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Gems in Catskill Forest Preserve - 4

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gem Favorite Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.

Kaaterskill Falls

(3) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite View from Hunter Mountain Fire Tower looking east over Hunter, NY toward the Windham-Blackhead Range

Hunter Mountain Fire Tower

(1) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite View from the Escarpment Trail

Inspiration Point

(5) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite Foggy autumn view from halfway up the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

(2) Livings…, NY

Recommended Routes in Catskill Forest Preserve - 14

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Favorite Biscuit Brook lean-to. Great for making fires and hanging out with new friends. You can also drop your pack here while you hike Fir Mountain and Big Indian Mountain.
Difficult

Fir and Big Indian Mountain

10.2 mi 16.3 km 2,166' Up 660.12 m Up 2,165' Down 659.88 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Very Difficult

Friday Mountain

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,805' Up 854.82 m Up 2,807' Down 855.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Balsam Mountain

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,719' Up 524.09 m Up 1,717' Down 523.43 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Trail heading up to the peak, about 0.5mi from the top
Difficult

Hunter Mountain Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km 1,964' Up 598.65 m Up 1,973' Down 601.23 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Slide Mountain takes on a new character in the winter.
Intermediate

West Approach of Slide Mountain

5.5 mi 8.8 km 1,712' Up 521.88 m Up 1,712' Down 521.76 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite The trail in nicely broken in for you (Thank you!!!)
Intermediate

Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,260' Up 383.96 m Up 1,259' Down 383.81 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Very Difficult

Manitou's Revenge Ultramarathon

54.4 mi 87.5 km 14,548' Up 4434.32 m Up 15,616' Down 4759.78 m Down

Cairo, NY
Favorite autumn view from one of the ledges
Intermediate/Difficult

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,918' Up 584.68 m Up 1,933' Down 589.16 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite Directions for man loop.
Easy/Intermediate

All Trails Loop

7.4 mi 11.9 km 718' Up 218.76 m Up 728' Down 222.01 m Down

West Hu…, NY

Catskill Forest Preserve Running

  • 650 Miles 1,046 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 87 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 82 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 53 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Catskill Forest Preserve - 208

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1.5 mi 2.4 km #1Hunter Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
3.4 mi 5.4 km #2Spruceton Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
3.0 mi 4.8 km #3Diamond Notch Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
2.0 mi 3.2 km #4Becker Hollow Trail
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
Palenville, NY
1.1 mi 1.7 km #5Colonel's Chair Trail
Easy
Palenville, NY
Easy
Palenville, NY
0.2 mi 0.3 km #6The Bee Trail
Easy
Cairo, NY
Easy
Cairo, NY
0.2 mi 0.3 km #7Inside Out Trail
Easy
Cairo, NY
Easy
Cairo, NY
1.2 mi 2.0 km #8Outer Loop South Trail
Intermediate
Cairo, NY
Intermediate
Cairo, NY
0.8 mi 1.3 km #9Inside Line Trail
Intermediate
Cairo, NY
Intermediate
Cairo, NY
0.8 mi 1.4 km #10Notch Inn Road Trail
Difficult
Manorville, NY
Difficult
Manorville, NY

Photos of Catskill Forest Preserve - 265

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Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Feb 12, 2017 near Shokan, NY
Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
The fire tower was covered in plenty of ice amidst the throes of winter.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
View from the fire tower on Overlook Mtn
Jan 17, 2018 near Woodstock, NY
Woodstock
Apr 11, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
autumn view from one of the ledges
Oct 2, 2019 near Shokan, NY
Ashokan Rail Trail
Oct 24, 2020 near West Hu…, NY