The first trail we hit was in the southwestern Catskills at the Russell Brook Road trailhead. The trail is found by taking Route 206 north out of Roscoe to Morton Hill Road on the left(just past the bridge over the Beaverkill) and then watch for gravel Russell Brook Road again on the left. Stay on this road past some camping spots to a parking lot and kiosk. The trail quickly drops down past the kiosk to the banks of the babbling brook.
Looking carefully on the right, you will spot a small path that leads towards the brook. From here, the sounds of powerful cascading water will guide you to Russell Brook Falls.
Russell Brook flowing downstream from under the bridge.
Returning to the main trail, you will pass a trail register at .1 mile at a trail junction. Taking the right trail brings you up an old, wide woods road.
After about .9 of a mile, we arrived at Trout Pond's southern shore.
After leaving Trout Pond, we took a nice drive north through the Catskills to the Schoharie Reservoir, New York City's northernmost reservoir. There are many access points on both sides of the water, but almost all are steep. We parked at an informal spot along the southwest side of the Reservoir, on Intake Road. From there we strolled down through a tiny path which drops down to a rocky outcrop, and great view of a waterfall on Bear Kill stream.
We didn't hike a lot due to my dad's lingering injury, but we really enjoyed getting out exploring on a nearly perfect summer day.