Difficult Catskill Peaks

These difficult mountains are suitable for hikers who are able to hike uphill for at least four hours. If you’re prepared to hike, and are physically fit, these peaks will provide some of the finest challenges and most jaw-dropping beauty in the Catskill Park.

 Hiking With Doggo

Most of the mountains listed below are suitable for dogs, though your dog(s) should always be leashed and kept close. Many have routes that will require lifting your dog several feet, for example up a tricky ledge.

Difficult Catskills (19)


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: 2


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’

 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.

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’

 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: 2


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: 1


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: 1


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


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: 1


Ashokan High Point 3086’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 1


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


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: 2


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