Kaaterskill Falls Trail - Winter


Kaaterskill Falls

Winter Endeavor

Kaaterskill Falls is a 2hr 30min drive out from Brooklyn into The Catskills. This trail is beautiful in the summer but way more majestic and tranquil during the winter. Parking is worth mentioning here, as the parking lot is located up the road which requires a dash across traffic and a five minute walk back to the trail head along side moving traffic. The hike itself increases in elevation fairly quick and includes wooden stairs along the path. Dress warm, this trail gets extra cold from the mist blowing off the waterfalls. Crampons (spikes for a boot used for walking on ice of any kind) would def come in handy here as slipping on icy rocks becomes part of the winter challenge on the way back down. Although the winter conditions add some extra obstacles the payoff for two partially frozen waterfalls is worth it.

The Endeavor: Kaaterskill Falls Trail

Where: Near Elka Park, New York

How far: 2hrs 30mins Driving from Brooklyn

Coordinate: 42.1934° N, 74.0632° W (Tip: copy + paste these coordinates into your mobile/ google maps app)

Trail Type: Hike in, back out the same path

Distance: The Falls are half a mile in, complete trail 2.6 miles

Peak Height (Altitude): 231 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Humans: Winter weekend/ midweek not so many, Summer weekend a lot

Dogs: No

Check out Hike the Hudson’s Guide to this trail for more information and step by step photos