Moderate Catskill Peaks

These moderate peaks are suitable for hikers who are able to hike for at least four hours. If you’re prepared to hike, and have some experience, these peaks offer years of excellent all-season fun.

 Hiking With Doggo

Most of the mountains on this page are suitable for dogs, though your dog(s) should always be leashed and kept close. A few have routes that might require a lift for your dog, for example up a tricky ledge.

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


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