Kaaterskill Falls & The Secret Trail - Memorial Day Catskills

***Note :Even though this hike is currently 'full' I am trying to open up more capacity and may have a 2nd group or even a 3rd so don't let the waitlist deter you from enjoying this great hike, we may just need to do this as smaller groups and different routes.***


What a great way to spend Memorial Day then to play in and around the waters of Kaaterskill Falls.  We will visit the lower, middle and upper sections of this fantastic place that is a place of legend and a location of mystery. Long known, the falls were honored by Native Americans for their spiritual energy and as a place of the ethereal and mystical world.


And what better way to enter that mystical world then to travel the secret trail.   A real trail that exists but doesn't.  I'm not giving any more out on this one, as it is a secret, you will need to find out on the day.


We will be looping to the Falls via the LP/Escarpment trail To round out the day we will be also traveling some highly scenic parts of the Escarpment trail and visiting the Palenville Overlook, Indian Head Overlook and perhaps N/S lake.  Expected 1500 vertical with some scrambling and 8 miles estimated so be prepared.  We will be stopping at the falls and spending some time by them to better take in all that it has to offer.

This hike can be considered one of the more difficult hikes I have posted, a bump up from the AT series that I have run as typical of Catskill trails.

Use the following link for directions to the meetup location, the meetup map is not correct.  Additionally because this is sure to be a crowded weekend we will be meeting at the lower parking lot as the upper lot fills up fast.

http://goo.gl/maps/aNMKT


Need a ride, post needs below.

After we will find a spot to get food and drink in nearby Saugerties.   

Due to steep scrambles and narrow cliff sections dogs are not permitted

Due to regulations Catskill hikes are limited to 20 people.


Suggested NY/NJ trail map 141.


NOTE:

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  • Chris B

    Thanks for the great hike David!!!

    1 · May 27

  • Elizabeth D.

    Yes, thank you David, for a truly amazing hike! It was wonderful meeting all of you. What a great day!

    1 · May 27

  • Sherrilyn

    I'm sorry I missed the hike. Will u do this again soon David?

    May 27

  • Kurt J. H.

    Great hike, great people, and the falls !
    Thanks David .Your the best :)

    2 · May 26

  • Robert B

    Another great HVH hike. Thank you David (Starchild) for putting this together.

    1 · May 26

  • Ginnet

    great hike!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 · May 26

  • Starchild

    Pict's YAY!!!

    May 26

  • Ike

    Great hike with an awesome leader! Thanks sooo much, David!

    1 · May 26

  • A'gota / A.

    Thank you David, and thank you for all of you to share this wonderful day. I won't tell the secret. Unfortunately I can't make the Tuesday taco hike.

    1 · May 26

  • Mike

    Thanks David!

    1 · May 26

  • Starchild

    Thanks all, great hike and the help I got is fantastic. The question remains will it remain a secret, or will it be a taco Tuesday hike?

    May 26

  • Richard L. W.

    Very nice to hike with everyone today had a great time let's do it again.

    3 · May 26

  • Vad

    Errr sorry David have to cancel - I can't keep my eyes open. Long hiking weekend already.
    Hope everyone enjoys.

    May 26

  • Katerina

    I was on the waiting list but now David said we're on, I'll be driving from manhattan (Columbus circle) if anyone needs a ride, leaving 6:30am

    May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from or through Manhattan? Thanks a lot!

    May 23

    • Katerina

      I'll be driving from manhattan (Columbus circle) if you're still looking for a ride

      May 25

  • Chris B

    I'm coming up NJ side by way of 287 from Old Bridge... Anyone need carpool?

    May 25

  • Ben

    Is there anybody here who would be able to provide a carpool (preferably Brooklyn, but flexible as long as public transportation accessible)? More than willing to chip in for gas.

    May 25

  • Dmitriy

    Will be driving up from central nj 07928 if anyone needs a ride. Will be going with the 3rd group I guess, hoping to go at the faster pace

    May 25

  • Richard L. W.

    I'll also be leading a group so everyone should be able to hike that whats to do it.

    May 25

  • Olga G.

    Hi everyone. I just got a positive answer, so I am going with the second group.
    I need a ride Is anybody driving from Brooklyn or even Manhattan? Thanks!

    1 · May 25

  • Donna

    Sorry, last minute change of plans. Someone from the wait list can take my spot.

    May 25

  • Starchild

    Looks like we have a 3rd group. I am hiking so can't update till tonight but I expect we will get more off the waiting list.

    May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot make it anymore due to a back problem. :(

    May 25

  • Ro

    I've changed my RSVP to No because I'll be going with the 2nd group with Ginnet. Thanks

    1 · May 25

  • Starchild

    I know we have a lot of people on the waitlist and I am very sorry for that, I have contacted the NYS Rangers to see if we can exceed the number of participants - It is a great hike and I would like all that wish to come to be able to do so. Please stand by...

    3 · May 23

    • Starchild

      I heard back from one, but he covers a different area. I believe with the 2 groups with different paces and routes we fall well within the guidelines now, plus I have another hike today so really no more time to pursue this.

      May 25

  • Dawn C T.

    We signed up for the Unique Catskills Hike-Do Something Special 8 +/- mi. Thanks for trying.

    1 · May 24

  • Dawn C T.

    If you get the ok I have another person interested

    May 23

  • Dawn C T.

    Ok

    May 23

  • MaryBeth M.

    Would like join you all- currently on waitlist.

    May 22

  • Ginnet

    driving from Astoria, pickup in Neptune dinner. 3 spots

    3 · May 22

    • Ginnet

      Hi Ro, sure 6:30 a.m. in Neptune dinner

      1 · May 22

    • Ro

      Thanks, Ginnet! :)

      May 22

  • Ginnet

    Driving with Ro and Sherrilyn, I have one more spot in my car

    1 · May 22

  • Christopher R.

    Leaving from Long Island, if anyone needs a ride

    May 22

  • Ruth B.

    Is it possible to do the falls area and then leave without the rest of the 10 mi hike? Might want to combine with something else that day and also not sure I want to do 10 mi

    May 22

    • Starchild

      Not going to work on this as the falls are towards the end of the hike. Also since we are limited to 20 people I request those who sign up intend to complete the entire hike so we don't bump other people out who would like to hike. If you would like to do only the falls I suggest that you do so on your own - well there will be many other people at the falls that day so you won't be alone.

      May 22

    • Susan H.

      Hi Ruth, ill do that with you if you're looking for someone to hike with it. I'm not sure about doing the whole thing either.

      May 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, would love to go if, like Ro, I can join somebody driving from NYC. David, how would you rate the difficulty of the hike?

    May 22

    • Starchild

      From the dog section: " Due to steep scrambles and narrow cliff sections" there will be a very steep decent on sloped dirt,leaves, roots and rocks. This part is near the falls, the rest of the hike is normal rugged Catskills trail travel. The Catskills are in general tougher then the Hudson Highlands, a bump up in difficulty over them.

      2 · May 22

  • Doug L.

    Anybody interested in a carpool from or through Dutchess County (Wappingers Falls)...?

    May 22

  • Ro

    This sounds great! I'd like to go but I need a ride if anyone's driving from NYC. I'm coming from Astoria, Queens. Thanks!

    May 22

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