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New Catskills Hiking Trail: Ticetonyk Mountain

I figured Ticetonyk was beautifully positioned to have great views — but I had no idea. The two main lookouts are now among my favorites in the Catskill Park. This hike report is split into two posts: 1) the new DEC trail up to the first scenic view, and 2) a tough off-trail bushwhack to the summit and beyond to an even better scenic view.

Hike Length: 2.8 miles (4.51 km)

Total Ascent: 900ft (274m)

Intensity: Difficult Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Unmarked Trail

Parent Ticetonyk

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 A new, un-blazed trail to a wonderful ledge and scenic view. (Ignore the off-trail/bushwhack section of this GPS track, and stick to the trailed route.)

Hiking Trail Description

This brand new trail is un-blazed but it’s based on old roads and logging trails so it’s easy to follow. Although it’s short, it’s steep, and there are three unmarked turns along the way. I’ve included key photos in the post, and all major waypoints are included in the GPS track, which you can download.

Trailhead

The lot is a small unmarked enclosure on Peck Road in Shokan. I drove up from Route 28 via Bostock Road and then, and the sign for YMCA Camp Seewackamano, turned right onto Peck Road. After about 1500 ft you’ll see a large white house on the left, surrounded by low stone walls. The parking area for the Ticetonyk hiking trail is right before the house, and also on the left.

Ticetonyk Hiking Trail

The trail leads up from the back of the small lot and the first section is pretty level. Make sure to stay on the trail as it passes between the YMCA Camp on the left and private property on the right.

climbing wall in woods
Camp Seewackamano Course

This trail is so new it has not yet been fully cleared of blowdown…

blowdown on trail
Blowdown

First Turn

The first major waypoint comes about half-a-mile into the hike. Turn right here and head uphill.

turn
First Waypoint

Parts of this trail are quite steep. There are no obstacles to contend with but it’s definitely a huffer.

Just above 1800’, the trail curves to the left and passes through a rugged section that seems to be a drainage off the mountain.

boulders in woods
Rocky drainage furrow

From all around here, you can start looking back through the trees and watch the Burroughs Range come into view.

Ticetonyk is covered in Mountain Laurel. Really thick stands of the stuff. I can’t wait to come back here when everything’s in bloom.

Second Turn

Just above 2100’, another fork appears in the trail. On this day, both trails had blowdown lying across them — a common way-finding sign that means “not this way”. Use the left trail. Just step over the blowdown, if it’s still there.

trail fork
Second Waypoint

Third Turn

A few minutes later you’ll come to the final turn, also unmarked. Again, turn left. (The planned trail continues straight ahead but ends after 750 ft or so. I didn’t check it out.)

turn left here
Third waypoint

The trail descends a little until you come to an obvious lookout.

West View

The view here is really tremendous. I messed up the exposures on my DSLR so my shots aren’t great but, trust me, your efforts will be well rewarded with this view.

Looking toward the Ashokan Reservoir and Ashokan High Point

scenic ledge
West View Ledge

Looking toward the Burroughs Range…

mountain ridgeline
Burroughs Range

The ledge has some cool graffiti chiseled into it, probably in the 1800’s…

rock graffiti
1800’s Graffiti

But it’s the wide mountain vista that wins the day…

scenic mountain view
Scenic View

From here, you can simply return to the parking area by reversing your hike.

Special Note

An second post covers the bushwhack section of this hike, albeit via a different route. Do not follow the off-trail route shown on this post’s GPS track. It is not a good route. The best way to get to Ticetonyk’s exceptional eastern scenic view is from the south side of the mountain via the Peck Road route.

Similar Hikes

This new Catskills hiking trail may or may not be kid-friendly: it’s quite a short hike but it’s also a bit of steep hike — you know what your small people can handle. It’s definitely a scenic hike.

Trailhead Info for this Hike

Description: Smallish lot to the left of a large white house and stone fence.

GPS Location: 41.995140, -74.229387

Location: The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead.

Cell Service

Service from trailhead, viewpoints and summit. Patchy in between. My network is Verizon. YMMV.

3 responses to “New Catskills Hiking Trail: Ticetonyk Mountain

  1. This is a great little hike with a payoff. Thanks!

    I’m looking forward to your post about how to get through the bushwhacking section after the first scenic view. I was able to follow the your path to about 600′ but the trail became impassible. I’ve been up Ticetonyk from the Peck Road access parking lot which is also a wonderful hike.

    1. It was so tough, and I did it earlier in the year. It must be even harder right now. I’ll get that post finished soon.

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