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Palenville, New York Map

The trailhead linked in the directions is bad...there's no parking, it's just the end of the road and private residences. Better to just use the Rte 23A lot, about a mile west of the country club. There's another lot off Bogart Rd. that's referenced on the trail signs in the park, but I'm not sure where on the road.

From 23A around the Harding Rd trail and Sleepy Hollow horse trail to the overlook is about 4mi, another 2mi back on the Quarry trail. The Quarry trail hugs the eastern side of the mountain and snakes down from the overlook. Don't go back to the horse trail, that just leads back north toward the campground areas. Quarry trail is dank...lots of wildlife.

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Great views all the way up and pretty good path

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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Was a beautiful day for a hike! We did have some trouble finding the Hurricane ledge but it just took some time and adventuring around! We also found the plane crash towards the bottom on our hike out. Only saw 2 other hikers. Little to no garbage was on the trail which was nice to see.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Don't let the easy rating on this hike fool you. It was certainly challenging. Mostly a steady, steep climb through a rocky trail then some rock scaling just before the very top. As you get towards the top, the trail isn't that well marked and there is no signs or markers that point you towards Hurricane Ledge or the plane crash site. Hurricane Ledge is definitely worth a visit since you can not see any views from the top of the high peak, just a piece of the plane someone must've dragged up there, an ammo case full of emergency supplies and 2 geological markers. I never made it to the plane crash site as it was getting late and we were completely exhausted and we skipped Poets Ledge, which adds about another mile to the hike. But the water falls with ledges on the way up are breath taking. There is no trail head parking on Malden Ave and we practically got chased out by a local when looking for somewhere to park. We chose the dirt lot across the street just off of 23 A across from the church about .5 miles from Malden Ave and hiked it in. This definitely isn't easy because you are climbing 4000 feet in elevation in just over 5 miles and because of the length of the trek. We left the car at 10 am and got back to it by 9 pm, we stopped twice to eat for about an hour total, got off the trail for about another mile and that ate up some time but overall this is an all day, moderately difficult hike.

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.

Did the out and back as a day hike starting from Malden Ave. You can park at the restaurant as long as you ask them permission. Stopping along the way to hit Poet's Ledge, Wildcat and Buttermilk Falls is great they have nice views to the North. There is a ammo case and piece of the plane wreckage at the summit along with some USGS markers. Be sure to continue over the top to the South and hit Hurricane Ledge for a nice view of the Devil's Path (Indian Head - Plateau). I wouldn't rate this as easy though due to the distance and elevation gain.

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

Great hike over MDW. Tons of mud and bugs unfortunately, but bug spray and good boots helped with that. Entered from Bogart road and the trail markers didn't include the big loop that AllTrails includes after the overlook. Still a great hike though and beautiful views at the overlook.

A bit rocky in some areas, varying in incline. Took about two and a half hours to reach the picnic area (elevation is about 1,900) with frequent breaks. Didn't make it to the main outlook, but it was a delightfully tiring hike, at least for me.

No matter how you get here the view is amazing.
Multiple different starting points to get to this one. I started at the Harding point from the DEC lot down on route 23. Steady incline for the first couple miles, with multiple viewpoints along the way.
From the DEC lot, follow the red trail markers until you reach the sign for Palenville Overlook (1.2 miles) then follow the yellow markers.
Be sure to come back the same way otherwise you may end up at the campgrounds at North/South Lake.

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.

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.

Monday, October 17, 2016

It was a nice easy hike and some really amazing views and scenery.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hard only made it to Maeli's look out.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Really nice hike. Take the falls too, and make it up to the top. Great place for a snack. Nice diversity, shaded trail.

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.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Hiked to Overlook from Scutt Rd

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.

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.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

My boyfriend and I started at the DEC parking lot for Harding Road Trail and followed trail signs for Palenville Overlook. The trail was tough (I should note, we are smokers, but we do hike quite a bit, and it was our first hike of the year; it took us 4h23m to the outlook and back; 9.2 mi. round trip, 2485 ft. elevation gain per my boyfriend's app) but well worth the view. It's one hell of a great workout, with a great sense of accomplishment afterward. Some nice views of the notch along the way, up, too (even better on the way down as the sun starts to go down). However, be warned of large and very protective birds of prey (golden eagles, we believe) and black bears. Came across both, on one hike the day after Memorial Day. One eagle circled us at the outlook and we had to leave. A week prior to that hike, the eagles were much more protective as their young had just hatched (we can only assume) and practically chased us off the mountain (they were following us up the hike and were above us at every break), hence why we came back a week later to finish the hike. Also, be mindful of bees (that's at least something we aren't used to on hikes, not a big deal but there were clusters of them throughout the hike). Still so worth it all. It was kind of exciting encountering all that we did. It's become a favorite trail of mine.

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

Went up in winter. There are lots of streams and waterfalls that looked beautiful covered in ice.

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

Fantastic hike with great views. Unfortunately it's very hard to find the trailhead, which is a small road up empty private land, just past the restaurant and waterfall.

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