Summary: Catch the blue blazed Long Path (also marked by the DEC as a snowmobile trail). The walk starts out as a gentle climb through a mixed hardwood forest with ocassional stands of hemlock, eventually passing east of the summit. Parts can be very wet in all but the driest of years. The trail then wraps around the north side of the summit. Keep your eyes out here for the spot where the Long Path leaves the snowmobile trail. Turn left on the snowmobile trail and left at a 'T' intersection. The trail is very muddy in spots. Keep your eye out for a plane crash site on your left. As this trail swings around the south side of the mountain, look for an unblazed trail to your right (a cairn marks the spot). Here the climb is a steep one, requiring all fours at some points. A ledge with superb views will be reached soon. Continue over the summit and down the north face. Bear right on the snowmobile trail, left at the 'T' and return via the Long Path.
Trailhead: NYS Thruway to exit 20. Take 212 west to Centerville, turn north (right) on CR 35. Make left onto CR 33. Follow through West Saugerties where it becomes Platte Clove Road. Parking area is on the right, just before the Bruderhoff (Lat:42.13459 Lon:-74.08714)
Trail Guides for Kaaterskill High Peak from Plattekill Clove:
Guide to Catskill Trails
by Bruce Wadsworth (AMC)
Guide to the Long Path
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
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 HS on 6/13/2010
Last week a 17 year old died on this hike the group she was a part of was hiking in sandals, If you're going hiking wear the proper footwear.
Reviewed by Nanci on 11/14/2005
This is one of the best hikes in the Catskills. You're better off approaching Hi Peak from the south as Brian suggests because its a lot easier going up the steep section than going down it.
Reviewed by Viewer on 7/14/2004
The trail is a beautiful on and the views near the top superb. However, the blazed unofficial trail to the top is extremely steep, with some difficult rock-scrambling, where it helps to have some assistance, if only as moral support. I did it as a circular and the way up from the Long Path was less steep than the very ledgy trail down, which had some challenging scrambles near the top. But it's worth it and an exciting trail near the top.
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