This is one of the most Scenic hikes in the Catskills!
This is a very long Strenuous hike:
5,100+ feet of climb.
Estimated Hike Time:
Two Miles / Hour: About 12 hours, 6 p.m. finish
1.5 Miles / Hour: About 16 hours, 10 p.m. finish
Everyone must meet at Schutt Road
Directions: From South: NYS Thruway (I-87) Exit 20 at Saugerties. Follow Rte. 32 north for approximately 6 miles to Rte. 32A to Rte. 23A west. Stay on Rte. 23A to the village of Haines Falls. Make first right turn in Haines Falls onto County Rte. 18, campground entrance is 2 miles to the end of the road. Schutt Road is right before the entrance to the campground. Turn right onto Schutt Road and park in the lot on the right.
From North: NYS Thruway (I-87) Exit 21 at Catskill. Left on Rte. 23 east to Rte. 9W south. Follow Rte. 9W through Catskill to Rte. 23A. Follow 23A west to Haines Falls. Make first right turn in Haines Falls onto County Rte. 18, Turn Right onto Schutt Road and park in the lot on the right. Schutt Road is the road right before the entrance to the North/South Lake Campgrounds.
Special Gear / Requirements: Fluids, trail snacks, insect repellent, sun screen map / trail descriptions (very important -- many trail intersections!!!), cell phone and headlamp or flashlight. Hiking Poles help!
Many Scenic view points on this hike!!!!
We will be hiking North to South ending at Schutt Road.
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)
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.
22.25-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.
23.40-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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