A Guide to Hiking the Catskill Mountains

Catskill Mountains Hiking: Easy Hiking Routes

No matter how advanced you are as a hiker, there are days when all you want is an easy trail that won't be exhausting or take your whole day to hike. And if you have young kids, you know that they won't be able to handle anything too challenging.

Although we'll discuss the Catskill's waterfalls more later on, one if the most popular and beautiful of the easy hikes is the one to Kaaterskill Falls. At less than a mile long, the hike doesn't take a lot of effort. And although this hike is mostly level, be aware that it does have a couple of steep sections.

Another easy hike is the one to Huckleberry Point, which is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) round trip and provides beautiful views. If you're looking for a longer hike, but one that's still easy, try the Palenville Overlook and Indian Head hike. From the parking lot, the hike is about 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) round trip if you go around the lake. With this route, you get spectacular views from the overlooks, including a great sight of the lakes.

Looking for something a little more challenging in the Catskills? Turn to the next page.