Long walk along the dam
with distant view of the
Good any season on a
This is telephoto view of
area in Mid-Catskills
See Kingston Page for other views
Slide Mountain is up in this area
and is highest Catskill at 4200 feet.
From County Route 6, west from New Paltz,
toward Mohonk Mountain House, and over
the hill and down by a horse farm and
just before turn in the road to the right
is a nice view of most all of the
Catskill Mountains ( about 20 miles away)
Going to see Kaaterskill Falls was an adventure. On a day when it was sporatically pouring with rain it was a risky move to do this hike when we did, but it was well worth it. It is a short, moderately difficult hike about a half mile to the base of the falls. . When you reach the clearing, the view is breathtaking, "WOW" was all that came out of my mouth when I gazed up at the 260 foot waterfall. Kaaterskill is New York's tallest waterfall. Very impressive. That is the end of the "official" trail. you can however continue up to the second level, though take my word, it isn't easy to get there.
(next tip to continue the hike to the second level)
Bastion Falls can be viewed as you drive by on Rt. 23A. It is the first trail marker of sorts for the Kaaterskill Falls trail. After you take a moment to enjoy these falls, continue to the start of the trail. Be sure to sign in at the visitors book. The book is enclosed in a metal box at the start of the trail. it's a good idea to sign in so that heaven forbid anything happens to you, the rangers will know if when you came in, if you left , ect... Follow the yellow trail markers for a half mile to the base of Kaaterskill Falls.
There is a plateau where the 1st section of the falls thunders down 180 feet into a picturesque pool before dropping again another 80 feet into the creek. We wanted to get up there to check out the view. It was quite a challenging climb! There is no real "trail", just hints of places where others have climbed. It is quite steep in most parts, I had to grab roots and rocks to help me along. The view is worth it! When the trail finally levels out you emerge on the rim of a huge semicircular cutout in the mountain of rock. there is a precarious trail that goes completely around from one side to the other passing beneath the powerful waterfall.
Going down is a heck of a lot harder than climbing up. Gravity just wants to send you hurtling down the side of the mountain at top speed. Take it slow and be careful!
This is a rainbow that dragged the horizon
never saw one like this before
it was straight across in front
of the mountains
Beautful spot for fishing
This view was in the spring
just after leaves came out
Off Route 28 near Phoenicia