Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail)

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Slide Mountain Wilderness

Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail) is a 23.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 23.8 km Elevation Gain: 1,476 m Route Type: Loop

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In this hike, you will traverse 3 peaks all above 3500ft. The views are the best around, you have to climb over ledges and the elevation gain over the entire rout is incredible. Once you get above 3000ft the air is thinner and you get into the Balsam/Spruce forest that are found farther North. The trail starts at Woodland Valley. The first 4 miles you gain about 200ft. Once you get on top of Wittenburg 3790ft you get views of the Ashokan Reservoir and High Point. From Wittenburg to Cornell is short compared to what you just did. From Cornell 3870ft you get views of Slide MT and the climb you are in for. The col between Cornell and Slide is long but great due to the Balsam/Spruce forest. The Climb up slide is short but brutal. You have to climb ledges and ladders on the ledges. On Slide 4180ft you get limited views. the better views are just off of slide summit. The final descent to your end point is on an old fire RD.

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2 days ago

Completed the trail as a solo overnight trip. Started at Woodland Valley Campground Sunday at 9am and it was a packed parking lot. Crowded trail up Wittenburg (oddly no one was wearing masks but the trails up Cornell and Slide 50% people going the opposite way had masks - dont know what to make of that), but it was a holiday weekend. Challenging bits with a full pack on but view was worth it despite how crowded the summit was. The trail between Wittenburg and Cornell was beautiful and much quieter. The Cornell Crack was challenging and I had to toss my pack up. There are a couple of little spots around the summit to take in the view. Slide Mountain was....a lot. The trail up was really beautiful and has some great primitive campsites to stay at. Trillium and other wildflowers were everywhere. One particular scramble was pretty nervewracking but after tur fact I found out that there was an easier way up the scramble on the side of the trail. Spring was refreshing and has the best view. The summit itself was crowded without much view. The road walking went by fast and the road was quiet - took the publix easement trail a mile up the road to connect to the yellow trail going back to Woodland Valley. On a Monday morning (today), I saw two people in 3 hours. The final trail to Woodland Valley has a lot of fallen trees but is pretty and passes some small waterfalls. Rock staircase at the very end of the loop is challenging but was welcome as my ankles were struggling with all of the downhill movement. Amazing, amazing loop.

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23 days ago

Did the loop yesterday from Woodland. Eight hours total. No bugs of any kind. Some old dirty snow, 5' 0 expedition member managed with no problem in sneakers. Only two small view areas to the side of Slide. Unreasonable that there is no observation tower there! Or a maintained clearing. There is a carriage road shortcut going R 30 mins before the Slide parking area, but it's marked private property. So we had that boring mile-long walk along the road instead. Past Winnisook lake the easement toward Giant Ledges trail is helpful. Another shortcut near the end of Phoenicia East Trail that allows you to return to the Woodland Valley road sooner, also marked private but that was posted only some 30m from the road and we had lost a lot of altitude by then, so we pushed on, without incident. Demographics: six Americans on the way to Slide, two Chinese and two Indians (dot) on Slide, four Latinos on the Giant Ledge trail.

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23 days ago

I just did this two days ago with my dog. However, I don’t know if I would do it again with her, bc there were a few ledges between Wittenberg and Slide that were pretty scary to do with a dog. Unless you have a dog who’s great at rock climbing or one you can easily lift over ledges, it’s a little unnerving in places (especially the Cornell crack). But besides that, this is a gorgeous hike and the ice we did see was easily avoidable. Definitely my new favorite in the Catskills.

Definitely on the difficult side, filled with some rock climbing. There was a two mile stretch on the road which was a good way to make up some time. Most of the trail was covered and the views were not ideal, except for Wittenberg, that was quite spectacular. Overall a fun and challenging hike. And it is still quite slick out there, but we survived with trail runners

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26 days ago

We did it in two days starting from Woodland Valley Campground, going counter clockwise, camping at a primitive spot between Slide and Cornell. We brought spikes but didn't use them very much - a lot of the ice has melted by now and you can avoid it pretty easily by staying to the sides of the path. Didn't love the two miles walking along the road but otherwise a great loop.

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1 month ago

just did the loop yesterday, I would HIGHLY recommend microspikes, we did not and really struggled descending slide and wittenberg in areas. still tons of ice

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1 month ago

Can’t give full review because didn’t complete. The peak of Slide Mt. was caked in ice and I had no micro spikes. Continuing would have surely ended badly for me lol. Slide’s view was pretty trash though. Too many spruce trees blocking it.

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1 month ago

We did this as a two-day, one night backpack, beginning at the Slide Mountain Trailhead Parking Lot. We did the hike counter-clockwise, which I definitely recommend. On Day 1 we hiked ~8 miles from the trailhead to the Terrace Mountain Shelter. To get to the shelter, you have to hike one mile off the loop on the Terrace Mountain Trail. The shelter itself is small (two tents or four people, max), and has some holes in the construction, but was much better than sleeping on the wet ground! The shelter was a bit hard to find in the dark, but it's on the right side when you're continuing on the Terrace Mountain Trail. The views from the three summits, especially from Slide, were nice! There was a lot (A LOT!) of ice on the trail after a certain point, which made micro-spikes absolutely necessary. We saw a couple of folks without them and they were struggling badly. On Day 2 we hiked from the Terrace Mountain Shelter to Woodland Valley CG, then continued along the Phoenicia East Branch Trail to our starting point. The Phoenicia East Branch Trail had several significant steep sections, but it's worth it, as the area is gorgeous, with tons of small waterfalls and one more significant falls. Note: When you get to the "end" of the hiking trail on Oliverea Rd, make sure you walk the two miles in the right direction on the road back to the Slide Mountain Trailhead (there are no signs) - we learned the hard way! All in all, a fantastic trip.

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1 month ago

This is quite a loop with three summits. Went counter clockwise which saves the Wittenberg Summit view for last, which is well worth the effort. Lot of scamble and rock climbing on Cornell and Slide decent. Solid day...

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