Escarpment Trail to Burnt Knob

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Escarpment Trail to Burnt Knob is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maplecrest, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.8 miles
2864 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers

16 days ago

23 days ago

Great trail with amazing views

1 month ago

2 months ago

4 months ago

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)

5 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

I summited Windham High Peak (WHP) using the Escarpment Trail (blue markers) from the Cross Road Parking Area. You can also access WHP and the Escarpment Trail from the Peck Road Parking Area. You take the Elm Ridge Trail (yellow markers) which then connects to the Escarpment Trail. You reach the summit just after the 3500’ sign. There is a vista on the right of the trail with views of X. Continuing toward the summit, there is another vista on the left. The summit is denoted by a USGS marker embedded in the rock just past this view point.

Overall, the hike is a pretty steady incline that wanders through some old growth forests and would be suitable for older children (maybe 10 and older).

Monday, December 28, 2015

Great climb with my 2 boys, my friend and his four boys. Ages 6 to 11. The view was obscured by cloud cover when we got to the peak but quickly cleared in 10-15 minutes. Definitely will do it again in the summer.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Very good trail for moderate hikers. No big rocks to climb. 3 good views on top. Took us 4 hours there and back.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Pretty mellow compared to other mountains in the Catskills. Elevation gain will make you sweat and give you a decent cardio workout but nothing technical. Only took about 90 mins to get to the top at a moderate pace. Some very dense and very cool old growth pine wooded areas along the route up. A required hike for the Catskill 3500 club. Would have done Black Dome too had I had more time.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Beautiful hike on a cool fall afternoon