Explore the most popular hiking trails near Maplecrest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

strenuous and gorgeous. Pack your winter gear, it's really icy out!

nice trail, with great markings and signs. More of a moderate trail aside from a few short steep sections going up Blackhead from the Batavia kill lean to side. no view on Blackhead summit, I would say skip it and just head straight up Black dome on the red trail, perfect rock ledge with views there. nice spring on the red trail to refill water bottles.

Great hike, dog friendly, do-able in a few hours, nice varied terrain, plus a good vista at the top.

We did this loop in mid September. We took our medium sized 2-year old dog, it took us almost exactly 3 hours and we hike at a pretty medium pace, we stop for water and rest here and there, not in a rush. Most of the hike is on the top of the ridge, so you've got peeks of the view on both sides. The best view is about 15 minutes after you turn right after the initial ascent. There's an okay view off to the left, but a great view off to the right on a little rock clearing. There is a small parking lot at the start of the trail, and All Trails address for this was accurate. You could maybe wear sneakers on this hike, but I'd recommend hiking shoes/boots, there are a few places where you cross back and forth in creeks, plus a little slippery in places.

Challenging, scenic hike, removed from the worst of the Catskill Mountain summer crowds, with longer options easily available (adding Black Dome and/or Thomas Cole, specifically). Personally, I would recommend following this route in a clockwise direction (opposite to what’s posted here). There are several spectacular viewpoints along the trail; I especially loved looking up the spine of Black Dome, as we descended into the notch, after summiting Black Head.

Very challenging! Could have been more well marked, however, the route was pretty clear up. Beginning was beautiful.

First mile of the hike was beautiful along a stream - be mindful that you don’t accidentally end up taking the wrong trail (much more steep!). Would recommend it to anyone in the area; beautiful drive in too!

So gorgeous I would hike this trail every day if I could

Stated at Big Hollow Road to Black Dome and part of the pass to Thomas Cole. Great view from the top of Black Dome!

Decent hike with spectacular views. Can't ask for more.

This is a pretty trail, lots of nice big flat river rocks and slate at the beginning and some fun little rock cliffs to climb up at the end. The summit is not clearly marked; I found a small outlook with some initials carved in the stone and figured that was my final destination. There is a wider outlook below the summit that is nicer to sit and enjoy the view. Overall, a very pleasant and challenging hike. The trail gets narrow and closed in at points and I did see a couple of rattlesnakes, so I will probably take extra precautions if I hike this again.

Second time hiking this mountain. Gets a little difficult towards the top but worth it!

The trail starts off next to a beautiful creek full of falls and has a forest that is covered in moss. very cool setting to hike through. The trail gets step and very rocky in some sections but the views from the top are worth it. one of my new favorite trails and will be returning soon.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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

Beautiful fall leaves in mid October. Also went left on the blue trail to go up burnt knob. Nice view points!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Great trail with amazing views

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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.

We did the full loop and really enjoyed it. Took about 3.5 hours with a 20 min lunch stop. Acra point was not marked but we think it was a pretty overgrown view.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

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)

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.

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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

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

Nice hike but to do a "loop" it's more like 6.5 miles which is fine
Micro spikes were a must have on 3/5
Did a lot of Creek crossing which was a bit scary

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