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Best trails in Elka Park

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Looking for a great trail near Elka Park, New York? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Minnewaska State Park Preserve or Catskill State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kaaterskill Wild Forest or Mohonk Preserve. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 17 hard trails in Elka Park ranging from 2.3 to 21.8 miles and from 1,830 to 4,045 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (24)
#1 - Kaaterskill Falls Trail
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
This trail is a short hike to a waterfall. In the summer you will want to check the water level because there might not be much water in the falls, and during periods of more rain the trail may be muddy. This is an easy hike along a well marked trail to the viewing platform and lower falls that experienced hikers and newcomers alike will enjoy. The difficulty increases as reach the waterfall but there are stairs put in and the trail is very well marked. This hike can be kid friendly, but watch children closely as the trail can be slippery. The waterfalls' fame in America really began when Washington Irving mentioned them in his story "Rip Van Winkle". The parking area is busy due to this being one of the more popular hiking trails in the Hudson Valley, so arrive early. If the main parking lot is full, there is a second parking lot which is about .3 miles from the trailhead. Makes for a great weekend trip from New York City. The upper falls and viewing platform can also be accessed from Laurel House Road.Show more
#2 - Indian Head Mountain Loop
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
Note: off line map can be useful to get oriented as some users have reported that this trail is not well marked. Show more
#3 - Huckleberry Point Trail
Catskill State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
This is a hike that is great for hikers of all skill levels. Because it is short and not overly difficult, beginners will enjoy this hike. There are some steep sections that will get your heart pumping, though, and a stunning payoff is waiting for you at the end. From the trailhead, follow the blue blazes up the hill. After a short while, keep your eyes peeled for a trail sign. It's hard to miss, but you will want to follow the Yellow Trail sign to the right and not the blue blazed trail which heads straight. Follow the yellow blazes all the way up to the top. When you reach Huckleberry Point, you will know it right away. While admiring these beautiful views, you will see the Catskills on your right, and to the left you can see the Hudson River in the distance. On this hike you will experience streams, varied sections of pine trees, and at times some short, steep ascents. If you go on a rainy day, be aware that the streams may be difficult to pass. I recommend this hike for families and it is definitely dog-friendly. If you go during the right season, at the summit you will find (and smell) huckleberry bushes. Because of this, bears have been known to visit. Before heading out, it might be worth brushing up on your bear safety here. Encountering a bear is very unlikely, and in the Catskills it would never be a grizzly - but better safe than sorry!Show more
#4 - Twin Mountain and Indian Head Mountain via Devil's Path
Catskill State Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
This trail is a great trail with excellent views. It has many steep inclines that require scrambling so, dogs and children are not recommended.Show more
#5 - Indian Head Mountain, Twin Mountain, Plateau Mountain via Devil's Path
Catskill State Park
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Length: 19.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#6 - Plattekill Falls
Platte Clove Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
Closed November to April each year (sometimes into May). A short, steep hike down to Plattekill Falls, located at the top of Platte Clove and its Plattekill Creek. After signing in using the trailhead's sign-in box near the Overlook Bridge, do not cross the bridge (this leads to the Long Path and junctions for the Devil's Path and Plattekill/Overlook Mountains). Instead, walk left and past the Red House until you come to an intersection, with a plaque discussing the geology of the Clove. Make a right at this junction and continue down the trail as it steepens. You will eventually reach the botttom of Plattekill Falls, which drops more than 65 feet from the top. Reverse course back to the trailhead, sign out, and walk back to your car. Take caution in this area. With care and patience, the trail itself is safe. Areas in the immediate vicinity are not. The dangers are sometimes difficult to see and the landscape is fragile. A fall in some places will mean a fall of several stories and certain serious injury or death. The Platte Clove Preserve is owned and managed by the Catskill Center (catskillcenter.org/platte-clove-preserve)Show more
#7 - Kaaterskill High Peak Trail
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
#8 - Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
#9 - Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
This is a challenging loop along Pecoy Notch Trail and Mink Hollow Trail up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in New York's Catskill State Park. Part of the Indian Head Wilderness, the Sugarloaf Mountain is part of the Devil's Path range and is situated between Plateau Mountain and Twin Mountain. The trail offers panoramic views along the loop. There is a south-facing viewpoint with good views just a short distance beyond the summit. The parking area is at the Roaring Kill Trailhead on Dale Lane where you can take the Yellow Trail to connect with Pecoy Notch Trail and the Mink Hollow Trail ( both are blazed blue trails). This is a strenuous hike and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Check out trail maps on Alltrails for other hiking trails in Catskill State Park.Show more
#10 - Codfish Point Trail
Catskill State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
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