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16 hours ago

Absolutely stunning. A picture perfect day. Trail is broken in despite several feet of snow. I used my poles and micro spikes and didn’t have any problems slipping/sliding. Can’t wait to go back!

Just went up and back on this trail. Snowshoes are definitely required as there is a lot of snow. Coming down is easy since the trail is essentially a toboggan run with very little sticks and branches and stones to get in your way. No view from the top unless you climb the tower but there are handrails on both sides and so we went all the way to the top. Note that the viewing room at the top of the tower and the cabin at the base of it will likely be locked

Attempted 3/17/18. Trails are not fully broke so snowshoes are necessary right now. I’m >200lb so I break through a little easier but still pretty soft. I made it about 1/2 mike in and was just post-holing. Great trail for the distance I did it but stow is almost 20” deep and hasn’t been packed enough to travel without flotation.

The trail road is blocked by a snow bank two miles before the trail is supposed to start. wait until spring or be prepared to snowshoe through deep snow. Didnt make the attempt at a summit because i wasnt prepared for the extra distance

Pretty tough and steep at times, came here with my boyfriend and our husky and made it to 3500 ft elevation before we decided to turn back because the ice made it super slippery and dangerous. Will be back in the warmer weather!

Steep climb, but the view was definitely worth it. It was a good workout with a couple rocky portions that probably account for it's difficult rating. Overall, a great time, good view and not too difficult.

Hiked on 1/28.

The snow around the trail melted, but the trail itself was pure ice because of all the snow pack on the heavily used route. Microspikes recommended, otherwise easy hike

Just missed the peak colors on my 10/20 hike, but got my first of 35 down. Loved the forest on top of Panther

Started great, takes you straight up. Very icy! Definitely need crampons and an ice axe. My husband and I were using our micro spikes. Got close to the summit but unfortunately didn’t get to reach it. Decided to turn back as we felt it would’ve been unsafe. Lots of slipping and sliding lol BUT we will be back

This is the most difficult part of Devils Path. I did it from Mink Hollow and climbed Plateau and Sugarloaf. On 1/21 crampons (not just microspikes) we’re very useful

Beautiful hike! We got go up there and the whole ridge was covered in frost and ice. We thought the hike didn't seem to be 12.8 miles long. After checking with the the NY/NJ Trail Conference Map, it seems like it's more like 6.5mi + if you start at the parking area the eastern end of Big Hollow Road and take the red trail to blackhead and then west to the parking area at the end of Barnum Road.

2 months ago

Incredibly icy, the recent rainstorm made everything freeze over and the beginning of the trail was flooded, had to cross on a fallen tree. Trail was fantastically well-marked, which came in handy when we ran out of daylight and needed to use a flashlight on the last half mile. Fantastic area, though the summit isn't above the tree line, so the view isn't as great as an alpine summit.

Finished! 35er!

Twin mountain has such an excellent summit view.. and the sugarloaf view is also one of my favorites in the Catskills. you can see the Shawangunks in the distance!

Hiked today 12/20/17 in the snow,very steep climb feels like it never ends,saw a black bear on the way down

We hiked Blackhead and Black Dome from Lockwood Gap. This was a nice hike that was enjoyable since there was views since the leaves were off the trees. The trail up to Black Dome wasn’t bad just a little rock scramble that had great views of Blackhead over your shoulder. The trail up Blackhead seem steeper and there was ice on the trail that was easily avoided.

Great hike. Very challenging. Left flashlight at home so started descending from the top during sunset so had to use iPhone as flash light. Be aware of animals at sunset. There are two spots with a great view. However I went all the way to the top as well thinking that’s where the best view would be but there was no view from there. Good luck to anyone it’s definitely a great experience :)

Really fun with amazing views.

Great and nice hiking day with my father-in-law! We did a shorter version of the loop I guess since with the gps tracker after we passed Thomas Cole Mt and we came back, the total distance covered was 8,5miles (3,530ft total ascent). In any case great experience at the Catskills! Very recommended- pay attention to the ice in some parts of path when facing north.

Good views from Giant ledge. The hike is easy and is a good hike for beginners.

Great hike, challenging ascent but fantastic views from the fire tower.

We did a hike up to Thomas Cole Mountain only due to the weather situation. The hike was a nice pleasant one that took you over two other mountains before summiting Thomas Cole. If the weather was better we would’ve kept hiking the Range.

Went up in mid November and it was already snowy and icy at the top. Beautiful.

Great view!

4 months ago

An enjoyable hike. The red trail is kinda steep, but very manageable. The blue trails is an easy why down for the most part. You can get a pretty good view of the Catskill divide close to the top.

Steady incline to the tower, but once you reach the top you get the amazing 360 views. The descent towards devils path is rewarded being surrounded by pine forest. The second day, diamond notch falls was nice with the sun rise hitting coming through the trees hitting the water.

Nice, peaceful hike. Very gentle. Combined with Graham for a 4 hour trip. Great hike, great trail.

Great hike nice warmup starting from Thomas cole, made left on yellow trail to the lean to. black head 1 mile practically straight up, then .6 miles the same down . great looipop loop hike.

4 months ago

Climbing slide from the Slide MTN parking area is long, boring, and very rocky. The best way to climb Slide MTN is from the other side coming from Cornell MTN, it has great scrambles and a much better hike. Plan 2 days (I've done it 1 day but it's a killer), start in Woodland Valley parking area and follow the red trail up Wittenberg all the way to Slide MTN.

Incredibly confused by this trail. We followed the map exactly - followed the huckleberry and then long foot trail, snowmobile trail then the unmarked to try to find the higher elevation with the views. We eventually got lost and ended up turning around as we started the hike later and sun goes down earlier in November.

A lot of rocks and a lot of mud. Would definitely try another trail again next time but maybe not this exact one as it didn’t really yield much views, just walking in the park for 7.5 miles.

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