Kaaterskill Clove Rock Climbing
The big pillar of the first pitch of Gottlieb's Ro...
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.
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.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Kaaterskill Clove
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Featured Route For Kaaterskill Clove
WI4+ M4 NY
: Catskills (Ice)
: ... : Kaaterskill Falls
This is an amazing two pitch climb just to the right of Kaaterskill Falls. For the first pitch climb, the steep pillar just right of the main falls then traverse left to a tree to belay. For the second pitch, traverse left a bit more then climb the other steep pillar up to the roof. Make a couple moves right out of the roof, then climb the wide crack in the corner to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
Wide view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper.
15 year old Breanna Purnell on the first pitch of ...
View from the alcove behind Kaaterskill Falls (got...
BETA PHOTO: General map of kaaterskill cove
Another view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper. ...