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Amazing waterfalls

This hike was great! The start was really fun because there was bearly a path and I felt like I was on American ninja warriors at the start of the 1st waterfall! The end wasn’t so good because it was just a gravelly Path right below the suns Ray. But Other then that, it was a great hike and I definitely recommend it

Did this trail last weekend, was easy just had to watch your step

Okay there is no denying this is an amazing waterfall. But this hike is no joke. Bring decent shoes(I saw Crocs, sandals and dressy heeled boots), bug spray(clouds of mosquitoes), a walking stick and a big dose of caution. There are slippery wet rocks, swaths of mud on hills, tree roots and a treacherous fall down. My father fell and hit his face on a rock here, was thankfully okay other than some superficial abrasions, but it was near the edge and could have gone badly. I know the DEC made safety improvements to this trail but there is still room for improvement. There are sheer rocky hills you have to scramble up, even on the trail. The looooong stone staircase has no rails and can also be slippery/wet with debris. I'm an experienced hiker so I'm not just wanting an easy stroll. But I understand how people die here. A nice bridge and viewing platform once you've made your way to the top. The parking area is after the trailhead and you also have to walk on 23A right where vehicles are making a sharp turn. Other than a flashing pedestrian sign, no effort has really been made to make it safe to walk to the trailhead.

This time of year hosted a tremendous amount of flies and mosquitos so bug spray is a must. The trail is pretty difficult, but offers some fun challenges throughout. The view is beautiful, but we personally preferred the Twin Mountain view. If I had to pick, I would say if you were only going to do one, do Twin Mountain. They are pretty equivalent in difficulty, but the view at the end of Twin is much better.

Worth every step

This is a nice loop that has some challenging spots and a few nice lookout points

I did the east side of the loop from Platte Clove Preserve - first walked out to Codfish Point and then popped up Indian Head. I did the full loop last year from the west and I think the east side is much nicer to ascend. There are some steep rock sections but the west side is just kind of muddy and wet.
Note: the summit of this peak is hard to find. It's treed in with only a small outlook. There are a few small outcroppings that offer views on the way up; it's not bad for a workout but there are definitely other hikes in the area that are more rewarding.

5/31/18 wet slippery coming down the DP but beautiful trail on this rainy/misty day. No views at the lookouts but the trail made up for it. Stays true to its difficulty rating as the elevation gain is tough.

The falls are really something to take in on this one.
aside from the grand scale of the falls and the beautiful landscape the one big problem I had was, seriously slippery stairs, they helped a lot but, wow.
Another big one is the walk in from the roadway, seriously dangerous with how the traffic is.
My biggest issue was the trail marker chasing at the intersections. you could follow a blaze till a junction and it would say .9, after a time you hit another junction and the same destination is now 1.3 miles away, and no there was no other trail to take or missed markers.
very odd but none the less an amazing time.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail is wide open, well marked, and honestly a moderate grade. Multiple spots with water on trail, making for some good chunks of mud still. Would recommend adding Echo Lake to the loop, great views on the way from Indian Head over to Echo Lake.

Lovely, challenging trail. I recommend that anyone doing this trail bring poles--the downhill is steep & rocky, murder on the knees! Hiked this on 5/13/18, it is still muddy, but no need for spikes.

This was my first real hiking. Since I am a crazy person and like to push my body, I start with this very hard trail. Oh my God, this trail is very challenging. I would not recommend for someone to do it solo or out of shape. People must be careful and pay attention of your footing. I don’t want to scare anyone, but people can get hurt very badly on this trail. Stay safe.

A gnarly hike coming down, icy and muddy. Otherwise, a beautiful view at the top! :)

My friends and I did this trail yesterday. It was very well marked which was great.

The snow and ice and not having spikes on our shoes is what made this trail a living hell. We came down Devil's Path and it was a slip and slide between the snow, ice, and mud. We picked up sticks to help us but it was still a very scary hike. The conditions was what made it negative but otherwise we have clamboured over this trail like nothing.

I want to do it again when there is not snow.

