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Huckleberry Point

Kaaterskill Mountain Range

Overview of this Hike:

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
VO Map No: 26 & 28
Catskill Highest: 100+
Peak Elevation: 2,545'
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. Easily forded otherwise without getting your little toe wet.
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.
Dangers: A mountain lion was spotted on Rt 214, and we have seen mountain lion tracks on this trail in February of 2009!
Common Animals: Coyotes, bears, bobcats.
Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes and Copperheads (low), Bears (Low-to-Moderate), Mountain Lions (Low)
Access Methods: Foot, snowshoe, and snowmobile (part way). Very good snowshoe trail. Fair cross-country ski trail.

Maps, Profile, and GPS files

Catskill Mountains Kaaterskill Huckleberry Point GPS
Catskill Mountains Kaaterskill Huckleberry Point Profile
Click here to download the GPS file in TEXT format

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

  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: N42 08.020 W74 04.962 - Elevation is approximately 1872 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
  • Go approximately 1/2 mile
  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
  • Go approximately 5 miles on Route 23.
  • Take a left onto Rt 32 (McDonalds on corner).
  • Go approximately 7-8 miles on Route 32.
  • Take right onto Rt 23A.
  • Go approximately 7-8 miles on Rt 23A .
  • 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
  • The DEC parking lot is on the LEFT side of the road.
  • It is approximately 1/2 mile past Josh Road (on left side of the road).
  • 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.
  • Do NOT block the gate entrance - there is a house at the end of this road.
  • 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 private road with a conversation easement. You should not leave the road until you get to the road/trail junction. There are Timber Rattlesnakes in Plattle Clove (from the bottom of the Falls to West Saugerties). We have never seen them at Huckleberry Point, but we would not be surprised if they show up someday. So, watch for rattlesnakes at the point. They will sometimes coil up and rest in the blueberry bushes, or lay near rocks, or on ledges.

    Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.001,872 DEC Parking Lot. N42 08.020 W74 04.962
    0.892,366 Road & Trail Junction - On Right side of road - easy to miss this junction - N42 08.553 W74 04.467.
    1.212,412' Trail Junction - Left goes to Kaaterskill High Peak - Right goes to Huckleberry Point - N42 08.544 W74 04.325
    2.492,226' Huckleberry Point - N42 07.600 W74 03.763
    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. Most of the land (but, not all) off the road is PRIVATE property.
    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. Be careful in the brush. There are coyotes and bears in the bushes from time-to-time. Then you will encounter Huckleberry Point.

    NOTE: It should be noted that there are Timber Rattlesnakes and Copperheads down in Platte Clove below the Falls. Over time we expect the Rattlesnakes to move up the mountainside, and will be found at Huckleberry Point. Look out for them suning themselves on the ledges once you get to Huckleberry Point. At this point, we have not seen any on this hike.

    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.
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