Full Escarpment Trail Hike (23.9 mile)

This is one of the most Scenic hikes in the Catskills!

This is a very long  Strenuous hike:

Group Size: The DEC limits group sizes in Catskills Wilderness Areas to 20.  If we have more than 20 we will need a Permit.

23.9 Miles

5,100+ feet of climb.

Get ready for the Saranac Lake Ultra 6er Winter Traverse 

Estimated Hike Time:

Two Miles / Hour:  About 12 hours, 6 p.m. finish

1.5 Miles / Hour:  About 16 hours, 10 p.m. finish

Bring Water 3-4 liters, food, warm clothing, jacket, gloves, hat, gators, hiking boots, hiking poles, flashlight or headlamp with extra battery's, first aid kit, map and compass, GPS, cell phone, micro spikes or foot traction. 


We will meet at the parking lot on Schutt road at 6am and spot cars from there.

 

Driving Directions

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Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 20 (Saugerties). Beyond the toll booths, turn left at the traffic light, cross over the Thruway, then turn right onto Route 32 North. Follow Route 32 for 6.0 miles, then continue ahead on Route 32A. In 1.9 miles, turn left onto Route 23A and follow it up Kaaterskill Clove. At the top of the climb, in the Village of Haines Falls, turn right onto North Lake Road. In 2.1 miles, turn right onto Scutt Road and follow it for 200 feet to a parking area on the right.



The hike starts at the trailhead on Rte 23 & Cross Rd.

From there, we follow the Escarpment trail (blue) past Windham High Peak (no not the ski resort alas!)  at mile 3.4. Descending from Windham High Peak, we pass the scenic viewpoints of Burnt Knob and Acra point. After walking for 5.3 miles we reach the base of Blackhead mountain and it's onto a steep ascent up Blackhead. There are some lovely views on Blackhead. From Blackhead it's a fairly long slog past some more scenic viewpoints to North Point where the approach to North-South lake begins. The hike winds its way past yet more scenic viewpoints back to the starting parking lot on Schutt road.

 

North Mountain


Hike Plan:

Everyone must meet at Schutt Road


(6:00am) Parking lot on Schutt road

Route 23 parking Area

1.05-Junction with yellow blazed Elm Ridge Trail.

1.10-Side trail on left leads to the Elm Ridge Lean To.
3.40-Summit of Windham High Peak (3524 feet).  Excellent views to the north.
4.10-Begin the ascent of Windham High Peak.
4.70-Viewpoint to southwest from rise.

5.70-Burnt Knob.  Excellent views to the south

6.05-Junction with the red blazed Black Dome Range Trail. (Bail-out)

6.70-Acra Point (elevation 3100 feet).

8.60-Junction of the yellow blazed Batavia Kill Trail on your left that leads 0.25 mile to Batavia Kill Lean To. (Bail-out)

9.50-Summit of Blackhead Mountain (elevation 3940 feet).  Junction of yellow blazed Blackhead Mountain Trail that leads 0.4 mile to a viewpoint and continues toward Black Dome and Thomas Cole Mountains.  Escarpment Trail turns right.

10.90-Short side trail on left leads to a viewpoint.

11.00-Height of land known as Arizona.

12.30-Junction with the yellow blazed Dutcher Notch and Colgate Lake Trails.(Bail-out)

13.20-Milt's Lookout.  Views to the northeast.

14.60-Stoppel Point (elevation 3420 feet).

15.80-Summit of North Mountain (elevation 3180 feet).

16.35-North Point (elevation 3000 feet).  Spectacular views.

16.60-Junction with the red blazed Mary's Glen Trail. (Bail-out)

17.30-Badman Cave and the junction of the yellow blazed Rock Shelter Trail on your left.

17.95-Newmans Ledge.  Excellent view of Hudson Valley.

18.15-On your right is a yellow blazed side trail that leads to Lookout Rock and 0.2 mile to Sunset Rock (different Sunset Rock).

18.65-Artists Rock with its excellent views of the Hudson Valley.

19.15-Parking area at North Lake State Campground.  Follow blue discs along cliff edge.

19.40-Catskill  Mountain House site.

19.80-Junction with red blazed short cut trail. (Bail-out)

19.90-Boulder Rock

20.10-Junction with red blazed short cut trail that bypasses Boulder Rock.  Escarpment Trail turns right here.

20.75-Junction with the red blazed Schutt Road Trail which leads to the Kaaterskill Hotel site.

21.20-Trail joins Sleepy Hollow Horse Trail briefly, then meets Long Path and turns left and ascends.

22.00-Inspiration Rock.

22.15-Sunset Rock.

22.25-On your left is a yellow blazed trail that leads 0.5 mile to the Schutt Road Trail.

22.70-Layman Monument.  Trail turns sharply left.

23.35-Trail register.

23.40-Junction with the red blazed Schutt Road Trail.

23.90-the parking area on Schutt Road, cross road and follow blue discs.

