Slide Mountain Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Slide Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Indian, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles 1800 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

A short jog up a 4,000 foot peak in the Catskills and another on your NE 111er list. This is a very easy climb up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. Like other summits in the Catskills the top is wooded but there is an overlook near the top that offers great views over the surrounding hills. You'll also pass through very distinct forest stands on the way to the top (look at the mountain in satellite view to see what I mean). I did this easily in an afternoon and had great views from near the top at sunset.

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2 months ago

Took me to a whole new level!

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2 months ago

Great hike. Limited but great views and nice terrain changes. Love hiking in NY!

3 months ago

Limited to no view at the summit but there are a few spots to get a view on your way up

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3 months ago

This hike by itself, without continuing to Cornell and Wittenberg, is a great, steady exercise but is quite boring, lacking great exposed views (there are some, but not the best, before the summit) or water features.
Note that the two viewpoints facing south, one on Curtis-Ormsbee trail and one past Slide Mt summit, which are marked with dots on the map here, are apparently quite easy to miss, as we did (we were generally on the lookout for them, but not closely tracking ourselves by the map.)
The trail is very easy, there are NO rock scrambles to the summit (some right past it.)

4 months ago

Good hike. Did it with my 9 year old in about 2 hours. Views are not great because of trees but a small lookout before the summit is actually best.

4 months ago

good hike took my 4yr old son it is mainly rock scramble good day. out on the trail

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4 months ago

Nicely maintained trail. It takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes to summit. A lot of coniferous trees make for a soft, padded forest floor.

Running or hiking shoes are probably best for this trail.

Not a very strenuous or steep ascent either.

It's well shaded too so not too much exposure to the sun which makes for cooler hiking conditions.

The view isn't as spectacular as I thought it would be considering that it's the highest peak in the Catskills. I much prefer Twin Mt. and Plateau Mt. just to the north.

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5 months ago

I liked this small hike on a rocky path through some beautiful forest. Good length for an afternoon. A little steep at times but it's not bad at all, just take your time.
The actual summit was a bit of a disappointment because of a poor view obstructed by trees. Maybe in the fall with fewer trees is actually the best time to go! Enjoy

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6 months ago

Great hike! I wish there was a few less trees at the top so you could see more of the view but all in all a great hike and well marked. We also followed the trail towards cornell mountain which I highly recommend the views are incredible and there are some neat stairs you climb. I highly recommend hiking the first .5 mile of the trial to cornell along with this hike

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6 months ago

Did an overnight backpacking trip up the mountains and got a spot at the summit. Great hike! Strenuous in some parts but overall a great time!

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1 year ago

Slide Mtn is one of the most enjoyable trails within the Catskills. The trek from Slide to Wittenburg was incredible. Lots of Chipmunks to keep you company. Scenic views along many portions of the trail. If you intend to bring a dog along be prepared for some bushwhacking. Some of the cliffs along the trail are long and steep.

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1 year ago

Rather smooth elevation gain. Peaceful.

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1 year ago

Was foggy and a cool 55 degrees so didn't get to enjoy the views!!! Will have to return.

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1 year ago

As with Panther Mtn, go early...I'd also recommend taking the Yellow trail and then heading East/left at the Curtis Monument, it adds 1.2 miles but is much prettier, more varied and has more views than the shorter (and very rocky) Wittenberg/Red trail. There are a few ledges facing NE as you approach the peak,but there is no view from the top. Reckon on 4hrs.

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1 year ago

Short and moderate hike. It was nice. Scenery at the top was nice. Not much to see outside of that but it's a good hike.

1 year ago