COME JOIN US FOR A DAY OF HIKING, ROCK SCRAMBLING, WATERFALLS AND SUMMIT VIEWS COVERING HUCKLEBERRY POINT, DEVIL'S KITCHEN (PLATTE CLOVE VALLEY), BLACK CHASM, INDIANHEAD MT & TWIN MOUNTAIN!
This trip will start with a somewhat easy out and back to Huckleberry Point where we will check out a bird's eye view of the Devil's Kitchen in the valley below. Upon leaving Huckleberry Point we will enter the Devil's Kitchen which will involve Intermediate Rock Scrambling through the Hudson Valley's Platte Clove Valley. We will then ascend out via Black Chasm over huge boulder fields to a Giant hidden Waterfall and then make our way to Indianhead and Twin Mountains to finish off our hike! This hike will be up to 12 miles and the scrambling section will move at a slow pace through strenuous terrain. This hike will include sections with considerable exposure so its important not to have an unnatural fear of heights and not to wonder off from the group. This event could take the better part of the day finishing late afternoon to early evening depending on how fast the group moves through the valley. There will be an option to bail after Black Chasm for those that don't want to hike Indianhead and Twin.
Platte Clove (or Plattekill Clove) in the eastern Catskills is one of the wildest places in the Hudson Valley with truly spectacular scenery. The Plattekill drops 1,500 feet in less than 2 miles down a steep-sided ravine. It is one of the most rugged areas in the eastern United States and was a favorite of the Hudson River School of artists. People who live or spend time in the Catskills know that "clove" means a steep, deep valley, or notch in the mountains. We will visit a number of waterfalls, in particular 80 foot high Plattekill Falls, and 100 foot high Bridal Veil Falls, and Hell Hole, described by author Russell Dunn as “an awesome gulf with precipitous walls and boulders of monstrous size.” Looking down the clove one can see the Hudson River and beyond.
Trailed, NYNJTC map 141
• The easternmost peak on the Devil’s Path trail, Indian Head was named for its profile as you view from points south. A challenging hike with rock scrambles from both directions, Indian Head offers multiple view points and gorgeous balsam fir dominated summit.
Trailed, NYNJTC map 141
• This eastern Devil’s Path peak does have two summits and it’s the western one that claims the high point. Great views from the trail on both summits, dramatic and challenging rock scrambles, and dense balsam fir forest make this peak a favorite for many hikers.
WE WILL MEET AT: The DEC Trail Head parking area for Kaaterskill High Peak and Huckleberry Point across from the Stone Bridge at the top of Platte Clove Valley. The Approximate address is 2425 Platte Clove Road, Elka Park, NY
DISTANCE: Approximately 12 miles
HIKING PACE: 1-2 mph
ESTIMATED HIKE TIME: 9+ hours
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate - Slippery, Wet and Rocky Terrain with some steep embankments, small climbs and significant exposures towards the top of the valley.
• Shoes with good grip and ankle support
• A Small Pack - nothing too large that will become a hindrance in the scrambles
• Related maps, a Compass or GPS, Water (or filtration system), Snacks, First Aid, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, etc.
• Extra Dry Clothing to change into after the event just in case
• Hiking Poles that can be stashed away during scrambles
You should have prior experience with Rock Scrambles and negotiating Wet Slippery Surfaces. If you have an un-natural fear of heights than this event may not be for you.
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Catskills Trails Map Set http://www.nynjtc.org/product/new-catskill-trails-map-set-maps-hiking-catskills
(Please Note: These maps do not show trails in all the area we will be hiking but will give an idea of the surrounding topography and adjacent area trails that might be used as possible bail-outs in the event of an emergency)
Catskill Hiking maximum group size limitations.
• A group size limit of 12 people for day hiking off-trail or in wilderness areas is in place. Any group larger than 12 must split up (by no less than 1 mile) into smaller, self-sufficient groups that satisfy the size requirement. These groups shall not congregate into one large group at trail junctions, rest stops, lunch breaks, etc.
NYC HIKING & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GROUP LEGAL DISCLAIMER
Waiver of liability
You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.
If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.
The NYC Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers.
This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability.
Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK. Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and hike together as friends. There are no leaders on these hikes, you are your own leader- This is YOUR hike.