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Kaaterskill High Peak (West Access)

Kaaterskill High Peak

Overview of this Hike:

Distance: Approximately 6.41 miles round trip from DEP parking lot to Kaaterskill High Peak and back. Add 1.5 miles if hiked from DEP parking lot #1 thru Cortina
Notes: Easiest and shortest trip to Kaaterskill High Peak, but on rarely used trails
Time: Average 5 hours round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,330 feet from parking lot to the summit of Kaaterskill High Peak.
Best Time to Hike: Anytime.
Difficulty: Moderate
VO Map No: On unmarked trails and Bushwacking in some areas and some DEC trails
Catskill Highest: #22
Peak Elevation: 3,655'
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Attractions: Beautiful 180 degrees views to the south from Hurricane Ledge.
Attractions: Easy Hike
Attractions: Rarely used trail
Unattractions: Bushwacking and easy to lose the trail.
Unattractions: Lots of bears
Side Trips: Hurricane Ledge (1/2 mile additional round trip - highly recommended)
Side Trips: Round Top Mountain (hard to do in the Winter)
Dangers: Falling off ledge (north side of Round Top Mtn).
Dangers: Black Bear encounters
Common Animals: Coyotes and bears
Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes and Copperheads (none known), Bears (Very High),
Access Methods: Foot, snowshoe, skiing, and snowmobile (part way).



Maps, Profile, and GPS files

Catskill Mountains Round Top Mountain Kaaterskill High Peak GPS map
Catskill Mountains Round Top Mountain Kaaterskill High Peak GPS map
Catskill Mountains Round Top Mountain Kaaterskill High Peak GPS Profile
This hike runs over a variety of ground. Some parts are pure bushwacking, where other parts are on old historic trails that are rarely used. It also goes over parts of the DEC snowmobile trail. It also goes over parts of unofficial trails that are well defined. These GPS tracks also show one attempt to get across a lower ledge that comes to a dead-end. We had to backtrack, and go to an upper ledge that was larger and better. If you use these GPS tracks, you may not want to follow it completely. And, you should ignore the lower ledge we attempted.
Click here to download the GPS file in text format
Click here to download the GPX file in GPS Exchange format
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin format



Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):

  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: N42 10.285 W74 06.822 - Elevation is approximately 2,336 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
  • Go approximately 3/4 mile
  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
  • Go approximately 6.6 miles to Cairo, NY
  • Take a LEFT onto Rt 32. McDonalds Rest. on corner.
  • Go approximately 7.7 miles on Rt 32
  • Take a RIGHT onto Rt 23A
  • Go approximately 7-8 miles on Rt 23A .
  • When you come near Tannersville, Take a Left onto Clum Hill Road. Selena Diner is AFTER Clum Hill Road.
  • Go approximately 1-1/2 miles - Road comes to a T intersection on level ground.
  • Go LEFT onto Gillespie Road.
  • DEP Parking Lot #2 is 1.4 mile - End of road - Slightly rough road
  • Questionable if you can get to the end during the winter.
  • Do NOT drive up Cortina Lane - This road goes to Private Property.



  • Notes about this Hike

    Today, the west access is least used trail to Kaaterskill High Peak. But, many years ago it was the most popular. The reason it was the most popular was because it has a very gentle grade to the top of the mountain. All other accesses are difficult. The reason why the west access died was because access to the trail was cut off when tort liability laws changed. This lead landowners to block access to this wonderful trail. But, in late 2008 New York City DEP purchased the property at the end of Gillipsie Road, and allowed hikers to access the land. This then lead to the increased use of the old trail. This trail can be done anytime of the year.

    The trail starts off from the second parking lot on DEP land. You walk up the hill, while following the established trail. Once you get to the top of the hill, you can take a short cut, which will shorten the hike by 1-1/2 miles. You will then look for the old horse trail that will take you up a moderately steep hill. This is actually the steepest part of the hike to Kaaterskill High Peak. Once you bushwack your way over to the Snowmobile Trail around Kaaterskill High Peak. This will put you back on the established trail. Follow the Snowmobile Trail to Kaaterskill High Peak.

