Catskills Hiking Trails
There are dozens of hiking trails in and around Lost Lake in Sullivan County, New York, including the ones listed below:
Basha Kill Area: Haven Road To Tower
E – Easy; This hike is rated easy because it is just over 2 miles long and is absolutely flat. The trail can be wet and muddy. The trail to the tower has a few roots.
Basha Kill Area: Haven Road Toward Wurtsboro
E – Easy; This hike is almost 5 miles long but is almost completely flat. Most of the trail is packed gravel. The path to the tower is rougher with dirt and some tree roots.
Basha Kill Area: Southern Loop
Vs – Very Strenuous; This hike is rated Very Strenuous since it is over 10 miles long. Despite the length, the hike is almost completely flat. Parts of the trail can be very wet and other parts are hard to follow.
Basha Kill D & H Towpath
6.76 Miles; E – Easy; The Basha Kill D&H Canal (Towpath) is a flat, even multi-use trail that is relatively easy to complete. It ranges from Easy to Moderate (because of the distance). You can access the trail at different locations so you do not have to complete the entire trail all at once. It runs from one gate to another on the towpath.
Basha Kill O & W
E – Easy; This portion of the trail becomes increasingly more difficult. The O & W Trail ranges from Easy to Moderate. There are a number of different locations where you can start and stop hiking the trail.
Beech Mountain, Hodge Pond
1.67 Miles; M – Moderate
Bouchoux Trail – Jensen’s Ledges
2 Miles; M – Moderate; There may not be a better vista on the Upper Delaware than the view from the Jensen’s Ledges. The bluestone slate ledges are perched about 500 feet above a big bend the river. A small waterfall cascades from the edge of one of the rock outcroppings. (Spring flows are the most spectacular.) Remains of an old bluestone quarry are found near the ledges.
E – Easy; The trails at Circle Park are great introductory trails for young children, as well those looking for a nice easy stroll in the forest. The trail has three ends, one near the parking area for the Lumberland Senior Citizen Center at the back of the Municipal Building, one at the bottom of the Circle Park playground, and one at the north end of the playground’s parking area. The trails are easy to navigate and are full of fun surprises to keep the interest of young ones.
Colby Pond Trail
3 Miles; M – Moderate; This moderate 3 mile loop trail offers hikers ample opportunities for wildlife and waterfowl viewing.
Cold Spring Road Access (Red Trail)
2.49 Miles; MD – Moderately Difficult; You can hike down to the Neversink Gorge for beautiful views of the Neversink River. Also a great place for fishing.
0.25 Miles; E – Easy.
Crystal Lake Loop
M – Moderate; This hike is rated Moderate even though it is less than two miles because the trails are not well marked and are more like well-traveled paths. They are very rough in spots and there are many roots across the trails.
Crystal Lake Wild Forest
1.3 Miles; E – Easy; Crystal Lake Wild Forest is a great place to bring the family for the day to hang out on the “beach” area at the lake, have a picnic, fish the lake or even camp for the night.
D & H Canal Linear Trail (Wurtsboro To Phillipsport)
3.5 Miles; E – Easy; This linear park consists of 45 acres and approximately 3½ miles of trail situated along the historic D&H Canal. Remains of the original locks, drydock & waste weirs are visible from the towpath trail. Interpretive signs are located in the park to assist hikers in identifying the various canal structures. The trail is intended to accommodate a variety of users, including hikers, walkers, nature enthusiasts, bicyclists, joggers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing (motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited). The canal itself offers fine fishing (a New York state fishing license is required) and canoeing.
Damascus Forest Trail
2 Miles; E – Easy; This easy loop trail features wetlands, uploads, and old growth forests, including a large stand of old growth hemlocks.
Denman Mountain Area
S – Strenuous; This hike is ratedStrenuous because it is over 6 miles long. The trail is very rough in spots and can be wet and muddy. There are several small ascents. There may be wet or muddy areas on the trail. The snowmobile trail markers can sometimes be hard to follow.
