Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Indian, NY that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and snowshoeing and is accessible from December until February.
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.
Great hike! Not too long and strenuous on the way to the ledges. Think 1.6 miles or so from the DEC..
Views are incredible!! Best view Ive seen so far in Catskill park. You can catch the sun up on one side as well as sundown on the opposite side. No need to go beyond to Panther if the views are what your into..Camping areas are all along the ledges to your left when you get to the first ledge. There are multiple fire pits and run offs connecting the sites. Plenty of flat ground and open areas for tents. There is even a privy...Find the signs...
Recommend a clear day and night. Stars covered the sky. We hung out on the ledges at night, 90 second walk from our camp.
My only complaints are there is no cell service and the Spring was just about dried up. Took hrs to fill up our water bottles. It also gets crowded on the weekends so Weekdays are recommended. Id also bring all the water you need as the hike is only around 1.6 miles from the DEC as mentioned.
I will definitely go back!!
I only did the Giant Ledge leg of this hike but the views are AMAZING. Ate at the Phoenicia diner for a filling meal before and we definitely burned through it! There's a lot of upward climbing but it's so worth it once you get to the vista. It's a popular hike so go on an off-day but that's what I did and only saw two other people. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Catskills hands down. It's also really close to Otter Creek Falls so after the hike, I'd definitely recommend a dip in those falls which is only about 1/3rd of a mile from the trail head on the road if you're coming from the Phoenicia direction. All in all, so great. Can't say enough good things. Also multiple routes you can take! The trail system is pretty extensive and there are a couple campsites too!
View from the summit was awesome. A little crowded at the first ledge, but the commoners don't travel much past that and there's more views after the first. Overall a great hike, took about 5 hours all the way to the summit and back, including stopping to check out the views and eat a snack. There's nothing to signify that you made it to the summit, you'll come up to one last overlook well beyond the 3500 foot sign. And according to the trail map on this app that's the summit. The trail continues past that down to another parking area according to other reviews on here.
The view from Giant Ledge is unreal.
Good hike specially the leg to panther mountain so worth the view.
It was absolutely beautiful. If you have a good sense of direction you should be fine. I went last week with a few friends and it was so great.
We did the 2 mile hike up hill to the ledge. It was difficult as it was uphill but absolutely worth it.
Best hike in the Catskills that I've done so far. Climb giant ledge first, as you continue to Panther mountain you we descend and ascend up Panther. There will be plenty of cut outs for pictures but if you're only looking to do a out and back, don't continue on the trail.
Great trail. Both trails combined made a great hike...beautiful views of Indian head, hunter, twins, slide and even the Devils path from a distance... Great workout too..
Solid trail, very rocky, a few fun rock scrambles to climb up, the spring was awesome, went on a Sunday was pretty crowded, 2 full sheets filled out in the register book by the time we got done. 3.5-4 hours going up with a few breaks for lunch and etc, hour back down ! Great views of the Catskills from the ledges, Panther mountain was kind of a waste but we wanted to do some extra miles!