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Kaaterskill Clove

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Kaaterskill Clove Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Taino on Jan 22, 2007
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Kaaterskill Clove is the first area to which you get as you drive up Rte 23A. It has a wide range of routes, from WI2 to WI5 and multipitch ice as well. The biggest issue is parking. The main parking area for Asbestos Wall/the Ravine routes/Moore's Bridge is large enough for 8-10 cars if everyone is polite, but there are frequently more cars than available spaces; this parking lot can be reached by driving past Moore's Bridge and up the hill; the lot is on the left. Meeting up and carpooling is an excellent idea. The parking lot is generally plowed, but make sure to have a shovel, sand, or something if there's snow in the forecast. Other parking areas include:

For Moore's Bridge: there is a small parking lot approximately 1/2 mile BEFORE the bridge, on the left; however, it is only intermittently plowed - and then, only poorly. The small parking area that could at one time be found just below the bridge has been closed off with a guardrail to protect the new drains.

For Kaaterskill Falls: there is a large parking lot just above the hairpin turn/start of the Kaaterskill trail. Please park there if you're going to climb Trail's Left Flow, Kaaterskill Flow, or anything at the Falls itself.

Getting There 

Take I-87 North to Exit 20 (Saugerties). After the toll booth, make a left onto Rte 32N; stay on Rte 32N until you reach Rte 32A. Make a left, and follow 32A to Rte 23A (in Palenville). Make a left on Rte 23A, and head through Palenville into the Clove. It is along Rte 23A that you can start to find the ice.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kaaterskill Clove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kaaterskill Clove:
Buttermilk Falls   WI3-4     Ice, 6 pitches, 800'   The Ravines
Kaaterskill Falls   WI4-5 X     Ice, 2 pitches   Kaaterskill Falls
Asbestos Wall   WI2-3     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 40'   Asbestos Wall
Hillyer Ravine   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 4 pitches, 200'   The Ravines
Moore's Bridge - Center (WI3-4)   WI3-4     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Moore's Bridge
Kaaterskill Falls - Lower   WI3     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 55'   Kaaterskill Falls
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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the route, Feb 2015.

Palenville Corner WI4+  NY : Catskills (Ice) : ... : Lower Kaaterskill Creek
Across the Kaaterskill Creek from the Lower Katterskill Creek pull out is one of the finest routes I have climbed in the Catskill park. Elusive in nature due to its south facing aspect, this route can be found in a variety of conditions. For example, the route came in in February 2014 with a 40 ft free standing column start. Its current conditions, as an ice filled corner with column and curtain, appears to be more normal....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Another view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper. ...
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Wide view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper.
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View from the alcove behind Kaaterskill Falls (got...
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