Explore the most popular wild flowers trails in Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
3 months ago

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
6 months ago

I loved this trail. It was steep in some areas which meant a good work out and we caught some great views of the big mountains. My track included all 3 peaks on the range and it was winter. Check out my full review along with pictures and some things to look out for.

http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/blackheadrange

As difficult as it sounds. Be sure to have good tread and hiking poles to take on the ice patches

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Very well marked and very woodsy, there’s a part where you walk through a pine tree forest. Rocky for some parts. Views are amazing.

Very nice challenging hike; it's not 4.8 miles though ... my GPS said 5.6 ... be ready to sweat and workout

Very scenic hike. Trail clearly marked. Go after a rainfall.

Great trail with amazing views

This hike is very much about the journey and not the destination. Beautiful forests, streams and a couple good views. Took the advice of others and went clockwise. Glad we did.

Good challenge but not much of a view. I'd probably have gone clockwise on this loop instead of counterclockwise, the northeast part is a pretty steep incline that wasn't too much fun to descend when wet.

10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

backpacking
11 months ago

Completed the full Escarpment trail 3 weeks ago, 2 days 1 night. Awesome trail, great views, a real grind. I traveled south to north (left a car at 23/Elm Ridge parking). Going the other way would be just as strenuous.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Went upfrom Big Hollow Road to Black Dome then down and over to Black Head with my son and 2 grandson age 10 and 11. Beautiful views would do it again in a heart beat.

Good views from either direction on the way up, no views from the summit. Took my girlfriend and I about 5 hours and that was stopping to eat twice. Probably easier to veer left at the fork and ascend the steep side first, but we had no issues descending it and I would prefer going down it rather than up it. Lots of wild flowers this time of year. We thought it was a fairly easy hike compared to some others we've done.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Includes Windham, one of the 35 high peaks of the Catskills. 4 great lookout points off the sides of the trail. Need to stray a bit from trail to get all the view points. Chiseled into the rock at the viewpoints are the names of adventurers who came before you and the year in which they visited. The earliest date I saw was 1851. (See photos)

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Starts out wet with lots of small water crossings. Then it's straight up the east approach. While tough and sometimes requiring 4 points of contact I would rather ascend this section instead of descending it. Coming back down the west side between blackhead and blackdome has loose footing the entire way down the col making slow going. Not many views at the summit. But a great early morning hike.

hiking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

My recording is the hike down from windham high peak. (If you're looking to cross a 3500 off)
Moderate, easy hike. I did it to cross off WHP, But will definitely be back to finish the way to burnt knob.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

The difficult part is the north slope trail of Black Head (icy). Other than that it's pretty easy.

Winter snowshoed. Plenty of snow, up to my knees. Also lots of ice to be careful of. Overall great hike with some awesome views on the way down.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Really loved this hike. Nothing to see at the top but really nice views from a comfortable spot looking north/northeast on the way down. We only saw a few people on the trail. Got a little steep before the summit but it doesn't last too long and isn't too hard. You will use your hands.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

I liked the trail, but was not too thrilled: There are two good vista points, but not on the top of the mountain.

Above about 3000 feet, the vegetation is changing, and the air smelled wonderfully (early September).

Will I do it again? - Rather not. - Was it worth the time and effort? - Yes.

Monday, September 05, 2016

great trail, beautiful but not for beginner hiking is primarily up hill, this was more of a mountain climb than a hike spectacular view and really beautiful hidden pine forest at the top.

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Escarpment Trail is a Catskill delight. Great views, historic places, awesomely exhausting climbs, and great options for side trips. We hiked S > N as an overnight. After climbing Black Dome ducked off the blue blazed escarpment trail to the lean-to and hung the hammock. The next morning we took a short jaunt to tag Black Dome and Thomas Cole mountains then return to the trail. Finished by going over Windham High Peak. Make sure not to miss the short jaunt (~.2m) down to the top of Kaaterskill Falls by the southern terminus at North-South Lake and the quick (~.2m) Yellow side trail to Artists Ledge. You'll get better views of N-S lake further along (and higher up) on the Escarpment but Artists Ledge is a place of significance to early painters in the area. Very cool to see the paintings and know you've stood in that spot, looking at that view. I highly recommend the side trip to tag Black Head and Thomas Cole, especially if your working on your 3500 club list. Go mid-July through the fall after black flies die off, fall is the best if you can pull it off so it's not so hot.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

I had a really nice time with this trail. There was lots to see and minimal people on the day I was there. I almost made it all the way to Burnt Knob but stopped a little short since rain was in the forecast. Still got to take in some nice views at WHP. Altogether I made about a 9 mile hike out of it. This will be the one to beat for the rest of the season. Just mind the large rocks on the way back down. They can be a little slippery.

Great trail! Different areas make for different type of hiking and sight seeing. I loved the pine tree forest. I do recommend hiking boots though. There are a lot of rocks to step on, over, and climb up. It has been a hot dry summer so the trail was dry. I can see where it gets muddy in other seasons so be prepared for that.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This trail head is not located where your map says. I have been lead to the middle of nowhere.

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