All Catskill Mountains

All mountain lists seem to be arranged by 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, the highest mountain in the Catskill Park, is one of the easiest peaks to hike: 90 minutes from the parking area and you’re done. It’s popular for a reason! Whereas Rocky Mountain, which has the second lowest summit, is the hardest Catskill mountain to even get to.

This Catskills List is Different

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

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 on that mountain listed on the site — quickly increasing

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

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

This is a full list of the Catskill mountains I’ve climbed. It includes all the classic Catskill High Peaks, as well an increasing 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’

 Central 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: 2


Lone 3700’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

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

No. of Entries: 1


North Dome 3605’

 Central 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, and 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: 1


Van Wyck 3206’

 Southern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


Difficult Catskills (15)


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: 1


Blackhead 3940’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 1


West Kill 3898’

 Central 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.

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: 2


Plateau 3835’

 Central 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: 2


Rusk 3686’

 Northern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Steep, steep, steep but a good candidate for your first bushwhack hike. Overall, kinda boring. Add East Rusk for a better time.

No. of Entries: 1


Kaaterskill High Peak 3652’

 Northern 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: 1


Twin 3650’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 1


Fir 3629’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


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’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

Sherrill is just a little bit mysterious…

No. of Entries: 1


Halcott 3509’

 Northern Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Canister

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

No. of Entries: 1


Plattekill 3106’

 Central 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: 1


Moderate Catskills (20)


Hunter 4030’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 1


Thomas Cole 3953’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


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: 2


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: 2


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: 2


Southwest Hunter 3753’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

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

No. of Entries: 1


Panther 3724’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Panther offers varied terrain and flora, a huge alpine summit, and a wonderful scenic lookout.

No. of Entries: 1


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 a canister. This is a good mountain for adventurous families.

Hikes Coming Soon!


East Rusk 3628’

 Northern Catskills

 Bushwhack

This is a far more interesting mountain than its taller cousin — 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 has several approaches, a fun off-trail summit marker, and a great lookout point just north of the summit.

No. of Entries: 1


Eagle 3583’

 Central Catskills

 Partially Trailed

 Canister

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


Indian Head 3573’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 2


Camel’s Hump 3558’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


Mill Brook Ridge 3465’

 Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

 Scenic

The highest of the sub-3500’ Catskills. This mountain is trailed from the east from Balsam Lake Mountain, and from the west from Alder Lake. But but the summit can also be bushwhacked from several directions. It’s on my radar for 2020.

No. of Entries: 1


St. Anne’s Peak 3423’

 Northern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

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

No. of Entries: 1


Huntersfield 3423’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


Haynes 3413’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

Hikes Coming Soon!


Giant Ledge 3214’

 Southern Catskills

 Partially 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: 1


Rose Mountain 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


Tremper 2730’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 1


Easiest Catskills (5)


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: 2


Balsam Lake 3729’

 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: 3


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.

Hikes Coming Soon!


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, where there’s a canister.

Hikes Coming Soon!


Windham High Peak 3525’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

Easy to hike and exceptionally rewarding, Windham High Peak gives you two enchanted woods to pass through. You’ll get great views of the Blackhead range. From the summit, you can see the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

No. of Entries: 1


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