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Hike to Vernooy Kill Falls in the Catskills

Hike appropriate for beginners in reasonably good physical condition.  Must have boots and traction devices for the boots (see below)

Distance is 3.6 miles round trip

No mountains involved, but hike is steadily uphill on the way to the falls

Traction devices for your boots are ** MANDATORY **.  Brands that I know work well for hiking are Microspikes and Stabilicers.  I've heard mixed reviews of Yaktrax.  At this time of year we are likely to encounter ice, even if there is no ice at lower elevations.

Hike will be led at a relaxed pace - no one will be left behind.  If your interest is in hiking as fast as possible, this hike is not for you.

The hike takes us through forest with quite a variety of trees: white pine; hemlock; chestnut, red and black oak; red, sugar, and striped maple; yellow birch; and mountain laurel. Vernooy Kill Falls is at the end of the hike. The falls drop about 60 feet over Catskill shale ledges in a series of cascades! Some of the ledges impound significant-sized pools. 

What to bring: plenty of water, lunch and/or snack, traction devices for your boots

Suggested donation: $2 to help offset the subscription fee that meetup charges to organizers

Directions to trail head: http://www.meetup.com/Ulster-County-NY-Outdoors/messages/boards/thread/16690282

Cancellation info: If I need to cancel, I'll email the "Yes" folks the evening before the hike.

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  • Susan M.

    Such a beautiful walk in fresh snow to spectacular falls with cool people.

    January 20, 2014

  • Marie

    It was nice meeting all of you. I'm off to meet some Jersey friends at B. B. King's to hear the Harlem Gospel Choir. Hiking in the North End of Central Park is fun. Why don't you come into the city for a hike?

    January 20, 2014

  • Jeff S

    Great group of people! And the snowy woods was very beautiful.

    January 20, 2014

  • Nancy

    This was a good hike to give a bit of a challenge with some water crossings, very nice company, good humor (& even reported sightings of forest monsters). The scenery was beautiful and uplifting.

    January 19, 2014

  • Marie

    It was a perfect hike for a recreational hiker like me. The people on the hike were delightful!

    January 19, 2014

  • Bill

    Excellent. Great people, great sights--especially the waterfalls and snowfall.

    January 19, 2014

  • Sue K.

    Rt 209 is shut down because of accident. Can't get thru.

    January 18, 2014

  • Jan

    I was hoping to hike, but am battling the flu. Enjoy.

    January 17, 2014

  • Marie

    I LOVE to be outdoors. The snow has melted in Central Park and cross country skiing and snowshoeing is not possible until the next snowstorm. I look forward to being in the country and hiking the hills this weekend.

    January 14, 2014

  • Sue K.

    I LOVE the part where it's slow paced... I like to enjoy seeing things and taking pics along the way. Plus I'm slow to begin with ;)

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Nancy

      Sue - I agree. I also enjoy a pace where we can enjoy the environment we are passing through.

      1 · January 14, 2014

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