    Once you get to the intersection of the Snowmobile Trail, that goes around Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top Mountain, take a left. Go up the hill until the trail levels off.

    Then start looking for a faint trail on the right. Take this faint trail. The trail sort of zip-zags around a bit. At this point, you will be in a deciduous forest. But, in a short period of time, you will come to your first conifer forest. This will change back to a deciduous forest again. It will change back several times before you get to the base of Round Top Mountain. It should be noted that there are quite a few black bears in this region. They like to forage for food in the conifer forest, so keep your eyes open.

    Once you get to the base of Round Top Mountain, you want to follow the trail to the northwest side of the base of Round Top Mountain. You then want to climb to an elevation of approximatley 3,250'. There is a trail up to this ledge. Once you get on the ledge there is a well established trail on the edge of the ledge. Keep your eyes open for black bears. The walk across the ledge is very nice, and views can be enjoyed.

    Once you get to the end, you will then climb back down 50 vertical feet to be on the saddle of Round Top Mountain and Kaaterskill High Peak. Most of the saddle is in a conifer forest. There are quite a few paths across the saddle. To visit the Tory Fort, stick to the north side. This is also the easiet way across the saddle. If you see a rock ledge rising on your left, you have passed the access to the Tory Fort. Back track, and stay closer to the north side.

    After the Tory Fort, the best way to continue is to continue on the north side thru the thick conifer trees. You will then come to the base of Kaaterskill High Peak. There are two hanging ledges. Most people only see one hanging ledge. You want to hike up the path between both hanging ledges. It is in the middle of the saddle.

    The climb up Kaaterskill High Peak is another gentle grade. The trail does zip-zag around. There are also a couple of grassy areas devoid of most trees. These sections make it easy to get lost. When you get close to the top of Kaaterskill High Peak, the forest will change back to a conifer forest. The trail will also get narrower and start to wind around the forest. There are several false trails, so backtrack if it comes to a dead end.

    If you follow the trail correctly, you should come out about 50 feet south of the summit to Kaaterskill High Peak. We recommend that you take a trip down to Hurricane Ledge on the south side of Kaaterskill High Peak.

    This hike requires good hiking and navigational skills. It is best done with a GPS loaded with a topo map. Bear populations is very high, so use caution. Crossing the ledge by Round Top Mountain is the hardest part. Finding the proper access to the 3250 Ledge is the hard part. It is easy to get onto the wrong ledge. You can see from the map, we did this on our hike.



    Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.002,336 DEC Parking Lot. N42 10.285 W74 06.822
    0.112,393 Trail Junction. Right will take you up the side of the creek Straight will continue on the trail. Go STRAIGHT.
    0.222,478' Leave Trail and Bushwack up the hill. This bushwack will save you about 2 miles of hiking. Leave the trail once the trail stops climbing in elevation and turns 90 degrees left.
    0.612,734' Connect back onto the Snowmobile Trail.
    0.752,769 Trail Junction - Right will take you on the south side of the snowmobile trail. Left will take you on the north side of the snowmobile trail. Go LEFT.
    1.052,923 As soon as the elevation levels off on the Snowmobile Trail, a faint trail on the right will branch off (see picture below). The trail head is approximately at GPS: N42 10.663 W74 06.060 . There is a faint trail, but you can easily drift off of it. It is easier to follow during the summer when the leaves are on the trees. You will change from deciduous forest to conifer forest and back a couple times. When you get at the base of Round Top Mtn, you need to go to the northwest side of the base of the mountain to find access to the 3250 ledge. The hardest part is finding the access to the right upper ledge. The access is between GPS: N42 10.248 W74 05.636 and N42 10.239 W 74 05.639. After you navigate the ledge, you will have to drop down in elevation about 50 to reach the saddle betweeen the two mountains. To find the Tory Fort, you need to stay on the north side of the saddle. The Tory Fort is on the edge of the saddle, and on a 15 foot high ledge rock. It is closer to the base of Kaaterskill High Peak.
    2.663,245 Tory Fort. It is almost gone, and the walls are very fragile. It can be found at GPS: N42 10.037 W74 05.321. After leaving the old Tory Fort you can back track, and follow the trail in the middle of the saddle to Kaaterskill High Peak, or you can continue thru the thick conifer trees. I find it better to continue thru the thick conifer trees.
    2.783,254 Shortly after you leave Tory Fort, you will come to a small ledge, which is the beginning of the climb to Kaaterskill High Peak. At this point you will find Hanging Ledge. The trail is faint, but it comes up the RIGHT side of Hanging Ledge. The path is at GPS N42 09.999 W74 05.247. There is a smaller hanging ledge on the right of the trail. The trail is inbetween both hanging ledges. Most people only see one hanging ledge. It is in the middle of the saddle. The trail then zip-zags up the mountain. Most people get lose in the open fields. It is hard to find the trial in these sections.
    3.473,666 West Access trail comes out onto the north/south access trail just 50 feet south of the summit of Kaaterskill High Peak
    3.483,666 Summit of Kaaterskill High Peak
    4.023,029 Trail Junction of the North Access Trail and the Snowmobile Loop Trail
    6.412,366 Parking Lot

