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Very Short | Very Intense | Very Beautiful

A short, steep, rocky intense hike right in the heart of Phoenicia. Dramatic geology. Excellent views.

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An Easy, Short & Exceptionally Beautiful Hike

Kelly Hollow Loop is one of the most beautiful trails in the Catskills. A highly-recommended hiking trail.

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Deep Dive | Long Read

Whether you enjoy easy scenic trails or challenging mountain hikes, these apps will help you plan, plot and prepare for your next adventure

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One of the most beautiful Catskill hikes

Daley Ridge is rugged, densely wooded, and absolutely charming — many long-time Catskills hikers feel this is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Catskills.

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Woods Wisdom

Henry David Thoreau

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

— Henry David Thoreau

Get Your Nosh On Pre- or Post-Hike

This up-to-date list of the best Catskills cafes and restaurants will help make your next Catskill mountain hike extra-awesome

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Easy & Packed With History

An easy hike through beautiful woods leads to a series of magnificent stone fences, ruins, and a memorial to John Burroughs

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Featured Catskill Mountains Hiking Trail

Even light snowfall turns Balsam Lake into a glittering winter wonderland that’s a cinch to hike

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The Classic High Peaks

The Traditional List of Catskills Peaks Above 3500’

Most people start hiking the Catskills by climbing a few High Peaks: Indian Head, Slide Mountain & Balsam Lake are popular starting points. Here are the 35 summits you’ll need to bag if you want to join the 3500 Club.

Catskill High Peaks

The Best/Easiest Mountain Hikes

The Very Best Hikes You Can Do in the Catskill Park

These lists are a curated selection of the most rewarding hikes you can do in the Catskills: the best of the High Peaks, the best of the lower peaks, the best trails and bushwhacks. It’s an awesome time, every time.

Best Hikes Easy Hikes

Wilderness Safety Basics

Planning Tips, Kit Lists, Emergency Numbers

Start safely, hike well, and finish in one piece. Here’s everything you’ll need: your clothing, your kit, how to plan a safe hike in every season, the best apps, what to eat, what to bring. It’s all the advice in one place.

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With hundreds of miles of hiking trails and countless bushwhack routes, there are so many ways to hike the Catskill Mountains

Apart from the two lists above — the Classic High Peaks and the Best Catskill Hikes — you can also view a list of All Catskills or go directly to Easiest, Moderate, Difficult or Hardest peaks

Sorry I can’t make new mountains — but I add new hikes every week

Recommended Catskills Hiking Trails

A mix of great hikes in the Catskill Mountains

Behind the Cave on Twin

Hike Sugarloaf & Twin from Roaring Kill

Any hike that includes Twin Mountain is a great hike. From either side, Twin offers some the funnest ascents in the Catskill Park. The eastern side is tough, with wonderful giant boulders to climb over and classic Devil’s Path terrain that leads up to one of the great ledge views in the Park.

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Hike Kaaterskill High Peak & 2 Plane Wrecks

KHP’s summit is a Catskills classic with a spectacular view from Hurricane Ledge. This route takes in two eerie plane wrecks, and there is much to see on the long trek in and out. This a tough, muddy, rewarding hike.

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Blackhead from Black Dome

Hike Blackhead & Black Dome from Big Hollow

An outstanding double-bill that combines an epic view of Black Dome from Blackhead with an epic view of Blackhead from Black Dome. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Catskills.

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Hiking News, Reviews & Views

Stuff you should know

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The Best Hiking Apps for 2020

These are the best hiking apps I’ve come across to date — broken into four categories: navigation/planning, field identification, photography, and fun. Whether you enjoy easy scenic trails or challenging mountain hikes, these apps will help you plan, plot and prepare for your next adventure.

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Best Places to Eat in the Catskills for Hikers 2020

This up-to-date list of the best Catskills cafes and restaurants will help make your next Catskills hike extra-awesome I love Phoenicia Diner on Rte 28 for a glorious post-hike chow. So many great dishes, and their Bourbon Milkshake is such a fantastic adult treat.

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New Note

New Permission System for Doubletop & Graham in 2020

After many years as head caretaker for the Gould Family, Bill Scholl has recently retired. The new caretaker is Bill Fiedler / (607) 221-1277 If Mr Fielder doesn’t answer, leave a polite voicemail with your full name and number, requesting permission to hike on Doubletop and/or Graham on whatever day you plan to go.

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This site is currently an early version of what I hope will become a super valuable resource for Catskill mountain hikers over the next few years, particularly for new hikers and new mountain hiking enthusiasts.

My immediate next actions for the site are…

  • Finish adding hike posts so that every mountain has at least one associated hike (nearing completion)
  • Add brief mountain notes to all mountain header pages
  • Add a lot more photography to all posts
  • Go hiking ✅
  • Add kit reviews — particularly winter kit reviews and lists ✅
  • Add more hikes so all mountains have an increasing number of alternate routes
  • Go hiking
  • Add other kinds of content
  • Get feedback from early users and integrate ✅
  • Go hiking

That’s my plan for now, which will keep me busy until spring. Thank you for your interest in this project. I’m keen to hear your thoughts on FB or Instagram, or via the contact form here.

Okay, hope to see you out there…



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