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Great vertical ascents and views! Especially between Blackhead and Black Dome. You can cruise through these 3 peaks if you time the crowds and weather right.

backpacking
1 day ago

Rockier then I thought

hiking
2 days ago

Very rocky beautiful views and amazing temperature change at the summit definitely worth the hike up

on Slide Mountain Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Great mountain, but it was not easy to get great views. We did an up and back during the winter months. Check out my full write up which has pictures and some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/slidemountain/

Stated at Big Hollow Road to Black Dome and part of the pass to Thomas Cole. Great view from the top of Black Dome!

While I don’t write too many verbal hike reviews on here, this one definitely deserved it. I did Kaaterskill on a super hot day with a heat index of about 100 degrees, but, it’s probably my favorite of all the Catskill hikes I’ve done so far. I’ve heard this one described as a bushwhack but I really wouldn’t call it that. My exact route involved a short portion on a herd path between the long path and snowmobile loop (Stay looking to your left as the trail levels out for the herd path then make a right onto the snowmobile loop. Or head south on the loop for a couple minutes to see plane crash site #1 first.). A bit later a left off the snowmobile loop will take you up an unmarked but well defined trail to the top. The summit is nice, though wooded, but there are great views from Hurricane Ledge to the south of it (path initially points west from the summit). The second plane crash site is also just a short walk east of the summit (path initially points south). As it was such a hot day, there were just the right amount of people out and everyone I ran into was great. On the way back down I did Huckleberry Point on a whim and was glad I did. But, the bump on the way there kicked my butt a little. Between the heat and what I had already hiked that was understandable.

A couple notes for this hike: I noticed that the other trail to KHP on AllTrails is listed as EASY while this one is HARD. While I haven’t done the longer trail that goes past the ravines/falls, I’m going to venture a guess that it’s not easier. It’s about 10 miles versus 7 for this (without Huckleberry) and much more elevation gain. So I honestly think the AllTrails difficulty rating system could use a little work. It is, after all, relative to the experience level of the hiker that posts it. In comparison Catskill Mountaineer calls this hard one a 4 Star difficulty hike and the ‘easy’ longer one a 5 Star. I’m going with that until I can judge for myself. Another thing I noticed was a couple listings in the register where people said they were going to HP. So is that Huckleberry Point (probably) or Kaaterskill, which is also known as just High Peak? Please be specific with info left in the register. On a 100 degree day especially, it just might save your life!

great trail, a little steep for the most part. well worth the hard work up when you see the views at the fire tower.

This made for a wonderful morning hike- took us about 4 hours round trip with a pretty slow and steady pace and a good break at the summit. Views from the fire tower are outstanding and the volunteer at the cabin taught us some neat history about the tower and the mountain. The constant incline made it a great workout, nothing difficult per se but I definitely was feeling the burn.

backpacking
28 days ago

For the most part this trail is a pretty simple trail, after you get over all the rocks ( a lot more than expected). Then after you hit top elevation (4190) and continue down the mountain your skills really get tested. Overall this mountain is truly amazing and all the work to get to the top really pays off with the view. I would definitely recommend this trail to everyone!

This was such a great hike! We overnighted in between Cornell and Slide and it was tough with the elevation gain + big backpacks but so worth it for those views!

I'm not sure where to start, but a very poor hike. After 2 wonderful hikes in the Catskills (Devils Path, Hunter Mountain), we came upon this. I can't think of one good thing to say about this trail, other than the fact people hike it just to say they've reached the highest peak in the Catskills. After hiking up a rock bed with a creek flowing through it, we reached the summit. There were zero good viewpoints on the way up. When we finally made the top it was overgrown and we could barely see anything. The bedrock trail was also poorly marked and very confusing. There are a dozen or more better hikes in the Catskills! Don't waste your time.

