A visit to Kaaterskill Falls

A visit to Kaaterskill Falls on June 1st and 2nd of 2009.

June 2, 2009

Article was updated on January 16, 2021

My father and I had a successful hike yesterday into Kaaterskill Falls where we were able to reach the top of the first tier of Kaaterskill Falls. Today we drove back to the Kaaterskill Falls area and parked in a different location where we could walk to the top of Kaaterskill Falls. There are many rock engravings found at and near the ledge of Kaaterskill Falls.

It was very bright and sunny on the top of the falls. The view was great. I was able to take several nice photos. We walked around the top area Kaaterskill Falls looking for the remains of the Laurel House. We were unable to find anything substantial however we did not know exactly to where to start. Our point of the reference is the well published image of the Laurel House with Kaaterskill Falls in the fore front.

We also walked about a mile on a trail that used to have railroad tracks. We came across several locations that were very steep and rugged where we found evidence of bridges and stone passes for the train and railroad.

Photos from the top of Kaaterskill Falls are below:

June 1, 2009

Photos from the bottom of Kaaterskill Falls. My father can be seen in the bottom right of the picture with the steep rock slope and greenery.

My father and I hiked to Kaaterskill Falls. The weather was beautiful and the water flow from Kaaterskill was very strong. There was about a dozen cars in the parking area when we first got there. As we hiked in several people walked past us heading back to the start of the trail. When we reached Kaaterskill Falls we were the only two people at the falls for about 15 minutes or so. We had Kaaterskill Falls all to ourselves. After several photos we walked up to the top of the first tier (lower falls). I would not suggest this as it is past the end of the trail and it is also very steep and dangerous. Many people have perished from falling at Kaaterskill Falls.

I took a lot of photos of the trail, the lower falls. I did not take any 360 images.

The rock and the tree at one inside Kaaterskill Clove:

My father looks very small standing in the middle of the photo. The location is Kaaterskill Clove.

Kaaterskill Trail

Kaaterskill Clove’s “Horseshoe Bend”

A photo of Route 23a through Kaaterskill Clove. This part of Route 23a passes the roadside waterfall of Bastion Falls.

Bastion Falls is also the start of the trailhead for the famed Kaaterskill Falls.

Horseshoe Bend

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