The starting point was the parking area near North Lake for the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. Signed in at the trail register just beyond the Catskill Mountain House location. The first destination was the former site of the Hotel Kaaterskill. A quick loop around and then headed out to Inspiration Point and Sunset Rock. Backtracked a bit on the trail and hiked down to Palenville Overlook from an older unmaintained trail. Then hiked back to the car passing the location of the former Otis Elevating Railway. The total hiking trip according to the Garmin was 7.8 miles.
As I left the North Lake South Lake area I quickly stopped at the former Haines Falls Railroad Station to take a picture. The MTHS is currently in the progress of placing a section of railroad tracks near the station to show what it looked like in the past.
In 1826 Thomas Cole painted a scene that was named “From the Top of Kaaterskill Falls”. These photographs are a spirit of his 1826 painting.
‘Hike #3: Circuit of South Mountain’ is from the ‘Catskill Mountain House Trail Guide’ by Robert Gildersleeve.
From the blue blazed trail we then proceeded on a yellow marked trail. This trail took us to Sunset Rock and Inspiration Point.