Platte Clove Road Closed | Winter Access

View from lookout on Plateau

Sugarloaf’s northern flank

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Every year, between November 1 and April 15, the Town of Hunter does not maintain or remove snow from the very steep eastern side of Platte Clove Road. During these winter months, for safety reasons, the road is closed to vehicles — a physical barrier is engaged until at least (weather permitting) mid-April.

For most hikers, Platte Clove Road is the fastest way to get to the eastern Devil’s Path and Kaaterskill High Peak.

Coming down to the trailheads from Tannersville takes a little longer, but you can still get to all the good stuff.

Here’s the alternate route you need…

Winter Directions to Platte Clove

  • Take the NY State Thruway to Exit 20 / Saugerties
  • From Exit 20, turn right and take Route 32 heading north
  • At 6 miles, stay left to switch to Route 32A (the road bends sharply left)
  • At 8 miles, you’ll be at the traffic lights in Palenville — see great places to eat in Palenville
  • Continue left on Route 32A through Palenville
  • At 11 miles, you’ll pass the trailhead for Kaaterskill Falls at the hairpin turn
  • Drive straight through Haines Falls
  • At 14 miles you’ll get to Tannersville — see great places to eat in Tannersville
  • To bypass town, turn left (downhill) at South Main Street
  • Follow this road down — it quickly becomes the western end of Route 16 a.k.a. Platte Clove Road
  • At 16 miles, turn sharply left
  • At 19½ miles, you’ll come to Dale Lane which will bring you to Roaring Kill and the Roaring Kill Trailhead for Twin and Sugarloaf
  • At 20½ miles, you’ll come to Prediger Road which is the trailhead for Indian Head and Twin mountains
  • Finally, at 21¼ miles, you’ll arrive at Steenburgh Road which is the trailhead for Kaaterskill High Peak and Huckleberry Point

Timing: From I-87/Exit 20 this route adds about 15 minutes to your journey.

Bonus: You’ll be driving through Palenville and Tannersville where there are lots of great places to grab great food.

Phone Nav Issues

On your phone, neither Apple Maps nor Google Maps seem to understand that Platte Clove Road is often closed. They will route you that way unknowingly. To avoid disappointment, use the route above.

Winter Gear

While you’re here, grab the Winter Day-Hike Checklist — a handy PDF download with everything you need listed in one place.

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2 responses to “Platte Clove Road Closed | Winter Access

  1. This is an awesome
    Post and very helpful. Do you happen to know if the parking lot on prediger rd is accessible all winter?

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