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Marys glenn - escarpment - colgate lake ok for an overnight?

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  • Marys glenn - escarpment - colgate lake ok for an overnight?

    Planning on doing an overnight in the catskills with my two boys ages 7 and ten. My ten year old has already been on two trips with me but for the 7 year old it will be his first overnight. I am thinking of going with two cars and staring by ashley falls in North South campground area and finishing by the colgate lake parking area for a total of 10.3 miles. I am looking for relatively easy hiking which is why i chose this route. My main concern is with finding a good place to pitch a tent - any recommendations or input from anyone whose been on these trails? Also want to know if i can rely on there being water near dutcher notch for a refuel. Thanks so much in advance

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    There is a spring about 1.2 mile east of Dutcher's Notch on the DN Trail. It should be running with the rain we've had, but I've seen it as just a trickle int he summer. There is NO camping in the Notch itself. Quite a bit of this trail is within the North/South Lake Campground area and camping is prohibited. I'm told it's patrolled, but I have NEVER seen anyone out there patrolling. You have to reach state land, north of North Point and then do the 150' rule; there is no water nearby.

    If you post this question at the Catskill Mountaineer forum, a hiker named Mike may see it and give you directions to a legal site past North Point.

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    • zomick@verizon.net
      zomick@verizon.net commented
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      thanks. i wanted to post there but the registration for that site apparently takes longer and i still cant post. I am leaving early sunday so im a bit pressed for time.

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    There is a great campsite in a meadow just after the descent from Dutcher's Notch. There are streams nearby. (FYI - the spring east of Dutcher's Notch is about .4 miles down the trail that leads to Stork's Nest Rd. - it is fairly reliable if there's been recent rain.) I think this is a good plan - you should find solitude because very few hikers go up to Dutcher's Notch from Colgate Lake (but it is overgrown in spots).

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    • zomick@verizon.net
      zomick@verizon.net commented
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      thank you very much for that information! I am super relieved to hear about the camping site. To clarify - the camp site with streams is to the west of dutchers north - towards colgate - but the spring is to the east in the opposite direction? Are the streams a reliable water source or might i have to find that spring? Either way, thanks again.

    • aoc-1
      aoc-1 commented
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      Yes, the campsite is to the west, downhill from Dutcher's Notch. There are photos of the campsite on the catskillmountaineer website (see Colgate Lake to Dutcher's Notch). There are streams and a waterfall nearby (I'd filter). The spring is in the opposite direction - downhill east from Dutcher's Notch. No need to visit the spring if you plan to camp at the meadow campsite.
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