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The Catskills

All mountain hiking trail lists seem to be arranged by mountain height — but the height of a mountain doesn’t tell you anything useful. Shorter mountains can be much tougher to climb than taller mountains.

For example, Slide Mountain boasts the highest summit in the Catskills but is one of the easiest mountains to hike: ninety minutes from the parking area and you’re done. Whereas Rocky Mountain, which has the second lowest summit of the 3500 peaks, is the hardest Catskill mountain to even get to.

This Catskills List is Different

Below, the mountains are arranged into four groups: hardest, difficult, moderate and easiest. .

With this arrangement, if you’re…

  • just starting out and want to ease into mountain hiking, or
  • new to the Catskills Park, or
  • returning to hiking after a break, or
  • want to tackle an awesome hiking challenge

…now you can easily pick the hike intensity that’s right for you.

On this Catskill mountains list you can easily see

  • the relative difficulty of each peak, then its height
  • the location of the peak in the Catskill Park
  • which peaks are trailed and which require bushwhacking skills
  • which peaks have canisters
  • where the best Catskill scenery can be found
  • a short description of each mountain
  • the number of hikes for that mountain listed on this site — quickly increasing

Each Catskill mountain has a dedicated page on which you’ll find a mix of

  • links to specific hiking routes and reports — the core of this site
  • basic mountain information
  • large format photography
  • additional seasonal notes

This is a full list of the Catskill mountains I’ve climbed. It includes all the classic Catskill High Peaks, as well a growing number of the lower peaks. To get started, just scroll down. Or skip directly to the Classic 35 Catskill Mountains List. Or start with this list of the Best Catskill Mountain Hikes.

Okay, enjoy your hike. Live happily!

Hardest Catskills (6)


Sugarloaf 3783’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

It’s big, it’s challenging, it’s the king of the park — Sugarloaf never disappoints. It’s the most Catskills you can get in a single mountain.

No. of Entries: 3


Lone 3700’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Tough to get to. Difficult to climb. Impossible to forget.

No. of Entries: 3


North Dome 3605’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Its ledges are not for the faint of heart — but bragging rights are forever.

No. of Entries: 1


Friday 3500’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

One of the toughest and most rewarding mountains to hike in the Catskill Park: dramatic cliff bands, a pregnant tree, a steep and challenging summit. Plus a WWII bomber.

No. of Entries: 2


Rocky 3487’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Often paired with the equally-remote Lone, Rocky is an all-day in-your-face bushwhack hike. There will be blood.

No. of Entries: 3


Van Wyck 3206’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

Remote and steep, Van Wyck rewards hikers with two “bear holes”, two plane wrecks, and a summit ledge to remember.

No. of Entries: 1


Difficult Catskills (21)


Black Dome 3994’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

One of my absolute favorite Catskills, Black Dome is a super fun mountain to hike from any direction.

No. of Entries: 3


Blackhead 3940’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A tough climb, epic views, a long boreal summit, and ravens that mock.

No. of Entries: 2


West Kill 3898’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

The enormous final Devil’s Path mountain has so much to recommend it, including one of the best views in the Catskill Preserve.

No. of Entries: 1


Doubletop 3874’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

An easy bushwhack mountain with a plane wreck. Permission is required to climb Doubletop and Graham mountains, see below.

No. of Entries: 3


Cornell 3857’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Remote and wonderful, this mountain is a joy to hike. Cornell Crack is a well-known Catskills hiking highlight and, just past the summit, there’s an astonishing scenic view.

No. of Entries: 3


Plateau 3835’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Two of the steepest ascents in the Catskills rise to a stunning 2¼-mile-long ridge with epic views on either end.

No. of Entries: 2


Wittenberg 3782’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Is the finest view in the Catskill Park to be had from the Wittenberg’s ledge? Or does the view from Twin’s ledge edge it out? The only way to know is to climb both.

No. of Entries: 3


Rusk 3686’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Steep, steep, steep but a good candidate for your first bushwhack hike. A little boring. (Add East Rusk for a much better time.)

No. of Entries: 2


Kaaterskill High Peak 3652’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

 Scenic

This iconic Catskill mountain packs several punches: an old Mohawk camp, two plane wrecks, and an epic ledge with one of the best mountain views in the Park.

No. of Entries: 2


Twin 3650’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

The funnest Catskill mountain to climb also gives you (maybe) the grandest view in the Catskill Park.

No. of Entries: 3


Fir 3629’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

A moderate bushwhack mountain often climbed in conjunction with Big Indian.

No. of Entries: 1


Balsam Cap 3608’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Often done in combination with Friday Mountain, Balsam Cap offers a good view of Cornell & Wittenberg on the way to its archetypal Catskills summit.

No. of Entries: 3


Mount Sherrill 3558’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Sherrill is just a little bit mysterious…

No. of Entries: 1


Halcott 3509’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Steep and tough, with fifty false summits, this bushwhack mountain will test your legs and your patience.

No. of Entries: 1


Round Top 3465’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

A small tricky peak with a large black bear population.

No. of Entries: 1


Arizona 3407’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Outrageously under-hiked peak that’s packed with classic Catskills terrain and a spectacular 180° scenic view.

No. of Entries: 1


Plattekill 3106’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

This tough bushwhack mountain has one of the truly great Catskills views — but you’ll have to fight for it.

No. of Entries: 2


Ashokan High Point 3086’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Beloved peak with views of the Ashokan Reservoir and the Burroughs Range, blueberry heaths, and a plane wreck.

No. of Entries: 3


Mount Pleasant 2800’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Scenic

A beautiful mountain that boasts what might be the most stunning vista in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 1


Little Ashokan 2790’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

Little Ashokan’s summit is very beautiful. But this is a very sketchy bushwhack peak. For experienced mountain hikers only!

