Catskill 3500 High Peaks

This page sorts the recently-adjusted list of Classic Catskills 3500 High Peaks into four groups: easy, moderate, difficult, hardest.

This is the complete list of mountains you’ll need to hike to become a member of the Catskill 3500 Club. Although there are only 33 peaks, four must be repeated in winter — so: 37 climbs in total. Full details at the Club’s website. It’s an extremely rewarding endeavor.

In early 2021, the traditional list of 35 Catskill High Peaks was reduced by two after the closure of Doubletop and Graham to public hiking.

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Hardest 3500 Catskills (5)


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: 2


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


Difficult 3500 Catskills (13)


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


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: 3


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, two epic ledges and many scenic spots with some of the best mountain views in the Park.

No. of Entries: 3


Twin 3650’

  Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

  Scenic

Incredibly fun to hike, Twin Mountain includes some the grandest views in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 5


Fir 3629’

  Central Catskills

 Bushwhack

  Canister

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

No. of Entries: 2


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

Everything about Sherrill is a little bit mysterious…

No. of Entries: 2


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


Moderate 3500 Catskills (10)


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: 4


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


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: 2


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: 2


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


Easiest 3500 Catskills (5)


Slide 4184’

  Southern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

  Scenic

The tallest mountain in the Catskills is one of the easiest Catskills to hike. Slide Mountain also features 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: 4


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