Tag Archives: Burroughs Range Trail

View of Wittenberg and Cornell form the Burroughs Range Trail

Naming of the Burroughs Range Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains are a main part of the dramatic Burroughs Range in the Catskill’s Slide Mountain Wilderness. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names associates the Burroughs Range with Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg mountains as it was petitioned in 1986 by the John Burroughs Natural History Society and former Senator Daniel Moynihan. During the naming process, the petitioners were questioned whether a broader range would be acceptable as the…

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View from Paul's Lookout on the Curtis - Ormsbee Trail

The blue blazed Curtis – Ormsbee Trail is a short connector trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness of the Catskill Mountains. It provides the hiker with a beautiful alternative to the “dog route” from the Slide Mountain Trail Head, or as part of the main approach coming from Denning. In its 1.65-mile length, the hiker will find fine views, first growth forest, and interesting trail-side scenery. History behind the Curtis – Ormsbee Trail The Curtis-Ormsbee Trail…

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Climbing Ledge on the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Woodland Valley Loop

This hike is arguably one of the hardest and most beautiful outings in the Catskills. It is one of our favorite three-day backpacking loops. Simply day hiking Wittenberg and Cornell is outstanding! Getting the ADK trail guide for the Catskills and NYNJTC Map set or NatGeo Catskill Map will help plan your trip. Starting at the Woodland Valley campground and looping over the Burroughs Range and returning via the Phoenicia East Branch Trail will surely…

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Slide Mountain from Cornell Mountain, Catskills NY

Slide Mountain is an icon among Catskill mountain peaks. It greets tens of thousands of hikers each year. During the “in season” hiking months (mid spring to mid fall) on average, it is not uncommon to share this peak with 40-50 people. This wonderful peak holds the lofty status of being the highest in the Catskills. Place among the 35: 1st Elevation: 4190 feet above sea level. Summit Coordinates: 41° 59.92’N, 74° 23.18’W Interesting Features:…

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Getting breakfast ready on the "summit" viewing ledge on Slide Mountain

The Catskills were once “America’s First Wilderness”. Even though not thought of true wilderness today the Catskills are still plenty wild! Being only a 2.5-hour drive from NYC, it makes the Catskills a prime destination for millions of people. Over the years, the Catskills have been overlooked and “forgotten”. However, in the past few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in this once bustling region. So if you’re planning to visit let’s clear up some…

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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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