Turn left into the parking area. The distances, 8 and 13 miles respectively, may also be daunting for some. You could also hike through to another trail head if you spot a car. From this point the trail turns almost due south and climbs nearly 200 feet in a little over .1 miles to Dry Brook Ridge. Some visitors have built a fire circle surrounded by stone chairs. The trail straight ahead continues upward fro about 1 mile to the Ashokan High Point. The area around Frick Pond, Hodge Pond and Quick Lake is covered with trails. Take DeBruce Road from Livingston Manor for about six miles then turn left on Mongaup Rd. Keep driving even when the road turns to gravel and dirty. Where the road splits bear left on Beech Mountain Rd. At the head of the lake the trail branches right to Campbell Brook. At about 1.5 miles you will be at Iron Wheel Junction which is marked by a set of … iron wheels. Explore this area if you like. Travel for about 2.5 miles and park at the parking area on the right. North South Lake: Kaaterskill and Bastion Falls Loop. What is now a snowmobile trail probably follows one of the haul roads built by the Treyz Acid Wood Factory in the early 20th century. Once you reach the junction with the trail you used earlier turn right and simply follow your early route in reverse back to the car. The trail rolls some with a descent near the end. The trail is poorly marked in places so keep an eye out for the trail markers at all times. Turn north on Rt 18 from Rt 23A in the town of Haines Falls. On the right looming above the Ledge is Kaaterskill High Peak. Walk along the shore in either direction. Turn right to walk around the back of Frick Pond over a series of wooden walkways. By this time you will have hiked 2.9 miles. At 2.3 miles Trail 3 joins from the right. The wide well-kept trails are easy to walk but poorly marked. This isn’t very far but it looks like a WALL from the bottom. The wide well-kept trails are easy to walk but poorly marked. After visiting Poet’s Ledge and returning to the main trail you may retrace your steps to the car. At mile 3.2 the trail turns heard to the right off the road. Once at the High Point itself you have a beautiful view of the mountains and valleys directly to the east. Continue straight ahead on the Frightful Fall Trail which ascends to the ridge to the Gribley Trail. There is an immediate ascent through hardwood forest. Walk the road until it meets Morton Hill Road. Get on the New York City road that leaves Margaretville and passes long the south side of the Pepacton Reservoir. It only gains 690 feet but it does so in about 1 mile. The trail is less than .2 miles but the falls, when there has been some rain, is very pretty. At Junkyard Junction turn right on the blue Flynn Trail which is mostly flat with a descent ear the end. I had lived in Livingston Manor for 25 years before I managed to visit Alder Lake. We have take this route more than a dozen times this season and it is interesting to watch the changing seasons. Scour the flea markets, create a masterpiece at a pottery studio, or get a taste for the county at a local café or distillery. Bear to the right on Peekamoose Rd. Take DeBruce Road from Livingston Manor for about six miles then turn left on Mongaup Rd. In Arkville turn south on Dry Brook Road. This trail is a 7-mile moderately difficult hike on an old woods road marked with blue disks); 2) via Diamond Notch, Stony Clove Notch or Becker Hollow (These trails are off Route 214, connecting Phoenicia-Route 28- with Route 23A, … There is, however, some beautiful scenery. A snowmobile trail continues straight ahead. In .5 miles the trail ascends about 600 feet and then levels off for a pleasant walk of .35 miles to the last climb. At this point continue ahead on the horse trail for .85 miles as it winds and switchbacks its way down. Take this turn and continue walking until a large, pointed rock appears on the right. Look over your shoulder occasionally to see the imposing presence of Blackhead, Black Dome and Thomas Cole Mountains. There are several woods roads that cross the one you are hiking but stay generally straight. The distance “as the crow flies” is less than a mile but the trail is routed to avoid ledges that a snowmobile could not negotiate. The views are fantastic and many people like to picnic here or just sit and enjoy the views. As you walk you will find some of the trails at the campgrounds. This trail ends after less than a mile at the Escarpment Trail.unr right and walk to Schutt Road. Descend on the trail for about 1.35 miles passing the summit of North Mountain on your right. At the point where Jennie Notch Road meets Old Road you can reenter the woods or uSe the roads to return to the car. In one area a nice waterfall depends largely on seasonal rainfall. Several small bridges and culverts cross tributaries which increase the volume of the brook. Parking here is limited. Depending on where you parked, you may have to walk one way or the other to find the trail. Watch for trail markers carefully! In this area are several old foundations to explore. The Catskills are home to varied cycling terrain that includes something for all levels – from flat, gravel trails covered by forest canopies and paved, peaceful roadways circling the region's reservoirs for