Explore the most popular trails in Elm Ridge Wild Forest 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 month ago

Beautiful winter hike. Can get icy so use crampons!

Beautiful trail, lots of snow covered pines. Pretty easy trek for going up about 800ft.
We started on escarpment, went onto Levitate, then to the west and east gauntlets, back to escarpment. We saw an Ermine, cute little white weasel.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail to hike, especially if, like me, you're training for future goals. Not an easy trail, but not very difficult either. Nearly 1800 feet climb in just over 3 miles on a well marked trail. As is typical for many of the highly-used Catskill trails, some long stretches of exposed tree roots and rocks. Limited view to the south just before the peak, and an expansive view north just after the peak. (No view at the actual peak - just a survey marker in the trail.)

Gorgeous this time of year (early September)! Lush landscape, well marked and varied terrain. Was a bit too busy with mountain bikers, but well worth a visit.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pleasant, quiet. Trails are well marked. Lots of chipmunks!

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked on the most perfect day we've had all summer 2018 - this is a beautiful trail. So much to see and experience, including the "spooky woods". I was a bit disappointed at the lack of views at the summit but was still a really great hike. I'd say on the moderate to easy side as it's a very gradual climb with many areas where it levels off enabling you to catch your breath. Coming down was a breeze, except for a few muddy areas. I'd love to do this one in the winter - it must be magnificent during/after a snowfall.

mountain biking
7 months ago

These are very nice trails. Easy to moderate to bike. Easy to hike. You're not bringing an elementary aged child here to bike. For hiking, yes. Trails are well marked with signs. They are well maintained, and were built by professionals. Even have wooden bridges where things get muddy. There is biking ang hiking on both sides of the road. Parking is easy to find, and trailheads are equally as easy. Views on the drive up the mountain are very pretty, making this a trip worth taking.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked on a day with temps in the high 80’s, but it was nice in the woods. The trail is very nice and very well marked. Most of the way, it felt like a nice walk in the woods. I’d say it’s on the easier side of moderate. The only downside is the limited views on the summit, which is typical of the Catskills, but since we do a lot of hiking in the Adirondacks, it is definitely not the same rush when you get to the top. Bring bug spray for the black flies, but the bug spray worked well and they didn’t bother us much unless we stopped in the woods to rest. The little breeze on the top kept the bugs away and allowed us to enjoy lunch. We took about 4 hours round trip, plus 30 minutes on top.

This trail is one of my favorites. Challenging but fun! Best part is coming down and you pick up the pace and can run it. Steep inclines for a majority of the hike make it challenging. Easy to follow and navigate and clearly marked. Walking through the woods is kind of magical in its own way. If you are hiking it in winter you most definitely need traction.

hiking
Sunday, February 04, 2018

What a great winter hike! We did this on a beautiful February day and got great views through the trees for the last mile (plus a few vistas near the summit). Pretty quick hike- we got down in around 4 hours with a long lunch break and slow/moderate pace. Not many people around in the winter. Parking (on Peck Rd) easy to find and spacious. *You absolutely need traction if attempting this in the winter.* A couple people we saw were trying without, and it did not look pleasant. Most of the trail is a solid slab of ice covered with a little snow. But with spikes- great hike! Would love to do it again in the summer and stay in the lean-to.

hiking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

This was a nice easygoing hike down in the Catskills. I really enjoyed the views of the Blackhead Range as we were hiking up to the summit. There’s a part of the trail where the tree roots are all over the trail. There was 3 good lookouts close to the summit.

Friday, June 30, 2017

20/39 and the prettiest so far. A really nice walk through the woods. Great to do alone to find some peace of mind. Walking through the woodland floor was wonderful. A little rain early on didn't spoil a thing. 15 newts on the way up and 3 snakes on the trail right after the summit. Done in 2:59.21

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail. Currently very wet and muddy. Making for treacherous footing. Prepare accordingly.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Well marked peaceful trail. Good challenge through out. So quiet you can literally here the trees creaking in the wind. Would do it again and recommend

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