Monday, September 4, 2023

Boulder Rock at South Mountain, Catskills

Catskills Forest Preserve,
Greene Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Escarpment Trail: Blue blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Great views
Cons: Busy area at Catskill Mountain House Site
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

I was staying at North/South Lake Campground in the Catskills for the day, and did this short hike during my stay. The first view is at the Catskill Mountain House Site, where the impressive and historic Catskill Mountain House once stood. This hotel was above the cliff overlooking the Hudson Valley. It is situated on the Escarpment Trail right near North-South Lake. We were parked near the beach area at North Lake, and took the Escarpment Trail a short distance to the Catskill Mountain House Site. We then continued along the trail, climbing up South Mountain and walking along the ridge with excellent views along the route. We continued past Boulder Rock and Split Rock and then took the Red Trail back to the Mountain House and back to the camping area.

Map of the Route

View Looking North Approaching the Catskill Mountain House Site

View at the Catskills Mountain House Site

Historic Mountain House Plaque

Ascending South Mountain. (Note the Chipmunk Center Left.)

Chipmunk Eating an Acorn

Rock Formations with a Historical Marking

View Along the Escarpment Trail

Trail Intersection Near Boulder Rock

Boulder Rock

View at Split Rock

Near Split Rock

Balanced Rock

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