Bushwhack Ticetonyk South Ridge

A short, steep bushwhack through old farmland dotted with stone fences, to excellent views of the Ashokan, Eastern Devil’s Path, Burroughs Range, and Giant Ledge.

Hike Length: 2.9 miles (4.67 km)

Total Ascent: 1,300ft (396m)

Intensity: Difficult Catskills Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Blazed Trail, Herd Path, True Bushwhack

Parent Ticetonyk

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 Out and back bushwhack route. The steep sections are very steep.

Hiking Trail Description

This is a fun and challenging short hike, through extremely varied terrain. Strong backcountry navigations skills are required. Waterproof boots are highly recommended.

Ticetonyk Mountain is a lower Catskill peak in the Phoenicia/Mt. Tobias Wild Forest near the town of Mount Tremper.

This route uses a well-blazed trail to get started, and then plots a bushwhack route to some old woods roads which soon connect with a herd path that runs directly up the ridge to the summit.

This mountain is steep; every ascent is a huffer. Bring your best legs.

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Ticetonyk Eastern Bushwhack Route

This Ticetonyk hiking route includes…

  • A weird start
  • Lots of stone fences
  • A small marsh
  • Open woods
  • Old woods roads
  • A very sweet ridge walk
  • Great views of the Ashokan Reservoir
  • A celebrity connection
  • A unique view of Samuels Point and the Burroughs Range

A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with 17 valuable photos.

Ticetonyk Bushwhack Hike Time

Allow apx 2 hours for this hike.

Ticetonyk Elevation Gain

The elevation gain for this hike is 1300 feet (apx 400 meters).

Trail Notes & Gallery

The access road to this lot is short but severely washed-out (as of December 2023). Your car should have plenty of clearance; my Elantra barely made it up the heavily rutted incline.

Ticetonyk Mountain Catskills
Peck Road eastern DEC lot

But the lot itself is generous—much bigger than the western lot just two minutes away, if you want to hike the relatively new Ticetonyk Trail to a great scenic view.

Although this route contains true bushwhacking, it begins with what must be the strangest section of public land in the entire Catskills…

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Parts of this hike are true bushwhack, meaning there is no trail to follow. Most of it, though, is blazed trails and herd paths. Still, you should be an experienced backcountry hiker before attempting this off-trail route.

Untrailed hikes are great when you want some solitude, and this one comes with two great scenic views. The cost? It’s quite steep.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Small lot. Washed-out access road. Your car should have good clearance.

Google Maps Location: 41.990480, -74.214373

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Patchy all over, but better than most Catskills hikes! My network is Verizon. YMMV.