Hike the Catskills
Hiking in Hunter, NY
Hike #1:  Escarpment Trail-Pine Orchard to Sunset Rock
This hike starts at the site of the Catskill Mountain House which is next
to North/South Lake. While on RT 23 between Tannersville and Haines
Falls, follow the signs to North/South lake.  Take a left when the road
splits and park near the camp ground.  Hiking this trail is pretty easy,
but it is a little over 2.5 miles round trip.  The elevation is over 200ft,
and a nice trail to start off with.  The views are very nice, these are the
same views that brought up the high society during the 1800's and
early 1900's to the famous Catskill Mountain house.  The Catskill
Mountain House was opened in 1823, in the 1880's a railroad was put
in to get to the Catskill Mountain House in comfort.  The famous hotel
remained in operation until 1942 and burned in 1963 to protect
vacationers from injury.

Hike #2:  Kaaterskill Falls
This hike is located in Haines Falls.  Haines falls is seven miles west of
Hunter on RT 23.  Kaaterskill Falls is the highest two tiered waterfall in
NYS.   The Hike to Kaaterskill Falls is only .8 mile, but it is pretty steep
in the beginning then it levels off.  To get to the bottom is pretty easy, if
you want to get to the middle tier, it is a difficult ending.  Once you make
it up to the second tier, you will find one of the best places in the
Catskill Mountains.

A great day would include hiking to Kaaterskill Falls, followed by going
to
North/South Lake. North/South Lake is a State park where you can
start many different hikes, or rent kayaks, canoes, or row boats, fish,
swim, or just read a book in the nice setting.  You can get hiking maps
at the gate.
Besides hiking, Hunter also provides great places to go horseback
riding and don't miss North/South Lake.  The hiking in Hunter consists of
North/South Lake, Kaaterskill Falls and Hunter Mountain.  There are
also some great places to stay in Hunter and Tannersville is a really
cool little painted town with some nice shops.  After a long hike, it is nice
to stop and eat lunch in Tannersville.
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