New York - Huckleberry Point

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  • Trail: Huckleberry Point
  • Location: Catskills, Upstate New York - GPS Coordinates to Parking Lot: N42 08.020 W74 04.962
  • Distance: 4.98 miles round trip
  • Time: 3 hours round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 644 ft from parking lot to highest point in hike
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Morton rating: 5 paws

August has been treating us surprisingly well in New York. The weather was in the 90s for a week or so (and it was brutal), but it seems like it might already be starting to cool down a bit. 

This past Saturday, we packed up the car, picked up two of our friends, and headed upstate to the Catskill Mountains for a hike. According to my favorite app (Weather Puppy), the day was going to be ideal for an August hike. Texas is definitely not having early mornings in the 60s this time of year. We wanted to play it safe with the heat, especially for Morton's sake, so we chose an easy hike. 

The drive should have been about 2h 30min from our apartment in Brooklyn, but we got stuck behind a wreck for a while and it ended up taking us over 3 hours. 

We got a late start, so we arrived at the trailhead parking lot around 2pm. The lot was almost completely full, but we got a spot. There are no trashcans at the trail head. I wish there were because we had to carry Morton's poop from the trail, to the car, to a gas station trash can. 

The trail itself was unique in that the elevation changed quite frequently. There were a lot of ups and downs. We actually reached the viewing point at the bottom of a descent. It was nice to have the intermittent rests of declines. I actually kind of liked that. It was lush green and secluded. We didn't pass a lot of other people along the trail. It was quiet and very "woodsy."

I have to say. This hike had the best ROI out of all the hikes we have done so far -- the best view for the minimal amount of hiking effort. The view was absolutely incredible.