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Gems in Catskill Forest Preserve - 4

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gem Favorite Katterskill falls

Kaaterskill Falls

(3) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite View from Hunter Mountain Fire Tower looking east over Hunter, NY toward the Windham-Blackhead Range

Hunter Mountain Fire Tower

(1) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite View from the Escarpment Trail

Inspiration Point

(5) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite Foggy autumn view from halfway up the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

(2) Livings…, NY

Recommended Routes in Catskill Forest Preserve - 13

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Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Difficult

The Devil's Path

23.1 mi 37.2 km 8,104' Up 2470.13 m Up 8,373' Down 2552.14 m Down

Manorville, NY
Favorite Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Difficult

Catskills Black Dome and Blackhead Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 2,245' Up 684.37 m Up 2,247' Down 684.75 m Down

Cairo, NY
Favorite Another glimpse from Huckleberry Point.
Intermediate/Difficult

Huckleberry Point

4.8 mi 7.7 km 973' Up 296.52 m Up 971' Down 296.07 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Very Difficult

Friday Mountain

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,805' Up 854.82 m Up 2,807' Down 855.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Trail heading up to the peak, about 0.5mi from the top
Difficult

Hunter Mountain Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km 1,964' Up 598.65 m Up 1,973' Down 601.23 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Slide Mountain takes on a new character in the winter.
Intermediate

West Approach of Slide Mountain

5.5 mi 8.8 km 1,712' Up 521.88 m Up 1,712' Down 521.76 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Balsam Mountain

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,719' Up 524.09 m Up 1,717' Down 523.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Intermediate/Difficult

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,918' Up 584.68 m Up 1,933' Down 589.16 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Frozen Hillyer Waterfall. The trail is at the top, so you have to get off the trail to see it.
Difficult

Kaaterskill High Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km 4,079' Up 1243.19 m Up 4,078' Down 1243.02 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Katterskill falls
Intermediate/Difficult

Easy Escarpment Trail Loop

3.9 mi 6.3 km 519' Up 158.13 m Up 520' Down 158.48 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite The trail in nicely broken in for you (Thank you!!!)
Intermediate

Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,260' Up 383.96 m Up 1,259' Down 383.81 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Directions for man loop.
Easy/Intermediate

All Trails Loop

7.4 mi 11.9 km 718' Up 218.76 m Up 728' Down 222.01 m Down

West Hu…, NY
Favorite Canister on the top of Fir Mountain.
Difficult

Fir and Big Indian Mountain

10.2 mi 16.3 km 2,166' Up 660.12 m Up 2,165' Down 659.88 m Down

Shokan, NY

Catskill Forest Preserve Hiking

  • 667 Miles 1,073 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 50 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 90 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 38 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Catskill Forest Preserve - 164

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8.6 mi 13.8 km #1Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail)
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
Shokan, NY 19 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #2Overlook Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, NY
Intermediate
Woodstock, NY 18 
8.3 mi 13.4 km #3Giant Ledge-Panther-Fox Hollow Trail
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
Shokan, NY 12 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Kaaterskill Falls Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
Palenville, NY 18 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #5Neversink Hardenburgh Trail
Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
3.0 mi 4.8 km #6Seager Big Indian Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
21.5 mi 34.7 km #7Escarpment Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - South
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
Palenville, NY
3.2 mi 5.1 km #9Kelly Hollow Long Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
4.4 mi 7.1 km #10Colgate Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Easy/Intermediate
Palenville, NY

Photos of Catskill Forest Preserve - 265

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Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Jan 27, 2017 near Cairo, NY
Ashokan Rail Trail
Oct 24, 2020 near West Hu…, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Jun 25, 2017 near Shokan, NY