Platte Clove Road barrier locked open

Is Platte Clove Road Open or Closed?

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed to traffic on its eastern end. Use this alternate route to the eastern Devil’s Path and Kaaterskill High Peak.

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Best Hiking Boots of 2024

Hot brand information and my recommendations for the best hiking boots right now.

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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2024

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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Cornell Crack

Wittenberg & Cornell from Woodland Valley

An extremely rewarding hike that includes the infamous Cornell Crack and breathtaking views from both mountains.

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How to Winter Hike: The Essential Roundup

If you’ve never hiked in winter, this is a great page to get started on your winter hike journey.

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Slide Mountain (Best Route, Updated)

This loop features an easy ascent, great Catskills views, and a beautiful walk-out that passes through varied woods and terrain.

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Kaaterskill High Peak hiking trail

Kaaterskill High Peak Hike

The classic Kaaterskill High Peak hike route.

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Sean Dix Range

Why Turning Around is the Boldest Move

Press on or turn back? This split second decision can be life-altering.

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The 10 Essentials: What to Pack for Every Hike

The 10 Essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry.

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Saugerties Lighthouse Trail

The super sweet and very short Saugerties Lighthouse trail is a huge hit with all ages.

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Secret Hike: Waterfall Superhighway

A stunning Catskills “canyon” dotted with multiple gorgeous waterfalls.

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scenic view mountain summits

Van Wyck to Table & Peekamoose

Two plane wrecks. Two bear holes. Two talus fields. One incredible view.

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Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road

This excellent alternate route to Diamond Notch Falls is moderately challenging with a great scenic view.

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rangers respond to injured hiker in snowy conditions

Rescue on Suicide Mountain in The Catskills

Underscoring the difficulty of hiking Sugarloaf Mountain’s western approach in winter, a hiker was debilitated by an ankle injury, kicking off a complex dozen-Ranger rescue mission.

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10 Ways to Be a Better Winter Hiker

Winter hiking can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it presents specific challenges. The following tips will help you become a safe and successful winter hiker.

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sunset rock in the taconics, covered in snow and seen at sunset

Sunset Rock Trail (Taconics)

A short rugged, riparian hike to Sunset Rock, a stunning Taconic scenic spot.

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