Explore the most popular camping trails in Catskill State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did the 7.7 mile out and back to Wittenberg. Challenging ascent right off the bat. Then a respite before a challenging and rocky last mile. Great view at the top.

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

Hiked October 13, 2018. Rained the night before, so it was very muddy - not much drainage to speak of. Some mild scrambling, nothing to be afraid of. Some views towards the top. Leaves were out in force, which made it worth it. Be advised that the peak is wooded and unmarked. Made that mistake the first time I did this hike - you’ll have no idea you’re at the top until you start going down again. Pretty slippery on the way down, but we took our time. We did this in just over 5 hours with plenty of breaks. Would rate this as moderate.

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

Lovely moderate hike. We we to take-in the beginning of the Fall and see the foliage. We started at the North Lake ground, as suggested, and followed the Blue trail to Artist Rock and Sunset Rock (both amazing views). Then continued all the way up to North Point. That was an amazing spot to sit and take in the stunning views. We followed the red trail back down through the forest, which was also pretty great. Note that the red path finishes on the road, and you have to walk on the road for 10 minutes to complete the loop.

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.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

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.

Very rocky trails, there are lean to’s at echo lake and right before the beginning of the Indian head trail. Tough hike though definitely recommend for a weekend

We went back to this beautiful trail yesterday. The trails were mostly dry views were amazing! Foliage should be peak by the weekend.

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty flat trail (because it’s also used for snowmobiles). Not a lot of views, but there are a lot of toads!

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!

This trail is absolutely lovely — it has just about everything you could want in a short 5-7 mile hike. This is one that I could do over and over again. Artist’s Rock (almost right at the trailhead) and Newman’s Ledge are essentially the same view — but Sunset Rock is the real star. There is a terrific variety of views and terrain / landscapes (blue and yellows offer some tremendous views / scrambles to start while the reds offers some wet deep forest action). Note that there are certainly some steep climbs / descents that require hand usage to scale; especially if you are taking the loop all the way to North Point.

We started on the Blue Trail from the North Lake parking lot (note that the trail head is just ahead of / before the parking lot entrance). It tends to get somewhat busy so I would recommend getting on the trail before 10/11am or so. While there are some moderately challenging sections, it is an awesome hike for folks all along the skill spectrum.

Tip: All of the scenic lookouts are along the first blue / yellow sections of the trail if that is what you are specifically looking for.

Fun challenging hike u have to pay $6 per night to park in the lot. Found a place to camp at about 1.5 miles but the ground was not even. Got to the first peak on day two but too foggy to see anything. Also tough to find a good opening to stargaze where i was.

I did this as a 2-day backpacking trip in late September, starting in the afternoon and hitting the first two peaks, setting up camp for the night at one of the marked camp sites between Cornell and Slide Mountains. There are additional camp sites when you get past Slide. Very fun, challenging hike. If I did it again, though, would do it as a day hike as climbing over some of the ledges and scrambles with a full pack was seriously tough. Views from Slide Mountain are limited; I got better views from Wittenberg and Cornell. Be advised that a good portion of the loop is along a road, which is kind of boring, but the trail is incredibly pretty.

backpacking
14 days ago

A beautiful hike.

Challenging but really fun hike. We parked at the Slide Mountain parking lot and heading east at noon towards Slide Mountain. NOTE: water between Slide Mountain and Woodland Valley is hard to come by! So bring plenty. Also, there is a nice little waterfall, just under Slide Mountain. Would do good to bring a water filter and fill up here.

Great hike, definitely challenging even for experienced hikers. Would recommend for backpacking. Be prepared to spend about 5-6 hours in total depending on how long you chill looking at the views.

Mileage seems like it’s a little longer than what’s listed, but that’s just me.

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

on Slide Mountain Trail

23 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.

Not a lot to see, at least with as far as we went. Very steep in places, so you definitely want hiking gear.

view was amazing definitely a challenging trail, but well worth it. Didn't get to do Cornell because of time

Amazing, amazing. The view from Wittenberg will make even the naysayingest Catskill naysayers smile.

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.

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).

We walked down to Echo Lake—definitely challenging enough to work a sweat, but not as difficult as you may think.

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