Hiking The Escarpment Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in New York.

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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 4th most popular hiking trail of all 49 hikes in New York. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Escarpment Trail including Burroughs Range Trail, Long Path, Willowemoc Wild Forest, Bear Springs Mountain Trails and Vernooy Kill Falls Trail.

Escarpment Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Catskill Forest Preserve (914) 256-3083; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; Catskill Trails (212) 685-9699; Hiking The Catskills by Lee McAllister.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New York" from Rhonda Ostertag

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  Last Chance Cafe, Haines Falls

Reference Source:  click here http://www.dec.ny.gov/

GPS:  42.194, -74.097

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

ID:  10814

Escarpment Trail Hiking Map


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