Denman Mountain Trail
3.67 Miles; MD – Moderately Difficult; Located near Grahamsville and Route 55 in the Town of Neversink. Parking is available at the Furmans and Glade Hill Road/Moore Hill Road Trailhead. Part of the trail is on Moore Hill Road.
Denton Falls Trail
MD – Moderately Difficult; Part of the Neversink Unique Area Trail System (access from the Katrina Falls Road parking area). As noted on the NY/NJ Trail Conference Map, there are 3 different colored trail markers, blue (the main trail along the river through the Unique Area), yellow (the smaller trails, and sometimes steep, that lead you to the river and the brook off the main blue trail) and red (for the Mullet Brook Loop Trail). As noted on the map, when on the blue trail, you have to veer off onto a yellow trail to get to Denton Falls.
0.36 Miles; E – Easy.
0.11 Miles; E – Easy.
Eden Road Access – Blue Trail West
2.25 Miles; M – Moderate; Use caution when going to the Eden Road Access. The right-of-way goes through a private property (a hunting camp) and the dirt road is not well maintained. Most likely will need 4 wheel drive to get to this access point. The parking area is not maintained. Also, the “Eden Road” street sign is not posted.
Fallsburg O&W Rails To Trails
3 Miles; E – Easy; The Fallsburg O&W Rail Trail includes segments from Mountaindale to Woodridge and from Woodridge to the Neversink River. The trail is well-maintained and on level terrain with flowerbeds, a variety of views, and wetlands with excellent areas for bird-watching. Highlights include a visitor’s center in Mountaindale with a display of historical railway photographs, artifacts, a new scale train sculpture, rest areas and stretching equipment. Be on the lookout for occasional wet spots and illegal ATVs.
Frick And Hodge Pond Loop
S – Strenuous; This hike is ratedStrenuous because it is over 6 miles long and has a few uphill sections along the way. The reward is 1.7 miles of downhill at the end of the hike! There may be muddy areas along the way. There are a series of wooden boardwalks that can be slippery when wet.
Frick Pond Loop
E – Easy; This hike is ratedEasy because it is relatively flat and short. There may be muddy areas along the way. There are a series of wooden boardwalks that can be slippery when wet.
Frick Pond: Logger’s Loop
M – Moderate; This hike is rated Moderate because it is almost 4 miles long and has some moderate uphills. There may be muddy areas along the way.
Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area
E – Easy; Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area is primarily accessed from an easy to find ample parking area located off Barker Road in the Town of Highland. Camping is available at Hickok Brook MUA as well as a variety of trails, though the markers are difficult to see. There are a variety of roads that lead to campsites — the pull-offs to the right are for camping.
High Falls Trail – Blue Trail East
MD – Moderately Difficult; To access the High Falls Trail you first have to hike the Katrina Falls Access Trail (Blue Trail East) and then you will reach the High Falls Trail. There are also short trails (yellow markers) that veer off to the Neversink River, such as the Denton Falls trail Give yourself plenty of time to hike this trail.
Hurleyville O & W Rail Trail
7.5 Miles; E – Easy; Three segments of the O&W Rail Trail are open to the public within the Town of Fallsburg: Mountaindale to Woodridge, 2.7 miles; Woodridge toward South Fallsburg, 1.8 miles; South Fallsburg to Hurleyville), 3 miles. When complete, the trail will stretch 25 miles between the D&H Linear Park in Summitville to downtown Liberty.
M – Moderate; This hike is ratedModerate even though it is just over two miles because there is significant elevation gain as you climb to the Ledges. For a large part of the hike, the trail is sited on old woods roads so it is wide and easy to walk.
