Slide Mountain; NY Catskill 3500 Hike
Mileage: about 6 miles Direction
Hike Time: 2 hrs Facebook
Rise: 1762 Printable Map
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 Wittenberg runs about 12 miles up and back.
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
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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 (the problem was worse in the afternoon). 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 (This hike took place before I owned show shoes). Birds were seen and heard, but other than that all feeling that other life exists disappeared; isolation is the experience in the wilderness during the winter.
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 Wittenberg mountains the trail continues on the other side of the rock. 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 both at the mountain and the falls. Check out our other hikes in the Cats. Full list