The Brink of Kaaterskill Falls - Goodbye Mountain House
Kaaterskil Falls NY Travel Blog› entry 1025 of 1090 › view all entries
I am on my way to the Adirondack Mountains, see upcoming blogs. Since I left rather late I decided to, before it got dark, spend some time of this day with a small hike in my precious Catskill Mountains, which were just along my route to the Adirondacks.
I had visited the Kaaterskill Falls, the highest waterfall in the state, many times, see here, here, and here. These visits had always been at the lower side of the falls, and once (more or less illegally) midway. But I had never been to the brink of the falls. My colleague and also Catskill fan, Pat, had pointed out to me that there is a way to visit the brink. And that would be my today's project.
It was actually much easier to get there than I thought. Especially since per the 1st of June of this year a new trail has been opened in that area, providing a convenient parking as well as a hiking info panel (see the map here). The new trail, the Kaaterskill Rail Trail, used to be a real railroad that took visitors to nearby hotels like the great Catskill Mountain House and the Laurel House. The latter was even built only yards away from the brink of the falls.
When tourism to the Catskills collapsed the great hotels were torn down, the same fate came to the railroad. The facilities disappeared, but the falls and the mountains stayed. And for those who look carefully some remnants of the tourist past are still visible, like foundations and cables of the hotel, etc.
The view from the brink was stunning. One has to be really careful. One step too far and it is one way down. No mercy! The rail trail was nice but also a bit dull. The views were rather limited. Maybe better during winter time with no leaves on the trees. I used the remaining daylight time to re hike the escarpment trail (see here), enjoying the great views, autumn colors, and saying goodbye to one of my favorite Catskill spots, the site of the former Catskill Mountain House.
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