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:

23.9 Miles

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!!!!

North Mountain


We will be hiking North to South  ending at Schutt Road.

Trail Description

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.


INFORMATION LINKS:

SectionHiker.com

CNYHiking.com

 



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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  • Brent H.

    I was notified that I was remiss in uploading my photos for this great hike. Sorry for the delay Katrina. Enjoy!

    July 2

  • Donald B.

    Thanks for leading a great hike Richard! Good meeting everyone!

    1 · June 10

  • Cal

    Good meeting some of you on the ES trail, between Stoppel Point & North Point. Since I was hiking out the Mary's Glen trail, it was no problem giving the 3 damsels in distress a ride from the trail head to Schutt Rd. parking area. For those I suggested a better orthotic for more comfortable foot support: the guy who made mine is Irwin Mallory at the Hunter Mtn. Ski Bowl retail shop. You would need to call his wife, Debbie, to get an appointment:[masked]-4666. If no answer at that number:[masked] to leave a message. Last I knew, the orthotics were about $160-$180, much cheaper than the ones you get through a podiatrist and I like them a LOT better. Irwin is a certified pedorthist and an expert ski boot fitter, über athlete (Hawaii Ironman), and makes excellent footbeds/orthotics for any type of shoe, running shoe, hiking boots, etc.. I have never had any problems with his products and won't go to anyone else. He has been custom fitting my ski boots for many years.

    2 · June 8

    • Kavita

      Thanks Carlo for the ride and reference for orthotics, will ttly try it :-)

      June 10

    • Kavita

      Oops typo cal

      June 10

  • Jim P

    Great day! thanks Richard for organizing.

    June 10

  • Farrar

    What a great day. Thank you Richard for organizing!

    1 · June 10

  • Michael S

    Fun hike! Thanks Richard!

    June 9

  • jooy

    Perfect day: a heavenly breeze, beautiful trail, nice people, thank you Richard!

    June 9

    • Richard

      It was great seeing you again Jooy!

      1 · June 9

    • jooy

      Ditto!

      June 9

  • Raj

    Rich.... Thanks for organizing such a great hike.... Truely enjoyed it.

    1 · June 9

  • Katrina

    I never thought my longest day hike could be put in the category of "Best Hikes"! Great company, lovely weather, just an over all great day! Thanks so much!

    4 · June 9

  • Kavita

    Great experience, fun company
    Thanks for organizing Richard

    5 · June 9

  • Yuki

    What a sense of accomplishment! This is my longest hike I've done in USA. Special thanks to my friends. I had such a strong support and encouragement from them. Thank you Richard for organizing this event. Thanks everyone I met yesterday!

    3 · June 9

  • ponzy

    Anyone wants to organize devils path this weekend ;)

    1 · June 9

  • Brent H.

    What a fantastic day. Perfect weather. Hundreds of beautiful sights and I'm not just talking about my beautiful and fun hiking partners Kavita, Katrina, and Yuki. Y'all made it a pleasure to work thru the fatigue and pain. I need to get more sleep next time! Thanks for organizing this Richard. Hope everyone enjoyed a big breakfast this morning. We earned it!

    3 · June 9

  • Peter D

    Fun & good company

    1 · June 9

  • Tonya

    Thanks for organizing, Richard. It was a beautiful day!

    1 · June 9

  • ponzy

    Thanks Richard for organizing this hike. My first time on any meetup group, and it was great. Looking forward for more adventures. Nice to meet you all and Thanks everyone.

    1 · June 9

  • M. W.

    sorry for late cancellation but did most of this hike a few weeks ago and need to play auto mechanic tomorrow. Enjoy the perfect weather.

    June 7

  • Richard

    Update your RSVP please if you are not planning on joining us tomorrow! Thank you

    June 7

  • Richard

    Anyone coming from the north can go directly to the Route 23 parking Area. We should be there around 6:45 am. Text me if you are going there so we know how many cars we have at each location for shuttling back later. See you all in the AM!

    June 7

  • Richard

    Everyone make sure you carry plenty of water and food! Theres no water available on the trail until we get to the North South Lake area ..thats around the 18 mile mark.

    June 7

  • ponzy

    Are there anyone else needing a ride besides farrar? I can offer 2 more seats or 3 more (but it might be a tight squeeze --- midsize sedan).

