Poet's Ledge Trail

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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.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,201 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, March 12, 2018

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
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

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
Monday, October 09, 2017

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.....

Monday, September 25, 2017

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!

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, September 07, 2012

I kind of like the idea of having the trail head be a little difficult to find because it makes it a Lil more adventurous. Mind you we did this entire hike with 65lb backpacks in the middle of the night... Was just about the worst experience I've ever had on a trail... Super steep with very Lil to no straight paths. The views were not rewarding. There are wayyyyy more spectacular views in the Catskills. Poets ledge was kinda lame... The hike was way to rigorous for a view so minuscule... I'm also a little biased on this trail because my friends and I were expecting there to be water up here and all the streams were dried up so we sorta put ourselves in survival situation...

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