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Hiking Kaaterskill High Peak via Hurricane Ledge means a long wet hike in to the base of the summit — but then an epic Catskills climb.

How well do you know your Catskills scenery?

A beautiful hike to one of the grandest of Catskills high peaks.

These are the four layers I use when planning a hike and navigating with GaiaGPS.

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

The 69-year-old from Clinton Corners was hiking with two friends when he collapsed.

Incredible two-day hike over the highest and finest terrain in The Catskills.

A true bushwhack to a surprisingly Gunks-like patch in the heart of The Catskills.

It’s up for debate. But not the quality of views on offer.

It’s so exciting to identify bear tracks in snow. A clean bear print is an impressive thing, always a thrill to see.

An undulating woods hike to stunning views from multiple lookouts.

Want to watch the best hiking movies? This list spans multiple genres: comedy, horror, adventure, social criticism, biography, and spirituality. But it’s hiking all the way…

If you’ve never hiked in winter, this is a great page to get started on your winter hike journey.

Inspiration Point in Kaaterskill Clove is one of the top scenic destinations in The Catskills.

This recipe for custard toast is perfect for hikers who want a very filling breakfast that’s super-quick to make as well as insanely delicious to eat.

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 Start Your Mountain Hiking Here

With hundreds of mountain hiking trails, and countless bushwhack routes, there are so many ways to hike the mountains. I hike all year long and add new super-detailed trail guides every month…

Apart from the Classic Catskills High Peaks and the Best Hikes in the Catskills, you can also view lists of Popular Catskills Hikes and Scenic Catskills Hikes.

If you’re just starting out hiking, check out this Easy Hikes list. And, if you have family in tow, this list of Kid-Friendly Hikes will give you plenty of great options.

For anyone new to hiking, Nature Walks are a great way to get a deep dose of forest magic without much uphill effort.

Master Map for All Trail Guides

Check out this Adirondack and Catskills Hiking Map — it’s a master map of all the Catskills hiking trails in the Catskills High Peaks that have trail guides on this website. This map also includes my Adirondack Mountains Trail Map guide to all the Adirondack hiking trails on the site.

Catskills Fall Foliage

Get the latest intel on Catskills fall foliage, including the best Catskills fall foliage hikes and some truly incredible Adirondack fall foliage hikes.

What is the Hardest Hike in The Catskills?

It’s The Devil’s Path, one of the most difficult and notorious hikes on the East Coast. From end to end, the Devil’s Path is about 24 miles in length — and you’re looking at almost 9000’ of elevation gain with a similar amount of loss over the length of the trail. Pack your a-game!

Leave No Trace

Get up-to-speed with best practices in no time with the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.

Hiking News & Culture

fire tower shot from below

Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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stone ruins, catskills, Rochester Hollow

Death in Rochester Hollow

The 69-year-old from Clinton Corners was hiking with two friends when he collapsed.

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collage of characters from the best hiking movies

15 Best Hiking Movies, Ranked Perfectly

Want to watch the best hiking movies? This list spans multiple genres: comedy, horror, adventure, social criticism, biography, and spirituality. But it’s hiking all the way…

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Trail Guides

The Best Hikes

These are the best hikes in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Hudson Highlands, Gunks, Taconics….

Gertrude’s Nose Hiking Trail

Gertrude’s Nose Loop via Millbrook Mountain

This super-scenic hike takes in a lot: a gorgeous lake with epic cliffs, rugged trails, peek-a-boo views of the Hudson Valley, giant glacial erratics, as well as the world-famous Shawangunk cliffs at Gertrude’s Nose.

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boulders and trees on summit

Hike Windham High Peak from Cross Road

This might be my new favorite way to hike WHP. The easy first mile and the hemlock-rich woods at the start of this route make it such a pleasant way to begin and end this beautiful day hike.

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broken trail sign on huckleberry loop

16 Reasons to Hike Huckleberry Loop Trail

Is Huckleberry Loop Trail the most beautiful hike in The Catskills? This mile-by-mile guide walks you through it all.

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Easy Mountain Hikes

Be aware that “easy mountain hikes” does not mean “easy hikes” — before you go, learn how to stay safe on a mountain.

boulders and trees on summit

Hike Windham High Peak from Cross Road

This might be my new favorite way to hike WHP. The easy first mile and the hemlock-rich woods at the start of this route make it such a pleasant way to begin and end this beautiful day hike.

