Halcott Mountain Wild Forest

The Halcott Mountain Wild Forest is a somewhat small at 4760 acres and distinct parcel of land on the northwestern border of the Catskill blueline. On its eastern border is Deep Notch and the Hunter-West Kill Wilderness. The area has two main summits, Halcott (3525′) and Sleeping Lion (3391′), both peaks without trails. There is one trail that crosses the west part of the unit climbing through the Turk-Condon Hollow Pass. The Halcott Camp Lean-to is on this trail. Also included in this description is the 653 NYCDEP Beech Ridge Unit that contains South Vly Mountain.

Trails in the Halcott Mountain Wild Forest

Turk-Condon Hollow Pass trail (2.3 miles, ascent 860′ to pass) Condon Hollow Road Parking

There is one trail in the wild forest. It follows the path of an old turnpike. Starting from Condon Hollow Road and winding its way up and over Turk-Condon Hollow pass. The Halcott Camp Lean-to is on the Turk Hollow side of the pass.

Signs marking State Forest Preserve in Condon Hollow
Old and Newer, Signs marking State Forest Preserve in Condon Hollow Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking

Bushwhacking Halcott, Sleeping Lion, and South Vly

There are several ways to bushwhack these peaks. It is most common for Halcott Mountain and Sleeping Lion to be hiked from the NYS Route 42 Parking Lot. South Vly Mountain is hiked from Condon Hollow climbing partway on the old turnpike and leaving on the ridge to the summit. Depending on your route, you enter the NYCDEP Beech Ridge Unit at about 3000′ elevation.

Sleeping Lion Loop

A loop from Condon Hollow Road can be hiked ascending the west ridge and dropping off the northeast ridge from the summit to the road and back to the parking area.

Read about the Sleeping Lion from Condon Hollow here

Hemlocks on Sleeping Lion Ridge
Hemlocks on Sleeping Lion Ridge Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking

Camping in the Halcott Mountain Wild Forest

Lean-to:

The Halcott Camp Lean-to on the Turk Hollow side of the Turk-Condon Hollow Pass.

Designated Campsites:

None

At-large camping is allowed. Camping must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited above an elevation of 3,500 feet in the Catskills, between March 21 and December 21.


Halcott Mountain Wild Forest
Contact Information:DEC Region 4 Stamford
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (607) 652-7365;
Email: r4.ump@dec.ny.gov
Backcountry Emergency: (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-408-5850 or dial 911
Location: Towns of Lexington and Halcott, Greene County
Map: Halcott Mountain Wild Forest Map
Amenities:Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the communities of Margaretville, Prattsville and Windham.
Weather:Halcott Mountain Weather
Cell Service:Never count on your cell phone for rescue. We have generally found cell service to be okay in this area. Ravines may be a problem.

Map of the Halcott Mountain Wild Forest

Click the map or here for an interactive version of the map

Halcott Mountain Wild Forest Map
Scott L. | copyright Challenged Hiking Halcott Mountain Wild Forest Map

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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