Category Archives: Catskills

View from near the summit of Rocky Mountain in the Catskills

Rocky Mountain is a 3508’ 3487′ peak (update 2018: Rocky’s elevation has been downgraded to 3487′) in the Catskills Bushwhack Range in the Slide Mountain Wilderness. Geographically it can be considered as a part of the Peekamoose Mountain Range. However, local hikers have deemed the range the Bushwhack Range, so it will be referred to on this site. The peak is a required climb for the Catskill 3500 Club. Over the past couple of decades…

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Place among the Catskill 35 High Peaks: 2nd Difficulty rating: Moderate to Strenuous depending on the route Elevation: 4040 feet above sea level. Interesting Features: Historic Fire Tower & Observers Cabin, Ski Lift to Colonels Chair Trailhead, Devils Tombstone, and First growth in Becker Hollow & small section on Colonels Chair Trail (last remaining on Hunter!) Best time to visit: Anytime Trail-head: Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY 12492 –GPS: 42°11’02.9″N 74°16’18.0″W Hunter Mountain Hike Log November 2012 This…

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View of Blackhead Mountain from Black Dome

Blackhead Mountain is a massive peak. When viewing it from the lowlands in the Hudson Valley, simply put, it’s huge. It offers some great views, just not from the summit but hiking it is an awesome experience. There are several things you’ll need to keep in mind when you hike in the Blackhead Range and in particular Blackhead. All approaches have steep sections, some approaches are long (here and here), and you’ll need microspikes/crampons in…

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First Aid

This July (2014) we were off to Peekamoose and Table Mountains in the Catskills. It was going to be a great day. Yes, I said going to be a GREAT day! Yup, sun was out, cool breeze and great company. Peekamoose and Table Mountains are the most southern of the Catskill High Peaks and offer some fine hiking, top rate backcountry camping, beautiful wilderness forests, and some awe-inspiring views. The distance to the summits from…

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Devil's Path from Burroughs Range Trail on the North Face of Slide

This is one of the toughest loops in the Catskills. With awe-inspired views, extensive first growth and subalpine forests, lean-tos, designated campsites, and mountain springs with sparkling chilled water this trip has something for everyone. Just the Burroughs Range alone is a thigh buster but add to it the ascent to the col between Giant Ledge and Little Slide Mountain and then the descent to Woodland Valley State Campground your body will be screaming for some…

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Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.
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