scenic sunset view from Pakatakan Mountain

18 Amazing Western Catskills Hikes

Some of the best day hikes are only a few hours from New York City. The Western Catskills have it all!

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Vernooy Falls Trail: Waterfalls & Mill Ruins

The delightful Vernooy Falls hiking trail leads to one of the funnest spots in The Catskills.

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iced-up Bash Bish Falls and pool

Bash Bish Falls

An easy walk leads to a spectacular payoff: Massachusetts’ highest waterfall.

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summit of moxham mountain in the distance, snowing

Moxham in the Snow

This is a gem of a hike on a gem of a mountain.

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Windham High Peak in 3 Minutes (Walk-Thru Video)

This is one of my favorite hikes to do in The Catskills. This video walks you through the trails and junctions from trailhead to summit, giving you a clear sense of just how lovely this hike is.

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awosting falls / richly flowing waterfall at dusk

Awosting Falls

Awosting Falls at Minnewaska State Park Preserve is one of the most popular destinations in the Hudson Valley.

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Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail

This super-scenic loop hike is so easy and so enjoyable.

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summit of Stoppel Point

Stoppel Point (Plane Crash)

An absolutely delightful hike from Colgate Lake, around Lake Capra, and along Stoppel Point’s beautiful and scenic escarpment ridge.

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scenic view of mountains

Big Crow

A very short hike with a very big pay-off.

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teenager in gorge rock face

6 Kid-Friendly Hikes in the Catskills

These easy kid-friendly Catskills hikes have so much to offer your family.

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Geo-Map of all Trail Guides on Mountain-Hiking.com

This interactive master map lists all my hike reports to date

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Ashokan Rail Trail

Take a leisurely nature stroll (or cycle) along the scenic Ashokan Rail Trail, a premier Catskills destination.

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roaring brook falls seen from below

Roaring Brook Falls

A very short and very fun hike to one of the most popular Adirondack waterfall destinations.

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6 Easy Catskills Hikes

Want a deep Catskills experience without the angst of a rigorous mountain hike? These are the hikes for you.

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calm beaver pond and low mountain ridge

Shaupeneak Ridge

Shaupeneak Ridge 936.5 acre park contains almost 10 miles of easy trails, suitable for easy hiking, kayaking, fishing, trail running, picnicking, and excellent mountain-biking.

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foggy view from scenic mountain ledge

Silver Hollow Notch & Edgewood Mountains

This short hike to a quiet Catskills double-peak proves how the Lower Catskills can often out-reward the Classic 3500 Peaks.

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Hello, I’m Sean

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