    Hike to Kaaterskill High Peak (West Access)

    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The image on the LEFT is the DEP Parking Lot at the very end of Gillipsie Road. There are a number of parking spaces available. There used to be a house at the end of this road, which is now gone. The DEP has improved the road, but it is still fairly rough. You don't need a 4WD, but you do have to be careful with some protruding rocks in the road.

    Start your hike by walking up the hill in this picture.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The Picture on the LEFT shows a 'Y' in the trail about 1/10 of a mile up the trail. Going to the right will take you up to the stream from the mountain. You want to continue STRAIGHT up the path.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The picture on the LEFT show a picture of the trail to the right. You don't want to follow this trail

    The picture on the RIGHT shows the path after the trail junction. It will now proceed with a moderate incline.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    When you get to the top of the hill after the moderate incline, the trail will turn 90 degrees to the left. At this point you want to leave the trail and start bushwacking. You want to continue straight towards the hill.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The picture left show the hill of rocks you will encounter shortly after leaving the trail. You can continue to walk up the rocky hillside. .

    Or, you can move to the right until you find an old horse trail you see in the picture on the right.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    After a while you will stop climbing, and the grade will level off. At this point you will hit the snowmobile trail in about 500 feet. The picture on the left show the snowmobile trail. When bushwacking you want to come out on the west side of the trail junction. Some hikers will drift to the right so that they come out closer to the trail junction. If you drift too far, you will come out on the south side the trail, and you could end up going the wrong way. The GPS of the trail junction is N42 10.597 W74 06.378.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The picture on the left is the trail junction for the north and south side of the snowmobile trail. You want to take a LEFT and take the North side of the snowmobile trail.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    After the Trail Junction for the Snowmobile Loop Trail, you will climb in elevation for 3/10 of a mile. When the trail stops climbing, look on the RIGHT for a very faint trail that Y's off the trail. This is the old west access trail. It is easy to miss. The picture on the LEFT shows what the Snowmobile trail looks like where the Y is.

