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We hiked a portion of this trail as an alternate trail down from Slide Mountain. It offered some challenges and nice views at points. It had rained heavily the night before and trail was muddy in spots. Nice section of the trail.

Fun challenging hike u have to pay $6 per night to park in the lot. Found a place to camp at about 1.5 miles but the ground was not even. Got to the first peak on day two but too foggy to see anything. Also tough to find a good opening to stargaze where i was.

I did this as a 2-day backpacking trip in late September, starting in the afternoon and hitting the first two peaks, setting up camp for the night at one of the marked camp sites between Cornell and Slide Mountains. There are additional camp sites when you get past Slide. Very fun, challenging hike. If I did it again, though, would do it as a day hike as climbing over some of the ledges and scrambles with a full pack was seriously tough. Views from Slide Mountain are limited; I got better views from Wittenberg and Cornell. Be advised that a good portion of the loop is along a road, which is kind of boring, but the trail is incredibly pretty.

Challenging but really fun hike. We parked at the Slide Mountain parking lot and heading east at noon towards Slide Mountain. NOTE: water between Slide Mountain and Woodland Valley is hard to come by! So bring plenty. Also, there is a nice little waterfall, just under Slide Mountain. Would do good to bring a water filter and fill up here.

Great hike, definitely challenging even for experienced hikers. Would recommend for backpacking. Be prepared to spend about 5-6 hours in total depending on how long you chill looking at the views.

Mileage seems like it’s a little longer than what’s listed, but that’s just me.

I agree with Matthew Conroy’s review entirely. I felt parts of the ups were quite strenuous but it was all incredibly enjoyable and the views made all of it worth the struggle.

Great views from Giant Ledge. Trail from Woodland has a lot of ups and downs - and a tricky creek crossing. But at least on the day I did it there was also a nice waterfall along the way and none of the elevation gain was that difficult, though the trail is a bit rocky. Giant Ledge gets crowded. Get there early to avoid crowds, or walk along to one of the other ledges. Considered continuing to Panther Mountain but bailed on it after clouds rolled in.

view was amazing definitely a challenging trail, but well worth it. Didn't get to do Cornell because of time

Amazing, amazing. The view from Wittenberg will make even the naysayingest Catskill naysayers smile.

I had to rush this one due to poor time planning on my part with commitments in the afternoon, I rushed through and did the roundtrip in 5hrs, however both mountains were totally socked in the morning I went so I had no views at all so i want to go back anyway. Trail is well marked, lots of fun scrambles, i imagine if you go when its not completely socked in you will have great views with the apparent amphitheater-style seating rocks at Witt summit looking out at something that i couldn't see at all the day i went, and after the cornell crack there was an apparent viewing ledge over at Cornell's summit. I was lucky to start out early in the am and had the mountains to myself the whole way up and part way back to Witt's summit. Some of the scrambles could be difficult for a newer hiker, and while there are flats along the way to rest your legs and lungs there are quite a few up sections that might burn your legs if you aren't really ready for this one. Have to pay for parking at the campground but the few bucks weren't enough to take a star away for me, and by paying you have access to restrooms/showers/etc at the campground for the day anyway. I often hike with my akita mix but was glad i didn't bring her on this one, as the crack and at least one other scramble between Witt and Cornell i would have needed to help her up and by oneself with your 4-legged friend it would be pretty difficult i imagine, and she has needed no help on the scrambles she has previously done on many of the adk and cats peaks.

Challenging hike to say the least especially with full packs, rain, heat, and humidity. Scrambles were tough with slick rocks and full pack. We started at the Slide Parking lot and proceeded across all three peaks and down Wittenberg before settling on a backcountry site slightly passed the offshoot trail to the shelter. We had hopes of completing the entire loop through Woodland Valley to the Giant Ledge parking lot and up the road to the Slide parking lot but the legs were a bit dead after traversing the Burroughs range the day before. We ended up hitching from Woodland Valley to the Slide parking lot on day 2. For us at least this was definitely doable as an overnight but the full loop would have needed to be a three night affair.

really challenging hike. we did only wittenberg because we hike with a dog and felt that it is to much for all of us. there was some spots that we have to help him going down. It took us about 5,5 hours. very nice views from Wittneberg but other than that nothing crazy about this hike.

