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1 day ago

did an over night trip from clarryville side , amazing trip for me ..it was wary season a lot of blowdowns and a rocky hike still lots of snow about half way up ..good for the soul ..watch your weight of your pack lol

A gnarly hike coming down, icy and muddy. Otherwise, a beautiful view at the top! :)

A totally beautiful walk from the trail head car park up through the woods and right alongside the rushing stream. A fairly gentle climb and even though we didn’t get to the top, it was one of the loveliest hikes we have done around here.

A nice hike to the ruins and Firetower. There was nice views of the Devils Path and Westkill Mountain. There was no snow or ice on the trail and the weather was perfect.

My friends and I did this trail yesterday. It was very well marked which was great.

The snow and ice and not having spikes on our shoes is what made this trail a living hell. We came down Devil's Path and it was a slip and slide between the snow, ice, and mud. We picked up sticks to help us but it was still a very scary hike. The conditions was what made it negative but otherwise we have clamboured over this trail like nothing.

I want to do it again when there is not snow.

Hiked yesterday in the sunshine approx mid 40’s. Very intense and steep hike to the top of the summit. Challenging to say the least, with ice and snow as you reach the 2,000 ft mark. All uphill, but once to the top the views from the fire tower were amazing. Took about 4 hours round trip and would highly suggest spikes or crampons!

hiking
2 days ago

Climbed yesterday in beautiful weather approx low 60’s. Very dry hike with a few patches of snow near the summit. Some cool shelters on the way in case hikers wanted to stay the night. Seemed long but was beat from a previous hike. 4 hour hike with awesome views at the top. Fire tower not in great condition and was closed at top!

The drive up was a little scary— make sure your brakes are good for the drive down!!

Path started wide, then narrowed to be more vegetated (in a good way). There is also a stream to cross. Lots of room at the top and the views are gorgeous!

hiking
5 days ago

Still lots of ice at the top. The pine trees around the summit are still covered in ice and snow. Some nice views but didn’t find anything mind blowing.

hiking
7 days ago

This is an awesome hike to an old hotel, fire tower, and cliff overlook of the Hudson Valley. The kids loved this one. Check out our full write up which includes directions and other things to look for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/overlookmountain

hiking
7 days ago

really great hike, interesting hotel ruins and amazing views. It is uphill the entire way. If the lot is full, there is a bigger one further down the road, adding an easy .07 that takes you back to the main trailhead. We went in April, there was still snow, but melting, making for a very wet and slippery hike. poles were helpful going back down.

Did this one in the snow so the walk down was a lot but the view was very pretty.

Beginner hiker here:: more like 3 1/2 stars— strenuous and intense climb to the top with a small outlook, but amazing view!

LOTS OF snow and ice. Rocky and very muddy path.

Took about 5 hours to complete the loop. My SO and I went backwards? (Stayed left and went up Devil’s path and then down Jimmy Dolan Notch) so it felt like we climbed most of the way.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND hiking boots/shoes with spikes due to the snow and ice. Bring walking sticks! My boyfriend and I used a thick branch which helped us from not falling too much.

Decent view but I would wait for trees to have some leaves to protect you from the sun. Otherwise its a good trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Probably one of the easiest mountains I have done I have NO idea when it’s listed as hard ! Trail had minimal snow towards the top but spikes and shoes are no longer needed ! Beautiful views

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked in September 2017 and barely saw another person. Beautiful forest and view along the creek. Our dog loved it too.

hiking
17 days ago

Wow! Words can't describe how fulfilling this hike was. I've hiked it one time since moving to New York and I've since had a longing to go back! When I went it was in July of 2017 and a clear day which made the hike so much more fulfilling. It's a pretty straight-forward hike up to the summit and back down to the parking lot. If you plan to do a day hike anywhere in the Catskills I recommend this trail. The hike up is cooled down by the trees that provide shade which is very relaxing. One of the best words to describe the view is "rolling blue hills". Anyone who has been up Slide Mt or has seen pictures will know how majestic it is and how "rolling blue hills" fits it. Sometime in the future I want to do an over night camp, also in a week or two I hope to get up there to see if there are any remnants of winter. I've read that the snow is packed down so no need for snowshoes unless you're going during a snowstorm or the day after. I actually really want to hike this trail during a snowstorm just to really test my limits and make myself uncomfortable.

