Now we are ready to continue on toward Kaaterskill Clove itself. It used to be that the trail up the canyon was officially a dead end. It ended at the bottom of the falls, and hikers were discouraged from going any farther. Now, however, as we have seen, you can climb the stairs and hike on to the top of the falls.
We stand at the top of the falls and look down to see a glacier filling the valley below us; as we watch, it slowly rises up the canyon and then we have to step out of the way as it swells up over the falls themselves. We lift up into the air and turn around to watch as the flow of the ice continues on to South Lake. Geologists can do that sort of thing.
Perhaps the best thing about the new renovations at Kaaterskill Falls is the new side path.
We have begun a series of columns about the newly renovated trail leading up to Kaaterskill Falls. We want you to go and see what has been done there; it’s a wonder.
The DEC last year set about on a plan to completely revamp the whole trail system in the Kaaterskill Falls vicinity. In this first in a series of columns about the trail, we look at the history of one of the most popular natural destinations in the Catskills.