So last week I told you about our surprise birthday weekend at Hunter Mountain in New York.
It was a lot of fun snowboarding on Saturday and going out Saturday night. Cindy had one more surprise for us on Sunday. I knew it was a hike to a waterfall, but I didn’t know just how amazing it would be!
We started the morning with breakfast at the diner attached to our hotel. Then we packed up the car and hit the road.
The hike trailhead was on the same road we took towards Hunter Mountain. It is actually pretty scary to get to. You have to park in a lot at the top of a hill and then walk on the main road to the trail. In the summer it might be easier, but with all the snow there was barely a shoulder to walk on.
If you are doing this hike in the winter you need to make sure you have crampons or boots that are good in the snow and ice. Luckily Cheryl had some crampons at work for me because if not I would have been falling all over the place. Be careful!
The hike starts up a hill to your right. It was an icy hill, but the fresh snow pack helped us keep a grip.
You walk along a riverbed which was frozen over and covered with snow. It was so pretty.
We were following trail markers, but also following the path other people had made in the snow.
Further down we saw tracks down to the riverbed, so we decided to take a detour.
There was ice everywhere, but it was so pretty. We decided to take some fun pictures and play in the snow.
Finally we made it to the falls.
Cindy had seen a lot of warnings online about fatalities and injuries at the falls. We weren’t sure where exactly, but we figured it was from people being dumb.
They set up a very obvious border around the trail so people wouldn’t climb the hill. The areas around the falls were pretty steep so I can see why people have gotten hurt.
How amazing is that!?!
Kaaterskill Falls is a two tiered waterfall. There were people ice climbing when we got there.
Yay for waterfalls!
There was a group of 3 guys ice climbing the bottom part of the waterfall. It looked pretty intense.
The beauty of nature.
We took some pictures near the falls and even “borrowed” an ice pick for a picture.
The guys climbing mentioned to us there was a path up the side of the hill to the top of the first waterfall. The one guy said it was icy at the bottom, but not too hard.
After failing to get up the ice slope at the bottom, we finally decided to climb up the snow packed hill.
At the top of the hill we had to climb a tree trunk to get up. It took a lot of teamwork. Definitely not something you can do alone if you are short!
The rest of the path up was pretty steep and icy. We crawled on our hands and knees a few times because it was easier.
When we finally made it to the top it was pretty high, but an amazing view.
Once we got to the top we noticed another person ice climbing the TOP of the waterfall. It seemed crazy and dangerous, but for some people it’s fun.
Our trip back down was just as challenging as our trip up, but teamwork helped us get back down safely.
We even went down the icy path we couldn’t get up before. At the bottom I slid down like a slide. I felt like a little kid again!
After the hike up the side of the waterfall we headed back. There were a few other people arriving there and a few more just starting when we were leaving. It seems to be a pretty popular place.
The hike to Kaaterskill Falls was the perfect end to an awesome weekend.
I would definitely recommend the hike for experienced hikers. It might be easier in the summer, but it is still dangerous and you want to make sure you know what you are doing before you head out.
I definitely want to go back in the summer time and see what it looks like!
Have you ever been to Kaaterskill Falls? What about another frozen waterfall?