I would say it was pretty strenuous hike. We did it in 3hrs 7minutes... I'd be weary of the coyotes. One or two were following us from a distance on the way down. Enjoyed the view at the top.

Great weather on Saturday March 31 brought us here past the ruins to the tower. Easy hike thee hours RT includes 30 mins summit time at both tower and the view reached from the right of the observers cabin. BRING Microspikes!! So much ice and frozen snow with holes. No one else had micros there had to be injuries from falls. So many people struggled. BTW leave the sneakers at home. Again so many. Properly prepare for this. Great rewards for those who do.

This route as depicted does not exist. You can make a loop by either bushwhacking along the “route” here or by following a different loop that takes you north after Cornel.

As far as this trail goes I wish I could give it 0. It doesn’t exist.

hiking
25 days ago

Don’t underestimate its rating. Yes it is an old road trail but it uphill the entire way. Micro-spikes would be a great option as it’s ice and snow. The trailhead parking gets packed quickly but they fluctuate in and out so I was able to hold off for 10 mins and someone coming off the mountain was leaving. Another great day spent hiking and this one gives you more then the fire tower the abandoned hotel and house are a cool addition.

Awesome hike! Uphill the whole way up. Definitely need microspikes this time of year. Very icy right now (March). The view is beautiful. Very very very busy trail. Get there early! Came off the mountain and the parking lot was full and a hot mess.

27 days ago

The best hike that I have ever completed

Pretty awesome hike, we hit a quite snowy day above 2 feet of snow. Slippery going up and down the snow snowy slopes. I would have used my crampons or trekking poles to facilitate the hike. Great views though once you reach the top. Parking lot gets full quite fast !

Amazing day! Trail is not broken above 3500’. Microspikes and poles are a must! Snowshoes would be a big help as well. Enjoy every step!

Fun trail ... nice views ... firetower wasn’t open but awesome trail ...

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 3/17 - temp 25 deg

Packed snow on the main trail, no snow shoes needed (although everyone was using them). We didn't even use spikes on the way up.

At least 2-4 feet of snow on the ground. Very minimal post holing.

It was magical on top, all the trees had lot of snow and they just looked majestic.

We were going to go to Cornell but there was no visible trail and it was just too deep even for snow shoes.

On the way down we took longer Curtis Ormsbee trail. You will need snowshoes on this side as it's not as well traveled. Much nicer trail than the Witt/Cornell Trail for sure.

View on top is obstructed and limited but still ok on the ledge/end part.

Hiked on 3/24/2018 - Trail conditions - packed snow all the way up. We started at 8am (25-30 degrees) so the snow was packed. Spikes all the way up.

Trail started off steep but eventually leveled off for about 1-1.5 miles. We reached few zigzags and it became steep for about a mile before the summit. About 5-6 times it felt like we were almost on summit, but it was a no go/false summit. West wings were strong and made it cold on this section. But the summit/terrace was blocked/calm.

Hike to Cornell was about 15-20 min. Cornell crack was full of snow and fun to climb up/down. There was no dangerous cliffs or ledges where it gets sketchy.

We didn't use snow shoes at all BUT on the way down the snow became slushy and soft. Some post holing.

Note: there is at least 3-4 feet of snow still on the mountain and valleys.

Summit view? One of the best in the Catskills. It was a clear and sunny day and it was simply amazing up there.

PS. The mountain will kick your butt. Not as "straight up" as the Whites but certainly as painful in the end.

3 hours up to Wittenberg, 20 min to Cornell and back, 2 hours down

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning. A picture perfect day. Trail is broken in despite several feet of snow. I used my poles and micro spikes and didn’t have any problems slipping/sliding. Can’t wait to go back!

Just went up and back on this trail. Snowshoes are definitely required as there is a lot of snow. Coming down is easy since the trail is essentially a toboggan run with very little sticks and branches and stones to get in your way. No view from the top unless you climb the tower but there are handrails on both sides and so we went all the way to the top. Note that the viewing room at the top of the tower and the cabin at the base of it will likely be locked

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