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Spruce & Sunshine

Kelly Hollow Loop

Short, easy and thoroughly absorbing, Kelly Hollow Loop is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Catskills. It came highly-recommended and it absolutely delivered.

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iced-up Bash Bish Falls and pool

Bash Bish Falls

An easy walk leads to a spectacular payoff: Bash Bish Falls — Massachusetts’ highest waterfall.

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  Moderate Hikes

rock ledge at the edge of a forest

Poets Ledge

This route to Poets Ledge on Kaaterskill High peak is very steep but very rewarding.

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glacial erratic covered in moss

Hike Romer Mountain & Mount Pleasant

An exceptionally beautiful hiking trail brings you to one of the most spectacular vistas in the Catskills.

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Shavertown Trail / Tremperskill Overlook in the Catskills

Shavertown Trail

The Shavertown Trail offers a steep hike to a wonderful lookout, with a break in the middle at a sweet pond with its own view.

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   Difficult Hikes

snow-covered summit with rock cairn and signposts

Race Brook Falls & Mount Everett

This rugged route passes along the bottom of Race Brook Falls, then climbs through beautiful forest to a scenic lookout beyond the summit of Mount Everett.

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close-up of eastern Ashokan

Bushwhack Ticetonyk from Peck Road

A short, steep bushwhack through old farmland dotted with stone fences, to excellent views of the Ashokan, Eastern Devil’s Path, Giant Ledge & Panther.

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Mark Eis leads the way on Rusk

Rusk: First Bushwhack

Like me, if you’ve never been on a bushwhack hike—a hike without a trail—the thought of wandering into the woods with zero guide-rails seems completely intimidating. The best thing to do, here, is to join a group hike, or hook up an experienced pal who can show you the ropes.

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Recommended Reads

Sean enjoying the benefits of winter hiking

12 Life-Changing Benefits of Winter Hiking

Are you willing to give up outdoor life for months on end? The hell you are. The benefits of winter hiking far outweigh the risks of staying inside for months on end.

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blue plastic brush cleaning dirt off bottom of dirty hiking hoot

Leave No Trace at the Trailhead

Step up your LNT game with this simple post-hike trick.

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small library of hiking books

Best Hiking Books for Hikers

These are the best hiking books I’ve found to date. Many were instrumental in getting me started, and giving me the confidence to hike the wilderness solo.

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Wilderness Safety For You

Mountain Hiking, Planning Tips, Gear Lists, Emergency Numbers

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

Stay Safe

The Best Mountain Hikes

The Best Hikes You Can Do in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Gunks…

This mountain hiking list is a personally-curated selection of the most rewarding hikes you can do in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Hudson Highlands, Shawangunks, Taconics and elsewhere. Hike an awesome hiking trail every week!

Best Hikes

The Catskills High Peaks

The Traditional List of Catskills Peaks Above 3500’

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

Catskill High Peaks

Best Hikes in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Shawangunks, Hudson Highlands, Taconics and more…

The most recent posts on this site…

Kaaterskill High Peak via Hurricane Ledge

Hiking Kaaterskill High Peak via Hurricane Ledge means a long wet hike in to the base of the summit — but then an epic Catskills climb.

Quiz: Catskills Scenic Spots

How well do you know your Catskills scenery?

Sugarloaf in Winter (Safest Route)

A beautiful hike to one of the grandest of Catskills high peaks.

4 Best Layers for Hikers in GaiaGPS

These are the four layers I use when planning a hike and navigating with GaiaGPS.

Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2023

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

Best Hiking Boots & Brands

If you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, this list of hiking boot brands and models will get you started with great recommendations.

Death in Rochester Hollow

The 69-year-old from Clinton Corners was hiking with two friends when he collapsed.

Burroughs Range Trail Loop

Incredible two-day hike over the highest and finest terrain in The Catskills.

Secret Hike: Gunks in the Cats

A true bushwhack to a surprisingly Gunks-like patch in the heart of The Catskills.

Are These the 46 Best Hikes in Scotland?

It’s up for debate. But not the quality of views on offer.

How to Identify Bear Tracks in Snow

It’s so exciting to identify bear tracks in snow. A clean bear print is an impressive thing, always a thrill to see.

Jay Mountain

An undulating woods hike to stunning views from multiple lookouts.