Hiked from Spruceton road today. No view due to fog. there's only twoish miles that are a slow trudge uphill. the rest is pretty easy (obviously the same two miles on the way back are a little slower when its wet and slippery). Good day hike. My golden retriever and I did the hike in 4 hours (not counting a stop for snacks at the top). if I were to pick a hike from Spruceton Road, I think Hinter is better going counter clockwise, but I cant speak to what views Westkill has. definitely check out Westkill Brewing 1.5 miles on the drive out!

Hiked this in November. It was a comfortable temperature at the bottom but freezing cold at the top. The fire tower had some great views but couldn’t stay their long because of the bitter cold and Wind. But a nice hike and a light snow made it pretty

Wittenberg has lookout ledge. This was a challenging hike but well worth it.

This was a lovely hike on a lovely day. You get some nice views and challenging hike. Not the best around but it’s certainly a nice hike.

There are such better hikes in the Catskills. It’s long, crowded and the view as nothing special. How it is so popular is beyond be.

Second time hiking this mountain. Gets a little difficult towards the top but worth it!

Loved this hike!!! Did it with my 4 children ages 5,7,12 and 15. Alot of traffic of other hikers but the end is soo worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a late spring day. Nats were crazy. Definitely recommend a bug net or waiting till mid summer before hiking if you dont like bugs in your face. Other than that, it was a very easy hike straight up. Gradual climb the whole way. A handful of views from the top. Took the blue loop on the way down. Nice walk through varying types of forest that change like night and day. Lots of birding you can do as well. Crosses several little creeks on the way down. Very nice hike for any beginner and leisurely walk. Distance isnt hard at all. Took maybe 3.5 - 4 hours total.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall, this was a great moderate hike! We only traveled to the first peak because the full loop was longer than we expected (approx. 12 miles). There were a few trees that obstructed the view from the top, but close to the peak there were two amazing overlooks. If you decide to do this hike in the spring/summer - remember to bring plenty of bug spray!!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a very challenging and long hike and very worth it!

To get to the trail you have to cross a stream and idk if it varies on days of water height I would assume it does but just be prepared to get your feet wet. After that it's a rocky trail up. Trekking poles or sticks would be nice with this trail. There is no summit. There are a few look out points. Overall it was a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep hike can be challenging at points. Definitely a staple hike in the Catskills, great views toward and on the summit. Go when it's been dry for a couple days.

We had a nice hike up to the summit. There was very little mud and a very few small patches of ice still hanging around which was totally avoidable. The bugs were out in full force and the views from the lookout were very nice. I will definitely do this hike again.

Very steep, challenging hike. The view is worth every ache and pain.

Trail runners; this is a fun route but the majority of it is not runable. You climb roughly 2000ft in the first 2 miles, I’m talking super steep, a power walk at best. It gets the steepest roughly the last 1/2 to 1/4 mile. Once you summit though you can take the yellow trail to devils path which is much more runable. Devils path quickly descends roughly 3 miles to a small but cool waterfall at mile 6. I turned around and ran back up devils path running the same route backwards. In total I ended up with roughly 12 miles with over 4000 ft of climbing. Ohh, and today is may 7th 2018, and there is still snow and ice at the summit pretty much all of the way down the yellow trail to devils path.

Very steep but. Very rewarding hike. Beautiful trail.

it's a steep trail and can be rough towards the top. there was still plenty of ice for the last 0.6 miles in 1st week of May. in the end you are awarded with amazing views and a sweet ache in your legs. downhill was tricky too with slippery rocks and stones. took me 3 hours with minimal rest. reminded me of trekking in the Himalayan in Nepal. liked it and would do it again.

Black Dome and Blackhead Mountain Loop- 6mi under 5 hrs with a group of friends.

Black Dome Summit was first to see on the hike with friends. It’s the 3rd highest peak in the Catskills so the hike is an intense elevation, but so worth the view!

Black Head Mountain was gorgeous as well. Hard to compare with Black Dome since it was the second one to see on our journey

Ultimately, I thought the journey was fun, lots of climbing for the rock scramble and lots of stream crossings and mud. At this time, there is still plenty of snow and ice at the top, which makes it difficult coming down without spikes and sticks.

Beautiful pine forest and lookout at the top.

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