Slide Mountain Catskills Hike
Mileage: about 6 miles Direction
Hike Time: 2 hrs Facebook
Rise: 1762 Printable Map
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Significance: Views, highest mountain in the Catskills
Here is some of what you need to know: The tallest mountain in the Catskills, 4178 ft. The Burroughs Range consisting of Slide, Cornell, and Whittenberg runs about 12 miles up and back.
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This hike took place in mid April. Most of the snow in the area was gone except for the mountains. I knew it was not going to be an easy hike but it had been months since we were in the Catskills and I was anxious to get up there.
Our first problem was this large stream. The melting snow made this problem bigger than normal. A combination of rocks and downed trees got us across. The first mile of the trail was relatively clear of snow, in its place was rocks and runoff from the melting snow.
The higher we went the deeper the snow got. Fortunately the center of the trail was packed from previous hikers making it usable. If we stepped off of the center of the trail we would quickly sink about 2 feet in the snow.
What I like about this time of year is that it felt like their was no one around for miles. Between the isolation and wind howeling through the trees we found that we had left the city and arrived in the wilderness.
Unfortunately the best views are not from the top of the mountain. You will find little sections along the way where you can peek out of the trees and photo the Catskills. The trees at the top were left to grow in leaving almost no view at all. To get to Cornell and Whittenberg mountains the trail continues beyond the rocks. Their was no packed snow past Slide meaning every other step we sunk 2+ feet. We surrendered and went to nearby Kaaterskill Falls.
We always have an awesome time in the Catskills and this hike was no different. We had to change our plans due to the snow but we had a great experience on the mountain and on the bonus trip to the falls. Check out our other hikes in the Cats. Full list