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Great trail! Would love to do it again in warmer weather. We went on a snowy day in November. There is a fun rock scramble during blue. Very wet on the lower levels of the trail. Great day!

Quick getaway for NYC resident. We completed the trail in approximately 4.5 hours (with a 30 minute detour off the white trail and a 20 minute meal break at the top of the blue trail) with two fit adults and a 45lb beagle dog. Trail markings at times missing, which, thankful for the free Alltrails app with prior free download of the trails.

Some dos and dont's:
Go counter-clockwise, as recommended by many on this page (white - blue - orange - red - yellow). Yellow trail is along the water and brings you back to the parking lot, but minimal trail markings to find the merger from the red trail. To find the orange from the blue - take the left fork when descending from the highest point of blue. Especially if bringing a dog go counter-clockwise because of the rock scramble on the blue trail. 80 degree angle at points.

Wear waterproof boots is a must - no tennis shoes.

We arrived at 10am and there were only 3 parking spots remaining (in both the visitor center and the dirt lot across the road), however, cars were parked adjacent to the center on the main road by the time we left.

Pretty nice trail, I would rate it easy except for that steep part on the blue dot which is moderate difficulty, would recommend doing it counter clock wise, otherwise it would be more scetchy going down on blue dot. A bit too crowded.

Great trail overall. We did the red, blue, and then white but I would recommend the opposite (white, blue and then red). Since the blue was a STEEP downhill, it made going down for our dogs very difficult. Other than that part, we all had a great time! And also, wear waterproof shoes/boots! Getting your them soaked is almost inevitable.

Overall one of the top hikes I’ve been on. It took us about 4.5hrs (but we stayed at the top for about 45 min). We originally read that we should do white - blue - orange - red .. but after speaking to other hikers along the way we were advised to do white - blue - red .. we did this but be very careful because compared to other hikes I’ve been on the trail was not well marked and at times it was difficult to find the next marker which made it a bit confusing. I would recommend wearing boots as it was very wet and at times muddy.

hiking
16 days ago

Excellent hike. Shaded. It had rained heavily the night before, and the trail was often muddy; long portions of the trail had water flowing down the trail. Very crowded on an unseasonably warm November day--more than 300 cars were parked at the trailhead at 1pm. Took us 3.5 hours (two fit adults carrying a baby in a baby backpack). Some people were struggling with the rock scramble, but we thought it was fairly straightforward.

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.

So many beautiful views throughout
Definitely not an easy hike. Took us 4 1/2 hours. Lots of shortstops and about 15 minutes at the peak.

Great terrain and views, 6mi out and back to Anthonys nose, one of the toughest in the valley!

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

Tough trail but fun! Sooooo many rocks (my feet were hurting after the hike & that's never happened before). Trekking poles are helpful here. Trail is VERY well marked, the only tricky part is Antony's Nose itself. (Don't be fooled by the huge rock at the top, Anthony's Nose is still a few minutes away.... when you see the American flag, you're there!) pack snacks because you'll be burning some serious calories.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike! A bunch of really nice features: running Brooks, waterfalls, scramble, ledge/peaks. Definitely go counter clockwise to avoid coming down the blue trail scramble. It’s pretty steep and can be slippery. I went on a solo hike mid October weekday. Arrived at lot at 12:00 noon, it was full. Even some cars on the road. Still I only saw about 4 groups of 2-4 people on the whole hike. The waterfall on the north side of the loop is gorgeous. Plenty of spots to sit and have lunch or just soak it all in. Lots of rocks too, definitely wear boots. I stopped many times and hike pretty slow, and I finished within 4 hours. I’d hike it again!

Great hike with beautiful views. Views from giant ledge are better than panther. Deff longer than 6.3 miles if you go up to panther.

We went back to this beautiful trail yesterday. The trails were mostly dry views were amazing! Foliage should be peak by the weekend.

This hike isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either. There just are points were you feel like you’re rock climbing rather then hiking. Just prepare for that. Also plan to get there either early or super late; the parking area fills up quickly!

A hidden gem of a trail!

Great hike with the kids.

1 month ago

this is a lovely trail, though it's more moderately trafficked than lightly trafficked (hence the 4 stars). we went clockwise and the scramble down was a little steep, but mostly made harder by the constant drizzle and slippery rocks on the day of our hike. we enjoyed the hike thoroughly - it had a few ascents and descents, little waterfalls, a bit of mud (not too bad), and many ledges (we didn't see any vistas because of the fog but I'm sure it would have been beautiful). you do have to look out for markers on the boulders as these can be hard to see but other than that a fantastic trek!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views, some steep parts. Be careful if it rains with the leaves on the ground makes for a slippery hike.

Very satisfying for an afternoon with a 9yo and dog. Definitely go white-blue-orange red if you go with a dog- the blue rock scramble would be very tough going down for any but the most athletic pup (and mine does agility)

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

hiking
1 month ago

We initially planned to hike the loop but it was so easy to get off trail that we ended up making a detour to the pine meadow lake. It was so worth the detour because the lake is vast and it was the perfect spot for us to eat our lunch! I highly recommend the lake especially when the fall foliage unravels.

It rained yesterday and so the trail was damp/moist. Wear shoes with traction because there are gravels and rocks everywhere along the trail.

This was a nice hike with great views from the ledges. The trail was like a mini river and muddy in most places. Overall not a bad hike but the trail was busy with people.

Awesome trail but challenging! The beginning of the blue trail is quite steep so if it rained recently, it might be quite slippery. Otherwise, amazing views and incredible way to spend a few hours. Took about 4 hours total but I stopped at the mountain top to take it all in - I’m sure you’ll do the same!

I stared at the Broccy Creek trailhead. It is a nice walk with a few steep rocky sections. Nice overlooks of the Hudson and Bear Mountain.

Really cool beginner trail. This is where my GF and I got started and it introduces you to a lot of terrain that you will experience on bigger trails. Our dog had a blast and there are great camp sites around

This is a busy trail specially on nice weather. This is a moderate hike. weather condition changes at the summit. It was below 40's windchill at the top today

Giant Ledge is probably one of the most accessible hikes in the Catskills in that it’s fairly short and easy and you are rewarded with some of the best views in the region. I’ve hiked it at night for some awesome stargazing as well as backpacked in and stayed overnight at the designated sites up on Giant Ledge. Caught a great sunset and sunrise on that trip!

I'm relatively new to hiking and have been aiming for moderate trails over easy, to challenge myself, gain experience and build endurance. Well this trail definitely helped with that. Steep hike with extremely rocky terrain. I found going up to be challenging but fun, but going down was extremely tough for me. The rocks are tough on the knees and feet. I'm thankful I invested in a good pair of hiking boots and trekking poles or it would have been a lot worse for me. The trail is beautiful, but I have to admit, I had my head down most of the way, because you have to watch your footing. There were some pretty intensely muddy spots on the trail, but that is to be expected with the amount of rain we've been getting. Bugs were not an issue at all except for the black flies at the top of Panther. Trail markers were easy to find. The ledges were some of the best views I've ever seen. We made friends with a little hungry chipmunk on the ledges and had lunch with a snake on the top of Panther. It was not too crowded, as we started at 7:30am. There were about 3 cars there before us, one being the trail steward, who stayed at the ledges. This was definitely a challenge for a new hiker but exactly what I was looking for. Sore today for sure, but still thinking about the lovely views at the top.

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