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Short | Easy | Epic

The perfect winter trail for easy snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing

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Winter Gear | Safety

Stay safe on the ice this winter

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Rugged | Fun | Beautiful

A quick, rugged ascent to truly great Catskills views

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Mountain Meaning

HOME QUOTE

“The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what really matters.”

— Conrad Anker

via Kelly Hollow

Catskills

Mill Brook Ridge

The shortest route to Mill Brook Ridge’s summit

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Survive and Thrive in the Cold

Special Report

Winter Hiking Gear

Make sure you have the winter hiking gear you need

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Discover Slide’s Secret Spots

This route features an quick ascent, amazing views after the summit, and a much better route for the descent

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Moderate | Beautiful | Scenic

Catskills

Ashokan High Point

Sweet views, blueberry heaths, great camping — this trail is super popular because it’s so magical

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Delightful | Scenic | Rewarding

One of the most picturesque hikes in the Catskills

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Short | Moderate | Stunning

Hike one of the most popular routes in the Catskills

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Easy | Beautiful | Memorable

One of the most beautiful trails in the Catskills

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 Interactive Map of Hiking Trail Reports

The icons below are color-coded for difficulty: green, yellow, orange, red. Clicking on a pin will display the link to that hike report.

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.

Stay Safe

Or Start Here…

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 Reads

upturned trail crampons showing spikes

Microspikes & Trail Crampons – Winter Traction

This short post discusses the basic differences between cleats, microspikes, trail crampons, crampons, and snowshoes — and describes the safety benefits of each.

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blue plastic brush cleaning dirt off bottom of dirty hiking hoot

PSA: Leave No Trace at the Trailhead

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

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catskill mountains in distance

How Windy is Too Windy To Hike?

I moved my hike from a windy Friday to a less windy (but much colder) Saturday. 80% of my online followers agreed with me. Here’s why.

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white and blue headlamps sitting on wet wood in woods

PSA: How to Buy a Hiking Headlamp

For hikers and campers, headlamps are essential pieces of gear. Whether you’re hiking out at dusk after a long day, or hiking in, in the pitch dark for a glorious summit sunrise, a headlamp will keep you on track and safe.

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orange and gray tent in campsite in woods

Backcountry Camping in the Catskills: A Beginner’s Guide

If you want to camp out in the Catskills backcountry, it’s probably because you want to experience the wilderness on your own terms. This comprehensive list of resources, regulations and gear will help get you ready for your first Catskills campout.

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balsam lake fire tower

5½ Catskills Fire Tower Hikes You Can Absolutely Do

Everything you need to know about the five classic Catskills towers — plus the newest (sixth) addition. Includes links to the gear and maps you’ll need to hike safely.

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Hiking News & Culture

mountain summits

Doubletop & Graham CLOSED PERMANENTLY!

Latest info for hiking Graham & Doubletop. Please read. Important changes are being instituted…

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hemlock twigs in ceramic mug

How to Make Pine Needle Tea

This article explains how to harvest various kinds of pine needles and turn them into deliciously distinctive teas in your kitchen — in just a few minutes!

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hand holding Shagbark Hickory bark

How to Make Shagbark Hickory Syrup at Home

This article describes how to harvest shagbark hickory bark sustainably to whip up a ridiculously tasty syrup at home.

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mountains at sunset

Platte Clove Road Access in Winter

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed at its eastern side. Here’s the alternate route to the Eastern Devil’s Path mountains and Kaaterskill High Peak.

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knoll and mountain from indian head

Wallpapers 01 – Catskills Summits

Please enjoy this collection of Catskills wallpapers for your desktop computer. This set contains 16 images of Catskills summits.

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discarded orange peel sitting on snowy ground

PSA: How Long Does Trash Last on the Trail?

Many people don’t know how long it takes natural items to decompose, assuming that whatever biological matter they discard will break down quickly. But many of our most common scraps take an astonishing amount of time to fully disintegrate…

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Latest Mountain Hiking Posts

All recent posts in chronological order

Doubletop & Graham CLOSED PERMANENTLY!

Latest info for hiking Graham & Doubletop. Please read. Important changes are being instituted…

How to Make Pine Needle Tea

This article explains how to harvest various kinds of pine needles and turn them into deliciously distinctive teas in your kitchen — in just a few minutes!

How to Make Shagbark Hickory Syrup at Home

This article describes how to harvest shagbark hickory bark sustainably to whip up a ridiculously tasty syrup at home.

Twin Mountain via Jimmy Dolan Notch

This quick ascent to a gorgeous two-peaked Catskill ridge includes a fun, tricky rock scramble — and one of the truly great views in the Catskill Park.

Kaaterskill Falls via Kaaterskill Rail Trail – Upper Route

This is a short, super-easy hike to one of the most popular Catskills destinations. It includes views not seen by those who park closer to the falls, and is the perfect trail in winter for some easy snow-shoeing or cross country skiing.

Platte Clove Road Access in Winter

In winter, Platte Clove Road is closed at its eastern side. Here’s the alternate route to the Eastern Devil’s Path mountains and Kaaterskill High Peak.

Mill Brook Ridge via Kelly Hollow

This is the shortest route to Mill Brook Ridge’s summit over public land. It includes a full loop of Kelly Hollow, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Catskills. A short-but-steep bushwhack connects the two locations.

Wallpapers 01 – Catskills Summits

Please enjoy this collection of Catskills wallpapers for your desktop computer. This set contains 16 images of Catskills summits.

Microspikes & Trail Crampons – Winter Traction

This short post discusses the basic differences between cleats, microspikes, trail crampons, crampons, and snowshoes — and describes the safety benefits of each.

Cortina Ski Resort Ruins

A short, easy half-mile hike leads up to the very creepy ruins of an old abandoned Catskills ski resort. Bring a friend.

PSA: How Long Does Trash Last on the Trail?

Many people don’t know how long it takes natural items to decompose, assuming that whatever biological matter they discard will break down quickly. But many of our most common scraps take an astonishing amount of time to fully disintegrate…

PSA: Leave No Trace at the Trailhead

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

How Windy is Too Windy To Hike?

I moved my hike from a windy Friday to a less windy (but much colder) Saturday. 80% of my online followers agreed with me. Here’s why.

DEC Update on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment

Approximately 2,500 hemlock trees were treated to kill any present HWA and protect from any future infestations.

PSA: How to Buy a Hiking Headlamp

For hikers and campers, headlamps are essential pieces of gear. Whether you’re hiking out at dusk after a long day, or hiking in, in the pitch dark for a glorious summit sunrise, a headlamp will keep you on track and safe.

Huckleberry Point Trail

Huckleberry Point is one of the most beloved Catskills destinations. For a mountain hike, this hiking trail is short and relatively easy. With very little effort, in 75 minutes or so, you’ll get out to one of the most dramatic vistas in these hills. This is an extremely popular and memorable hike.

 Mountain-Hiking.com

This site is currently an early version of what I hope will become a valuable resource for Catskills hikers over the next few years

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Okay, have a great hike! Hope to see you out there…

Sean

 

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