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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.

hiking
9 days ago

Such an awesome experience! The rock scramble was intimidating at first, but the view is worth it all!

hiking
16 days ago

we wanted a short hike and I thought this would be perfect as it is lightly trafficked - unfortunately for us we paid $30 to have lots of familes in front of us and behind us wanting to do this hike. this is definitely a moderately to heavily trafficked hike. we ended up not scrambling up the rock face because of how many kids were already working doing so and it seemed like it would be a very slow process as a result. we met a bunch of hikers who were coming down and who mentioned how busy it was on the ledge. not for us.

Incredibly fun and challenging hike! Just be cautious going down as it gets a little confusing which trail leads back to the trailhead.1

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.

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

First time hiking and first time hiking on the Bonticou Crag Trail. I climbed the Crag! It was slightly intimidating at first however it was challenging and an absolute blast! The view at the top is breathtaking! I will definitely do this one again.

Extremely rocky and muddy but I had on good hiking boots. I could not believe what I saw some people wearing on their feet. I don’t suggest doing this trail without hiking boots. The trail itself was pretty nice but the view from the point was spectacular! Definitely worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail overall is awesome. But it has a $15 per person fee which is very high in my opinion.

hiking
1 month 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..

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.

I love this walk.

Absolutely loved this hike, the views are beautiful. I'm not very active unfortunately, and I definitely pushed myself a bit, but I did the hike in 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend giving it a try !!

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!

Beautiful view. Seriously muddy and heavily trafficked. Some good ascents. Lots of roots and rocks making the trail a bit more difficult to navigate.

Amazing trail and views. Challenging climb but worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trails, gorgeous views! The rock scramble is hard but worth the effort!

nice trail for a quick afternoon hike. careful going when it's been raining because you will have to find creative ways to cross the river.

Pretty view. Not a very difficult jaunt for more experienced hikers

1 month ago

The view at the ledge is amazing! one of the best we have seen in the Catskills. The hike is quite muddy, has a stream that needs to be crossed, is Rocky and does have some strenuous sections but these are few and far between (the most strenuous is on your way back from the ledge). Hiking boots are a must!

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

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1 month ago

very nice trail. I love it!

This was a great hike. Strenuous at times (I agree with those who say it's more moderate/hard) the view was worth it and the Forrest itself was beautiful!

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.

Great hike. The beginning is leisurely and includes views of waterfalls / a stream. Once you get to the bridge take a quick right and head on the other side of the stream (I went left at the bridge initially). The hike up is steep at points and decently challenging - there is some climbing involved and felt a bit longer than 6 miles total. The view at the top is worth the trek but note this is a moderate to hard hike on the way up.

Very doable. Did it ccw and the way up (red) was rockier and the way down (red to blue) was muddier. Pretty easy otherwise. Views from the tower, one view spot on the way down. Good hike for a half day activity (drive from 17 included).

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