Tag Archives: Batavia Kill Trail

Batavia Kill Lean-to in the Catskills

It’s been a while since I’ve been up in the Black Dome Valley. I read that the original Batavia Kill lean-to had been decommissioned and the new one constructed. As of this writing, I had not heard any specifics. I’m sure it’s out there and I missed it. Today Carolyn and I were in the area and decided to take a look at the new lean-to. We made some observations while out on the trail.…

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Trailhead sign for Acra Point Loop Hike

In the shadow of the big peaks that line the Black Dome Valley (aka Big Hollow Valley) in the Catskills sits Acra Point. This 3100′ peak is located just north of Blackhead Mountain and is part of “The Catskill 67”. The Acra Point Loop makes for a great day hike any time of the year. This peak is especially nice on busy days when loads of people are scrambling up into the Blackhead Range. You’ll be able to hike in…

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Shoulder of Black Dome Mountain from Black Head

The trailhead for Black Dome Mountain, Blackhead Mountain and the Escarpment Trail is reached at the end of Big Hollow Road and space for about 8-9 cars exist. When the lot is full one can find parking along the road. You will find a kiosk and trail register here, please sign in. The trail leaves from the lot walking the last few yards on the road. The trail turns right (southeast) just before a bridge over…

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Designated Campsite Batavia Kill Escarpment Trail Catskills

The Catskill’s Escarpment Trail has been a favorite for hikers for generations. It’s ruggedness and wilderness feel will appeal to almost any outdoor enthusiast. Along its 23-mile length, the trail winds over 7 mountains with a high point of 3,940′ at the summit of Blackhead Mountain – vistas are many and are awe-inspiring. With steep uphills, some precipitous drops, and relatively few water sources it is one of New York’s most challenging trails. Plan well and study…

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Blackhead Mountain Catskills From Colgate Lake Trail

The Escarpment Trail is one of the Catskills longest and most scenic paths. Following the Catskill escarpment above the Hudson Valley is exhilarating. Backpacking the entire 23.9 miles from Scutt Road to the trailhead at Rt 23 or the reverse, makes for an outstanding 3-day outing. However if you only have 2 days there are other options. One option as we did on this trip is to enter the Escarpment Trail from Colgate Lake. The…

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Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully. Read more here!

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