The Catskill Region area known as Devil’s Kitchen had an official tour from local politicians in mid September of 2010 because of several recent deaths in this particular location. This past year Devil’s Kitchen had a high profile death that gained the attention of many media sources. This area of Devil’s Kitchen where the death occurred is also known as the ‘Grand Canyon’. It has been reported the hiker was attempting to look at a waterfall named Red Falls. Red Falls is one of the many waterfalls located in Platte Clove.
The death involved a female hiker named Olivia Rose Belfiglio who was 17 years and died on June 4 from injuries suffered in a 100-foot fall from a cliff in the area of Red Falls near Platte Clove Road. The police report was quoted from several sources that noted Olivia Rose Belfiglio and three classmates decided to go hiking on “Senior Cut Day” and none were wearing proper footwear for the area known as Platte Clove.
New York State Senator James Seward has since reviewed the concerns related to two deaths in the Platte Clove and Devil’s Kitchen area of the Catskills.
According to CBS Channel 6: “Devil’s Kitchen is a treacherous section of the Catskill Mountains.”
Devil’s Kitchen danger concerns draw official tour
By WILLIAM J. KEMBLE
HUNTER — Officials are scheduled to tour sections of Devil’s Kitchen with state Sen. James Seward today to review concerns related to two deaths this year in the Platte Clove area.
A visit scheduled for noon at Tannersville Fire Station on state Route 23A is expected to include discussions with town Supervisor Dennis Lucas and Greene County Emergency Services Director John Farrell.
“The senator is going to come down here to speak about his interactions with the (state) Department of Environmental Conservation with regards to all of the hiking tragedies we’ve had in the clove and our health and safety organizations are going to speak with him about what they feel is the better of all approaches to curtail people from hiking in improper areas,” Lucas said.
Incidents this year have included William J. Costello, 53, of Delmar, on May 1 losing his footing on steep mountainous terrain and falling about 100 feet to his death, according to state police at the Catskill barracks. Police said he was an inexperienced hiker and was unfamiliar with the area.