 


 





NOTE -- THE FINE PRINT!  You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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  • Howard

    This was a great day made even more so by all the nice, friendly people - meaning, every single one of you. Thank you all for making it special. Thanks Richard for organizing everything, right up to the celebration dinner afterward!

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • yuna l.

    Richard and David, you guys were right. It is 24miles long. And you all did 5miles more than me.

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • Geir F.

    That was the most amazing hike! Eric: loved your singing! Jase was blazing up the black peak! Appreciated Rich's M&M's and hiking poles and waiting for me. Yuna: thank you for the pizza offering at the end! And Rich (again)--thank you so much for inviting us Long Island flat landers! --the elevation was a bit too much--can you reduce it a bit next time? And Gabi, thank you for helping us navigate towards the end!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Eric O.

    Thanks for organizing Rich. That was a great hike. I can barely walk today. Now I think I'm mentally ready for a single day Devil's Path traverse!

    3 · November 10, 2013

    • Andrew

      that sounds very nice

      November 10, 2013

    • Raj

      Eric, any plan of posting single day DP traverse?

      November 11, 2013

  • Andrew

    great hike! thanks so much for welcoming a new member. had a wonderful time meeting everybody and sharing the trail together. hope to see you all again sometime

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Howard

    Jens, Sara, Helena: Please check your e-mailboxes. I sent you some thoughts regarding transportation for us NYC attendees...

    November 5, 2013

    • helena

      Howard: completely missed your message... Could you please resend? Thx!

      November 8, 2013

  • Sara K.

    Is anyone driving from Manhattan? Would love to grab a ride!

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Sara K.

      I had to take myself off the RSVP a week ago bc of work... Have fun guys!

      November 8, 2013

    • Howard

      Thanks, Scott. Didn't hear back from anyone when I raised that idea days ago. Yaakov, I sent you my contact info directly to your e-mailbox. Please let me know.

      November 8, 2013

  • yuna l.

    I am still not feeling well enough to camp out tonght. See you guys in the morning.

    November 8, 2013

  • Andrew

    will be arriving friday night. where can i get a map? i've looked at ems and a couple other stores but they don't offer catskill wilderness area. thank you!

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Eric O.

      Andrew you need to get the NY/NJ Trail Conference Catskills Maps. Specifically you will need the North Eastern Catskills section. EMS definitely does carry them unless they are sold out. Super Psyched about this hike!

      1 · November 8, 2013

    • Andrew

      thanks! i'm psyched for it too! and yes, apparently they've been sold out because they definitely DO NOT carry them

      November 8, 2013

  • Richard

    If they get some snow tonight in the catskills you might want to have a pair of micro-spikes with you on the hike.

    November 8, 2013

  • Richard

    Please update your RSVP if you don't plan on attending our hike! We have people on the waiting list who would like to join our hike. thank you

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Jase

    Is it by the Bierfest Restaurant? I googled the map/link above and it pointed me to that direction. Thanks Rich!

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Richard

      I will post direction later tonight. That map on the link is way off!

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Geir F.

    Re: Water: Any water spots along the way? Or do we need to bring all the water from the start? If so, I plan on bringing 7 water bottles. Will that be sufficient? Thanks and look so much forward to the hike.

    November 4, 2013

    • Richard

      Plan on carrying enough water for the hike.

      1 · November 5, 2013

  • Zoey

    Anyone wants to carpool from Albany area?

    October 20, 2013

    • Jessica W.

      Hi, Zoey! I live in Albany and would like to carpool. Where you at?

      November 5, 2013

  • Allan

    Anyone from the Northern Westchester area able to pick me up on the way there? It'd be really appeeciated.

    November 4, 2013

  • Beatriz G.

    :)

    November 3, 2013

  • Jens W.

    would love to join the hike, but depend on a ride from NYC. Also, if somebody would aim for a 2-3mile average. I am happy to share all costs! Just thought would be cool to be back in the city arround 8pm. ( I would bring my gps and preconfigure the full track)

    November 3, 2013

  • helena

    Love the outdoors and hope to explore this beautiful area we live in!

    November 2, 2013

  • Jens W.

    any runner's also here? Or is everybody traveling with boots?

    October 30, 2013

    • Marc

      Running shoes, yes..

      October 30, 2013

    • alistair

      I was hoping to wear trail shoes and bang out a 3-4mph pace.

      October 30, 2013

  • Richard

    You will notice at the top of the page the word Hike! Nothing indicating a run.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • alistair

    What kind of speed do people expect to travel at ?

    October 30, 2013

  • Richard

    Please keep your RSVP updated so we have a good idea of the group size! thank you

    October 30, 2013

  • alistair

    Space available in car from Orange County if anyone wants to carpool.

    October 29, 2013

  • Geir F.

    Look forward to this hike!

    1 · October 22, 2013

  • Gabi

    any day spent outside is a good one :)

    2 · October 21, 2013

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