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did this trail yesterday and it was a great workout! it was a beautiful day and part of the trail was a little muddy. i added up doing 12miles total since i passed table view. there is no sign for either view point so make sure you dont miss it! table is after a steep climb right at a bend. after that view point you qill climb on the summit of table which is like a small forest of ever green type trees. if you enter the forest of beautiful trees then you missed the view point! i completed this in less the 6hours including breaks with my dog. make sure you time properly. i got a late start and the sun was setting as i walked out. in the mountains it starts to get dark at around 4, even though sunset is 445 currently with all the trees you start to lose light earlier. great trail overall

This is my first! I would go again.

on Halcott Mountain

3 months ago

I hiked this on a solo attempt in November of 2003. I will never forget it. No trail, I just followed the contour lines up and my friends description. I summited in no time, already planning a second hike on my way up. On the descent, clouds quickly rolled in and the whole mountain was wrapped in fog. All the features across the valley I was using for reference disappeared. I was young, and panicked. Started almost running down, and slipped. Pulled my groin. I should have stopped to regroup and hike back up to start over, but couldn’t. Long story short, I ended up at base of mountain on the north side. WAY off trail. Took me the rest of the day to find the road and hitchhike to a bus and back to my car. Lesson learned: don’t make decisions while panicking, and obviously use a GPS! Haha. I didn’t have one back then. Great hike otherwise tho.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike. Strenuous at times (I agree with those who say it's more moderate/hard) the view was worth it and the Forrest itself was beautiful!

Great hike. The beginning is leisurely and includes views of waterfalls / a stream. Once you get to the bridge take a quick right and head on the other side of the stream (I went left at the bridge initially). The hike up is steep at points and decently challenging - there is some climbing involved and felt a bit longer than 6 miles total. The view at the top is worth the trek but note this is a moderate to hard hike on the way up.

Great solitary hike! My wife and I did this hike on the Wednesday before Labor Day and we didn’t see a single other person the entire time. So if you like “lightly trafficked” this is your hike!

Some things to note: The views on the summit are spread out. You have to go past the summit as indicated on the AllTrails map to get to some ledges with outstanding views.

The “moderate” rating of this trail turns hard towards the summit when the snowmobile trail becomes a steep rock slide.

Also, the trail splits where there is a danger sign. I stayed on the well established snowmobile trail as the danger sign trail is becoming overgrown.

This would be an amazing hike during late fall or early spring as the views would be spectacular.

Great hike! Beautiful from the minute you get on the trail all the way up to the outlook! The waterfalls were awesome! Gets pretty steep and a little tough to hike on the way up but nothing extremely difficult. We hiked on a mild summer day after rain the day before so it was a little muddy in some spots. We really took our time to enjoy the waterfalls, the outlook point, and we took a little break on the way up so it took us about 6 hours to complete the entire trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy to follow, beautiful view at top

Great hike beautiful view just before Table and awesome view Ashokan high peaks at the summit of Peekamoose when you get to the rock look for the trail on the left side coming up from denning road

We started at Peekamoose and hiked through to the river at the bottom of Table. There were some nice views just off of the path. The trail was well marked but definitely difficult terrain as this was a steep up and down hill. Beautiful camping spots on the river.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Not wonderfully marked but the view is pretty at the top. Quite a steep climb at points. Enjoyed this hike for the workout as much as the view.

Beautiful trail to hike, HOWEVER set the expectation that there is very minimal view. The only indication that you’ve reached the submit of Table Mountain is the Cairn that you should notice around the 4mi mark (if starting from the Denning Road trail head). Make the effort to continue the next mile or so through the Peekamoose summit to the overlook. Decent views, although no real space to spread out and take it all in. Overall, as most have previously stated, the hike isn’t worth the view BUT, at least it’s a good work out.

had someone on the path not told me to make a left at the boulder, I would have totally missed the best part of the hike. I think the trail went on for another half mile after the summit... Steeply down hill. does anyone want to end and in and out hike at the bottom? so I skipped the last half mile, making my total hike 9 miles. Table Mountain was really disappointing. I'm glad I didn't follow the sign pointing to the lean-to. another hiker said there was nothing to see there. i did enjoy the strong scent of pine on the approach to Peekamoose. anyway, this was my first two of the Catskill 3500. I spotted a toad, lots of chipmunks and a few squirrels. no snakes, bears or coyote. :)))

If you like peace and quiet and serious exercise, this is the trail for you.

