Summary: This hike is a rarity in the Catskills. A hike to a beautiful overlook that doesn't involve a vigorious, 3-4 hour climb. The blue blazed trail (Part of the Long Path) starts at the parking area on Platte Clove Road. It begins as a gentle climb up a heavily eroded woods road. After about 3/4 mile it reaches a junction with the yellow blazed Huckleberry Point trail. Turn right here. The trail is more pleasant here, as it's now a narrow path through the forest. It crosses a stream, then climbs a bit before descending towards Huckleberry Point. Here you will find outstanding views of the Hudson Valley to the east and Indian Head, Plattekill and Twin Mtns to the south. Bring binoculars and your lunch.
Trailhead: NYS Thruway to exit 20. 212 West to Centerville. Turn right (North) on CR-35, then left onto CR-33 towards West Saugerties. This becomes Platte Clove Rd. Parking area is on right just before Platte Clove Community (Formerly.The Bruderhoff and before that the NYC Police Camp).
Platte Clove Rd between parking and West Saugerties is closed in the winter so you will have to approach this from the west during the winter months. In winter take Route 234 through Palenville and Tannersville. Make left on Bloomer Rd. Bear left onto Platte Clove Rd. Parking area will be on left just past the Bruderhoff. (Lat:42.1346 Lon:-74.08715)
Trail Guides for Huckleberry Point:
Guide to Catskill Trails
by Bruce Wadsworth (AMC)
New York Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail con)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Catskill Forest Preserve Region 3 (845) 256-3026
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jillian on 3/18/2013
The view was spectacular for this hike. The Hudson Valley stretches out before you and the Catskills loom right on the side. One piece of advice is to make sure to only attempt this hike from April 15 to November 10th. We were a little ambitious and tried to do it in late March. Apparently Platte Clove Road (that takes you to the trail head) is closed during the winter and it's very dangerous (falling rocks and icicles). Since it was closed we parked at the base of the mountain and walked up to the trail, this added on an extra 45 minutes each way! The trail was also extremely icy on certain parts, we couldn't even walk on it. All in all it was a nice hike but I highly recommend saving it for the summertime!
Reviewed by Paul on 8/5/2012
It was very hazy the day we went, so not much view was available out into the Hudson Valley. The view of the interior valley however was still rather nice and worth the effort. Mid-morning on a Saturday we were virtually alone on the trail. Our party included one adult, five children ranging in age from from 14 to 7, and a medium dog, all managed the trail easily. We left the parking area about 10:20, made the overlook for lunch, and returned by 1:40. An enjoyable family hike.
Reviewed by DW on 8/23/2011
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Reviewed by SMR on 5/30/2011
This trail has very rewarding views at the end! We went on a somewhat hazy day and couldn't see all the way to the river, but it was still a beautiful vista. The hike itself was a little difficult in some spots, but it varied enough that it was interesting and worthwhile. This is definitely a "moderate" trail. We went in late May after several weeks of rain, so the trail was pretty muddy. The beginning part of the trail is a wider jeep path (less interesting) but the yellow trail to Huckleberry Point is quite enjoyable. The hike there and back plus lunch on the rocks took us about 3 hours. Platte Clove Rd. is indeed very treacherous and I can see why it would be closed in the winter. Take your time driving up it and watch for other cars.
Reviewed by AT on 8/26/2010
We continued on the road instead of the right onto the trial - and was chatting so much we walked right passed the private property signs - lol : overall hile was very enjoyable and the view was def. worth it
Reviewed by Christian on 8/9/2010
Very enjoyable hike with great scenery of mountain vistas and panoramic views! The weather was perfect and the sky clear. However, I had to do the hike twice because I lost my keys! I thought they fell out of my pocket when I sat down at the ledge to enjoy the views and drink some water. I want to thank the very nice folks who found my keys by the trailhead and put them on my windsheild. I really appreciated that!
Reviewed by Howard S on 7/2/2010
Nice hike a little rough on the feet in places, A little to difficult for small kids, Went there geocaching, Beautiful views, nice sunny day, do this once and you'll have to do it again.
Reviewed by F.Family on 11/29/2009
Outstanding views from the Huckleberry Point , maybe more difficult for us after rainy days,road very muddy and wet,but perfect for familys with 9-10 years old kids. Five Star recommended.
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