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3 days ago

Nice moderate hike with a fresh inch of snow on the ground. Lots of icy sections but micro spikes solved that. The Curtis Ormsbee trail up was much more interesting than the Wittenberg trail down. Low clouds and snow showers hid the views. Will definitely return on a clear day for the views.

1/1/2019 Awesome Trail one of the most extreme hikes I've ever been on, halfway up there is thick ice and lots of snow barely made it up but we did,not for the faint of heart. my friend had sneakers on too lol, it was snowing and the sky look ed crazy so once we reached the tower it looked like a base on antarctica,. definetely would recommend any time of year. on the way down we just slid on our butts and it was so fun got most of the way down in a few minutes but almost died a few times, good times, good times

Great trail! Steepest trail I’ve hiked in the Catskills. View at fire tower is beautiful. Current trail conditions (12/30/2018) INCREDIBLY icy on the steepest parts of the trail. Microspikes and poles are a must! If not you will break yourself coming down this mountain. The best views in the Catskills on a hike I’ve seen as well. So much fun just be safe and smart with your gear. Mileage is actually 5.0 miles if take blue trail markers to yellow trail markers.

Hiked on 12/29/18. Trail conditions: clear and down leaves near trailhead and first incline, increasingly muddy towards giants ledge, and hard packed ice and snow beyond that. Microspikes and poles were extremely helpful. Summited in about two hours and returned in the same time and took very few breaks. Very nice views along Giants Ledge, but you get more or less the same from the rock outpost near the summit. Overall, a good challenge for a first time hike of this trail.

I hiked Giant Ledge solo last year and liked it so much I brought 3 friends up this past Oct. We hiked up to Panther Summit then back down to one of the Giant Ledge campsites and stayed overnight. Weather was warmer than normal so it was very comfortable. At night it went from great views of the stars to total cloud cover and windy. Great views especially at sunrise. Overall it was challenging but not too bad. Muddy in spots if there is recent rain. Pack as light as possible and make sure you use trekking poles although you will need to climb in certain areas. I went during the week so crowds were not an issue. Overall a great experience and I would definitely go back.

hiking
26 days ago

Steep ascent. I got drawn off to East Rusk on the way down. Easier (but longer) to climb the shoulder of East Rusk.

That Cornell Crack becomes shrouded with ice! A nice hike but I sprained my wrist and and got a contusion on my elbow that day. Ouch!

Fun hike. Not to hard to navigate the rock ledges on the way up.

love this trail hardest trail around.

This hike is great but why does the route on this map show a 3rd summit? It’s got Graham / Doubletop and Big Indian (but not the summit of B.I.) as a 3rd objective. That makes it a 17 miler and probably not an easy day hike in the winter unless you have a strong headlamp with a fully charged battery.

hiking
1 month ago

Most of the trail was covered in a little snow and ice, until you're almost at the summit. It gets a little deep at points, but was doable without snowshoes. I wore microspikes the whole time and had very little difficulty the whole trip. Overall, it was a beautiful trail and worth the hike to the top.

We got to the trailhead Nov. 29 and to our surprise there was too much snow to walk it, even though no significant snow at lower levels. Area stunningly beautiful--we didn't regret the hikeless drive. (My 4* rating based on summer experience.)

My 8-year old and I did this last weekend after a pretty significant snowfall. We ascended up Jimmy Dolan and that was pretty easy for us. We really didn’t need our microspikes for it. Coming down the the other side was much more challenging.

One spot that is pretty well photographed here is about 30 feet down and steep. I ended up just lowering off my son with a 50’ section of rope I brought just in case and it was much safer. It could be climbed down safely with an axe by most people.

The rest of it was pretty straightforward, but challenging. We ended up walking more like 7mi and the snow makes that a little tougher. Would only recommend this for people who know what they’re getting into (my kid climbs, etc. and is pretty good).