No. of Entries: 1


Ticetonyk 2510’

 Southern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Scenic

The steep climb up this beautifully-positioned mountain is rewarded with sweeping views of the Ashokan Reservoir. A bushwhack to the summit is even more rewarding (but is very tough).

No. of Entries: 3


Moderate Catskills (23)


Hunter 4030’

  Fire Tower

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A massive and vast mountain. Just so much hill. The fire tower at the summit offers an excellent 360° view.

No. of Entries: 3


Thomas Cole 3953’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Serene and aloof, Thomas Cole is surrounded on both sides by beautiful, varied terrain.

No. of Entries: 1


Graham 3868’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

Often paired with a hike to Balsam Lake, the hike to Graham’s summit ends at the incongruous concrete-and-iron ruin of an old TV repeater station. Permission is required to climb Graham and Doubletop mountains.

No. of Entries: 3


Table 3825’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

The trail hikes to Table from either direction are some of the loveliest in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 3


Peekamoose 3819’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Contents include one massive erratic boulder at the summit, a solid view of points Ashokan, and a really wonderful pair of lookouts that take in Van Wyck mountain and surrounding lands

No. of Entries: 3


Southwest Hunter 3753’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

The most straightforward Catskill bushwhack. It’s practically a straight line to the summit.

No. of Entries: 2


Panther 3724’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Panther Mountain offers excellent hiking trails over varied terrain, an enormous boreal summit, and two wonderful scenic lookouts.

No. of Entries: 3


Big Indian 3699’

 Southern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

A trailed ascent over varied terrain. A handful of stream crossings. And a super-short bushwhack to the summit. This is a good mountain for adventurous families.

No. of Entries: 1


East Rusk 3628’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

A far more interesting mountain than its taller sibling. Adding East Rusk to Rusk turns a dull climb into an excellent Catskills hike.

No. of Entries: 1


Balsam 3607’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Balsam Mountain has beautiful hollows and excellent terrain, a fun off-trail summit marker, and a fantastic lookout.

No. of Entries: 2


Eagle 3583’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

Surrounded by extremely pleasant terrain, Eagle boasts the shortest “bushwhack” you’ll ever do.

No. of Entries: 1


Indian Head 3573’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Still my favorite Catskill mountain. It has so much to recommend it. Pair with Twin Mountain for an absolutely amazing day hike in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 2


Camel’s Hump 3558’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Varied terrain leads to a sweet summit with two solid views — and then it’s a short walk to Thomas Cole.

No. of Entries: 1


Mill Brook Ridge 3465’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

The highest of the sub-3500’ Catskills, this scenic mountain ridge is trailed from its east and west sides – but it can also be bushwhacked from several directions. It’s on my radar for 2020.

No. of Entries: 1


St. Anne’s Peak 3423’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

St. Anne’s doesn’t get a ton of traffic. It’s equal parts tranquil and wild.

No. of Entries: 1


Haynes 3413’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Often passed over on the way from Balsam to Eagle, or vice versa, Haynes offers gentle charms.

No. of Entries: 1


Giant Ledge 3214’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

One of the most popular destinations in the Park. It has all everything the Catskills can offer — rocks, roots, gnarly trees — and a famously breathtaking view.

No. of Entries: 2


Rose 3078’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

Nondescript peak on private property. Obtain permission to hike. The real draw, here, is to the south: Rochester Hollow.

No. of Entries: 1


Mount Hayden 2932’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

A peaceful, ferny, deciduous peak among some of the quietest Catskills.

No. of Entries: 1


Ginseng 2805’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Steep but hikeable, Ginseng (like close-by Mount Hayden) offers miles of peaceful, ferny mountain hiking.

No. of Entries: 1


Mount Tremper 2730’

  Fire Tower

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

One of the five Catskills fire tower mountains. Equally famous for its timber rattlesnakes.

No. of Entries: 3


Cross 2511’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A woodsy delight with an absolute gem of a scenic lookout.

No. of Entries: 1


Romer 2240’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

A quietly popular mountain with one of the loveliest trail sections in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 1


Easiest Catskills (8)


Slide 4184’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

The highest Catskill mountain is also one of the easiest and most popular Catskills peaks to hike. But it also has a number of largely unknown treats…

No. of Entries: 4


Balsam Lake 3729’

  Fire Tower

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A short, easy hike to a fire tower with an epic view makes Balsam Lake one of the Catskill’s most popular and beloved peaks.

No. of Entries: 5


Bearpen 3587’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

The Catskill 3500’s only dud. A boring mountain. You will be bored. A view near the peculiarly-wooded summit is… not too boring? But then you hike down a boring mountain. Bring a non-boring friend to help keep you awake.

No. of Entries: 1


Vly 3541’

 Northern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Vly is a good beginner bushwhack mountain. The herd path is unmaintained but clear. DEC boundary paint-marked trees will guide you to the densely-wooded summit.

No. of Entries: 1


Windham High Peak 3525’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Easy to hike and exceptionally rewarding: an enchanted spruce forest, great views of the Blackhead range, and three superb summit lookouts.

No. of Entries: 3


Huntersfield 3423’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

A quiet, peaceful, mountain situated in spectacularly bucolic surroundings.

No. of Entries: 1


Overlook 3141’

  Fire Tower

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

One of the most popular peaks in the Catskills, and a fire tower peak.

No. of Entries: 4


Red Hill 2979’

  Fire Tower

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A beautiful mountain, beautifully situated, with beautiful fire tower views!

No. of Entries: 2


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