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This track includes an off-trail section which is why the total length shown here differs from the advertised length, which is what most hikers would do.
Hiking Trail Description
The Ashokan Quarry Trail is a short, highly entertaining hike most people will be able to do in under an hour.
It’s so varied in terms of terrain, flora, views and ruins, it’s a hit with everyone who hikes it. I really can’t recommend this hiking trail enough.
This trail was built by the Catskill Mountain Club and NYC DEP, with support from the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. More info on the Catskill Mountain Club’s page.
Hiking the Ashokan Quarry Trail
Allow 1 hour for this delightful hike.
The trailhead for the Ashokan Quarry Trail is on the south side of the Ashokan Reservoir. It’s just a minute or two west of the Lemon Squeeze on 28A.
The entrance to the trailhead is in the south side of the road — if you’re driving west, away from the Lemon Squeeze, it’ll be on your left.
You can see the exact topographic location of the lot at the bottom of this page.
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Ashokan Quarry Hiking Trail
Enter the trail past the iron gate and begin hiking uphill. No single section of this trail is very long before the terrain and the flora around you change dramatically.
The first notable thing you pass is a small ruin on your left.
Not long after the ruin, you’ll come to the first intersection.
Turn left and head uphill, following the blue blazes.
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Ashokan Quarry Trail: Quarry Top
Not far after this panorama you come to the top of the main quarry, where there’s another great view of Ashokan High Point.
The Ashokan Quarry Trail winds around the top of the cliff, before heading downhill to the right. The blazing here is not always perfectly clear. When you get to the flat trail at the bottom of this section, just turn right and follow it past some dramatic rock bands.
My GPS track shows the exploring I did around here. I went off-trail to follow the old flat rail bed as far as I could (to Samsonville Road) before turning around. Luckily, I decided to take a slightly different route back to the blue trail and discovered the ruins you’ll read about below.
That is, you can ignore the way my GPS track deviates here and just stick to the blue-blazed trail.
Ashokan Quarry Trail: Quarry Bottom
Back on the blue trail, right after the exposed/quarried rock band, you’ll come to the main quarry. It’s just off-trail, on the right.
From here, the trail leads straight back to the first intersection and, from there, back to the parking lot.
However, if you want to explore a little more before you go…
Old Railway Ruins
At the quarry shown above, turn around and look directly across the trail. If you head in a straight line into the woods, about 300’ downhill, you’ll come to this fantastic set of old railway yard ruins.
This section has since been upgraded by the Catskill Mountain Club. No longer a bushwhack. Now, a yellow-blazed spur trail now leads down to the ruins. See comments below.
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A little farther down, two long, imposing stone walls stand facing each other — between them, I imagine, railroad cars were once parked and loaded with quarried stone from above…
Head back up to the blue trail, and turn left to return to your car.
There are no tricky or steep sections on this hike — tough, obviously, care should be taken near any cliff faces. Very young children should be reigned in near the top of the quarry. Otherwise, this is a super fun and very family-friendly hike.
And it’s so fun, I’ve added it to the list of best Catskills hikes.
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The parent mountain for this hike is Ashokan High Point.
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Trailhead Info for this Hike
Medium-sized lot just a minute or two west of The Lemon Squeeze lot.
Google Maps Location: 41.93578, -74.22935
The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead
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