beginners and intermediate-level riders, to switchback roads offering some of the toughest climbs on the East Coast for expert cyclers and hill addicts. As the trail begins to turn to the right around the pond, turn left on the Campbell Brook Trail. Walk around the logs and head through the woods to an interesting open area. Be ready for an immediate climb as you make your way up the trail to Wittenberg Mountain. Watch for the road sign for Alder Creek Road on your left. The trail can be very wet in places. It is unfortunate that Russell Brook Road is closed due to the frequent floods that have washed out the road. As you hike the Escarpment Trail the history and the views just seem to get better with every passing mile. If you climb a little more and there is a third lookout with the best views of all. Where the road splits bear left on Beech Mountain Rd. Several old stone foundations can be seen around Mud Pond. To the north are the mountains of the Devil’s Path. From Route 97 near Hancock, NY turn south on Lordville Road near Somerset Lake. As you walk in on this wide trail, you will immediately notice a clear cut area extending more than half a mile on your left. There are several options for longer or shorter hikes. and park in the parking lot on the left. Stay on the Quick Lake Trail by bearing left and walk up the hill about .2 miles to a junction with a snowmobile trail. Park in the large pull off on the left hand side of the road just before the turn onto East Trout Brook Road. Exit the parking area on the trail to the left of the sign which should be Trail 2. If this looks familiar, it should. In places it is narrow enough to have briars and nettles in the trail! Another clear cut is visible on the hillside across Route 206. Over the next the next 1.1 miles you will gain 580 feet to the junction with the Flynn Trail. At the next intersection continue straight ahead and down a hill. Poet’s Ledge and Wildcat Falls are two point of interest on the trail. Long Pond: Flugertown Road to Basily Road Loop, The area around Long Pond has several snowmobile trails that are ideal for hiking. Turn left and stay on the Quick Lake trail for 2.1 miles to the bridge at the outlet of Frick Pond. After looking around, get back on the road and walk 1 mile north where the trail crosses just short of Route 206. Turn right on Lane Street and drive to the end and make a right to cross over a small stream. Turn right at the trail junction to get back to your car. Turn left on Harding Road. The walk is about 1.7 miles but it is all down hill. At 1.5 miles you have the choice of turning left to the “Lower Rips Trail” or continuing on the same trail. Since the trail is lower, the water draining from the higher terrain makes the trail very wet in places depending on the season. Much of the first part of the trail parallels Kanape Brook which can be heard as you walk along the trail. Stay on the blue trail for about 1.4 miles until another yellow spur trail heads right down to the river. As you descend from this viewpoint there may be a few small streams to cross. At .85 miles you may notice what looks like a road off the trail on the left. From NYC Route 9/10 on the south side of the Pepacton Reservoir take the Millbrook Arena Road southeast for about 5 miles. The trail climbs from the post office but after the turn into the woods it begins to ascend more steeply. Turn left and walk .4 miles to Morton Hill Road where you turn right. The Quick Lake Trail turns left here and heads toward Hodge Pond. Continue straight ahead on the blue-blazed Overlook Trail. The hikes to the Beecher Lake overlook or to Balsam Lake Mountain on the other hand have several steep areas and can be quite a challenge. (The image above shows the profile of the hike. Turn left on the A4 and then right on the A1 which will bring you back to the open field where the A1 splits. It has been overgrown with vegetation and only the paved surface here and there separates it from any other trail. The views to the east are the only ones you will find on this hike! A little further down another trail comes in from the left. Tunis Pond From Black Bear Road. This trail is almost 11 miles long round trip but offers the opportunity to visit Echo Lake. There is, however, some beautiful scenery. Drive a little more than three miles east and park at the visitor’s center for the Long Pond Iron works. There will be a sign listing some of the trails available one of which is The Ledges. At 2.3 miles there is a power line right-of-way with some views down into the valley. It has several variations for distance and difficulty. Along this part of the trail you may see some meteorological instruments with solar panels for power. Walk down Woods Road about .5 miles to the lower parking area. Continue to follow the trail back to your car. Along the way you will notice a lean-to and tent camping area. Stay on the trail until about 6.3 miles where the trail turns right and heads north to make a big loop before heading south to the lake. Watch for a short path to the right that leads to a small field with a view over the clear cut and across to Fork Mountain. The climb can be steep but it is short. Several areas are almost completely overgrown with briars making it slow going and difficult at times.