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hiking
10 hours 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..

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Very well marked trail. First mile is difficult, very steep, but after that it's quite easy. Just watch your footing. Lots of roots and muddy patches.

5 days ago

Beautiful view. Short trail but rather steep. Wear shoes with ankle support.

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!

Came up from Mink Hollow in Elka Park. 7.3 miles but all 1,700 ft are gained in the first mile and a half. It was intense and tiring but the summit walk was a long break. Beautiful views from the two main ledges, and the ledge looking south is way bigger than expected

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

on Slide Mountain Trail

17 days ago

very nice trail. I love it!

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.

hiking
24 days ago

That first mile is very steep--and if you come back down the same way, the last mile is, too! Poles are a must here, and be prepared to do a light rock climb at 1.1 miles up. But if I could do it, so can you! The views at 1.1 miles are absolutely spectacular, so stay there for a bit and pack yourself on the back for making it up.

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

hiking
29 days ago

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

I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

camping
29 days ago

My friend and I didn’t really plan the hike to well we just knew we wanted to find a good hike and solid camp. We started parked at woodlands and was told to just go up the trail in the parking lot. 2pm we hit the trail thinking we were going towardsWittenberg but we ended up doing a different trail towards panther. We ended up going towards slide at the crossroads for the parking Lot for Panther, panther mountain and slide. Was a pretty cool trail until it turned us onto a road. Thank god other travelers were going the opposite direction directing us a mile down the road to slide mountain. Saw some awesome but limited views. We got below 3500ft and set up camp and cooked right about 6pm. Next morning we made our coffee and breakfast hit the trail and saw the best views at Cornell and Wittenberg. We started at 730 and finished both peaks and back to woodlands parking lot at 10. Overall hike was well marked and happy we did the way we went because going the opposite way you have to climb a lot more and is a little tough with a pack.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Being the highest peak in the Catskills I anticipated more of a grueling hike up but that was not the case. Typical Catskill hike...rocks everywhere on the trail and a limited view from the peak. There are a couple viewing spots off the trail up that offer nice views of the rest of the Burroughs Range.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic fire tower views from the central part really the heart of the Catskills. Did round round on four hours yes per other reviews there were slippery rocks and the descent took as long as the climb. No sightings of rattlesnakes but the group prior to us saw a bear. Really an old road type trail much easier than ADKs though. Hint be sure to go when the FT cabin is open. No view from the ground. The view from cabin compared to top step is very significant so really time it when an observer is there.

Views from the top were great, and it was a good workout to get there. There is another, longer approach from a nearby town called Willow. It is supposed to be a more scenic approach, however parking can be tricky. I would like to check that way out some time.

Started early to avoid the heat .... nice and shady walk. Great view from the Giant Ledge ... came across a baby snake on the way down ... brilliant day!

This was such a fun hike. Very rewarding views at Giant's Ledge and a really helpful NYNJ Trail Conference steward up there. If you continue up to Panther Mountain, you get even more of a workout but you also get that perfect alpine smell.

First timer. was not prepared for how steep. hiking straight up the back of Hunter Mountain. it was fun and manageable. Tower was open. Fun to climb to top.

Great hike, but busy paths. Several vistas make the incline worth the effort.

Short route up Hunter....trail gets steep for the last half. Overall an enjoyable hike through the forest. Disappointed Fire tower was closed but still had great views from the stairs leading up to it

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike seemed to drag on and on. In the end it was ok. Not a hike I'd do again. be careful of the poison ivy near spring.

Fairly steep trail with very nice views. Many small rock ledges along the top of the mountain form the “giant ledge”. Saw 5 or 6 people when I went in May/June.

Good hike. Pretty crowded today. Great workout, a little wet in spots. Spent some time with 2 ultra friendly squirrels at the 3rd ledge.

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