Icy Kaaterskill Falls
About a week ago, I posted a photo showing the cool trail in the Catskills that leads to Kaaterskill Falls…so I figured I might as well post a photo of the actual waterfall! There wasn’t a huge amount of water flow, but there was a small amount of ice anywhere within reach of the waterfall’s spray. This photo doesn’t really capture just how high the cliff and waterfalls are, nor the overall size of this amphitheater-like space with it’s huge boulders strewn about. It is a pretty cool place.
Trail to Kaaterskill Falls
Back in December, on my way back from attending a map printing press check up in New York, I took a quick detour through the Catskills to do some map field-checking that included a short hike to Kaaterskill Falls (not exactly sure of pronunciation…Cat-, Kate-, or Cot-, take your pick). With two drops totaling 260 feet, Kaaterskill Falls is one of highest falls in New York, and since it is a very short hike from a major road, this is one of the most popular places in the Catskills. However, on this cold December day, I was the only one out there, and it was a neat little trail that led straight to the base of the icy falls (the falls are slightly visible through the trees ahead in the photo).
Overlook Mountain House of Yore
Climbing up a mountain in the Catskills for more than 2 miles, one of the last things you might expect to find is a sizeable abandoned resort hotel. But that is exactly what awaits you near the summit of Overlook Mountain, as partly shown in this photo. The Overlook Mountain House was likely a pretty cool place in the hey-day of these sort of mountain resorts (late 1800s, early 1900s), and today it is a neat structure to come upon up on top of a mountain.
Mini Cairns in the Catskills
If you have ever been out on some trails and have noticed a stacked pile of rocks, then you have seen a cairn (pronounced like ‘Care’ with an ‘n’ sound at the end). These piles of rocks are often constructed to help people navigate trails or other paths where other markings are difficult to make, such as over expanses of rock like this area along the Poet’s Ledge Trail in the Catskills. Of course, there are many rock piles that are just created by people having fun trying to balance rocks!
Overlook Mountain Fire Tower
The 60-foot fire tower on the summit of Overlook Mountain (3,140 feet above sea level) is located at the eastern edge of the Catskills and was active until 1988. There are fantastic views all around, including the rest of the Catskills to the west (the direction of this photo) and the Hudson River far below to the east. I enjoyed this snowy jaunt up Overlook Mountain to the fire tower a couple years ago, but it would be neat to see the same views when there is a bit less white and a lot more green.
Black Dome Range Trail Foliage
The northern Catskills in early October can be really colorful. A hike along the Black Dome Range Trail a few years ago provided plenty of bright yellow, orange, and red foliage to heighten the fall hiking experience. If you haven’t experienced fall in the Catskill Mountains of New York, definitely try to plan a trip during peak foliage season!
Yukon Walking Stick on Poet’s Ledge
My trusty walking stick that I picked up in the Yukon Territory along the banks of the Pelly River has been great to have along on many hikes. This particular hike was in the Catskills along the Long Path as it climbs toward Kaaterskill High Peak, and with the amount of elevation gain along the trail, my knees were likely appreciative of the ever-so-slight help of the walking stick. My lunch stop was at this rock outcrop called Poet’s Ledge, which offered a great view of the Kaaterskill Clove and the nearly 4,000-foot-high Black Dome and Blackhead mountain summits looming in the distance (just right of center in the photo).
Where will my Yukon walking stick travel to next?!?