Halcott Mountain is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Shandaken, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
relatively easy bushwack, solitude Halcott Mountain is a trail-less peak in the Catskills. At 3537 feet in elevation, it just makes the cut as a required hike for entry into the Catskill 3500 club. This hike is a relatively easy bushwack through a hard wood forest. There is no trail so you will have to rely on your own navigation skills (map, compass, GPS). It is easier to hike this mountain in the Fall or Spring when the leaves are down. You will most likely not see any one else on your journey. From the trailhead, follow the herd path to top of falls. Cross the creek and head generally in a NW direction. If you travel along the creek you may see several stone foundations. After a steep climb of 1400 feet in a little over 3/4 mile, you reach the ridge. Follow the ridge now SW for about a mile. The walking is much quicker now with short climbs followed by level stretches. At the summit, you can sign the register. Unfortunately, there are no great views at the top.
It was lovely in the winter no navigation needed just follow the tracks
This is a required hike for the 3500 Foot Club (Catskills). It is a trail-less peaks and it entirely uphill from the parking lot to the summit. The ascent is about 1700+ feet in 1.5 miles! Lots of stinging nettles and canes near the summit. I spit-up one of my lungs about half way up this steep mountain. If you find it please let me know. There are limited views from the peak and no entirely clear views. Probably not the sort of hike you'd want to do just for the fun of it. However there is an abundance of small water falls (two different streams) near the base of the mountain that make for good pictures, if you know what you're doing (I don't).