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Amazing waterfalls

A truly secluded beautiful hike. Abundant wildlife through various habitat ranging from old logging trails to steep, rocky inclines. The top half mile is steep. Many little streams crossing the trail during the last mile which made it nice for hiking with a dog. We had the entire trail to ourselves- we were the only hikers on a sunny Sunday which was a huge blessing. The fire tower is not active- it’s still beautiful to look at and an amazing summit. We saw signs of bear and moose today!

Great trail to get away from the feel of Long Island.

A little hilly at the beginning so you can still get in a nice work out without going crazy.
Otherwise it’s a literal walk in the park with beautiful scenery.

Highly recommend for all.

Took the yellow trail up and blue trail down. Amazing view from the summit! There is a false summit when heading up from the yellow trail. It was muddy in some spots, so wear appropriate footwear!

Great hike, great views at the top!!! First 2 miles were easy, 3rd mile started to feel the incline. The last mile up was strenuous, but we took it slow and kept going. We were super cautious on a couple climbs up rock, but there were spaces to step into the rock or roots/branches to grab. We were glad we had hiking poles, but also used our hands at a couple bigger rocks. We were able to do this with our two kids, ages 12 and 14. The 12 year old is fit, but gets a bit tired when it’s steep, and the view was rewarding to her. Our 14 year old loved it and even did tabletop afterwards while I hung out at Indian falls. Indian falls was wonderful!!! Everyone loved their accomplishments!!! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, or a filter, especially when it’s a warm day!!!

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11 hours ago

Great hike with impressive views of the high peaks.
We started around 6:45 AM (early start to allow for a leisurely break at the summit). Walked about a million (5) miles on the road to reach the trailhead. Before beginning our ascent, we stopped at Rainbow Falls. Highly recommended, only a few minutes off the main trail.

The next couple miles up to the junction between Pyramid and Sawteeth was a steady incline, but not too difficult. The final 0.6 push to Pyramid was challenging but the views are worth the effort. At 4500 feet, I’m counting it as the 47th high peak, even though it is considered too close to Gothics to qualify.

The trail from Pyramid to Gothics looks intimidating but goes quickly. Views on Gothics are also very impressive offering 360 views and a large, mostly bald summit. Ideal spot for a lunch break if I do say so myself.

Descended down the beaver meadow trail, with a quick stop to cool down at Beaver Meadow Falls before our 5k stroll on the road to the car. Finished around 4:30 PM. All in all a fantastic hike with rewarding views. Highly recommended. 10/10 would hike again.

Wanted to provide some more information here on the cave that many seem to have found and others have missed. It's located quite close to the junction of the blue trail and the jeep path that goes to the main parking lot, and is right before the steep rise of the face of the mountain. It had a stream running through it and the trail actually went over the cave forming a natural bridge. I found it was easiest to access from the north side of the blue trail, and after climbing down into the sink/pit the cave had formed, you encounter the stream flowing through. The stream continues to the right, off into some unknown fissure that I didn't explore but could be possibly squeezed into. Going to the left up a slight crawl, the cave opens into a sizable room which I could stand in. It is decently dark so a bright waterproof flashlight or headlamp is handy. The stream flows into this room by a waterfall which was right at the end of the first sink where the stream dips underground. You could climb out this end but it was pretty steep and slick with the wet rocks.

The cave was cut through dissolution of the marble rocks, in much the same way as a limestone cave, and revealed some interesting features of slate layers and large quartz crystals within the rock from the metamorphosis of the marble. Marble caves are quite rare as compared to their limestone counterparts, and this is certainty an interesting place to explore not far at all from the trail.

Walked the lower falls and the blue trail with a 5yr old, 3yr old, and 9 month old in a carrier. Easy and clean trails!

Amazing views and a good climb

Loved it! Great views at the top and the ground was soft and easy on the knees

Probably my favorite trail in the western New York area. It's a good challenge, fun, and beautiful. It took two tries to get through the whole trail, but well worth it.

Wonderful trail - even on busier weekends you can escape the noise.

More of a walk through the woods than a hike. Very relaxing and not crowded on a weekend. If you're expecting not to sweat, this is your pick.

If you go from near the highway to around the mountain and up, it can be exhausting. The hiking trip our group did was about 6 miles. Gorgeous area, you can see vultures flying above and even find wild blueberries there.

Love this hike. It’s pretty short and not very difficult. Like others have stated, some of the rock scrambles are a little tough for the pups, for ours anyway. Overall I would rate this Trail as easy. Beautiful views at sunset rock!

Loved this place! Saw too many people wearing improper footwear.

hiking
17 hours ago

Hiked this May 26 with my DH. Not strenuous, just a quiet, wooded hike the whole way until you get to the pond. There is also a primitive campsite close by. Bring your insect protection! ;-)

Amazing views. 1.8 miles to the top. There is a gazebo!

Quick, but steep walk to the top - actually missed the overlook, but found it on my way back. Gorgeous view!

Excellent! Not for the timid.

A lot of hiking. Beautiful views.

Beautiful. To be clear, you want to follow the green blazes, then walk right when you see the yellow blazes, then walk right when you see the white and red triangle blazes. It’s a wonderfully varied trail.

Great trail, lots of shade

Poorly marked trail with multiple different colored trail markers. We ended up just winging it but found our way to all 3 of the falls

Save this hike for the fall foliage as it’s one of the best foliage hikes in the Catskills. Pretty steep ascent with use of your hands needed towards the end

Wonderful views at Giants ledge. Decided not to continue to Panther due to rain coming in. One of the best views the Catskills have to offer.

hiking
19 hours ago

Steep but fun scrambling. Tough on the knees on the way down. Leave you hiking poles at home for this one

Beautiful views and rich history. Loved spending time with my husband and kids here. Lots of picnic areas as well once your off the trails.

Gorgeous day - great hike. Up the trail with the red markers, looped back down by Black Pond and Lapland’s Pond. Saw a big snapping turtle just off the trail! Little mud but not too bad at all.

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

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