Overlooks and vistas in the Catskills aren’t like the ones I’ve experienced in other states. The roads and towns in the Catskills are located in the valleys, so getting a view from the top takes a bit of work. The three shortest hikes to overlooks I could find were the mile-long Tanbark Trail, four miles for the Giant Ledges, and six miles for the top of Slide Mountain, highest in the range. After my fall on the Tanbark I decided to leave the others for another day. So most of my vistas were from the valleys, and consisting of pull offs on the road.
The pulloffs on Route 28 I found to be boring, but one on Route 30 a few miles from the intersection of the highways was promising. However, I arrived late in the day and the light wasn’t very good. When I am next in the area I’ll have to visit again.
This photo was taken from the car. There was no pull off, but the road was quiet, and so I rolled down the driver’s window and fired away. I was above the town of Fleishmann’s – I don’t remember the road.
Much of the Catskills is private land, and I generally respect property rights. However, while driving around I glimpsed a vista through a strip of trees. I parked the car, walked through an opening in the stone fence, and saw this. The owner hadn’t posted “No Trespassing” anywhere I could see, and he had cut a short trail through the meadow. I took it, and took 50 photos from various angles. Because its private land I won’t disclose where it is. Whoever the owner is, thank you.