You’ll find a couple good spots to take in a view, although not on the peak. Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

Myself and my crazy akita mix hiked straight up and back to Slide Mtn summit from Rt 47 parking, did not take slight option for the small loop due to time constraints.
5.5 miles total, just under 3 hrs total with 20 mins of that taking in the different top views.
First creek crossing was sketchy, water on either side of obvious crossing was at least 1 to 1.5 ft deep so I carried Rory across the ice-covered rocks and logs, crossing my fingers and toes the whole way.
Bottom third of the trail was covered in a dusting of snow and with ice on some rocks and small puddles frozen.
Middle third was heavy dusting and lots of ice.
Top third could not see any rocks or ground with probably inches of snow and heavy ice covering the whole trail.
Brought microspikes and crampons, I barebooted up the whole way, carefully dancing on all the ice towards the top. After sharing respect for Mr Burroughs at his plaque I spiked up on top for our trip back down and it made life much easier and even jogged most of the way with confidence in my freshly-filed kahtoolas.
Trail was very easy to follow, shorter hike with not much variation in terrain except hardwoods below and softwoods up top, but no real reason to drop a star off rating, especially with the various great views up high (west view before and around plaque ledge after).
I was first to sign in around 7 and we had solitude all the way up, on the way down passed a bunch of groups going up.
Definitely looking forward to doing this one again in middle winter and also dry/warm summer, especially with option for Corn/Witt and the other trail options and possible whacks.
This is probably great for an intro high-peak hike with its ease in following and shorter length, I would just pay mind to recent rains due to the first creek crossing within view of parking area.

This was our last Firetower of the Catskill Firetower Challenge weekend. The location is very remote. The first 0.9 miles is relatively flat. We took the right, clockwise turn up the steep pitch on the trail which wasn’t that bad really, I would suggest microspikes though. From the junction the summit was 1.8 miles from the trailhead. Instead of doing the loop we just turned around and made our way down the slope again, cutting almost a mile from the loop. The tower is in good shape and the views were stunning.

We did the traverse starting from Slide PA and ending in Woodland Valley. The trail was like mashed potatoe snow mixed with mud and water. The trail was busy today with other people doing the traverse. Every time when we reached the summits they became socked in and no views. There was snow and crazy high winds today on the the hike.

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

Pleasant hike with nice views from Giant Ledge. Hiking over to Panther is not really worth it though for the view itself, but walking around in the woods there is really soothing. The forest floor is covered in mats of bright green moss and it feels like walking in an enchanted forest.

This was a nice day on the mountain despite the chilly temps and mud in parts of the trail. You must start VERY early in the morning this time of the year in order to make it back with day light. Sadly we were a few rock scrambles away from the summit before needing to turn around. We did end up needing a headlamp before making it out. There were a few overlooks just before the summit for some lovely views. The rock scrambles were great!

This is my first! I would go again.

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

awesome hike to panther mtn. over ledge. views are spectacular. a bucket list hike for sure

Fun and challenging hike. Summit had some snow and temps were around 30s. If you’re backpacking this time of year just be sure to be extra prepared. Also highly recommend starting at slide mountain parking area and beginning the roughly 5 mile trek on the road towards woodland valley campground and picking up the trail head at woodland valley.

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.

Did the 7.7 mile out and back to Wittenberg. Challenging ascent right off the bat. Then a respite before a challenging and rocky last mile. Great view at the top.

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

Lots of fun! It’s challenging but our 4 year old walked it on his own no problem :) He was a little scared going down at first though. There are definitely some steep parts.

Hiked October 13, 2018. Rained the night before, so it was very muddy - not much drainage to speak of. Some mild scrambling, nothing to be afraid of. Some views towards the top. Leaves were out in force, which made it worth it. Be advised that the peak is wooded and unmarked. Made that mistake the first time I did this hike - you’ll have no idea you’re at the top until you start going down again. Pretty slippery on the way down, but we took our time. We did this in just over 5 hours with plenty of breaks. Would rate this as moderate.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was muddy in spots due to rain the night before. The day was sunny and cool. The summit offered limited views but there were views prior to summit. iWe had planned to hike on to Cornell but instead took an alternate trail (East Branch) for some nice views during our descent..

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