Rocky and Lone via Fisherman’s Path

Due to the remoteness of its two mountains, the ruggedness of the terrain, and the density of thick fir forest that surrounds Rocky, this is widely regarded as the toughest bushwhack hike in the Catskills.

Hike Length: 11.0 miles (17.70 km)

Total Ascent: 1,850ft (564m)

Intensity: Hardest Catskills Hike

Route Type: Lollipop

Includes: Blazed Trail, Unmarked Trail, Herd Path, Easy Bushwhack, True Bushwhack, Stream Crossing, River Crossing

Parent Rocky

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Lone’s 3500 canister

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Hiking Trail Description

Due to the remoteness of its two mountains, the ruggedness of the terrain, and the skin-shredding forest, this is widely regarded as the toughest hike in the Catskills.
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The parent mountain for this hike is Rocky.

If you do this hike, LMK how it went…

4 responses to “Rocky and Lone via Fisherman’s Path

  1. I did this solo hike in September, hiking up Table and folowing the water divide line (NY/NJ TC map) to Lone. From Lone I went a little west of the divide, that was a mistake. I got tangled up in the balsams. I was later informed that an easier route is east of the divide to Rocky I spent the night on Rocky and bushwacked down to Fishermans path down between the drainages. The Fisherman’s path seemed to switch sides of the river. It was a long hike out, but there were at least two beautiful swimming holes back there.

    1. Very cool to overnight in there. That is some remote sleeping! // Yes, I did a bunch of back and forth on the banks of the Neversink. Looking forward to revisiting.

    2. Any advice on where to camp on a 2-day trip through Neversink to Lone, Table and back out on the loop?

      1. There are lots of unofficial campsites along the western end of the Fisherman’s Path. Some look like they are not far enough from the water’s edge, so try to find one that is and follow the 150’ rule.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large but popular, busy lot.

Google Maps Location: 41.964913, -74.452577

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Non-existent below the ridge line but both summits had good LTE signals. I was able to get texts out. Surprisingly, the northwest slope of Lone also had 3G for a fair while below the summit. My network is Verizon. YMMV.