Explore the most popular views 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.

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.

The trail is wide open, well marked, and honestly a moderate grade. Multiple spots with water on trail, making for some good chunks of mud still. Would recommend adding Echo Lake to the loop, great views on the way from Indian Head over to Echo Lake.

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7 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
7 days ago

The first 1.7 miles to the first overlook was where you gained all of your elevation and it was a little rough. Once on the overlook the 2 mile hike to the summit was practically flat and easygoing.

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

Nice day in the Catskills. The path to panther was lined with wild flowers. Not a hard hike at all.

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10 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.

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11 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.

Lovely, challenging trail. I recommend that anyone doing this trail bring poles--the downhill is steep & rocky, murder on the knees! Hiked this on 5/13/18, it is still muddy, but no need for spikes.

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11 days ago

Super steep but the view from the top is amazing

Loved it, pretty views, some good inclines and some easier areas too
Great places for eating lunch, sitting in the rocks with the beautiful views

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.

Easy walk on washout road . Very cool spot to spend time at the top

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.

Very steep, challenging hike. The view is worth every ache and pain.

Trail runners; this is a fun route but the majority of it is not runable. You climb roughly 2000ft in the first 2 miles, I’m talking super steep, a power walk at best. It gets the steepest roughly the last 1/2 to 1/4 mile. Once you summit though you can take the yellow trail to devils path which is much more runable. Devils path quickly descends roughly 3 miles to a small but cool waterfall at mile 6. I turned around and ran back up devils path running the same route backwards. In total I ended up with roughly 12 miles with over 4000 ft of climbing. Ohh, and today is may 7th 2018, and there is still snow and ice at the summit pretty much all of the way down the yellow trail to devils path.

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.

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.

Very steep but. Very rewarding hike. Beautiful trail.

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.

This was my first real hiking. Since I am a crazy person and like to push my body, I start with this very hard trail. Oh my God, this trail is very challenging. I would not recommend for someone to do it solo or out of shape. People must be careful and pay attention of your footing. I don’t want to scare anyone, but people can get hurt very badly on this trail. Stay safe.

it's a steep trail and can be rough towards the top. there was still plenty of ice for the last 0.6 miles in 1st week of May. in the end you are awarded with amazing views and a sweet ache in your legs. downhill was tricky too with slippery rocks and stones. took me 3 hours with minimal rest. reminded me of trekking in the Himalayan in Nepal. liked it and would do it again.

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.

Easy day hike, great view at the summit. So serene and peaceful. I’d definitely go again.

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.

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