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hiking
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.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful winter hike. Can get icy so use crampons!

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.

Beautiful, easy hike with gorgeous falls!!! Such a wonderful hike and barely elevation but still satisfying. Will return in the summer for some nice swimming!

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.

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.)

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.

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

hiking
3 months 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.

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!

backpacking
3 months ago

A beautiful hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I saw a black bear only a few hundred feet from the trailhead! It crossed the trail and looked right at me, but didnt seem interested. Not a hard hike at all, but very wet during a downpour. Luckily I was wearing waterproof boots

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was a pleasant surprise. It was relatively flat with no incline. It's also wide enough to allow an ATV to go through, and there are signs saying so. The pond at the end was beautiful, well worth the quick hike. You also pass by a nice little stream on the way there. I definitely recommend this as an easy trail for children and the elderly.

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

on Slide Mountain Trail

3 months 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.

Very good. Reading the history of the arches really helps to understand the walk

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

camping
4 months 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.

walking
4 months ago

Super fun, beautiful walk in the woods! Very easy and flat trail for our hike-loving eleven year old dog and three kids that were tagging along. It was well trafficked the day we went, but the beautiful lake and the loons calling made it feel like it was our own special place.

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

Good trail to hike, especially if, like me, you're training for future goals. Not an easy trail, but not very difficult either. Nearly 1800 feet climb in just over 3 miles on a well marked trail. As is typical for many of the highly-used Catskill trails, some long stretches of exposed tree roots and rocks. Limited view to the south just before the peak, and an expansive view north just after the peak. (No view at the actual peak - just a survey marker in the trail.)

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