Katrina Falls Road Access Trail – Beginning Of Blue Trail East
M – Moderate; This is the main trail Access point for the Neversink Unique Area trail system that is to the east of the Neversink River. This trail gives you access to the Mullet Brook Loop, Denton Falls Trail, Yellow Trail and the High Falls Trail (also known as Blue Trail East). When on this trail there are a number of options. You can do a shorter hike to the Neversink River (when at the “Y” in the trail stay to the right to get to the Neversink River) or you can continue on (Make a left at the “Y” in the trail) for a longer hike to Mullet Brook Falls Trails or Denton Falls, or for a very long hike to High Falls. Part of the Neversink Unique Area Trail System.
Lake Superior State Park
E – Easy; 1,409-acre Lake Superior State Park features Lake Superior and Chestnut Ridge Pond. The park is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and is operated by Sullivan County through a long-term license agreement. There is a beach with a swimming area as well as areas for picnics. Fishing is allowed for those with a fishing license, and boat rentals are available.
Liberty Rail Trail
2.5 Miles; E – Easy.
Livingston Manor Covered Bridge Park
E – Easy; The Livingston Manor Covered Bridge, previously known as the Mott Flats Bridge and the Vantran Bridge, was built by John Davidson in 1860 and was restored in 1984. The park is owned and operated by Sullivan County and is located in the Town of Rockland, within a few short miles from downtown Livingston Manor.
Long Path (SRT)
8.01 Miles; S – Strenuous; Trail details are located the “Long Path” trails page. The Long Path Trail continues on into Ulster County. The trail ranges from Moderately Difficult to Strenuous.
Long Path (SRT)
23.56 Miles; MD – Moderately Difficult; The Long Path, a 347-mile trail that runs from New York City (starting at the George Washington Bridge) to Altamont, NY (Albany area), passes through the Hudson River Valley, Harriman State Park, the Shawangunk Ridge and the Catskill Mountains. The Sullivan County portion of the Long Path runs through the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest, Roosa Gap State Forest and the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest. The hiking level ranges from Moderately Difficult to Strenuous.
E – Easy; This hike is ratedEasy because it is relatively short with a short uphill at the beginning. The return trip goes back down the same hill. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way. Sometimes there are trees across the path that you must walk around.
Long Pond Complete Loop
S – Strenuous; This hike is ratedStrenuous because it is six miles long and has an initial uphill section and a few uphill along the way. There may be wet or muddy areas on the trail.
Long Pond Short Loop
M – Moderate; This hike is ratedModerate because it is almost four miles long and has an initial ascent up a short hill. The return trip is on roads. There may be wet or muddy areas along the way.
E – Easy; The 57-acre Minisink Battleground Park is located on the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the only one fought in the Upper Delaware Region. Look for the Woodland Trail, Battleground Trail, and the Old Quarry Trail. Picnic areas and an Interpretive Center with informative displays are available to visitors and also has trail maps available. The Woodland Trail features wetlands and a wide variety of wildlife. Pick up the brochure from the Interpretive Center before the start of the trail and follow the guide to identify different types of trees as you walk along. This is a great easy hike for the family. Make a day of it and bring your lunch to eat under the pavilion.
Mongaup River Trail
2 Miles; E – Easy; This linear trail provides a moderate hike with abundant opportunities to view eagles and waterfowl. Large eastern hemlock trees tower overhead and shade this steep ravine landscape. Closed from December 1 through April 1 each year.
Mongaup Valley WMA
E – Easy; The Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area comprises nearly 13,000 acres of land, about half of which are open for public access, so there are a number of other outdoor recreational opportunities. It’s a great place to view eagles, and there are prime fishing opportunities. Camping is prohibited here, and watch out for the restricted areas through the winter which are set up to protect wintering bald eagles.
Neversink Unique Area
M – Moderate.
Neversink Unique Area: Denton And Mullet Brook Falls
M – Moderate.
Neversink Unique Area: Neversink River
E – Easy.
Neversink Unique Area: Three Falls Loop
Vs – Very Strenuous.
Painter Hill MUA
E – Easy; The Painter Hill Multiple Use Area is very overgrown and unmaintained. The markings on trees are not visible.
