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Gems in Catskill Forest Preserve - 4

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gem Favorite View from Hunter Mountain Fire Tower looking east over Hunter, NY toward the Windham-Blackhead Range

Hunter Mountain Fire Tower

(1) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite Katterskill falls

Kaaterskill Falls

(4) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite Foggy autumn view from halfway up the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

(2) Livings…, NY
gem Favorite View from the Escarpment Trail

Inspiration Point

(6) Palenville, NY

Recommended Routes in Catskill Forest Preserve - 14

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Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Difficult Difficult

The Devil's Path

23.1 mi 37.2 km 8,104' Up 2470.13 m Up 8,373' Down 2552.14 m Down

Manorville, NY
Explore in 3D
Favorite Feeling blessed and very happy in this beautiful place!
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Huckleberry Point

4.8 mi 7.7 km 973' Up 296.52 m Up 971' Down 296.07 m Down

Palenville, NY
Explore in 3D
Favorite Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Difficult Difficult

Catskills Black Dome and Blackhead Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 2,245' Up 684.37 m Up 2,247' Down 684.75 m Down

Cairo, NY
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Favorite Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Very Difficult Very Difficult

Friday Mountain

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,805' Up 854.82 m Up 2,807' Down 855.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
Explore in 3D
Favorite Trail heading up to the peak, about 0.5mi from the top
Difficult Difficult

Hunter Mountain Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km 1,964' Up 598.65 m Up 1,973' Down 601.23 m Down

Palenville, NY
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Favorite We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,918' Up 584.68 m Up 1,933' Down 589.16 m Down

Shokan, NY
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Favorite Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Balsam Mountain

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,719' Up 524.09 m Up 1,717' Down 523.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
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Favorite Slide Mountain takes on a new character in the winter.
Intermediate Intermediate

West Approach of Slide Mountain

5.5 mi 8.8 km 1,712' Up 521.88 m Up 1,712' Down 521.76 m Down

Shokan, NY
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Favorite Frozen Hillyer Waterfall. The trail is at the top, so you have to get off the trail to see it.
Difficult Difficult

Kaaterskill High Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km 4,079' Up 1243.19 m Up 4,078' Down 1243.02 m Down

Palenville, NY
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Catskill Forest Preserve Hiking

  • 489 Miles 786 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 87 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 82 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 53 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Catskill Forest Preserve

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Trails in Catskill Forest Preserve - 208

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8.6 mi 13.8 km #1Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail)
Difficult Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult Difficult
Shokan, NY 19 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #2Overlook Mountain Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Woodstock, NY
Intermediate Intermediate
Woodstock, NY 20 
8.3 mi 13.4 km #3Giant Ledge-Panther-Fox Hollow Trail
Difficult Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult Difficult
Shokan, NY 12 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Kaaterskill Falls Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate Intermediate
Palenville, NY 19 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #5Neversink Hardenburgh Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
3.0 mi 4.8 km #6Seager Big Indian Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - South
Difficult Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult Difficult
Palenville, NY
3.2 mi 5.1 km #8Kelly Hollow Long Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
4.4 mi 7.1 km #9Colgate Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Palenville, NY
0.5 mi 0.8 km #10Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - North
Difficult Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult Difficult
Palenville, NY

Photos of Catskill Forest Preserve - 266

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Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Jan 27, 2017 near Cairo, NY
Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Jun 25, 2017 near Shokan, NY
Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Ashokan Rail Trail
Oct 24, 2020 near West Hu…, NY
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