Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Hike; Catskill 3500
Total Mileage: 6 Miles (3.4 if only doing the Ledge) Directions 42.026601,-74.403680
Total rise: 1959′ Facebook
Hike Time: 4 Hours My Pintrest
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Significance: Panther Mountain is #17 on the Catskill High Peak list; it must be hiked during the winter as well as summer to complete the 3500′ challenge.
Here is some of what you need to know: I am updating this page to include the hike up to panther, so if things seem weird, that is why. I should have it done by february 2018.
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From the parking area, the trail head is across the street. Sign in and your uphill hike starts right away. You will gain about 540′ of elevation in your first 0.8 miles. The trail is rocky during the summer, and all there is all kinds of ice during the winter…bring your spikes. At the 0.8 mile mark you will come to a signed intersection where you will make a left. It is an additional 0.8 miles to the ledge where you will gain about 400′ in elevation.
At the 1.6 mile mark you will hit the first of 5 ledges. The view is incredible: To the right you will see Wittenberg and Terrace Mountain, straight ahead are the mountains on the Devils Path (Indian Head etc).
At about 1.6 miles you reach the first ledge and wow what a view. I was told you can see every Catskill mountain greater than 3500 ft from this Ledge except for two. Their were rows of mountains big and small, and a valley of leafless trees contrasted with the fresh white snow. The wind was blowing plumes of snow off of the tops of mountains. Later we saw the snow squalls make the mountains disappear. There are about 5 Ledge vistas, all having about the same views.
This is a great hike, and for amount of miles it takes to get their and back it is hard to beat. When it comes to hiking the Catskills this is a must do trail. Check out our other hikes in the area.