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Poet's Ledge Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palenville, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 2,201 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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rudy k
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Ok just did this today, and I still didn't find good instructions here, and got lost a little, so I'll try: Park in the lot posted on the app if possible. Its only a short walk on the road to the turn off for the trail from there. However beware there's a ton of creek-goers at the weekends (like today) who are just there to sunbathe and paddle. And the state troopers are patrolling and handing out tickets to illegal parkers. So I ended up parking in the town and walking further. Anyway, walk up state route 23a til you cross the creek bridge. The barricaded disused road right after the bridge on your left side cuts back down by the side of the creek. Follow this tarmac road ~1.5m until just before you reach a house with a large above ground pool. If you pass the pool you've gone too far. Theres a sign for a ranch at the top of a steep driveway, and the trailhead is to the right of this. The beginning of the trail is actually a private road, and after a steep climb for a mile or so you'll see the small sign on the ground for the trail on your right side. If you reach a house you've gone too far. The rest is pretty simple. Oh, and do NOT even think about doing this trail in Summer without serious bug protection. They are horrible and would have made my life a misery if I wasn't prepared. The ledge itself is really nice, but might be prettier in the fall/winter when there's less foliage blocking the panoramic view. Good hike!

Gabriella Michelle
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Hiking

I thought I read somewhere this trail was easy but I was dying before we even got to the trail! We thought we were close to the top about several times before actually getting there- it was worth it. I’m sorry to the bears who saw me shirtless cause I sweated through my shirt within 5 minutes of the hike (this first straight uphill portion murdered my legs) we also wondered around aimlessly for a while before actually finding the trail which, as stated, was hidden. Well worth the trip and pumped to be better prepared for the next one!

Michael Doucette
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Hiking

14 miles without the Poets Ledge. Steep ascent and a cairns signifies the herd path on going to the peak. Great waterfalls too!

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Kasia Cyrulik
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Hiking

Good trail, the first 20 min you have to walk on an old asphalt road next to private properties, which I personally do not enjoy. The actual trail was not hard, there is a bit of incline at the begining and throughout but from the reviews I expected it to be much tougher. Poet's Ledge is not a big lookout area, it felt secluded, two people were leaving as we got there, so we were alone. View was beautiful but I wouldn't say spectacular. I guess from reading the reviews I expected it to be much better.

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Rob H
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Hiking

Super steep trail got winded multiple times. Wasn’t as bad on the way down. God made a good view up at the top!

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Danielle Drosnock
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HikingPrivate property

To get to the trail head you must walk down the road a bit, cross it and then walk down a road past private properties for a good mile or so where there is a sign for the trail head. One of the locals has a shed with snacks and refreshments for hikers to buy in additionto trash and recycling bins! Once you're at the base of the mountain it's all uphill from there, quite steep at times. Rewarding view at the top! Smaller overlook that can fit about 10 people comfortably.

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Yuri Khorondze
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HikingBugs

Nice moderate trail. No water sources. View is worth it.

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Klarisse Navidad
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HikingPrivate property

this was one of my favorite hikes in a while. i only saw one person, and quite honestly if you follow this mapp, literally on this app, the trailhead isnt very difficult to find. i spent multiple hours on the ledge, it was so beautiful, and i wouldnt have traded the solitude for anything, but maybe the cure for covid-19 so more people i love and other humans may enjoy this delightful trek.

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jack bradley
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky

