Escarpment Trail to Burnt Knob is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maplecrest, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October.
I had a really nice time with this trail. There was lots to see and minimal people on the day I was there. I almost made it all the way to Burnt Knob but stopped a little short since rain was in the forecast. Still got to take in some nice views at WHP. Altogether I made about a 9 mile hike out of it. This will be the one to beat for the rest of the season. Just mind the large rocks on the way back down. They can be a little slippery.
Great trail! Different areas make for different type of hiking and sight seeing. I loved the pine tree forest. I do recommend hiking boots though. There are a lot of rocks to step on, over, and climb up. It has been a hot dry summer so the trail was dry. I can see where it gets muddy in other seasons so be prepared for that.
I summited Windham High Peak (WHP) using the Escarpment Trail (blue markers) from the Cross Road Parking Area. You can also access WHP and the Escarpment Trail from the Peck Road Parking Area. You take the Elm Ridge Trail (yellow markers) which then connects to the Escarpment Trail. You reach the summit just after the 3500’ sign. There is a vista on the right of the trail with views of X. Continuing toward the summit, there is another vista on the left. The summit is denoted by a USGS marker embedded in the rock just past this view point.
Overall, the hike is a pretty steady incline that wanders through some old growth forests and would be suitable for older children (maybe 10 and older).
Great climb with my 2 boys, my friend and his four boys. Ages 6 to 11. The view was obscured by cloud cover when we got to the peak but quickly cleared in 10-15 minutes. Definitely will do it again in the summer.
Very good trail for moderate hikers. No big rocks to climb. 3 good views on top. Took us 4 hours there and back.
Pretty mellow compared to other mountains in the Catskills. Elevation gain will make you sweat and give you a decent cardio workout but nothing technical. Only took about 90 mins to get to the top at a moderate pace. Some very dense and very cool old growth pine wooded areas along the route up. A required hike for the Catskill 3500 club. Would have done Black Dome too had I had more time.
Beautiful hike on a cool fall afternoon
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Windham High Peak is a section of the network of trails in the area that interconnect, suitable for easy family nature walks right up to day-long hikes to the number of challenging summits. Windham High Peak itself is a relatively easy to moderate peak to reach, taking you through a variety of terrains, deciduous woods, dark pine forest and open rocky trails. The summit area has 3 great vantage points delivering spectacular views. One that made me smile was the sight of the famous 'Point Lookout Inn' which makes its name from the alleged "5 state view" from the property. Looking down on the now tiny white inn on rt 23, then looking up and out again from the peak is a nice experience.. NOW can you see 5 states ? !!
Again we completed this on a clear, blue sky day. Mid to strong winds and pleasant 65 degree temperature. We were in no hurry to complete this and enjoyed the day
Hiked Windham this past Sunday (Oct 5th, 2014). Perfect time of the year if fall colors are what you want to see. the "Trail Info" indicates this hike is 6.6 miles but my gps measured the hike at 7.51 miles and I didn't wander off the trail at any point. Having said that this is an easy hike, suitable for couples and families. If the leaves are off the trees you'll have to be extra careful with your footing. This is a rocky trail and fallen leaves will cover loose rocks. This is a required hike for the 3500 Foot Club but it is also a hike with numerous view points. I would compare it to the Panther Mtn hike along Giant Ledge. Tons of great places to stop, take pictures or eat with a million dollar view. Start at the Trailhead at the very end of Big Hollow Rd. then walk BACK down the road you just drove up for about 100 feet. Walking in this direction the trailhead is on your right (to the North). Cross a small foot bridge and the trail register is just a few steps past the end of the bridge. This year the streams were pretty dry, that's good because there are numerous small streams that you have to rock-hop across. It could be tough in a rainy season. The initial trail from the trailhead is the red-blazed Black Dome Range Trail. After about the mile you come to a trail intersection (intersects with the Escarpment Trail). Take the blue-blazed Escarpment Trail to your left (West). There are signs at this intersection, so if you can read, you won't get lost. Stay on this trail for another 2.5 miles to Windham High Point. The lookouts along the trail provides views to the North, South and West. If you have ever hiked Blackhead, Black Dome and Thomas Cole, you will enjoy seeing them from across the valley (impressive). Once you top Windham turn around a retrace your steps back to the trailhead. I highly recommend this hike. If you are trying to hike the Catskills Highest Hundred then you'll want to pick up Brunt Knob and Acra Point while you are on the Escarpment Trail. You can add both these peaks without increasing the mileage very much.
I did this trail after not hiking at all for about over two years. There are a lot of uphill climbs especially towards the top of the peak. It took a little longer than anticipated because we had to make many rest breaks. The views were good but minimal due to then being in three small outcroppings only. I would defiantly do this again when I'm more avidly hiking, it would be much more enjoyable I think.