Windham High Peak

Easy to hike and exceptionally rewarding: an enchanted spruce forest, great views of the Blackhead range, and three superb summit lookouts.

Peak Details

Height:  3,525ft  (1,074m)

Range:  Northern Catskills

Level:  Easy

Scenic:   Yes 

Trail Type:  Fully Trailed

 Windham High Peak Hiking Trails & Hikes

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12 Best Fall Foliage Hikes in the Catskills

When the fall foliage hits, the Catskills offer a true golden spectacle. Here are a the most popular Catskills hikes to view the autumn extravaganza.

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Windham High Peak in 3 Minutes (Walk-Thru Video)

This is one of my favorite hikes to do in The Catskills. This video walks you through the trails and junctions from trailhead to summit, giving you a clear sense of just how lovely this hike is.

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Solar Eclipse 2021

Nothing beats watching the sun come up from a mountain summit — except maybe walking into the woods in the dead of night, alone, to catch an eclipse.

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Hike Windham High Peak from Cross Road

This might be my new favorite way to hike WHP. The easy first mile and the hemlock-rich woods at the start of this route make it such a pleasant way to begin and end this beautiful day hike.

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Hike Windham High Peak from Peck Road

One of the easiest Catskill high peaks to hike is also one of the most rewarding — with an enchanted spruce forest, great views of the Blackhead range, and three awesome summit lookouts.

Windham High Peak from Burnt Knob

Windham High Peak via Burnt Knob (with Acra Point)

Hike to Windham High peak through beautiful riparian terrain to a long ridge that’s peppered with amazing views.

 Windham High Peak Topography

 Summit Forecast: Windham High Peak

The page URL below shows the weather at Windham High Peak’s summit for the next six days.

If a foreacast for a peak is not directly available, this page may display a link to a nearby location.

Windham High Peak Information

Windham High Peak 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.

Windham High Peak has three excellent routes, two of which are not steep and have no tricky or technical sections:

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.

The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail from New York City to Albany, is contiguous with the Escarpment Trail which passes over the summit of Windham High Peak.

Windham High Peak 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.

Before hiking any mountain, make sure you have everything you need for a safe mountain hike, including the ten essentials and some basic mountain hiking gear.

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