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Huckleberry Point

Kaaterskill Mountain Range
 
 

OVERVIEW

  Distance: 4.98 miles round trip from DEC parking lot to Huckleberry Point and back.
  Time: Average 3.0 hours round trip
  Elevation Gain: 644 feet from parking lot to highest point in hike.
  Best Time to Hike: Anytime. Morning will provide light into the Plattekill Clove which enhances your view.
  Difficulty: Easy
  Peak Elevation: 2,545'
   
  USGS Official Map: Kaaterskill Topographical Map (free)
  DEC Trail Map: DEC Kaaterskill Wild Forest Map (free)
  Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
   
  Attractions: Beautiful views from Huckleberry Point.
  Attractions: Easy short hike - Can do Kaaterskill High Peak as an extra hike.
  Unattractions: Stream crossing - Cannot be forded after significant rain fall.
  Unattractions: Muddy in one section.
  Dangers: Falling off ledge at Huckleberry Point.
  Dangers: Do NOT attempt to cross the creek after a large rain storms.
  Common Animals: Bears.
  Access Methods: Foot, snowshoe, and snowmobile (part way). Very good snowshoe trail.
 

Maps

Map of trail to Huckleberry Point


Map of private property around the Huckleberry Point trail


 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAIL HEAD

 
  • DEC Parking Lot WGS84 (DEC): 42.133667, -74.0827 - Elevation is approximately 1,872 feet
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  • DEC Parking Lot Deg/Min/Sec: N42 08 01, W74 04 57 - Elevation is approximately 1,872 feet
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  • DEC Parking Lot GPS: N 42 08.020, W 74 04.962 - Elevation is approximately 1,872 feet
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  • DEC Parking Lot UTM: 18N 575810 4665024 - Elevation is approximately 1,872 feet
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  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
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  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
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  • Go approximately 1/2 mile
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  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
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  • Go approximately 5 miles on Route 23.
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  • Take a left onto Rt 32 (McDonalds on corner).
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  • Go approximately 7-8 miles on Route 32.
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  • Take right onto Rt 23A.
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  • Go approximately 7-8 miles on Rt 23A .
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  • When you come into Tannersville, take LEFT at the red light onto RailRoad Ave (Rt 16), which will turn into Spruce Street, which will turn into Platt Clove Road. Follow this road approximately 7-8 miles
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  • The DEC parking lot is on the LEFT side of the road.
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  • It is approximately 1/2 mile past Josh Road (on left side of the road).
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  • If you start to go down the hill to the valley, then you have gone too far. The downhill section of the road is closed in the winter.
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  • Do NOT block the gate entrance - there is a house at the end of this road.
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  • Do NOT drive up the dirt entrance road to the trail head - this is PRIVATE property - AND there is NO place to park or turn around once you get to the trail head.


  • SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ABOUT THIS HIKE

     The first part of the hike goes up a steep dirt road. Do not continue on the dirt road once you reach the junction where the trail leaves the road.


    MILEAGE CHART

      Mile PointAltitudeNotes
      0.001,872 DEC Parking Lot.
      0.892,366 Road & Trail Junction - On Right side of road - easy to miss this junction
      1.212,412' Trail Junction - Left goes to Kaaterskill High Peak - Right goes to Huckleberry Point
      2.492,226' Huckleberry Point
      4.981,872 Return to Parking Lot

    Hike to Huckleberry Point - Kaaterskill Mountain Range

    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    The image on the LEFT is the DEC Parking Lot with off-road parking. You want to walk thru this metal gate and up the Road. The Owner of the road closes the gate at sunrise and sunset. If the gate is closed, you can walk around it. Do NOT drive up the road, even if you have a 4WD truck. There is NO place to park near the trail head.

    The image on the RIGHT shows the road you will be walking up. Please do not venture off the road.
    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    The Picture on the LEFT shows a 'Y' in the road. Stay on the main road and go RIGHT. The path on the left will take you to private property.

    The picture on the RIGHT shows the very little sign that signals that you need to leave the road for the Trail Head. 50% of the people who hike this trail for the first time miss the Trail Head. If you follow the road up further, you will see signs telling you to turn around. Look for the sign on the RIGHT side of the road.
    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    The picture on the LEFT show a picture of the trail after the Trail Head

    The picture on the RIGHT shows the next Trail Junction. It is only a short distance from the Trail Head. If you go LEFT, you will go to Kaaterskill High Peak, the Snowmobile Loop Trail, Indian Camp, Ampetheater Lookout, Poet's Ledge, Twilight Park, Long Path. If you go RIGHT, you will head to Huckleberry Point.
    Kaaterskill Mountain Range
    Huckleberry Point
    The trail to Huckleberry Point will start out being a little muddy. There is also an old rock foundation of a house from years ago. About half way there, you will encounter a small stream. In most cases, you can walk across it without getting your feet wet. But, after a big rain storm, it is not fordable. After the stream, you will go up a small hill. At the top of the hill you can see Kaaterskill High Peak when there are not leaves on the trees. If you walk to the left of the tree, you can get a better view. As you continue on the trail, you will descent the hill. After the hill, it will be rather flat with high brush. Then you will encounter Huckleberry Point.

    Once you get to Huckleberry Point, you will see a faint trail that runs to the right. This Trail will cut down to Platt Clove Road. The trail is steep and very dangerous. There are sections where the trail is about a foot wide with drops of 100'.

    Reverse course to return back to the Long Path. Since this path is not used a lot, it is easy to walk off the trail, so keep this in mind.

    LINKS & REFERENCES

    NYS DEC information on Kaaterskill Wild Forest
    DEC Kaaterskill Wild Forest Map
    USGS Topographical Maps of Kaaterskill Quadrangle
     


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