Above the Hudson River, the 23 mile Escarpment Trail runs a thin ridge of stone above the scenic valley below. The hiking route passes mixed hardwoods and dark hemlock groves on its way north to the Blackhead summit at 3,900.
To reach the southern trailhead from US87, use exit 20. Head north on SR32A to Palenville. Turn west on SR23A Turn right on North Lake Road (CR18) in Haines Falls. Turn right on Schutt Road and park on the right.
Overall, Escarpment Trail is the 3rd most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York.