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5 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.

Climbed on 1/12/19. We used snowshoes but they weren’t necessary. Spikes would have been fine. Trail nicely packed down and well marked. Beautiful views

hiking
18 days ago

Nice moderate grade with switchbacks to ridge line. Fantastic views but a bit tough finding the path to summit on the ridge. Cairns are small and many covered with snow.

Hiked 8/19/18. Enjoyable hike with a few neat things to see along the way...an old state police radio repeating station...the foundation and steps still obvious, an old 1900's horse barn with some beautiful pale/pink birch trees nearby, and an old creepy (filled) stone well. My favorite spot was a small slab stone clearing to the right of the trail, nearing the summit, where, in warmer weather, its buzzing with beautiful dragonfies. You can sit on the stone and they just zig and zag over your heads! Ive never seen so mamy in one place.

hiking
19 days ago

What an awesome hike, not too easy, not too hard. We wore crampons due to slightly icy conditions, but probably could have done without. Views from the tower were awesome. Did not realize it was an interpretive hike so we were curious about the signs. Now we know. Might do again next fall to take in the foliage.

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23 days ago

Great easy hike to start a day. Took only about 20 minutes to reach the summit. Last stretch is a bit steep and icy but nothing too serious. Anybody really could do this hike. Micro-spikes are needed though since a bit icy near summit

The ground was frozen but exposed for the first 2.5 miles of the trail, then turned to about 6 inches of hard crust. My wife used crampons for the top section and I used snowshoes. Traction devices are a must for the final push to the summit! The snow crust became thicker near the top, but didn't seem to get deeper than 12 to 18 inches. Took us about 5 hours with our dog. Thanks to the couple we met returning from lunch at the resort's summit lodge, who took our photo. Beautiful hike on a clear day for the views. We can't wait to return in the summer!

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.

Quite difficult if you don't know where the chutes are. I did not reach the summit and had to come back for a second attempt.

We did this hike on 12/16 and it was fairly warm out 35-40F. Not too windy. Only needed spikes. Even saw someone trail running with just sneakers! We brought snowshoes, but definitely was overkill. However, we only made it to the first summit. Not sure how second summit would be. Dog friendly and very quiet when we went on a Sunday afternoon. Maybe 2 other groups or so. Beautiful hike and views on the way up and at the summit! Was fun to see Whiteface most the way up! Will be making Jay Mountain a regular!

hiking
1 month ago

Section 17 of the NE/M&M. Two more sections left to finish up the Massachusetts section.

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.

Did this hike yesterday. Over 3,000 feet of elevation gain in about 3 miles so it’s definitely one of the harder catskill hikes. Add on to this the route finding difficult and I would classify this as a hard hike. When ascending the col between Friday and balsam always stay to the left of the cliffs you run into.
I did spend an hour on top of Friday and could not find the canister! Good luck

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on 12/7. Trail was snowy from the start, snowshoes/spikes are a must. Perfectly challenging. Amazing views, only made it to the first summit as I started late. The snow past the first summit isn’t as trafficked or packed down as the beginning of the trail, so be prepared! Will definitely hike again during the summer

Truly a breathtaking piece of paradise. A place with so many hidden gems even away from the main parts of the park. Must visit for any outdoor lover !

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.)

Lots of traffic for the first mile or so, but no footprints after that. There was a fair amount of drifting from the snow earlier in the week, with areas of the trail up to my knees-- would be good for snowshoeing!

11/17/18 definitely challenging with lots of snow!!! Finished in about 5 & half hours... Grateful for Coopers lodge to “warm up”

Stunning. Hiked it in the snow and although that made it cold and wet it was still awesome.

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.

2 months ago

Hiked with my 3 kids ages 12,11, and 4. It was a great hike with a few cool landmarks to see and a tower at the top!

nice trail, it was cold and windy heading up the mountain.

Awesome views!!! Really bummed about the communication tower. However, it did sound like a passing helicopter, HA! It was a very nice hike, other than that. The stream is just beautiful. It was very wet today, maybe it’s not always like that, but we didn’t mind at all. We just changed socks at the top and we were all just fine. Trail was easy to follow and will be back in the summer.

A great hike that would’ve been a lot easier had it not been for the frequent mud jumping. The views from the tower were stunning and I even saw a guy hiking in sandals

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect day. The stream was rushing wild. Needed more time to explore the lower falls. Foliage was past peak but still spectacular!

Hiked this today, to Fish Hawk Cliffs and it was as stated in previous reviews. Super easy until the side trail to the cliffs. In the summer, drier months is would probably be easy/moderate, but with all the water and mud it made the hike a bit longer since I had to take my time. Regardless, it's worth it ten fold. I drove in from Cleveland specifically for the hike and was not let down by any stretch of the imagination. No need for poles, just take your time in the slop. Will be back many more times.

Can be very muddy and slippery if there has been rain recently. Otherwise quite pleasant and accurately described.

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.

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