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Colgate Lake Wild Forest

A beautiful lake nestled in the 1500-acre Colgate Lake Wild Forest. Popular for fishing, kayaking, and primitive camping.

The 1500-acre Colgate Lake Wild Forest features the scenic Colgate Lake in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The yellow-marked Colgate Lake Trail travels just over 4 miles to Dutcher Notch and the Escarpment Trail. The wild forest is surrounded by the Windham Blackhead Range Wilderness Area on three sides.

Please carry in and carry all disposables.

Vehicles parked in no-parking zones will be towed at the owner's expense.

Tips for Hiking the Escarpment Trail

From conditions and water availability to where to camp and if your pup can come along, get all the details on how to thru-hike the Escarpment Trail.