By the end of the day, we were out of gas and wobbly for the last mile. (Fortunately, and unlike us, the car wasn't out of gas.) We easily burned thousands of calories that day - no exaggeration. Despite bringing a nice lunch and a bunch of snacks, we were ravenous at trail's end and headed to the diner. My dinner was served on what looked like a turkey platter and I was sure there was no way I'd be able to finish it, but finish I did. When we arrived home 3 hours later, I was again famished.

Yes, it's that kind of hike. You'll get a sense of accomplishment when you complete this one.

Hiked this section of trail a few times in the past couple of weeks on different trips in both directions. Nice steep climbs as you close in on Table, reliable spring and shelter as well. Nice views reward the hard work.

Hiked this today. With my dog, it took us 5 hours (not including time at the top of the mountain for lunch). It was a solid 9 miles. Definitely go past the Peekamoose summit huge boulder 40-50 feet ti find the trail on the left for the view that will make the day worth it! I could write more, but cant say it better than the write up on catskill mountaineer and eastcoast hiker websites. long intermediate trail. 1800 ft elevation increase. Well marked!

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!

great hike just did this yesterday ..always 1 of my fav.

hiking
7 months ago

really nice trail. the views from the top were stunning. I came around 2. and Dident leave the Moutain till around 530. I was the last one on the trail and it was getting dark pretty fast in there. its mostly all forest hike. so if you plan an over night or to stay later for a fire. bring a flashlight or headlamp. also some trees were done blocking the trail in parts. bug spray is a must.

A nice hike with some great views of the Hudson Valley. The summit views are easy to miss if you are not careful but there is lookout at Peekamoose! Just find the large bolder and turn right, walk through the trees a few feet and there is a nice ledge. Buttermilk waterfall is even nearby if you want to take a quick detour via car afterwards.

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.

Beautiful pine forest and lookout at the top.

Girlfriend and I both liked this hike a lot. First mile-ish is pretty flat, following along a beautiful stream. Rest of the hike is fairly steep but not too bad. Still quite a bit of snow when we went, crampons were definitely necessary. The view from the look out is amazing and the overall terrain and surrounding forest is interesting and unique through out. Lots of old stone walls and structures along the beginning.

This was just a quick hike exploring around Diamond Notch Falls. The trail was icy in places and the falls were free flowing.

hiking
11 months ago

There’s no trail. It’s kind of a bushwack with herd paths emerging and disappearing along the way. Better in winter without the nettles. Steep for the Catskills and a short climb from 42 to the cannister. It’s not anyone’s favorite of the 35 because of the lack of views and stinging nettles in summer but I think it’s an underrated hike. There are a few nice waterfalls and a series of well preserved stone walls that I was told date to the early 1800s.

hiking
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Not a bad hike, but truly a trailless hike. It’s pretty much up starting at the parking lot. Overall there was some views

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful trail with waterfalls at beginning and some minor technical climbs. Would say it’s moderately difficult. The lookout is breathtaking. Summit ecosystem very nice as well. My top 10 of Catskills hikes.

It was a good workout and the Blue Hole at the bottom made my efforts worth while but there is no view unless you go on to the next summit. I was pretty disappointed to realize that after hiking 10 miles up vertical rock scrambles in 90 degree weather.

Monday, September 25, 2017

One of the better hikes I have done in the Catskills. Recently moved from Utah, and this trail was nearly as challenging as some hikes there. Very rewarding and a wonderful view.

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