Mount Pisgah

This short, steep hike is packed with fascinating parts.

Hike Length: 2.2 miles (3.54 km)

Total Ascent: 720ft (219m)

Intensity: Moderate Catskills Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Blazed Trail, Road Walk

Parent Mount Pisgah

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 A short, sharp out-and-back.

Hiking Trail Description

Mount Pisgah is one of two Mount Pisgahs in the Catskills. This small strange peak in the Northern Catskills is always such a treat to hike.

I’ve hiked Mount Pisgah several times. This is a quiet and interesting route that offers significant charms.

There are so many parts to this trail: the road walk, the abandoned logged trees, the boulder ledge and bare quarry, the steep sections, the views, and then there’s that mysterious summit with its olde worlde remnants.

Mount Pisgah is, like Ticetonyk in the Central Catskills, the kind of uncelebrated small mountain that the locals use to get into nature regularly and stay healthy. It’s also unique, historic, and a little strange.

I love this little hike so much.

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Mount Pisgah (Northern Catskills) Hiking Trail

The Mount Pisgah hiking trail includes…

  • A short road walk to the trailhead
  • Logging debris
  • An abandoned quarry
  • Dramatic boulders
  • A scenic view
  • A historic, mysterious, evergreen summit
  • This trail also happens to be a very sweet section of the Long Path

A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with 11 sensational photos.

Mount Pisgah Hike Time

Allow 90 minutes for this hike.

Mount Pisgah Elevation Gain

The elevation gain for this hike is 720 feet (apx 220 meters).

Mount Pisgah Trail Notes & Gallery

Start by parking on a small roadside pull-off on County Route 10 in Durham, NY.

Mount Pisgah roadside parking
Roadside parking for this hike

Walk north about 250 feet and look to the left side of the road for the entrance into the woods. There is no official trailhead or register. You may notice some aqua Long Path blazes—which are non-reflective paint daubs, so make sure you complete this hike before dusk.

At first, this route meanders through some logging debris…

Mount Pisgah Northern Catskills
Logging debris

Next you’ll pass some dramatic ledge boulders and an open quarry…

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Roadside pull-off.

Google Maps Location: 42.375210, -74.232683

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Patchy throughout. My network is Verizon. YMMV.