THIS WEEKS RAIN SHOULD MAKE OUR JOURNEY A LITTLE MORE BUTTERY!
COME JOIN US FOR A ROCK SCRAMBLING BUSHWHACKING ADVENTURE THAT WILL COVER KAATERSKILL FALLS, BUTTERMILK FALLS RAVINE AND POET'S LEDGE!
This trip is the first 1/3 of my infamous KaaterHELL Traverse! If you've been looking for a small taste of HELL in a more palatable dose then this is the hike for you! This is not a beginner hike. Intermediate and above welcome! We will move at a slower pace but the terrain will be difficult to navigate. We will keep the group together at all times as we will be in an unmarked wilderness area for a good portion of this hike.
WE WILL MEET TO SPOT CARS AT: The trail access parking on the right just past the center of town (Palenville) before crossing the creek.
Please be on time. We will depart by 9:00am sharp!
WE WILL THEN CARPOOL TO OUR START POINT AT: The Laurel House Trail Access at the top of Kaaterskill Falls at approx 103 Laurel House Rd, Palenville, NY.
We should arrive at our start point at roughly 9:15am.
Our journey will begin at Kaaterskill Falls as we work our way through the multiple levels and then downstream until we meet up with the Buttermilk Falls ravine. We will navigate up the ravine past a series of waterfalls in the direction of Kaaterskill High Peak. This ravine will include sections with considerable exposure that could be potentially more dangerous than even Devil's Kitchen (Platte Clove)!
Once we reach the top of the ravine we will continue left on established trail towards our next stop at Poet's Ledge. From there we will continue on established trail back to our original car spot.
DISTANCE: Approximately 10 miles
HIKING PACE: Steady and physically challenging but not "fast"
ESTIMATED HIKE TIME: 8+ hours
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate - Slippery, Wet and Rocky Terrain with some steep embankments, small climbs and significant exposures.
• Shoes with good grip
• Gardening Gloves with rubberized grip
• A Small Pack - nothing too large that will become a hindrance in the scrambles
• Hiking Poles - optional - must fold away for the more difficult terrain!
• Related maps, a Compass or GPS, Water (or filtration system - there are plenty of water sources on our journey), Snacks, First Aid, etc.
• Extra Dry Socks and Shoes to change into after the event (just in case)
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference - Catskills Trails Map Set https://www.nynjtc.org/maps/catskill-trails-map
(Note: These maps do not show all the trails in 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.
• In all other areas of the Catskills a group size limit of 20 is in place. Groups larger than 20 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.
NY 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 of the NY Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event or during transport to and from a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. When applicable, you should review topographic maps and trail features carefully. Understanding the topography of a hike is key to knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.
• The NY 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 an event 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 participate together as friends. We are not licensed guides and there are no leaders on these events. You are your own leader - This is YOUR event.