Kaaterskill Cathedral: Not melted yet

Spring is taking its sweet time getting to the Catskills this year. The raw March weather might be taking its toll on fingers and toes, but it's also doing a fine job of preserving the cathedral-like ice formations on Kaaterskill Falls, as photographer James McCracken found when he hiked the falls with Marshall Rudd on Thursday.

Above: A slideshow of McCracken's photos from the hike, shared in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool

Hikers and climbers, be careful on Kaaterskill, and don't hike in the area alone. The unmarked trails around the iconic Catskills waterfall have a reputation for claiming the lives of unwary hikers in both winter and summer, including a man who fell to his death in 2010 while ice climbing with six friends.