Huckleberry Point

A short run in the Catskills to an killer vista at Huckleberry Point.

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
7.3 km
Ascent
354 m
Descent
354 m
Low Point
569 m
High Point
764 m
Gradient
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Huckleberry Point Map

Description

This run departs from the popular DEC parking lot along Platte Cove Road and leads to one of the best bang-for-the-buck overlooks in the Catskills. Less than 5 miles round-trip, the average runner should be able to complete this run in under 90 minutes.

Begin by following the blue-blazed Long Path north towards Palenville. A sign at the trailhead denotes the direction but makes no reference to Huckleberry Point. The first bit of the run follows an old two-track uphill, at what most would consider a conversational pace.

There are two trail junctions to look for. The first of which is a Y, where you should keep right. Catskillmountaineer.com states that "50% of the people who hike this trail for the first time miss the Trail Head." Should you accidentally go left, you will quickly be greeted with signs denoting that you went the wrong direction.

The next intersection is significantly easier to navigate, as a large sign pointing to Huckleberry Point is nailed to a tree.

Along the way, you will find remnants of a house before crossing a stream. After a storm or heavy rain, expect you will get your feet wet. Continue by enjoying the beautiful flora and fauna lining the trail, as well as wildlife that frequent the area. Though uncommon, both bears and snakes can also be found in the area.

Rounding out the path, the trail leads you onto a rocky bluff, rewarding your efforts with a phenomenal vantage point of the Hudson Valley. Attainable to most trail runers, this offers one of the best views in the Catskills for the least amount of effort.

Though it may seem like a shortcut, an infrequently used trail heads downhill from the rocky point. It is not advised to attempt this route, but instead, retrace your steps to complete your run.

Sources: http://catskillmountaineer.com/KM-huckleberry.html https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/huckleberry-point/

Difficulty

Moderate

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

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