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Did this yesterday from Prediger Rd in Platte Cove 09-22-2018. It was a great time took all day and enjoyed the views as well as what people did with the large pieces of stones in one area. Went all the way to the fire tower then on the way back stopped by echo lake

Super easy, go around the lake for a mile.

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.

Nice views, definitely easy.

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).

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.

1 day ago

Loved this. Well worth the effort

I did it clockwise with adding a going and back to Stoppel Point. Views at North Point or Inspiration Point are amazing.

The trail up is pretty bland and boring— not too much to see. It was just gravel all the way up. The top of the fire tower was locked when we went up which was a bummer. If there were no hotel ruins to explore I would say it’s not too worth it. The overlook was nice but I’ve seen better views on top of other mountains.

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

hiking
6 days ago

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

I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

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.

Hiked this trail with my husband and two dogs this weekend. This was the first trail we’ve ever taken them on and the path is really even gravel. I think what makes this trail other than the views is the extremely friendly volunteers at the top.

quite boring, same from top to bottom your walking in a washed out dirt road with gravel & stones I rate it eases but bad on your knees won't be back

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!

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.

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.

Nice trail. Great views!!! Some Rocky areas were harder/slippery and some trees have fall on the trail. Good variety of views and landscapes

great hike. not too hard at all. nothing exciting on the trail, just a gravel trail that goes up. once you get to the top the views are beautiful from both the tower and the rock ledge. nothing too crazy but the views are definitely amazing

Great hike, dog friendly, do-able in a few hours, nice varied terrain, plus a good vista at the top.

We did this loop in mid September. We took our medium sized 2-year old dog, it took us almost exactly 3 hours and we hike at a pretty medium pace, we stop for water and rest here and there, not in a rush. Most of the hike is on the top of the ridge, so you've got peeks of the view on both sides. The best view is about 15 minutes after you turn right after the initial ascent. There's an okay view off to the left, but a great view off to the right on a little rock clearing. There is a small parking lot at the start of the trail, and All Trails address for this was accurate. You could maybe wear sneakers on this hike, but I'd recommend hiking shoes/boots, there are a few places where you cross back and forth in creeks, plus a little slippery in places.

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
8 days ago

Fantastic fire tower views from the central part really the heart of the Catskills. Did round round on four hours yes per other reviews there were slippery rocks and the descent took as long as the climb. No sightings of rattlesnakes but the group prior to us saw a bear. Really an old road type trail much easier than ADKs though. Hint be sure to go when the FT cabin is open. No view from the ground. The view from cabin compared to top step is very significant so really time it when an observer is there.

awesome light hike with a very rewarding view at the fire tower and the overlook just past the fire tower. not to mention the hotel ruins which are very very cool! Bathrooms are at the top as well

This was a hike up a rocky trail which is also a snowmobile trail. The bushwhack from the trail is very obvious and we went up the ledges. The views on top of the ledges were very nice. The plane crash is right on the trail. We didn’t go to the second crash site.

Views from the top were great, and it was a good workout to get there. There is another, longer approach from a nearby town called Willow. It is supposed to be a more scenic approach, however parking can be tricky. I would like to check that way out some time.

Started early to avoid the heat .... nice and shady walk. Great view from the Giant Ledge ... came across a baby snake on the way down ... brilliant day!

The best hike I've found so far within a reasonable driving distance of NYC.

My favorite hike. Uphill 99% of the way. Great ruins to explore, the view from the scenic overlook is amazing. The fire tower is not to be missed .
a lot of the trail is washed out from all of the rain this year, but still ok to hike.
Dog friendly. Lots of dogs on the trail.

Meilleur hike que j’ai fais jusqu’à présent ! La vue était incroyable. 4h allez/retour avec les pauses et le dîner au sommet. Je le recommande

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