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Easy Escarpment Trail Loop

Intermediate

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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 519' 158 m
Descent: -520' -158 m
High: 2,269' 692 m
Low: 1,918' 585 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Joshua Howard

The quintessential Catskills run on a trail with a view.

Joshua Howard

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Overview

The Escarpment Trail is riddled with amazing viewpoints that will reward you all along your run.

Need to Know

This is a popular destination, accessible by visitors from the campground as well as the Kaaterskill Falls crowd.

Port-a-potties are available in the Laurel House parking lot.

Runner Notes

Trails in the Catskills are rugged. Beware of loose rocks, mud, and steep climbs. Also, in the winter, traction devices are a must. Also, be vigilant of steep drops offs by the viewpoints.

Description

Runners will leave from the newly enhanced parking lot off of Laurel House Road that serves Kaaterskill Falls and the observation platform.

Runners will cross over the new pedestrian bridge and follow the DEC signs to the blue-blazed Escarpment Trail.

The initial section of this run is a rocky descent, down to Layman's Monument.

The trail then turns along the Escarpment, and runners will have a fairly easy stretch of trail to enjoy. There are several amazing viewpoints including Inspiration Point. The tread is well maintained, but watch for tripping hazards.

There are several options to extend or shorten this run, but follow the yellow-tagged equestrian trail (Yellow Horse Trail), which is a nice flat trail back towards the Kaaterskill Falls area. This part of run has you essentially following what appears to be an old wood road that has begun to fill back in and been well maintained.

The trail intersections can be tricky; when the yellow-blazed trail returns to the blue Escarpment Trail, turn left and head back to your starting point.

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Dec 15, 2018
Miguel Casas
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Photos

Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
Experience a magnificent double waterfall at the end of the Kaaterskill Falls Trail.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
View from the Escarpment Trail
Oct 5, 2018 near Palenville, NY
Kaaterskill Falls from above
Jan 24, 2018 near Palenville, NY
Waterfall from platform
Feb 10, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Another view of waterfall.
Jan 22, 2018 near Palenville, NY

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