Tag Archives: John Burroughs

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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Enjoying the relaxing and reflective moments being in wilderness

When I was a kid my parents would often tell my brother and me to “go outside and play”. I think this was true for all of my friends. We spent very little time indoors. It wasn’t what we were doing that was so important, but that it was being outdoors. Reflecting back and looking at the way many Americans spend their days, I think we have minimized our contact with nature and it’s killing…

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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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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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