Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kaaterskill Falls

Katy and I went to my nephew Tom's wedding in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania over Memorial Day weekend. We left Cambridge on Friday night and drove about halfway, staying at a small motel in the Catskills. In the morning we backtracked a bit to visit Kaaterskill Falls. This is an easy hike, and you can do as much of it as you feel up to. It begins at a sharp kink in 23A, with these previews of coming attractions:

The trail then meanders upstream; you're never out of earshot of the water.

In perhaps 15 minutes you get to the main falls. Wow.

You can chose to declare victory at this point or press on up the hill; the hike really turns into a bit of a scramble from here up. You're soon rewarded with a nice view of the lower cascade.

If you keep climbing, the trail becomes harder to follow but eventually tops out a short distance from the head of the upper cascade.

Continuing upstream a bit, you eventually get to an easy crossing point and can head back toward the brink. We took turns with the camera.

This is the downward view from my perch.

You can see from two pictures back that the skies were a little threatening, so we turned around and began the scramble back to the base of the falls. Partwar down there is a trail the hugs the edge of the cliff; it's well worth taking for its view of the upper cascade.

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