    The picture on the right shows the entrance to the West Access Trail. Some people call the tree next to the entrance to the trail the "Wish-bone" tree. The trail goes thru a number of sharp turns so you have to watch carefully. It is easy to walk off the trail.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    After you leave the Snowmobile Loop Trail, hike 0.30 to 0.35 miles thru deciduous forest. You will walk thru the first conifer forest after the first ledge climb. It will change back to deciduous forest again. At 3,000' of elevation, you will arrive at a very nice conifer forest at is fairly level (picture on RIGHT). The best place to climb up the ledge to the 3,000' conifer forest is on the RIGHT side. After you get to the top of the ledge, the trail is about 250' to the LEFT (north). Follow the ledge until you find it. It is a fairly well defined trail thru the conifer forest. Try to stay towards the middle sections of the conifer forest. After a while the elevation will start to climb, and the conifer forest will change back to deciduous forest. Then you will come to some ledges (20-50' high). The way up the ledge is on the north side (very left). There is a location that will allow you to walk up the ledges, but it takes some searching. You want to climb up to about 3,250'. Some people refer to it as the "3250 Ledge". The ledge below this one will come to a dead end. A good topo GPS is recommended.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows what it looks like just below the 3250 Ledge in the summer.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    This another picture about half way up the climbable section of the 3250 Ledge in the Winter. You have to look carefully for this pass. When you get to the top of this climb the trail is on the left next to the ledge. It should also be noted that there is a bear den in this section. They have never bothered me, but they do sleep there during the day, so don't go climbing into any caves nearby.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows what the trail looks like at the beginning of the 3250 Ledge. The trail hugs the ledge of the escarpment.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    This another picture of the trail of the 3250 Ledge

    The picture on the RIGHT shows what the trail looks like about half way thru the 3250 Ledge. When you get near the end of the 3250 Ledge
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    While walking across the 3250 Ledge, you can often get a good view when the leaves are not on the trees. You can see the tip of South Lake and the Hudson River. This trail follows the edge of the ledge. When you get near the end of the 3250 ledge, you will have to leave the edge of the ledge and climb closer to the upper ledge. Just climb over one of the large rocks and find the trail that weaves thru the large rocks.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    After you have weaved thru the large rocks next to the upper ledge, you will then descend down about 20 feet. The picture on the LEFT shows what it looks like looking backwards. If you reverse your course, you will need to look for this entrance to find the trail across the 3250 Ledge.

    This will lead you to what appears to the saddle between Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top Mountain. It is not the saddle. After you walk about 250' you will discover that you have to climb down another ledge down to the saddle. We usually climb down the left side. Then you can find a trail in the middle of the saddle.

    To find the Tory Fort, it is on the North East side of the saddle up on a 10-15' high ledge. It is hugging the north side of Kaaterskill High Peak. If you walk too far, you need to walk back and then north to the edge of the saddle. There is a easy path that gently walked up on the ledge. You can find the Tory Fort at GPS: N42 10.037 W74 05.321 . The few remaining walls are very fragile, so be careful. Some of the walls have completely deteriorated, so you can only see the south and west walls.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The picture on the LEFT is the Tory Fort at GPS: N42 10.037 W74 05.321 . In the picture, you can see the outline of one of the rooms of the Tory Fort. We don't know at this time the exact size of the Tory Fort. We do know that the purpose of the Tory Fort was to catch Revolutionary War Deserters. The Catskill Mountains were often used for outlaws to hide. There is a long history of this of outlaws hiding in the Catskill Mountains.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    The picture on the right is the floor plans for the surviving walls of the Tory Fort. The Tory Fort was obviously larger then the plans, but this is the only surviving part we know of.

    After you leave the Tory Fort, you can take two different directions. You can reverse your course and take the trail in the middle of the saddle. The other way is to continue on the ledge east to Kaaterskill High Peak. The conifer trees are sort of thick, so you have to push your way thru them.

    As you get to the base of Kaaterskill High Peak, you will see "Hanging Ledge" on the LEFT. Hanging Ledge GPS: N42 09.999 W74 05.247 . The trail is a little difficult to follow at this point. But, you want to go up the ledge about 100 feet RIGHT of Hanging Ledge. Here is is fairly easy to get up. Beyond Hanging Ledge the trail will zig south thru some open grassy areas. Horses were kept here, so you will see grassy section. There is also a swampy area here. Black Bears like to sleep in these wet grassy areas in the Summer. It is easy to lose the trail, so pay attention.
    hanging ledge in col between kaaterskill high peak and round top mountain
    The image on the left is called the "Hanging Ledge". It is located on the very eastern side of the col between RoundTop Mountain and Kaaterskill High Peak. It is located on the north side. There is also a smaller Hanging Ledge in the middle of the col. The two hanging ledges are about 100 feet apart. The Hanging Ledge is about 6 feet above the ground and is 20-25 feet long. There is some rocks setup for people who camped there about 100+ years ago. The hanging ledge is located about 150' east of the Tory Fort.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    This picture show what parts of the trail above Hanging Ledge.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows what the trail looks like. At times, the trail can be hard to follow. Pay attention to the trail. There are sections that zip-and-zag for no apparent reason.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Part way up the mountain, there will be some view points with nice views over North/South lake and the Hudson Valley.
    Tory fort on Kaaterskill Mountains
    Part way up the mountain, there is a very large birch tree that is approximately 2-1/2 feet in diameter. It is located in one of the grassy sections.

