Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
1 day ago

I am so happy I did this hike! The scenic overlook took my breath away. A few things for non-experienced hikers: I thought I was in okay shape but oh, boy, this hike will inspire me to work out a lot more. I read the reviews below that this hike was super easy, but going about 2+ miles uphill in hot (high 80s) weather, while flies were constantly swarming around me despite bug spray almost made me turn back around half way up. It was difficult for me to pause and rest since the flies would attack me the second I stopped moving. (Putting a bandana around my head helped stop them from buzzing in my ears, though. Next time I'll have to bring a bug net to wear over my face!) Anyway, I decided not to be such a wimp and keep going, and was thrilled to get to the hotel ruins - very cool. As mentioned above, the scenic overlook was absolutely incredible and the best part. The fire tower was open, and the wind up there gave me a wonderful break from the insects along with a beautiful view. I saw adorable chipmunks everywhere, no rattlesnakes although I kept my eyes open. I was glad to bring hiking poles for the rocky/muddy parts of the trail - although almost non of the other hikers I passed had poles. It took me a little over 3 hours round trip - I parked in the farther parking lot, which added distance, and I probably spent about 20-30 minutes at the overlook/fire tower. It took I'd definitely do this hike again but will be more prepared against the bugs, or pick a better time of day. (I did this 5p-8pm)

Great first hike of the season. Would rate difficulty level Beginner to Moderate. Took us 2.5 hrs (with a lunch break in between) from parking lot to peak and down. Make sure to check out stores in Woodstock after the hike!

To get to the trail you have to cross a stream and idk if it varies on days of water height I would assume it does but just be prepared to get your feet wet. After that it's a rocky trail up. Trekking poles or sticks would be nice with this trail. There is no summit. There are a few look out points. Overall it was a nice hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Steep hike can be challenging at points. Definitely a staple hike in the Catskills, great views toward and on the summit. Go when it's been dry for a couple days.

hiking
9 days ago

Strenuous hike due to consistent incline, but somewhat too straight-forward. The view at the summit is basically nonexistent unless you climb the fire tower. When I arrived, there were too many clouds to see anything. After spending some time at the top of the tower, the clouds cleared and a nice view opened up. However, I have seen many better views from more interesting trails. Many, many, gnats as well made it impossible to stand still.

awsome hike! first of the season, ran into a serious thunderstorm, pingpong sized hail, and multiple tornado warnings, had poncho, made it to safe refuge under brick stairwell at the hotel ruins and waitied out torrential hail, lightning struck the firetower and was the loudest most powerful thunder crack i hsve every expeirenced, what an exhilirating rush n dynamic added to the hiking experience, the hotel ruins were really cool, its rank it easy going on moderate but pace yourself and YOU CAN DO ITT!! ENJOY AND BE SAFE , Love n God bless

hiking
12 days ago

Very cool hike, the scenic overlook is absolutely gorgeous. My buddy and I reached the summit in about an hour, maybe a little less. We are both recently retired college athletes so we may have completed it quicker than most. There was definitely an abundance of beautiful scenery to look out at from the top and the abandoned hotel was also certainly cool to poke around in. Despite the fact that we spent probably twice as much time in the car as we did on the mountain, I would highly recommend this hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Honestly, it is not that bad of a hike. I wouldn't even consider it "moderate". Just a straight path up to the fire tower or scenic view point. It's a good hike. Bring water and stay on the path.

Great hike! Moderate grade for most of the hike, then flattened out for a while near the top. Enjoyed exploring the old hotel ruins - neat! Fire tower was cool as well, the top level is chained off but you can get most of the way up it.

Carriage road turned into a trail so very accessible year round. Very popular, so expect crowds. Have done this hike many times but the best is very early morning or when colder and after a good snow. Snowshoes or crampons needed depending on conditions. Up and back takes about 2-3 hours depending on how long you stay at the summit.

Nice short hike that give you views of some of the 3500’. There was an undercast that was happening that was pretty nice to look at.

Hiking Devil's Path next weekend over two days. Hiked about six of the 3500s and am a bit nervous about taking on Devil's Path. Any advice to make it a safe and fun adventure? We are giving ourselves two full days to finish staying at campgrounds in between. Thanks!

Definitely check out the scenic overlook beyond the fire tower. Great views from there as well as atop the tower, or at least to just below the top. The only drawback, for me, is that I prefer more of a hiking path than a seasonal roadway.

I hiked this with a few friends about a week ago. Overall it was a great hike, great views from the scenic overlook and of the hotel ruins. This was definitely one of the easiest hikes I’ve done, and I would definitely do it again.

Fun hike. Lots of things to see on the way up, leantos, etc. did it as part of the fire tower challenge, the tower was locked but you could still climb up the stairs

Did it a couple weeks ago as part of the fire tower challenge. It was my first hike after vacation so it was a great way to ease back into exercising, but very quick hike.

Awesome hike! Not as good for a first timer or even a first hike of the year for someone who isn't in great shape, but definetly worth the leg pain! FYI out of the probably 30 dogs we saw that day, only 3 were on leashes, and we witnessed one dog fight and near altercation between groups because of it, so you might not want to take fido along, even on a leash, if he/she is dog agressive at all.

One of my favorite hikes in the Northeast. It is physically challenging but you are rewarded with a few different ecosystems, beautiful forest streams, and various mountaintop views. The weather shifted on me a few times over the three days I spent - be prepared for rain and with layers. Descending these mountains is incredibly slick and slower in the rain. Save enough daylight to seek out flat ground for camping (which, for example, you won't find while headed up Sugarloaf or Plateau). I was swamped with mosquitoes on West Kill, so find some [nature-friendly, non-toxic] bug spray for your trip.

I had a friendly local (met earlier as he brought friends in directly from Hunter) come pick me up after hitch hiking to the firestation for a phone... I had no cell signal after finishing the trail. Otherwise you can call a taxi to drive you back to your car.

Black Dome and Blackhead Mountain Loop- 6mi under 5 hrs with a group of friends.

Black Dome Summit was first to see on the hike with friends. It’s the 3rd highest peak in the Catskills so the hike is an intense elevation, but so worth the view!

Black Head Mountain was gorgeous as well. Hard to compare with Black Dome since it was the second one to see on our journey

Ultimately, I thought the journey was fun, lots of climbing for the rock scramble and lots of stream crossings and mud. At this time, there is still plenty of snow and ice at the top, which makes it difficult coming down without spikes and sticks.

The trail at this time of year was pretty rugged. The hike up included wading through rocks in a steam that were incredibly slippery, and the trail was basically mud along this section. There’s a ton of rock scrambling. The first two peaks (Camel’s Hump and Thomas Cole) had no views. Once we gained elevation over 3500 feet, the trail was covered in ice and snow- microspikes were really helpful. Black dome had a small view and we continued on to Blackhead, but ultimately had to turn around due to weather. If you want a hike that has views, would approach the hike from the other side and start with Blackhead as I thought the others were disappointing.

backpacking
1 month 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 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.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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.

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