Summary: You will be following the Long Path (section 33) which is marked with aqua paint blazes. When you see two blazes on a tree, it means the trail is making a turn.
The first part of climb will take you up the small ski slope behind Thacher Park. At the top of this slope, there is a warming hut. The trail continues into the woods crossing several other unmarked trails. Be sure to look out for the aqua blazes.
At the top of this climb, known as Roemer's High Point, is a nice picnic spot. There is a view to the south of the Blackhead range in the Catskills. To the west you can spot Cole Hill and Partridge Run.
Trailhead: From Albany take Rte 85 west to New Salem. Take right on Rte 157. Take left on Beaver Dam Rd. Continue for about 2.5 miles. You will see a small parking area on the right side with room for about 4-5 cars. (Lat:42.63822 Lon:-74.01537)
Trail Guides for Roemers High Point:
The Long Path Guide
by Herb Chong - Editor (New York-New Jersey Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: John Boyd Thacher State Park (518) 872-1237
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by joel on 9/5/2010
We went yesterday and can confirm the trail seems to be closed. The aqua paint markings have been repainted to brown, to blend in with the trees. There are many trails that branch off and cross each other. It is difficult to see if you are on the right trail or heading to private property. We won't go back.
Reviewed by Jamie H on 9/14/2008
I've run/hiked this section of the Long Path a number of times over the last few years... sadly, in two more weeks that will no longer be possible, as the trail from the edge of Thacher Park (essentially where the mowed area ends going up the hill from Beaver Dam road, near the ski shelter) up over Roemers High Point is being closed to all public access as of 10/1/2008 by order of the landowner. The Long Path has been reblazed to follow local roads to bypass the closed trail.
Reviewed by geoff on 7/16/2008
I hiked this trail yesterday. THE TRAIL HEAD IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE PARKING LOT! You start off walking along a narrow road through some fields, and then you enter the woods. The trail splits at a few points, but all you have to do is follow the aqua markers on the trees. As for the logging at the top, the trail itself has been turned into a narrow dirt road, and there are tire tracks on it. There are some stumps around, but the top of the hill has not been clear cut or anything like that. AWESOME VIEWS! We were up there just in time to watch the sunset over the Schoharie Valley (yeah, we had to walk back in the dark, but it was still fun). There are narrow spots on the trail. Bikes and dogs. Plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour hike.
Reviewed by AT on 4/26/2008
Hard to find the start of trail. Fun Hike along the lower path. Logging has destroyed the upper part. Still the view is decent. No crowd.
Reviewed by PRB on 6/18/2006
The upper part of the Long Path hike has been destroyed. The character of the hike has been altered so much that it is no longer enjoyable. What a shame to lose such a great local hike.
Reviewed by Mark on 8/31/2005
Logging has destroyed a wonderful set of trails. The entry trails through State land and off Elm Drive are still intact, but that's it. The ridges are ruined by logging roads and cutting. The wildlife -- deer to Bobcats -- is gone. It will take a generation to bring it back.
Reviewed by ESC/CEC on 4/17/2005
The hike has chnaged since the last review. The upper part is privatly owned and the Long Path is now a logging road. Since it is a poor quality wood lot, I bet a path system is being set up for ATV's. There are ATV tracks. It is going to be a muddy mess after a rain. What a shame! This great path is now history. The view from the top is great. The lower path in state land is a fun hike.
Reviewed by Mark on 10/11/2004
I found the parking area about 2.3 miles down. Unfortunately, we followed some other hikers who pulled in prior to us. Never noticed the very small green markers across the street. That's the trail to Roemers point. we took the other aqua color trail head on the same side as the parking point which bring you to the backside of Thatcher's Park High Point lookout. Two hours in (4 roundtrip)with a 3 year old. The trail was fun for the kids with a nice ravine and waterfalls along the way.Crosses a red, blue, and a marked "nature trail." Will try going in the "right" direction next time to actually get to Roemers. For an extended hike, start the aqua trail at Thatcher's and go from there.
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