Category Archives: Hiking

Chris on the Macomb Silde

Macomb Mountain is the most southern of the Adirondack High Peaks. It is a required climb for the Adirondack Forty-Sixer membership. The summit provides wonderful views over Elk Lake and the jumble of high peaks to the north. To reach the summit, it has been thought of as a bushwhack, but since the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack 46ers have brushed out designated herd paths, it is more of an unmarked…

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Observers cabin on Red Hill in the Catskills

Red Hill Fire Tower, one of five restored towers in the Catskills, gives the hiker a relatively short 1.4-mile walk and a stiff climb of 860′ to some of the region’s most unique views. The trail climbs to the summit in a crescent shape through a wonderful forest. The summit meadow almost seems park-like with several picnic tables and a nice grass large area. With a pipe fed spring along the way, it could be…

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Slide Mountain from Cornell

Slide Mountain is the tallest peak in the Catskill Mountains of New York. It is located in the southern Catskills and is a wilderness unit bearing its name; Slide Mountain Wilderness. Being the tallest makes it one of the most popular. It ranks first in the Catskills at 4184′ and eclipses 17 of the Adirondack Forty-Sixer peaks. Slide’s nearest higher neighbor is Killington Peak in Vermont. Even with the height, Slide is hard to view…

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Kaaterskills Falls Upper trail sign

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Many people think the Catskills are full of simple easy hikes to its highest peaks. These excerpts from the latest rescues in the Catskills by Rangers and local SARS, emergency squads and fire departments show otherwise. Learn! Town of Shandaken, Ulster County Wilderness Rescue: On August 17 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Brand, Stratton, Martin, and Franke responded to the Giant Ledge Trail following a report of a female hiker…

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Graham Mountain Catskills

Graham Mountain is a privately owned peak in the Catskill Mountains. It is the second-highest of the Catskill High Peaks without a maintained trail. The first is its higher neighbor, Doubletop. It was once home to a TV relay station which its abandon remains still sit on its summit. This is too bad as the summit has a wonderful first growth pygmy hardwood population. Just below the summit, a ledge and talus slope looking toward…

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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. Read more here!

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