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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4 days ago

This was a great hike with a view at the end- so worth seeing! The incline is right away but it is not that steep (there are flat parts in the first half of the hike.) It is very rocky so wear good hiking shoes and bring poles if you have them. Also be sure to bring bug spray as there are a lot of gnats, esp if you stop walking (at least there were in late May). Be prepared to climb over some pretty big boulders during the second half of the hike. Cornell Mt. is not really worth seeing, going extra 2 mile round-trip from Wittenberg Mt. People were good at social distancing!

hiked this 2 days ago. moderately trafficked. this trail starts out on a steep ascent for the first 30. don't let this scare you, there are a variety of hill levels to help you keep momentum. make sure your body is warm as it starts out more difficult and then gets a little easier. some bugs but if you are an experienced hiker this will not *bug* you ;) a little good natural spray does the trick, and keep moving. last hour is mostly a scramble, found this helpful to switch up different body activation to keep momentum going. beautiful views up top. leaves have not quite budded yet, so it's mostly a hike in direct sun. Sunscreen is a must. About a 6 hour hike, not including breaks for food and water.

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11 days ago

A perfect hike!! Very interesting trail, well marked, awesome lookout spot at the top of Wittenberg, challenging enough but not impossible. No more snow/ice left on the trail itself. The trail is actually 9.4 miles though!

The first 2.6 miles to the trail junction of Wittenberg is admittedly long and boring going both up and down, but definitely well worth it. No need for microspikes, there was just a very small patch of ice by the Cornell Crack. No flies today - was pretty windy in the morning.

Been there last year great trail went early September. I was wondering if over night camping is allowed off the trail during these times.

Great trail well worth the hike. Icy rock scramble right before second peak and some bugs but otherwise very doable. great views at first peak. some mud - not bad at all.

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.

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.

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24 days ago

I did this hike yesterday and, though I want to give it 5 stars, I have to knock one off for how buggy it was because it completely ruined the experience. DO NOT hike this trail anytime soon unless you bring a LOT of bug spray with you. Prepare to be constantly swatting at swarms of flies for nearly the entirety of the trail and having them fly into your eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. A lot of the trail is along a stream, some sections are muddy, and there’s some melting ice near the top. Aside from the bugs, the trail was amazing and the view from the top was indescribable.

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25 days ago

I don’t really think I can give this anything but a 5 star rating. It’s a really fun hike!! Waterproof shoes are a must right now, and probably spikes for at least another week. Part of the trail is basically a steam, and there are a number of miles that are very muddy. Ice is pretty prevalent between the two summits. My next hiking purchase will be poles. They would have come in handy, that’s for sure. The views from Wittenberg are better than Cornell, in my opinion. But getting some miles in definitely feels great. Was a little buggy in patches. Just be prepared for varied terrain and you’ll have a great time.

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