Beginner hiker here:: more like 3 1/2 stars— strenuous and intense climb to the top with a small outlook, but amazing view!

LOTS OF snow and ice. Rocky and very muddy path.

Took about 5 hours to complete the loop. My SO and I went backwards? (Stayed left and went up Devil’s path and then down Jimmy Dolan Notch) so it felt like we climbed most of the way.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiking boots/shoes with spikes due to the snow and ice. Bring walking sticks! My boyfriend and I used a thick branch which helped us from not falling too much.

I went there yesterday and it was the bees knees. The beginning portion was very easy to navigate but it got real icy about midway through. The packed snow/ice normally wouldn’t have been an issue for me however it was one of those semi warm days so the ice started to melt making it really slick. I could only imagine how funny it was for other hikers watching me crawl the trail as my bald boots slid while they walked it with ease. Definitely recommend pointy trekking poles and or spikes for your shoes if you don’t wanna embarrass yourself. The waterfall itself was absolutely stunning. Icicles and mist from the water really added to the natural beauty of the waterfall itself. As an added bonus i got to slide down the hill on my butt on my way back. 11/10 would return

I would say it was pretty strenuous hike. We did it in 3hrs 7minutes... I'd be weary of the coyotes. One or two were following us from a distance on the way down. Enjoyed the view at the top.

So much fun, and beautiful views! Went when there was still snow on the ground, would not recommend - very slick.

Beautiful hike today in the snow. The waterfall was maybe even more spectacular than the last time I came in the middle of summer. Icicles and snow really added to the beauty. The trail was definitely slick (more packed snow than ice); spikes or poles would be a good choice.

Beautiful breath taking view!

hiking
3 months ago

This was a lovely hike!

We hiked it on a bizarrely warm day in February with a small chihuahua.

There were difficult moments peppered into what was overall a moderate difficulty level. Pretty icy in the winter and for our warm day there was a ton of mud that got you slipping and sliding. You must be careful on this hike but with some good boots you’re ok. Hang onto the trees! Go topside to avoid the ice patches. Some ice patches are hidden under lots of mud so be careful.!

But again, we were with a chihuahua so it couldn’t be so hard, right?

Waterfall lookout at the top is beautiful. I wish there were picnic tables or something but we found a goood rock to snack upon.

So many stairs. But pretty and doable.

The middle section (after the initial rock scramble ) turns into a gorgeous sloping up and down adventure.

Trailhead from the road says something like “preservation” so be careful not to miss it. Parking lot gets super crowded but people are in and out all day so if you just wait a flash you’ll get a spot. A small bit of walking along the highway to get to the trail.

Crowded at the trailhead but winds up being pretty private because of all the space. A small moment of oh-my-god-cliffs. Just hang on. It’s short-lived.

Would do again any day. So would Puppito.❤️

on Kaaterskill Falls Trail

4 months ago

Amazing and beautiful any time of year.

Steep climb, but the view was definitely worth it. It was a good workout with a couple rocky portions that probably account for it's difficult rating. Overall, a great time, good view and not too difficult.

This is the most difficult part of Devils Path. I did it from Mink Hollow and climbed Plateau and Sugarloaf. On 1/21 crampons (not just microspikes) we’re very useful

Twin mountain has such an excellent summit view.. and the sugarloaf view is also one of my favorites in the Catskills. you can see the Shawangunks in the distance!

would do again for sure !

Great hike. Very challenging. Left flashlight at home so started descending from the top during sunset so had to use iPhone as flash light. Be aware of animals at sunset. There are two spots with a great view. However I went all the way to the top as well thinking that’s where the best view would be but there was no view from there. Good luck to anyone it’s definitely a great experience :)

Such a beautiful waterfall! This trail has a mild rock scramble which makes it fairly difficult, but due to the length being less than a mile, I suppose easy is the right rating.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Nice and short hike on a beautiful brisk November morning. The beginning of the trail begins with a hike alongside the falls. The overlook point of the falls is beautiful! You can get pretty close. The stairs are tough but manageable. Make sure you take the walk to the overlook platform. Another beautiful, worth it view

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