Taking you beyond the guidebook

Inspiring you to live your best life through travel

Adrenaline Rush: Extreme Adventures In The Catskills

Can you see the end?

Can you see the end?

Considered “America’s First Wilderness,” the Catskills in New York offer endless outdoor adventures. While some excursions are more leisurely, others are pure adrenaline rushes. To help you get your heart rate up in the beautiful setting of the Catskills, here are my top picks:

Ride North America’s Highest And Longest Zipline

Located at Hunter Mountain, their year-round zipline is North America’s highest and longest zipline, as well as the second largest zipline in the world. It features over four miles of zipline, heights of nearly 700 feet and speeds up to 50 miles per hour. While they offer a variety of tours, the most extreme option is the SkyRider Tour. You’ll need to take a ski lift to access the first line of this criss-crossing zipline — which features five zips and one shaky canopy bridge — before propelling your body over a canyon so high you almost can’t see the bottom. If you can keep your eyes open, you’ll enjoy mountain, lake and woodland views.

Skydive The Ranch

Imagine throwing yourself from a turbine-powered airplane 13,500 feet in the air while immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Catskills. Skydive The Ranch makes this visual a reality. During this extreme adrenaline rush, you’ll also be encouraged to pull your own ripcord and fly the parachute. And if you think you want to take your skydiving to the next level, they also offer an “Instructor Assisted Freefall (IAF)” skydiver training program.

Ice climbing. Image via spock1.

Ice climbing. Image via spock1.

Climb A Frozen Waterfall

One of the most thrilling adventures to have in the Catskills is scaling a frozen waterfall or ice-covered mountain. The region is especially great for ice climbing as it has trails for all abilities. Around Saugerties, Tannersville and Phoenicia in the Catskills you’ll find many different ice climbing options, like Deep Notch, Stony Clove, Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Clove. My top picks include Kaaterskill Clove and Platte Clove. While Kaaterskill Clove is home to Buttermilk Falls, Hilyer Ravine and the famous Kaaterskill Falls, Platte Clove features the challenging Devil’s Kitchen, Black Chasm and Japanese Falls. And when the ice melts, these areas opens up to mountain, rock and alpine climbers.

If you’ve never climbed, there are an array of companies in the Catskills that offer a guided experience, like Mountain Skills Climbing Guides, HighXPosure Adventure and Alpine Endeavors.

Hike Sugarloaf Mountain

With a 1,761-foot vertical incline and rough terrain, the 6.69-mile Sugarloaf Mountain hike is considered one of the Catskills most difficult and adventurous treks. You’ll spend time on a section of the Devil’s Path — one of the world’s most daring hikes due to dizzying cliff ledges, precarious rock chutes and difficult climbs up sheer walls and cork screwy chimneys. While hard work, hikers are rewarded with a spruce covered summit, wildflowers, clear creeks, beaver meadows, hemlock ravines, expansive blue stone quarries and views of the central high peaks along the trail. Note: This hike is difficult and dangerous as there is a possibility of falling off the mountain, so make sure you’re experienced and prepared. Hikers can access the trailhead from Mink Hollow Road in Pine Hill.

Cat 2-3 Berm Section

Cat 2-3 Berm Section

Mountain Biking Down Plattekill

While known as being the ski resort of choice for daredevil skiers, when the weather warms up the mountain becomes a haven for extreme mountain bikers. Known for pushing bikers to their full potential, the mountain offers 60 miles of lift-served bike trails with a summit elevation of 3,500 feet and 1,110 feet of vertical. On the mountain you’ll find a variety of beginner and intermediate trails; however, they’re known for their extreme downhills and intense single tracks, all with harrowing names like “Nightmare,” “Unholy,” “Flight Deck” and “Crazy Horse.”

Jessie Festa standing in front of grafitti wall

Hi, I’m Jessie on a journey!

I take you beyond the guidebook to inspire you to live your best life through travel. Come join me!

travel funsheets

Want to live your best life through travel?

Subscribe for FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

4 Comments

  1. Anita Mac on May 4, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I’d like to give climbing the waterfalls a go…perhaps on next year’s list of winter activities! Would be awesome to try. Wonder if rock climbing is a prerequisite – tried once and failed terribly. Would like to give it another go, but the ice climbing seems way cooler!

  2. Hogga on May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    looks like so much fun!

  3. Michael Lopez on October 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the info! heading up to try out Hunter’s SkyRider Tour this weekend!

    • jess2716 on October 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      @Michael- Have fun! 🙂

Leave a Comment





map

THE NEW STRATEGY FOR PROFITABLE TRAVEL BLOGGING

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? This FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for your course welcome email. Make sure to add jessie@jessieonajourney.com to your contacts so it doesn't go to spam.

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by yourself by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

multi-season packing list

Want to add more travel to your life? Sign up for my email list and get these resources to help you plan your trip smart, pack light and go beyond your guidebook.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Explore NYC travel guidebook

I'm a native New Yorker, licensed sightseeing guide and curious explorer. Sign up for my email list and get my FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide and I promise to take you beyond the Empire State Building.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for the FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide. If you don't see it in the next few minutes, check your spam folder for a message from jessie@jessieonajourney.com. Hint: Replying to the welcome email you'll receive helps ensure my emails to you go to your inbox, and not to spam! :)

Read previous post:
Would You Go Extreme Lava Kayaking?

While I consider myself an adventurous traveler, I'm not sure I would ever risk being boiled alive in molten lava...

Close