Andes Rail Trail & Bullet Hole Spur
ElevationAscent: 531' 162 m
Descent: -533' -162 m
High: 1,800' 549 m
Low: 1,560' 476 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families.”— Mark Ballou
At the end of the rail-trail portion, you continue on the Bullet Hole Spur Trail, which offers a more challenging hike. This addition climbs the ridge above the rail bed through hardwood forest high above Bullet Hole Creek and the Tremperskill valley.
The trail starts at 266 Depot Street at a the beautiful pergola and gate. Hikers will pass the historic Depot Building which was constructed in 1907. The first section of the trail is very flat and continues for one mile along the old rail bed. This section provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views.
In June 2013, the Bullet Hole Spur Trail was opened. This trail extends an additional 2 miles, bringing the mileage for the hike to 4 miles round-trip. The spur climbs the ridge above the rail bed, taking hikers through mature hardwood forest, open woodlands covered in ferns and princess pine, an old pine plantation and hemlocks towering above the Bullet Hole Creek.
Bullet Hole Spur Trail is a bit more strenuous. There are a couple of well-designed, moderately steep sections, but they are followed by relatively flat sections so you get a nice breather after working a little harder. There are many wonderful views of the Tremperskill Valley from the spur.
Description courtesy of Catskill Mountain Club. For more information on this hike and other hikes in the area, visit their website.
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