Plateau Mountain Via Warner Creek Trail

Catskill Park

View from the Warner Creek Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin View from the Warner Creek Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the summit of Plateau Mountain via the new Warner Creek Trail, with many panoramic views.

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The first part of this hike follows the new Warner Creek Trail, blazed by volunteers of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. It is one of the most outstanding trails in the Catskills, featuring a well-designed route with (for the most part) moderate grades, as well as a series of scenic viewpoints.

To start the hike, continue ahead (uphill) on the continuation of Notch Inn Road (...

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Trip Reports

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March 11, 2016
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Icy but magnificent
This is a gorgeous loop! The Warner Creek section is well marked, but there are a couple points where the blazes are missing due to downed trees. The rock formations and forests on the ridge have an otherwordly feel, very solemn. My partner and I tend to chat quite a bit while on the trail, but through this part, we were very quiet. The ice was very prevalent in the forest and on some of the rocky ascents, but we had to put on our microspikes only for the larger frozen portions. The descent is no joke! We actually couldn't find it at first, because we didn't think that the trail just dropped over the side. Maybe an arrow could be painted on the rock indicating the direction? Even though this side of the ridge was in the full afternoon sun, on a day in mid-March with a high in the 70s, there was still ice in one section and required a great deal of caution. The last section, on Route 214, was kinda blah, and I would have just as soon taken a pass on that. Bear in mind that this road tends to get warm in the mid to late afternoon, so make sure you have enough water left. FWIW, the parking situation on Notch Inn Road is somewhat different than described above. There are several "no parking" signs on the upper half of the road, across from the houses, so I would recommend parking along the lower section.  We completed the 8 miles in about 6 hours, with a solid 30-40 minutes for lunch.
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