    Once you get near the top, the deciduous forest will change to a full conifer forest. There are a number of false trails, so you have to be careful. If you follow the trails correctly, the trails will get smaller and more narrow near the top. If followed properly, the trial will come out approximately 50 feet south of the summit. The trail is very narrow near the north and south access trail.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    This is the peak of Kaaterskill High Peak Mountain. There are no longer any views from the very top. But, you will have spectacular views from Hurricane Ledge. Hurricane Ledge is 1/4 mile past the peak (south).

    There are two USGS markers about 30 feet from the peak. The trail to the left (from the north access) will take you to plane crash #2 and USGS marker #2. The trail to the right will take you to USGS marker #1, and Hurricane Ledge.

    If you look around, you can see that there was a building at the summit. The building was a 2-story building that was built in the late 1800's. It was taken down around 1921 when New York State purchased the Kaaterskill Mountain Range. About an acre of land was cleared for the building.

    While the Mohawk Indians used KHP for thousands of years, the first European to ascend KHP was Peter delaBigarre (and a companion) on July 26, 1793. Up to the 1870's KHP was believed to be the highest peak in the Catskills. Princeton geography professor Arnold Henry Guyot brought equipment up to the Catskills and started to measure the peaks. He determined that KHP was actually the 23rd highest. His finding upset the hotels in the Kaaterskill Clove who used this fact to attract visitors.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    The picture on the LEFT is USGS marker #1. It is about 30 feet south of the peak on the path to Hurricane Ledge.

    The picture on the RIGHT is USGS marker #2. It is about 30 feet east (and slightly south) of the peak. It is location on top of a dome shaped rock. When you approach the peak from the north access route, take a left. Then take a right. The marker is about 10-15 feet inside the trees.

    You should also take a quick trip to Hurricane Ledge. It is just 1/2 mile round trip. The views are specacular.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    The picture on the LEFT is a picture of the trail to Hurricane Ledge.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows the summit. The trail to the left (east) will take you to a plane crash The plane is 495 feet east of the peak. The GPS of the plane crash is reported to be at GPS position: N 42 9.734 W 74 4.829. On geocashing.com it is "Air Crash 3". The plane crash occured on May 26, 1983. It killed a Watertown man named Rex Miller. He flew his Piper-28-140 into the mountain at about 3,400 feet in bad weather while attempting to return home from Poughkeepsie. Again, he was flying NVR. The crankshaft to the plane laid next to one of the trails (about 100' from the peak) from 1983 to 2008. Then in the Fall of 2008 someone removed it.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    The path to Hurricane Ledge has a number of side trails that will give you nice view. But, Hurricane Ledge will give you the best views.

    This is Hurricane Ledge. It is 0.25 miles from the peak. There are several places on Hurricane Ledge that will provide you with spectacular views. The trail to the South Ascent is on the left side of this picture. This ledge was caused by a storm on or about November 28, 1950, which had winds in excess of 100 mph. Ironically, there was another Hurricane Ledge created on the north eastern side of the peak at the beginning of the 1900's. It may have been created by one of the storms on November 8-10, 1913 or October 22-25, 1923.

