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...more
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...more
On our way up the New York Thruway to Kaaterskill Falls, we popped into New Paltz for some lunch. Unbenknownst to us, it was the day of the Gay Pride parade so there was lots of hubbub in the streets. Luckily we found a place to park before the parade started and after wandering mainstreet for a little while, we came upon the Moon Light cafe. When...more
I had read about this wonderful little place in a New York State guide book. Lou and I love cheese, and I am always a fan of antique stores, we definately had to stop in. As we had already had lunch, we decided to enjoy dessert here. The place is really nicely laid out. It has a country store like feel to it. We sat in a side room that had large...more
Kaaterskill is not someplace you can just drive your car up to and stand in awe with a bunch of fannypacked tourists at a scenic lookout. You gotta hike it.
Your journey starts at the parking area on Rt 23A just about a 1/4 mile above the hairpin turn. It's just east of Haines Falls.(the town, not the waterfall) Walk down the road (as close to the edge as possible, there is no shoulder) until you get to Bastion Falls (can't miss em). That is the trailhead. Follow the yellow markers uphill from there to the base of the falls.
We parked just outside of Aphrodite's when we came into New Paltz. We saved it for our last stop and wandered around the town. We really had saved the best for last. This cute, crowded little store and lots of gorgeous antique jewlery as well as lots of other goodies. I wanted to take it all home with me.
What to buy: I was debating between two beautiful necklaces, I settled on the abalone, Lou swooped it out of my hand and bought it for me. He is adorable:)
What to pay: Quite reasonable if you ask me....
We met this little fella on Rt 23A on the way back to the car. He was just hanging out roadside. Good thing he's nice and bright otherwise I might have missed him!
When climbing up to the second level of the falls (or climbing down from it) be very careful. It is extremely steep and slippery, especially after a rain! As I was climbing down, my feet came out from under me and I slipped quite a ways. I grabbed onto a tree and Lou manged to brace me before I went too far. Unfortunately, I did scrape myself up...more
After conquering Kaaterskill, we hoofed it back up to the parking lot where we started out from. We were covered in mud, we were damp from rain and waterfall mist, and just basically a dishelved mess. There were a few older guys at the lookout point. They yelled over to us "hope you got some good photos after whatever you just went through "Yeah,...more
Climbing up to the higher level of the waterfall required some work. Grabbing onto roots, trees and rocks was very helpful in hoisting myself up this steep mountain. One time when grabbing onto a root, my hand closed around something squishy. I had just crushed a slug. I am still slightly nauseated thinking about it....ewmore
Hiking shoes or boots are a must! You need something with traction to keep you from falling down the mountain. No flip flops (I actually saw a few people in Flips Flops!!! )
Jeans are a good idea. When we were climbing back down there was a lot of sliding down the steep hill on your butt. Need to keep it protected. I saw girls in mini skirts, I have NO idea how they made it down. Ouch.
A bathing suit under your clothes might be a good idea. Lots of people were taking a dip.
Photo Equipment: You will definately want to bring along a camera to photograph this beautiful waterfall. Maybe you will want a polarizer or an ND filter.
Miscellaneous: Water when your hiking is always a good idea.
The Catskills area has a fascinating history. In the late 1800's it was a vacation hotspot. Many large, luxury hotels were built around the area, including the Laurel House which was located just at the top of Kaaterskill Falls. There used to be wooden staircases and walkways that led you down the mountain for excellent viewpoints of the falls....more
Kaaterskill Falls is beautiful enough to inspire artists to create. Back in 1826, Thomas Cole, a painter who was a part of the Hudson River School of Art, created his work entitled Falls of Kaaterskill. It is an enchanting depiction of the falls in autumn.This website is really interesting. You can download hiking maps that will take you to the...more