CatskillSearch had a late start to the day and our trip destination was Boulder Rock. Both Walton Van Loan and Vly Rusk use an alternate spelling for Boulder Rock on their Catskill maps from the 1800s- They use the spelling “Bowlder”. Earlier in the day we photographed the 360 degree view from the Mount Utsayantha Fire Tower (View the Mount Utsayantha Fire Tower 360 View).
We first explored around the area of the former site of the Kaaterskill Railroad Station inside the North Lake South Lake Campground. The Kaaterskill Railroad Station was a stop on the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. We found nothing to note compared to our last visit to the former site of the Kaaterskill Railroad Station this year on August 5, 2010.
We then continued to Boulder Rock on foot from the North Lake parking area passing the former site of the Catskill Mountain House.
On the return trip to the former Catskill Mountain House site from Boulder Rock it was nearly dark as the sun was near finished for the day. We encountered a bear just below the trailhead for the blue and red marked trail. This bear was much smaller than the bear that crossed our path on May 27, 2010 while hiking back from the former site of the Hotel Kaaterskill. However we were much closer this time to the bear. The bear also seemed just as startled to see someone and just ran off in the opposite direction after just a few seconds of the encounter.
The view from postcards and drawings of Boulder Rock from the past years are impressive. However there is much vegetation growth and there is almost no view of the Hudson Valley from the ledge where Boulder Rock is located.
Boot Jack Rock
Boot Jack Rock is located south of the former Catskill Mountain House. Boot Jack Rock and a rock located nearby to Boot Jack have pre-Civil War engravings.
Notable occurrences in American History with the dates engraved by these visitors:
1850- Compromise of 1850
1857- Dred Scott v. Sanford
1858- Lincoln-Douglas Debates
1859- John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry
CatskillSearch explored the Ulster & Delaware Railroad ROW from South Lake to the U&D abutment located on the east side of Laurel House Road. This abutment helped form the crossing of the U&D Railroad over Spruce Creek.
South Lake is located in the North South Lake Campgrounds of the Catskills. This walk crossed Schutt Road. A previous posting of CatskillSearch showcased a caboose that is located at the end of Schutt Road. (Historic Note: Peter Schutt was the original founder and builder of the Laurel House.) VIEW LINK: ULSTER & DELAWARE RAILROAD CABOOSE
CatskillSearch stood on the top of the eastern side of U&D Railroad abutment that crossed Spruce Creek in regards to this outing. On a previous outing we stood below and on the west side abutment of the crossing of Spruce Creek. VIEW LINK- LAUREL HOUSE ROAD
It also should be noted CatskillSearch spoke with a young artist very recently who was painting along Spruce Creek. The artist was Palden Hamilton. (VIEW LINK: PALDEN HAMILTON)
Spruce Creek is the waterway that accumulates the waterflow over the famed Kaaterskill Falls (VIEW LINK- KAATERSKILL FALLS)
More information below about the U&D Kaaterskill Railroad Station:
The Kaaterskill Railroad Station, branch MP 19.1, was one of the busiest railroad stations on the branch lines of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad (U&D). It was near the banks of South Lake in Kaaterskill, NY, and was a major stop for people who wished to stay at the Hotel Kaaterskill or the Catskill Mountain House, which was 0.93 miles from the station.
It was left to fall apart until it was consumed by fire in the 1960s. (Source: Wikipedia)
The Hotel Kaaterskill is great moderate hike and the start of the trail is located just outside the entrance of the North South Lake Campgrounds. The Scutt Road DEC parking area is a popular starting point for many Catskill hiking destinations. (More information below the photo gallery)
This was my second hike to Newman’s Ledge which is located on the Escarpment Trail near the North-South Lake Campground. On a prior visit I could not see beyond 10 feet while at Newman’s Ledge as cloud cover/ fog was very low and dense that day. Newman’s Ledge looks over the Hudson Valley with Hudson River in sight. The vertical drop below Newman’s Ledge is estimated approximate to be 500 feet.
Photos of my father at Newman’s Ledge:
Newman’s Ledge Sign
Some of the Escarpment Trail from North Lake parking area to Newman’s Ledge:
Cloud cover was very low on August 20, 2005 over the North-South Lake Campground located in the Catskills of New York. Visibility was zero at Newman’s Ledge as clouds covered the lookout point. I stayed for the sunset at North Lake and took a few nice photographs.