Don’t let the elusive trailhead/walk along 23a/private property no trespassing signs discourage you! You will be rewarded for your efforts! Today was my first day hiking poet’s ledge. I got up early so i only had to hop the retaining barrier to dodge 2-3 incoming cars on my walk from the parking lot up 23a (the right side of the road when you are leaving palenville has a better shoulder to walk on, i learned on my way back). I turned at the red house and crossed the bridge and passed the very discouraging looking road block. I then got confused looking for a trailhead on the closed part of the road. I had only read reviews saying it is hard to find so i kept my eyes peeled. After reaching the end of the closed section of the road and turning back to examine a few promising leads i turned to my phone. The guide on Catskillmountaineer.com was tremendously helpful in finding the trailhead (follow the little green rectangles!). I realized i had to continue on to the open road and, After passing a few houses, turn up what looks like a private driveway until you see a little wooden entryway to the path. I knew i would have to cross private property and come in close proximity with homes on this trail. Once i was at the trailhead i was greeted by two barking dogs urging me onwards and away from the homes and from then on it was smooth hiking. Followed the blue blazes until i hit the yellow blazes going out to poets ledge. The conditions were great! Rocky throughout but nothing unbearable/unusual. A few joyous flats through nice woods. For much of the beginning of the hike you have an obstructed view East over the Hudson. The view from Poet’s ledge is the best view of Kaaterskill clove/ 23a i have seen! I wish this fun little hike was more accessible. Highly encouraged!

Coree Ward
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WalkingBugsMuddyPrivate propertyRocky

great hike the beginning of the hike is steep so expect a good workout, would consider it on the higher end of moderate.

Karen Cioffi
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddyRocky

This is such a cool hike. It is a little hard to find the entrance but if you follow the map they give in this app you will have no problem. Park at the little lot it leads you too. Make a right and walk down the highway for less then a half a mile, you will walk down a dead end and see the trail maker. Parts of the trail have a creek running right through the path so a good pair of water proof hiking boots is a must. A little buggy and muddy in parts but definitely more on the advanced side of moderate with trails some parts are very steep. Very low key trail with some beautiful views. Well worth the adventure

Luke Hoyt
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very pleasant, beautiful day. Relatively easy, although with steep grade and definitely not the simplest trailhead to get to. But pretty easy to just follow the route with the alltrails map and location. There are green blazes at the beginning along the road, then blue then yellow. The lookout at the ledge is nice but a little underwhelming by Catskills standards. Didn't see anyone except a fellow from the restaurant near the trailhead dragging a tree for firewood. Really nice guy.

Dan Curry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 14, 2019
Hiking

This is an awesome trail, if you van find it! There is no parking for this trail; the trail map suggests parking for a different trailhead, and then waking down a two lane state highway for about a half mile before turning down a dead end road, climbing around the dead end barrier, and following what looks to be a set of unofficial dreadful markers until you find the actual trailhead. The trail is listed as moderate, but I'd call it the high end of moderate. it is quite steep, so not for the faint of heart. But your climb will be well worth the effort when you reach Poet's Ledge and take in the view. I went in mid October when foliage was near peak, and the view was gorgeous. I've posted photos of the somewhat obscure dead end challenge: hopefully future hikers will have a better sense of what you expect.

amee patel
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HikingRocky
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Andres Perez
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail, my only complaint was how confusing at first it was to reach said trail, other than that there were beautiful views didnt see any bears as there is supposedly high bear activity here, but I did see a lot of markings and scat.

Daniel Litman
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Hiking

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Vinny Elmendorf
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Hiking

Rough and steep trail. The way down is sketchy and hard on the knees so take extra caution

Bradley Schwebler
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Hiking

I led two people on this hike on April 18, 2019. The trail itself is a public trail, part of the Long Path, but access to it is behind Fernwood Restaurant. So you should get permission from the owner to trespass or park here. Respect the owner‘s wishes and you may be charged to park here. Remember this is primarily for restaurant patrons. There is another parking lot on art 23A, Harding Road trail, a mile away. The first two miles is mostly a steady uphill climb, first on a farm road, then turn right on a narrow trail. The finest view is Maeli‘s Lookout. Then continue uphill for a ways, then turn right off this main trail for a detour .47 miles to Poet‘s Ledge, site where artists like Thomas Cole and writers like Emerson got inspiration. A short distance away you can hear and see Viola Falls. Back on the main trail you can continue west to see Wildcat Falls and Buttermilk Falls, 1.8 miles from turn off for Poet‘s Ledge. Total round trip hike was about 9 miles with about 1500 feet elevation gain.

Kevin Finkel
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Hiking

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.

abe ferraro
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Hiking

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.

Steve Hirsch
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Hiking

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.

Christine Serino
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Hiking

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.....

Ellen Smid
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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!

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