North-South Lake loop

Haines Falls, New York

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This Catskill Mountains loop, a popular favorite, travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North–South Lake, snapping up cherished views and passing cultural sites. Waterfalls, azalea and mountain laurel blooms, and fall foliage complement the woodland sojourn. Although the loop rings the spectacle-shaped North–South Lake, it never approaches the lake. Follow the blue trail left (north), rounding and ascending to Artists Rock, avoiding a yellow spur just ahead. Black oak, maple, pine, azalea, and mountain laurel decorate the escarpment brink. The broad sandstone ledges lay out a natural avenue. The jut of Artists Rock extends a 180-degree Hudson Valley panorama; vultures soar below the point.
Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

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Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)

This Catskill Mountains loop, a popular favorite, travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North–South Lake, snapping up cherished views and passing cultural sites. Waterfalls, azalea and mountain laurel blooms, and fall foliage complement the woodland sojourn. Although the loop rings the spectacle-shaped North–South Lake, it never approaches the lake.

Follow the blue trail left (north), rounding and ascending to Artists Rock, avoiding a yellow spur just ahead. Black oak, maple, pine, azalea, and mountain laurel decorate the escarpment brink. The broad sandstone ledges lay out a natural avenue. The jut of Artists Rock extends a 180-degree Hudson Valley panorama; vultures soar below the point.

© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Haines Falls
Length: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: New York State DEC, Region 4, Stamford Office, 65561 Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford 12167; (607) 652-7365; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: Day Hikes at North–South Lake DEC brochure (available at DEC office); New York–New Jersey Trail Conference Trail Map 40, North Lake Area Catskill Trails (recommended, available at traditional and online bookstores or from the Conference: www.nynjtc.org)
Topo Map: North-South Lake loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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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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