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Fall favorite.

Rock scramble all the way up to the top. It’s by far the hardest but funnest hike closest to NYC. I don’t recommend this hike for dogs unless your comfortable your dog will stay with you and will not need help climbing. There are a lot of sections where you need your hands and legs to climb.

amazing views and challenging rocky path

I had to rush this one due to poor time planning on my part with commitments in the afternoon, I rushed through and did the roundtrip in 5hrs, however both mountains were totally socked in the morning I went so I had no views at all so i want to go back anyway. Trail is well marked, lots of fun scrambles, i imagine if you go when its not completely socked in you will have great views with the apparent amphitheater-style seating rocks at Witt summit looking out at something that i couldn't see at all the day i went, and after the cornell crack there was an apparent viewing ledge over at Cornell's summit. I was lucky to start out early in the am and had the mountains to myself the whole way up and part way back to Witt's summit. Some of the scrambles could be difficult for a newer hiker, and while there are flats along the way to rest your legs and lungs there are quite a few up sections that might burn your legs if you aren't really ready for this one. Have to pay for parking at the campground but the few bucks weren't enough to take a star away for me, and by paying you have access to restrooms/showers/etc at the campground for the day anyway. I often hike with my akita mix but was glad i didn't bring her on this one, as the crack and at least one other scramble between Witt and Cornell i would have needed to help her up and by oneself with your 4-legged friend it would be pretty difficult i imagine, and she has needed no help on the scrambles she has previously done on many of the adk and cats peaks.

Great hike! Diverse trails and lovely reservoir views. Plenty of up and down but never too strenuous. Mushrooms and frogs galore! Keep an eye on those blazes, they can be hard to spot. The blue trail in particular was more overgrown and less clear, but fun nevertheless.

hiking
1 day ago

Wear good shoes!!! This hike was very well-marked and fun. The rock scramble was intense, as it went across rather than up. I went in mid-Sept.

hard but worth it! side at the falls is very peopley

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.

Awesome trail! Definitely drink plenty of water and watch your footing. All the rock scrambles you’ll end up climbing/hiking through get difficult and very exhausting but climbing through them is so much fun. You’ll feel accomplished when you’re finished!

Great trail with diverse terrain and beautiful vistas

hiking
2 days ago

Satsuma an easy accesses point marked well right off the road. Mostly incline with little to few flat areas. Waterfall was pretty dry, there is a nice outlook on the first loop.

Beautiful scenery. Easy to moderate ride. Paved loop is easy, even for children. Mountain biking trails more challenging & definitely require mountain bike tires with heavier treads than recreational cruiser bicycle.

Richie said it was GREAT! Random guy took pictures of his back too. Great day

The trail was difficult to follow. There wasn’t much scenery. Constantly checking to see if you are still on the trail. Make sure you have a map handy or you will get lost.

Been hiking this trail for years. Today was a beautiful day to take the puppers out. Beware of snakes. Today Shadow stepped on a timber rattlesnake (a very large one at that) and it is a miracle she didn’t get bit.

on Gertrude's Nose Trail

hiking
6 days ago

I would say this is a moderate hike due to lack of steep climbs. Views are phenomenal and similar to sams point.

Well marked and is difficult after the first 2 miles. Be prepared for scambling and steps. I did this after the rain and the scrambling was very hard and slippery. Beautiful views.

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.

backpacking
7 days ago

Challenging hike to say the least especially with full packs, rain, heat, and humidity. Scrambles were tough with slick rocks and full pack. We started at the Slide Parking lot and proceeded across all three peaks and down Wittenberg before settling on a backcountry site slightly passed the offshoot trail to the shelter. We had hopes of completing the entire loop through Woodland Valley to the Giant Ledge parking lot and up the road to the Slide parking lot but the legs were a bit dead after traversing the Burroughs range the day before. We ended up hitching from Woodland Valley to the Slide parking lot on day 2. For us at least this was definitely doable as an overnight but the full loop would have needed to be a three night affair.

not hard but tricky. finished the loop with 3 other people, 1 who has never hiked before. enjoyed it immensely though. Calves were a little achy the day after climbing the grand staircase and the boulders. but nothing insane if you have some level of fitness.

Great hike, but you need to take it to Crater Lake for the reward. Like everyone has said, the first section heading up towards the Appalachian trail is the toughest. Pretty smooth after that. There aren’t really any scenic overlooks besides the lakes. The pond is nice, but Crater Lake was beautiful. Lunch and a quick swim and back towards the falls. Five hours round trip with a nice break in the middle. Went the wrong way a few times too.

Great hike. Did on 9/16/2018 with 7 kids age 5-11. 1:40 to the top and 2:30 down the lake side and around through the ponds.

We 10.5 miles today (in and out) and it was very buggy and humid. Plenty of water for anyone backpacking. Will try again in the cooler temps.

rock climbing
8 days ago

Great scramble. Amazing views from the top.

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.

Great hike with blueberries in July and a huge waterfall. can't wait for the fall colors to come. It is rather exposed so start early and bring extra water in the Summer.

Going counterclockwise is the shortest out and back option for the waterfall. if you continue to the high point, the view is nice, but not much better than Sam's Point. If you do reach the high point then your shortest way back is to continue forwards through areas overrun with flies. i imagine it has a better view for fall colors but I will try again in October.

cheapskate alert: parking is $10 and there is always a super long line for the bathroom.

Arrived at 2:30PM on Saturday and had no trouble finding a parking space. Parked in the upper lot as suggested by other reviewers. Views were spectacular and the trail was not overly crowded, in fact we had it to our selves most of the way. We did the 8 mile loop counter clockwise and would recommend it. Took us just over 3 hours moving at a pretty good clip but did stop for photos and to dip our feet in the creek. There were a few rock scrambles and some slippery downhills. Overall a great trail.

Beautiful hike with breathtaking view points. It was a beautiful day and therefore the trail was very crowded; it was almost a social gathering. One can do the full 8 miles trail, but we loop out after circa 5 miles. After the first 2 segments, most hikers loop out and the trail is quite empty.

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