Kaaterskill High Peak Trail

Catskill Park, New York 12463

Distance5.6mi
Elevation Gain1,572ft
Trailhead Elevation3,009ft
Top3,103ft
Elevation Min/Max2710/3103ft
Elevation Start/End3009/3009ft

Kaaterskill High Peak Trail

Kaaterskill High Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hunter, New York. It is within Kaaterskill Wild Forest and Catskill Park. It is 5.6 miles long and begins at 3,009 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,572 feet. The Trail Crossroads information guidepost can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Trail crossroads information guidepost.

Kaaterskill High Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A long, remote hike into the isolated Kaaterskill Wild Forest Area offers spectacular views from Hurricane Ledge."

"The tallest waterfall in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a challenging 0.5 mile up a narrow, rocky path to one of the finest sights in the entire park.

Kaaterskill Falls is taller than any of Niagara’s three falls, and its towering geological setting provides the payoff for the half- hour of scrambling you will do to get up here."

"The tallest falls in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a strenuous half mile up a narrow, rocky path to one of the finest sights in the entire park. Kaaterskill Falls boasts a higher height than any of Niagara’s three falls, and its towering geological setting provides the payoff for the half-hour of scrambling you will do to get up here.

This falls, like so many in New York, splits itself into two distinct sections. The first is a stunning sheer drop from a notch at the top of the gorge, pouring down to a hanging valley. The flow's force pushes on to a second drop, this one a segmented cascade that falls into a boulder-laden pool directly below. This trail can be dangerous in wet or icy conditions. Many people have been killed when they walked out in front of the top drop. Others were killed by the fall from the top of the falls. Stay on the trail."

"This hike to the state’s highest waterfall is the most popular short hike in the Catskills."

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Trail Information

Catskill Park
Nearby City
Catskill Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hiking
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
NYSDEC Division of Lands & Forests, 625 Broadway, Fifth Floor, Albany, NY 12233; (518) 4739518; dec.ny.gov/lands/80993.html
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Kaaterskill Clove; NatGeo Trails Illustrated Map #755: Catskill Park; trail map available at catskillmountaineer.com/NSL-KF.html
Local Maps

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Jul 2018