Many people have mistaken Windham High Peak for the mountain which the Windham Ski Resort is located. However, the resort is on the western face of Cave and West Cave Mountains both Catskill 67 peaks at 3110′ and 3040′ respectively. Both of these peaks can be reached individually on public land as the summit of Cave Mountain nudges just inside a segregated section of the DEC Elm Ridge Wild Forest but reached only after crossing a section of the DEP Cave Mountain Unit. While the West Cave summit is almost reached by crossing the DEP Cave Mountain Unit just 40′ below and 150 short of the top. After that, you’ll be on Windham Ski property. Most hikers climb the summits from the ski center and it would make sense since the unfolding views as one climbs are outstanding. It would be the closest thing to slide climbing that the Catskills has to offer. There is a service road between the peaks which makes crossing the col easy for a great twofer.
|Cave Mountain||West Cave Mountain|
|Lat/Lon:||42° 17’9” N, 74° 14’48” W||42° 17’4” N, 74° 15’52” W|
|Seasons:||All, may need snowshoe pass during ski season|
|Activities:||Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing|
|Nearest higher neighbor:||East Jewett Range (3151′) 4.41-miles SSE||Cave Mountain (3110) 0.92-miles E|
|Line parent:||Black Dome (3995′) 6.41-miles ESE||Cave Mountain (3110) 0.92-miles E|
|Key-col:||1955′ in the col between Cave Mountain and Round Hill RT 296||2805′ in the col between West Cave and Cave Mountains|
|Range:||Catskill Mountains > Northeast Peaks*|
|Land Unit:||Elm Ridge Wild Forest||Private|
|Summit forest:||Northern Hardwood|
|USGS Quad:||Hensonville O42074c2 1:24,000|
|Maps and Guide:||Catskill 67, A Hiker’s Guide|
NYNJTC Catskill Map Set
NY-NJTC Digital Trail Maps
Windham Ski Trail Map
|* note||Range used to coincide with Catskill 67, A Hiker’s Guide.|
Map of Cave and West Cave Mountains
Click the map or here for an interactive version of the map.
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.