North-South Lake loop

Catskill New York Hikes

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This Catskill Mountains loop travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North-South Lake, snaring views and passing cultural sites. Special Attractions: escarpment ledges, vistas, a monument and nineteenth-century hotel sites, waterfalls, azalea and mountain laurel blooms, fall foliage. Fee area
Hiking New York

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Hiking New York

by Rhonda & George Osterag (Falcon Publishing)

This Catskill Mountains loop travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North-South Lake, snaring views and passing cultural sites. Special Attractions: escarpment ledges, vistas, a monument and nineteenth-century hotel sites, waterfalls, azalea and mountain laurel blooms, fall foliage. Fee area

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Catskill
Length: 10
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Local Maps: Catskill Forest Preserve Camping, North-South Lake brochure; New York-New Jersey Trail Conference map, North Lake Area Catskill Trails.
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Recent Trail Reviews

7/30/2010

Great hike, fairly easy and accessible to all. A perfect 9-mile loop so you can get a good day's hike without having to backtrack to camp. The majority of the hike follows the Escarpment trail, which offers spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. We intend to go back in the fall to hopefully catch some great foliage shots.

11/4/2008

Great hike, views are outstanding from Artist, Sunset rocks and Newmans Ledge, also Inspiration Point. Agreed with most of the posted comments. I consider myself a medium skilled hiker and it took me 4.5 hours. Note for hikers going after the campground closes (approx Oct 12th), you will not be able to park at the North Lake parking lot. You will have to park at the southern tip of South Lake and walk approx 0.5 miles to the trailhead. Also, after you're done with the hike, drive back on Haines Falls road and make a left on Laurel Hollow Road and park at a trailhead. Walk approx 200 yards (make right at folk at 100yds) and see the top of Kaaterskill Falls - these falls are higher than Niagara Falls - but be carefull - the drop is sheer and be mindful if you have any pets. Enjoy!

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