Sunday, May 24, 2020

Catfish Loop and Appalachian Trail at Fahnestock Park

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
Putnam Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Catfish Loop Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.8 Miles

Pros: Very quiet and scenic area, nice rock formation and good view
Cons: None

This trail is a continuation of the northernmost reaches of the Appalachian Trail in area. I had completed an additional section in Fahnestock State Park, in the Catfish Loop area. I parked on Dennytown Road, where it hits the Appalachian Trail at the Catfish Loop area. I parked and headed on the Appalachian Trail south, up the ridge, and then at the intersection of the Appalachian and Catfish Loop Trails, I took the Catfish Loop Trail south, along some of the areas I had recently travelled. I climbed the ridge, and at the view at the rock formation, I climbed up the rock for some good views. This part of the trail contains some nice rock formations with exposed rock.

I then continued along the trail, and then hooked around the northern part of the trail. I missed the short spur to the Duck Pond, and continued along to the northern end of the trail, which I then took back to my car.

Map of the Route

Catfish Loop Trailhead Marker

View Along the Appalachian Trail, Facing West

Intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Catfish Loop Trail

Junction of the Catfish Loop Trail and Moneyhole Mountain Trail

Large Rockface on the Moneyhole Mountain Trail

Approaching the Split Rock on the View on the Catfish Loop Trail

Going through the Split Rock on the View on the Catfish Loop Trail

View Atop the Split Rock on the View, Facing West

View Atop the Split Rock on the View, Facing Northwest Towards Storm King

Large Rocks at the Split Rock View Area

Me at the Split Rock View

View from the Split Rock facing North

Another View from the Split Rock, Facing West

1 comment:

  1. Hello,
    My name is Kim. 2 years ago, I ran across an article about an unidentified hiker that was found deceased in FL. It has been suggested that he began his hike from Harriman State Park. I am wondering if you ever recall coming into contact with him. We are simply trying to identify who this man is. He went by the trail names, Denim, Mostly Harmless, Ben Bilemy and Ret. We have a LOT of photos of him, but we haven’t been able to find out his real name. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.