Parksville Rail Trail
E – Easy; This rustic unpaved trail, just over three miles in length, runs along a route formerly used by the New York, Ontario, & Western Railway’s main line through Parksville in Sullivan County, NY.
Pond Loop Trail
1.9 Miles; E – Easy; This trail is not a true loop. It consists of two formal trails connected by a “bushwacked” segment along the property line on the northern end.
Power Line Road
0.67 Miles; E – Easy; Power Line Road is a wide, flat trail.
M – Moderate; This hike is ratedModerate even though it is only 2.6 miles because there is an elevation gain of 840 feet. The trail is steep in places and on the final climb to the summit averages a 20% grade.
E – Easy; Construction on the Roebling Bridge, formerly known as the Delaware Aqueduct, began in 1847–making it the oldest existing wire suspension bridge in the country. The tollhouse is located on the Minisink Ford, NY side of the bridge and the bridge stretches to Lackawaxen, PA across the river. There you can find old photographs and self-guided tours.
Shawangunk Ridge State Forest (SRT) – Ferguson Road To Rte 52
S – Strenuous; This portion of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail is fairly strenuous, rocky and difficult in places, particularly near the Route 52 end, which is located further from main roads.
Shawangunk Ridge State Forest (SRT) – Sullivan Street To Ferguson Road
MD – Moderately Difficult; This portion of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail, from Sullivan Street to Ferguson Road, is a moderately difficult trail. It is mossy at either end and rocky in the middle with some slippery sections.
Spruce Swamp Trail
1.37 Miles; S – Strenuous; The Spruce Swamp Trail is part of the Roosa Gap State Forest, adjacent to the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest.
Turtle Spring Nature Trail
1 Mile Miles; M – Moderate; There is plenty of parking and trail hours are dawn to dusk March to November. Leashed dogs are welcome!
Tusten Mountain Loop
M – Moderate; This hike is rated Moderate even though it is only three miles because the trails are rough in spots and there is some elevation gain with a few steeper spots.
Tusten Mountain Trail
3 Miles; MD – Moderately Difficult; This is a moderately strenuous trail with some steep stretches that generally takes from 1.5 to three hours to complete. Fires and camping are not allowed. You will go over a nice stone arch bridge over a creek. The trail is maintained by the National Park Service.
White Pine Pitch Pine Trail
0.51 Miles; E – Easy.
Willowemoc Wild Forest
M – Moderate; Willowemoc Wild Forest is in the southwest area of the Catskill Park, and includes more than 14,800 acres. It includes a variety of trails and a number of ponds. Camping and fishing are permitted, and Waneta Lake in the park has a handicapped-accessible fishing pier. The Willowemoc Wild Forest is eighteen miles north of Liberty and nine miles northeast of Livingston Manor, the closest village with amenities. It lies largely within the northern Sullivan County towns of Neversink and Rockland, with small appendages in the towns of Denning and Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The Wild Forest surrounds the Mongaup Pond State Campground and abuts the Big Indian Wilderness.
Wolf Brook MUA Access
.55 Miles; M – Moderate; The yellow trail connects the Neversink Unique Area trail system with the Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area. This trail can connect you to the Mullet Brook Loop. From there you can connect to Blue Trail East. Part of the Neversink Unique Area Trail System.
Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area
E – Easy; The Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area is 585 acres adjacent to the Neversink Unique Area. Hiking trails are available, and fishing and camping are permitted. The two trails, Wolf Brook Road and Powerline Road, are wide and relatively flat.
Wolf Brook Woods Road
1.18 Miles; E – Easy; Wolf Brook Woods Road is a wide, flat trail that intersects with Power Line Road.
Wurtsboro Ridge/Roosa Gap State Forest
S – Strenuous; The Long Path Trails are located within the Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest and Roosa Gap State Forest. The Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest and Roosa Gap State Forest trails range from Moderate to Strenuous.