hobkyl wrote:Contemplating a first ever visit to the gunks and to Kaaterskill, Minnewaska, Mine Kill...etc. Weather isn't looking great but I've been meaning to get down there for 2 years now.
Just a heads up - you may not be able to get into the Kaaterskill area at the moment. I was just down that way last Friday en route from Massachussetts... There's TONS of road closures due to major
flooding damage from storms Irene and Lee that they are still working to clear up. I was about 8mi from Kaaterskill (in Hunter on 296 following the detour of rte 23). I did see a sign at the intersection of 23A and 296 in Hunter stating that 23A was closed east of Hunter. I'm not sure if there's access via rte 214 between Hunter and Tannersville, or whether you can get in from the Palenville side on 23A or not. It may be worth calling ahead to a local business in Hunter or Tannersville to get an idea of road status.
On my way TO Mass earlier that day, I had been able to take 23, but had to detour around the washout at Red Falls and there were several spots where we were down to directed one-lane construction zones. Coming home that night, the whole stretch of 23 from Windham to Prattsville was closed (probably because the construction crews had gone home for the night/weekend). I had to detour down 296 to 23A in Hunter (where I saw the sign), then 23A back to 23 in Prattsville.
Stamford, NY -- on Rte 23 -- is a very very sad sight, and this is weeks later. I can only imagine what it was at the peak of the flooding.