Clinging to a Catskills Mountain in Haines Point, New York
The narrow North-South Lake Escarpment trail requires sure footing as you wind along the east side of a low Catskills peak. The path begins a few yards from the entrance to the popular park and campground, easily discoverable with directions from a ranger, yet hidden enough from the summer throngs that, even in July, we pass only one other hiker. The trees offer cooling shade as we try not to look down as we walk—not too strenuous, just a little nerve-wracking. After an hour, the payoff appears—a natural balcony of stone offering a break in the forest and glorious views of the mountains all the way to the Connecticut line.