Eastern Pinnacles and Cat Rocks

Goshen, New York 10924

Eastern Pinnacles and Cat Rocks

Eastern Pinnacles and Cat Rocks Professional Guide

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"Though this hike generally follows the ridge of Bellvale Mountain, you’ll never get the feeling of being on a ridge. Both the Eastern Pinnacles and Cat Rocks lie on the east side of the ridgecrest and somewhat below. After passing the two outcrops, the hike continues through a lovely forest filled with mountain laurel to the Wildcat Shelter."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"The many rock formations along the ridgeline of Bellvale Mountain provide a number of views to the south and east. Two of the best vistas are seen from Eastern Pinnacles and Cat Rocks. From the parking area, walk back toward NY 17A, turn right onto it, make a left into the woods on the A.T. about 100 yards later, and rise at a gradual rate. Within a few hundred feet, pass by a blue-blazed side trail that leads to a platform used by hawk-watchers during the raptors’ annual fall migration. Join a woods road at 0.5 mile and cross a utility right-of-way at 0.8 mile. Make a short, steep climb to the top of Eastern Pinnacles at 1.4 miles. A blue-blazed trail bypasses this steep climb but also misses the view. This red, pudding stone rock, shaped by moving glaciers, rises above the vegetation and provides views south of Greenwood Lake and north and east across the forested lands of Sterling Forest." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
1,186 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,285 feet
Top Elevation
New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, 201-512-9348, nynjtc.org
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 1 & 2: Connecticut State Line to New York 17A; USGS Greenwood Lake and Warwick
Local Maps

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Dec 2018