About Windham High Peak
This mountain really has it all: beautiful trail, scenic lookouts, an enchanted forest — and it’s easy! This is the peak I recommend to anyone who asks about hiking the Catskills for the first time.
It has three excellent routes, two of which are not steep and have no tricky or technical sections:
- The shortest is from Peck Road in the south
- The loveliest is from Cross Road in the north
- The steepest and most dramatic is via Burnt Knob in the east
There’s a lean-to near the intersection of the Elm Ridge Trail and the Escarpment Trail, and at-large backcountry camping is also allowed — campsites must be below 3500 feet in elevation and at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. More information can be found at the DEC’s Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness page.
WHP is just a super-lovely and approachable mountain that gives new hikers a real sense of the Catskills. It’s also almost always among many long-time Catskills hikers favorite peaks.
Height: 3,525ft (1,074m)
Location: Northern Catskills
Trail Type: Fully Trailed
Windham High Peak Topography
Summit Forecast: Windham High Peak
No summit forecast available for this location.