I've spent the last few days scouting out potential new trails in the area. The first was a potential trail over in Stony Clove Notch. As part of the earlier scouting, volunteers had already discovered a great vista along the way.

found vista

Pretty sweet view as you can see. With the removal of that one tree you get about a 180 degree view south down the Stony Clove Creek valley and you see practically no human development in the entire view - which is rare for a Catskills' vista.

found vista

This photo is from the same vista, but looking more eastward towards Edgewood Mountain and Silver Hollow Notch.

I'd say the vista alone makes the potential trail worthwhile but we'll see how it goes from here.

Today it was some work on a rail trail. The Kaaterskill Rail Trail is an effort to rehabilitate the old Ulster and Delaware railbed from Haines Falls to North and South Lake. I'd never walked along the entire bed, but it was really cool and in mostly great shape for being over a hundred years old. Where the bed gets close to Kaaterskill Clove, it's amazing, you're right on the edge of the clove. Another neat thing is the original culverts are still working and running - talk about engineering for the long haul. Hopefully within the next few years this trail gets up and running - should be great.