Huckleberry Point Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A short walk through hemlock and pitch-pine woods leads to a scenic overlook above Platte Clove and the Hudson Valley."
--Peter Kick, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Looking for the kind of expansive views you have from a mountain summit without the demanding climb? Head for the overlook known as Huckleberry Point, where the breathtaking view extends west to Hunter Mountain and east to the Hudson River Valley. The 1.75-mile woods walk to the point is a cinch, but don’t plan on being bored. On our hike, we saw a baby porcupine stumble along the trail, a family of deer leap over the trail, and a black bear amble away from the trail (much to our relief). This is a good choice for a family in average physical condition without a lot of trail experience. There is little chance of getting lost, and you’ll be afforded some of the best views in the Catskill area with minimal effort. (An added bonus: this trail is tucked into an out-of-the-way corner of the Catskill Park, so you’re likely to have the woods to yourself. Well, you’ll have to share with the porcupines, deer, bears. . . . )"
--Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis, Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley (The Mountaineers Books).
A rarity in the Catskills, a gorgeous view without a steep, all morning climb. The beginning section along a heavily eroded woods road isn't the best, but then you get on the yellow blazed Huckleberry Point trail and the hike becomes much nicer. Be sure to bring a camera and picnic lunch.
It's a really nice hike. The rocky road in is the worst part. The best is the stream and the views. The name says it all. Plenty of berries at the point. Keep an eye for the trail markers on the road in.
This is a relatively easy trail. The hike is pleasant, not overly hard on the body, and rewards you with a wonderful view. The view is impressive on its own but is improved a little during fall foliage season. Its a easy afternoon outing.
Hike summary needs to be updated. Follow the blue blaze trail from the parking lot on Platte Clove Road 3/4 mile. You'll see a sign on the right that says 'Trail'. Take this. It is still a blue blaze trail. After a bit you'll see the sign for Huckleberry Point. At this point the trail changes to yellow blazes. Also, at the end where it says descending toward Huckleberry Point keep in mind that you'll descend for more than a slight descent which you'll have to come back up later! The view was beautiful. Indian Head is very impressive from here. Wear waterproof shoes no matter what the season. It hasn't rained for weeks, but the woods road and many parts of the trail were very muddy.
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