    If you want to take the very steep and dangerous south access route back down to the Loop trail, you just need to move to the very left side of this ledge to find the trail.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    This is another part of Hurricane Ledge. On this ledge is several places you can get spectacular view. This picture is of the Hudon Valley. You can see the Hudson River in the valley.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    This is Hurricane Ledge. On this ledge is several places you can get spectacular view. This picture is of the Indian Head Mountain Range.

    Reverse your course back to the KHP peak and go back down the North Access path
    hidden hurricane ledge on Kaaterskill High Peak
    To the west of Hurricane Ledge are more ledges called the Hidden Hurricane Ledges. To get to them, you need to descend down to the lowest Hurricane Ledge. On the west side of the ledge you will see a faint trail. If you follow this trail, you will find more ledges. You need to be careful on these ledges. They are dangerous, and a mistake here may cost you your life. So be careful.

    This images shows RoundTop Mountain.
    plane crash #2 on Kaaterskill High Peak
    After visiting Hurricane Ledge and Hidden Hurricane Ledge(s), return back to the summit of Kaaterskill High Peak. Straight will take you down the north side of the mountain. Take a RIGHT once you reach the summit and head EAST. About 15 feet from the summit, the trail will split. You want to take a LEFT.

    After about 490 feet, you will come to a flat section that is about 30 feet long. This section is just after a small steep descent. Take a left and walk in about 100 feet and you will find the plane crash #2. If you walk too far, you will come to the Northeasterly Ledge. The Northeasterly Ledge is about 100 feet past the turn off for the plane crash #2.
    plane crash #2 on Kaaterskill High Peak
    This picture shows the debris field from the plane crash. The plane crashed head-on into the ledge. This plane crash occurred on June 13, 1967. The plane is a Piper PA-23 with registration N5604Y. The two occupants were killed instantly. The plane slammed into the ledge with such force that it was able to rip the crankshaft out of the engine and it flew approximately 450 feet and landed near the summit of KHP. The pilot was flying in bad weather with VFR.
    plane crash #2 on Kaaterskill High Peak
    This picture shows the plane crash from the top of the ledge. In the winter of 2009/2010 someone removed the crankshaft and took it down to Hurricane Ledge. It remain there for the rest of the year. Hopefully in 2011, a crew of people will return the crankshaft to it's rightful place. PLEASE do not remove or move any of the wreakage. This often upsets the family of the victims. This is a sacred grave site.
    northeasterly ledge on Kaaterskill High Peak
    After you get done visiting the Plane Crash, continue down the trail. After about 100 feet you will come to the end of the trail. At the end of the trail is the Northeasterly Ledge. Please be careful! It is easy to fall off this ledge. If you do fall, you will most likely be killed. This image is of the Northeast direction. It shows North-South Lake and South Mountain.
    northeasterly ledge on Kaaterskill High Peak
    This image is of the Easterly direction. It shows the Kaaterskill Amphitheater and the Hudson River.
    northeasterly ledge on Kaaterskill High Peak
    This image is of the Southeasterly direction. It shows the Huckleberry Point, Devil's Kitchen, and Overlook Mountain.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    The picture on the left is is the nice mossy trail going down Kaaterskill High Peak on the North side.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows another picture of the beautiful path near the top of the mountain.

    It should be noted that hiking this North Access section during the Winter with snow on the ground can be very difficult. In those cases, you should return back on the West access trail.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    The picture on the RIGHT shows the top of a steep climb. When you approach this section, the obvious path is on the right of this picture. It is a steep mossy rock ledge. The best path is actually the mud path on the left of this picture. Then walk across the top of the root base of the tree.

    The north access trail has three difficult sections. The picture on the left shows one of those sections. The section is not as difficult as it looks.
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    Kaaterskill High Peak
    When you get to the bottom, you need to take a LEFT on the Snowmobile Loop Trail. Follow it until you come to the Trail Junction on the west side. Then reverse course back to your car.
    Links and References:
    CatskillMountain.com Forum - Ask questions or tell us about your experience with this hike
    Plane Crashes in the Catskill Mountains

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