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Layman's Monument Loop Trail

Palenville, New York



2.2 miles

Elevation Gain

515 ft

Route Type



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Layman's Monument Loop Trail, located in Palenville, New York, is a well-marked hiking trail that offers a variety of natural features and landmarks. The trail spans approximately 2.2 miles and is rated as moderate in difficulty, making it suitable for hikers with some experience. The trail begins with a steady incline, leading hikers through a dense forest of hardwood trees. As you progress, you'll encounter a series of switchbacks that offer panoramic views of the surrounding Catskill Mountains. The trail then descends towards the Kaaterskill Creek, a fast-flowing waterway that provides a refreshing backdrop for the hike. One of the key highlights of the trail is the Layman's Monument, a stone marker dedicated to a local forest ranger. This monument is located near the trail's highest point, offering an excellent spot for a rest and a photo opportunity. For those planning to hike the trail, it's recommended to wear sturdy footwear due to the rocky terrain. Also, remember to carry enough water and snacks as there are no facilities along the trail. Despite its moderate difficulty, the Layman's Monument Loop Trail offers a rewarding hike with diverse natural features and stunning views.
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