    1 · June 6

    • ponzy

      Last call folks. Will be leaving jersey @ 3 am Sunday.

      1 · June 7

  • Yuki

    There is a people who RSVP "Yes" to this hike also RSVP "Yes" to 10 mile LP hike in the same day. If you are not coming to this hike, would you please update your RSVP? There are 4 person in the "want a spot" list. I'm not try to be mean, but I think it is fair to ask...Thanks. :)

    1 · June 6

    • Richard

      Text me !

      1 · June 6

    • Yuki

      Just emailed. My cell phone is a very old non-smart phone. (lol)

      June 6

  • Richard

    Nice catch Yuki! I sent her a message to see if she plans on joining us or the other hike.

    2 · June 6

  • jooy

    Since N/S Lake is booked, & other DEC campgds are 40-45min away, I found this private campground called Blue Mtn in Saugerties, about 17 min. away per GoogleMap. Kind of pricey at $32 for 1st person and $15 each add'l person. So for 3 it's about $21pp. Anyone insterested?

    1 · June 5

    • ponzy

      Missed it! Someone took it already..sorry

      June 5

    • jooy

      Ah, shoot. Thanks anyway, Ponzy...

      June 5

  • PaulF

    Just joined the group and would love to do this hike if a spot opens up. Thanks!

    June 5

  • Richard

    Weather is looking good for Sunday--Partly sunny, with a high near 78 .

    4 · June 4

  • ponzy

    Thanks for lettin me join. Feel better jeff. Ill be coming from bayonne/jersey city. Those who need a ride pls let me know. Or i could join a carpool. Either way.

    June 4

    • Farrar

      I would love a ride if you are driving! I live nj jersey city too

      June 4

    • ponzy

      Sure farrar. I checked the north south campground and the last one was reserved already. We either look for a campground nearby or we leave before or @ 3 am in Jersey city. I could pick you anywhere in jersey city. I live by greenville hospital close to cityline. I dont know if its "advisable" to leave my cell num here but i will email it to you.

      June 4

  • Jeff

    I apologize to the group, but I'm struggling with a nasty cold and can't make it - very disappointed - Full ET is one I really want to do.

    June 4

  • Farrar

    Is anyone able and willing to offer a ride from jersey city, hoboken or NYC? I would be very appreciative, and can chip in for gas/tolls/coffee.

    May 26

    • David L.

      Are there any issues wih camping at the trailhead? Sleep in car ok? Do I have to hike up the trail a bit? Could someone in a uuniform come by and tell me it is not allowed?

      June 4

    • Chris D.

      Yes. No. Yes. Yes. Although people have done it in the past...

      1 · June 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving. Leaving from near GCT.

    1 · May 30

    • Caroline

      Hey Lu do you have room for one more (me!)?

      June 3

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry everyone. I have to drop out of this hike because of unplanned travel.

      June 4

  • Richard

    Please UPDATE your RSVP if do not plan on making this hike! We have people on the waiting list who would like to join us. We are limited to how many people can go....Thank You

    May 31

  • ponzy

    Hi, newb here, would like to join as well . I'll be coming from jersey city. I could join a car pool or pick someone up whichever is cheaper :)

    May 31

  • Caroline

    Me me!

    2 · May 30

  • Michael S

    I will be driving same day and can pick up from GW Bridge NJ if anybody is interested.

    1 · May 30

    • Raj

      Me me me.....

      May 30

  • Tonya

    I need a ride as well. I'm in Brooklyn but can get to any subway station. I think leaving Saturday night is best. I would liked to split room costs as well.

    May 30

  • Eric

    I can not make the Sunday hike but I'm interested in doing it on the Saturday June 7 at a 2 mph pace. Text me if interested. [masked]-1290.
    Rain will cancel.

    May 9

    • Richard

      If you plan on going Saturday Raj make sure you update your RSVP ..I still have one person on the waiting list..thanks

      May 20

    • Eric

      Raj - as it turns out I can not do it on Saturday - sorry.

      May 21

  • Richard

    If your plans change please update your RSVP ! Thank You

    April 29

  • Daniel R.

    Unfortunately, Sun would have been better:(

    April 13

    • Richard

      Check the date again!

      April 13

  • Richard

    We will be hiking North to South

    April 3

  • Dorothy

    looks like we're going south to north

    April 3

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