Hike to Huckleberry Point

4.5 miles 644 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Adam Ingoglia

An easy but very rewarding day hike, this trail leads to cliff-top views overlooking the Hudson Valley. Great for beginners looking to get into hiking. Possible wildlife sightings, as well.

This is a 4.5 mile hike that is great for hikers of all skill levels. Because it is short and not overly difficult, beginners will enjoy this hike. There are some steep sections that will get your heart pumping, though, and a stunning payoff is waiting for you at the end.

From the trailhead, follow the blue blazes up the hill. After a short while, keep your eyes peeled for a trail sign. It's hard to miss, but you will want to follow the Yellow Trail sign to the right and not the blue blazed trail which heads straight. Follow the yellow blazes all the way up to the top. When you reach Huckleberry Point, you will know it right away. While admiring these beautiful views, you will see the Catskills on your right, and to the left you can see the Hudson River in the distance.

On this hike you will experience streams, varied sections of pine trees, and at times some short, steep ascents. If you go on a rainy day, be aware that the streams may be difficult to pass. I recommend this hike for families and it is definitely dog-friendly.

If you go during the right season, at the summit you will find (and smell) huckleberry bushes. Because of this, bears have been known to visit. Before heading out, it might be worth brushing up on your bear safety here. Encountering a bear is very unlikely, and in the Catskills it would never be a grizzly - but better safe than sorry!

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Wildflowers
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about 3 years ago

Beautiful Views

Well marked trails, fairly busy on weekends, do not park in front of the trail head.

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over 3 years ago

Winter Exploring

This is a great hike with a huge payoff at the top. The views are fantastic making it a great sunrise and peak foliage hike. There is also a cool section in the middle of this hike that requires a stream crossing. during the winter, if cold enough, it partially freezes over and offers some great photo opportunities. The smaller little waterfall also freezes so if you have micro spikes enjoy trekking right up the falls.

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