Moderate Catskill Peaks | Mountain-Hiking.com

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. Here’s a great read on how to hike your dog safely.

Moderate Catskills (23)


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: 3


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


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: 3


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: 1


East Rusk 3628’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Bushwhack

A far more interesting mountain than its taller sibling. 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 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: 1


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


Camel’s Hump 3558’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

No. of Entries: 1


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’

 Northeastern Catskills

 Partially Trailed

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

No. of Entries: 1


Haynes 3413’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

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

No. of Entries: 1


Giant Ledge 3214’

 Southern Catskills

 Fully 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: 2


Rose 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


Mount Hayden 2932’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

A peaceful, ferny, deciduous peak among some of the quietest Catskills.

No. of Entries: 1


Ginseng 2805’

 Northern Catskills

 Fully Trailed

Steep but hikeable, Ginseng (like close-by Mount Hayden) offers miles of peaceful, ferny mountain hiking.

No. of Entries: 1


Mount Tremper 2730’

  Fire Tower

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

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

No. of Entries: 3


Cross 2511’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

 Scenic

A woodsy delight with an absolute gem of a scenic lookout.

No. of Entries: 1


Romer 2240’

 Central Catskills

 Fully Trailed

A quietly popular mountain with one of the loveliest trail sections in the Catskills.

No. of Entries: 1


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