Notch and Colgate Lake is 0.4 mile down a hollow but it's so slow flowing it will probably run dry during the summer. We brought 3 liters of water each and it was just enough to keep ourselves hydrated. The trail is well maintained, only saw 2 garter snakes. Washed out sections are slippery due to loose rocks and gravel. The descents precipitous. The ascents heart-pumping. The views are magnificent. The experience exhilarating. I will definitely go back.

hiking
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11 months ago

Saturday, October 01, 2016

backpacking
Monday, May 30, 2016