Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Indian, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
January 6 - Single digit's, fresh layer of snow. Clear sunny day with great visibility. Snowshoes not needed but micro's a must.
December 3, light snow, good views of big slide. First hike in the Catskills. Will return in the summer!
did this hike December 1st 2016. The view from Giant ledge was absolutely amazing. The view from Panther mountain was OK but the ledge is small and there were trees cleared to provide a better view. I think a little more trees need to be cleared for a better view. My girlfriend and I completed the entire hike in 4.5 hours but we took it easy. Overall it's not a difficult hike. The ascent in the beginning was the hardest part and the rest was pretty easy. The trail was very muddy but it wasn't a big deal. If I do it again I'll just go as far as the Giant Ledge which was well worth the hike.
From Giant Ledge there are nice views of the surrounding Catskills. I did it on December 1st - a weekday so there were no crowds. I was hoping for a more challenging hike though. Panther is on the easy side of moderate.
My friend and I hiked Giant and Panther today with clear blue skies and occasional fair weather clouds. Temps in the high 40's and about a 5 hour trek. Terrific vistas especially on East side of Giant. We reached Panther peak (no real signs to mark summit) and enjoyed some good vistas north and east back towards Hudson valley and Kingston in the distance. Met quite a few hikers who ventured up from NYC or Westchester county, including a delightful lunch with two of them on Panther summit. The only caveat is to be careful on descent when blue trail turns back to yellow, as there are 2 yellow trails...one that heads to Slide parking lot and one back to Giant Ledge parking near hairpin curve in road on County route 47. Easy to take the wrong one if you're not paying attention!
Great views on giant ledge, panther mountain good hike as well, did it in the first snow of the year. Moderate/easy hike don't be fooled by the steep incline at the beginning it is relatively easy after that. Recommended
Amazing hike. It's on the easier side of moderate.
I only went to the giant ledges I plan to go back to do panther mountain on a weekday when its less crowded . The veiws are pretty cool but they certainly draw some pretty big crowds. Hearing other people's conversations and the guy blasting maroon 5 on his blue tooth speakers kind of took away from it though . still a pretty cool veiw for a pretty moderate hike .
The overlooks cant get better than this. In the peak fall season crowds are common on giants ledge but if you put in the work for an extra 1.5 mile and 700 ft difference the evergreen forest on panther mountain is incredible with way less people.
Loved the views. Peak was a little hard to find. Maybe not ideal for dogs. Lots of rocks.