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Great trail and great views of the waterfalls. In winter, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to climb the stairs as it is completely covered with icy snow.

backpacking
10 days ago

Such an incredible place to visit! We went during the snow season - incredible views, very icy.
Breathtaking place to see from each viewpoint.

Dont go down the icy steps - unless u have spikes ;)

(also camping was great up near North South Campsite)

Easy trail until you get to the 190 steps down to the bottom of the waterfalls. The view is great! Remember you have to go back up the 190 steps. Well worth it!

hiking
15 days ago

Very pretty! Went after a snow and the latter sections with stairs got very icey and slippery, so make sure you wear good boots with grip in the winter.

Hiked this trail on October 12 at almost the peak of Catskill foliage. Started at Roaring Kill Trail Head and had a gradual incline up to Pecoy Notch, between Twin and Sugarloaf. I chose this route as opposed to Prediger Road due to the gentler incline and the numerous attractions.

On the walk to the notch you pass Dribble's Quarry and the awesome stone chairs that offer views of Kaaterskill High Peak and Platte Clove, then continue past a number of water falls, and the beaver dammed pond between Twin and Sugarloaf.

The scramble from Pecoy Notch has a few challenging parts, but is really fun if you're into scrambling and offers several astounding views. At the top you are at the summit of Twin, but continue down the trail to reach the lower second peak for vast and sweeping views of the Central Catskills, the Burroughs Range, Slide Mountain and Ashokan Reservoir. Continue a little farther to catch a great view of Indian Head, then reverse back.

My 8-year old and I did this last weekend after a pretty significant snowfall. We ascended up Jimmy Dolan and that was pretty easy for us. We really didn’t need our microspikes for it. Coming down the the other side was much more challenging.

One spot that is pretty well photographed here is about 30 feet down and steep. I ended up just lowering off my son with a 50’ section of rope I brought just in case and it was much safer. It could be climbed down safely with an axe by most people.

The rest of it was pretty straightforward, but challenging. We ended up walking more like 7mi and the snow makes that a little tougher. Would only recommend this for people who know what they’re getting into (my kid climbs, etc. and is pretty good).

You’ll find a couple good spots to take in a view, although not on the peak. Enjoy!

I was so impressed by how well-maintained the trail is! The stairs and bridge made the trail feel very safe despite being on a pretty steep incline. Even though it was a short distance, the rocks to climb and bigger switchback near the topmost tier of the falls made me feel like I was still getting a great hike in.

I could see it getting very busy during the afternoon (and was told so by someone I bumped into on my way down), but getting there around 8 am allowed me to park in the first lot with easy access to the trailhead and have the trail nearly entirely to myself - including the upper observation deck, on which I got to look at the falls by myself for quite a while. It’s a gorgeous view and was a perfect fall hike.

One of the best circuit hikes in the Catskills.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail in summer and early fall. Watch out for slick rocks during rain and especially ice patches in the winter. The amphitheater midway through the larger falls is just incredible. Several people die here each year, so be careful. It helps to take a single trekking pole for balance and insurance. I did and I’m glad I did. Have fun! This place is breathtaking in October.

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

The falls itself is beautiful when viewed from either the upper viewing deck or from below. A strong word of caution is that in wet weather the trail down to the falls becomes very wet and extremely slippery. The trail itself is narrow and borders a sharp cliff before transforming into the rock steps that guides hikers to the falls themselves. People are frequently injured on this descent and I would advise groups to take their time be careful with children and be mindful of the weather to ensure all can have a safe fun time enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Awesome fall colors illuminated the forests leading to Kaaterskill falls. A little steep at times and leaves make for slightly slippery terrian. but overall fantastic hike.

Hiked October 13, 2018. Rained the night before, so it was very muddy - not much drainage to speak of. Some mild scrambling, nothing to be afraid of. Some views towards the top. Leaves were out in force, which made it worth it. Be advised that the peak is wooded and unmarked. Made that mistake the first time I did this hike - you’ll have no idea you’re at the top until you start going down again. Pretty slippery on the way down, but we took our time. We did this in just over 5 hours with plenty of breaks. Would rate this as moderate.

amazing views, great hike rock scramble was fun. Get their early or you will park 3 miles down the road.

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Trailhead parking off of State Highway 23A is limited—be prepared to walk 1/2 mile from the lower lot along blind curves and small shoulders. Follow the trail from Bastion Falls to the base of Kaaterskill Falls. From there, you can choose to enjoy from below and double back or hike up the stairs to a middle falls viewpoint. Be careful: a kid nearly skipped off the edge (loose rocks, mud, and waterfall spray make it very slippery). Continue up the stairs and through a short forest walk a Spruce Creek bridge. There are two viewing places after that: one fenced off (that many were ignoring to hang their boots over the top of the waterfall ledge—and whose feet are in my photos) and a viewing platform with beautiful views of Kaaterskill High Peak and Roundtop Mountain. Aside from blunt safety ignorances and the crowded parking/trail: I understand why everyone wants their photo in front of the falls. This is one of the few hikes I'd say go later in the day as the falls face West.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

Amazingly beautiful, and the views from Hurricane Ledge are breathtaking, but very muddy, rocky and almost unmarked in the section up to High Peak and down to Hurricane Ledge. I was glad that I could use the GPS over the Alltrails map to track my location. I would not recommend to inexperienced hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing — best bang for your buck if you are looking for a very quick trip with the satisfaction of a lovely waterfall. This place is simply beautiful and must be visited IMO if you are in the area... but it is certainly not a true hike. We were completely by ourselves on an early morning trip in early October — and very surprised that it did not see more foot traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

excellent hike. walk along road to trail is nerve wracking but is short. initial rock scramble is fun and some challenge. stairs at top are long. I would rate as moderate since involves plenty of rocks, mud, and road. beautiful large trees.

Beautiful view of the waterfall from the begin to the big water fall at the end. The trail walk was easy but make sure to go early so that you get parking space close to the trail since it gets packed and it's right on the highway.

hiking
2 months ago

short hike to reach the falls.

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

3 months ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

This was a hike up a rocky trail which is also a snowmobile trail. The bushwhack from the trail is very obvious and we went up the ledges. The views on top of the ledges were very nice. The plane crash is right on the trail. We didn’t go to the second crash site.

Meilleur hike que j’ai fais jusqu’à présent ! La vue était incroyable. 4h allez/retour avec les pauses et le dîner au sommet. Je le recommande

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