Easiest Catskill Peaks

The easiest peaks you can do in the Catskills are suitable for most hikers. If you’re prepared to hike safely but are unsure of your ability — or if you’ve never hiked for more than four hours — these peaks will get you started on your mountain hiking journey.

 Hiking With Doggo

The mountains on this page are suitable for dogs of all sizes, though your dog(s) should always be leashed and kept close.

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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