First time backpacking in almost a decade. Have done lots of car camping and day hikes but first backpack trip in quite awhile. Forgot how much the extra weight can add to the challenge. Original thought was to try the loop while camping in the col between Cornell and slide. Because of a really late start we ended up camping just below the 3500 elevation before Wittenberg. We set up camp, rested and refueled. We threw the headlamps on and hit the summit at night. Really cool experience because it was a full moon. Would highly recommend the hike, just be sure you plan accordingly. Looking back at it. I would have rather camped at Woodland Valley and got an early start as a day hike. To each their own though.

I used this trail to get all the way to the summit of Mt. Wittenberg. It was really tough, very steep at the start but it levels out a few miles in. Towards the end there are some fallen trees and some marshy areas but if you make it hat far you probably aren’t bothered by that. I managed 8 miles on the first day, then camped out near the trail as I was losing light. The next morning I went up to the summit at dawn just before the blue trail merged into the red. From when it hits the red it gets very tough with lots of climbing and scrambling. This whole time I didn’t see another person! There were some people at the peak but t was so early that they were still in their tents asleep. About 2/3 of my way back down the blue trail I saw another person going the way I had came. Overall, it was very challenging at some points and not a whole lot to see until the summit, but some great hiking.

Went on the hike on a fairly rainy day. Because of the rain the trail became a series of small puddles but the best thing was there were so many small streams along the way due to rain. Since the hike became highly challenging , so could go upto Wittenberg mountain only. Started at 10 am and finished the hike by 6 pm. Well, definitely would like to try the hike on a cool non wet day !!

We completed the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg out-and-back starting from the West. Mostly an uphill hike on the way to Slide Mountain. Between Slide mountain and Cornell Mountain there are some rock scrambles and climbing that is required. Overall, a really nice trail with some great views as long as the clouds don't roll in.

Great challenging hike with a little bit of climbing required. Done in 5.5 hours. Its one of those hikes which make your legs buzz when you lay down to sleep that night.

It was a hard hike but I still did it

Beautiful view from the top went to Cornell and back outstanding views of Ashokan from Wittenberg and Cornell had 2 beautiful view one of Wittenberg and the other of slide great hike very difficult. As a bonus saw a porcupine on bruins causeway great day hike!!

This was a challenging hike. You start with a hike up to the sign in then continue climb. It levels off for about a mile before turning in to attack the main climb. There is some awesome rock climbing on the way up that I loved. It says you can bring a dog on the trail but unless your backpacking him up the rock climb I don't see how any dog could make it. The view from Wittenberg is AWESOME well worth the effort!! Cornell not so much, but the crack is fun to climb.

Beautiful views and fun trek through the mountains.

This was such a great hike! We overnighted in between Cornell and Slide and it was tough with the elevation gain + big backpacks but so worth it for those views!

Wittenberg has lookout ledge. This was a challenging hike but well worth it.

The smell of Balsam from the top of Slide and Wittenberg will stick in your memory forever

Hiked on 3/24/2018 - Trail conditions - packed snow all the way up. We started at 8am (25-30 degrees) so the snow was packed. Spikes all the way up.

Trail started off steep but eventually leveled off for about 1-1.5 miles. We reached few zigzags and it became steep for about a mile before the summit. About 5-6 times it felt like we were almost on summit, but it was a no go/false summit. West wings were strong and made it cold on this section. But the summit/terrace was blocked/calm.

Hike to Cornell was about 15-20 min. Cornell crack was full of snow and fun to climb up/down. There was no dangerous cliffs or ledges where it gets sketchy.

We didn't use snow shoes at all BUT on the way down the snow became slushy and soft. Some post holing.

Note: there is at least 3-4 feet of snow still on the mountain and valleys.

Summit view? One of the best in the Catskills. It was a clear and sunny day and it was simply amazing up there.

PS. The mountain will kick your butt. Not as "straight up" as the Whites but certainly as painful in the end.

3 hours up to Wittenberg, 20 min to Cornell and back, 2 hours down

Hiked it on 11/10. It was 14 degrees and one of the first (light) snow falls of the year. Amazing hike, one of my favorite. Bruins Causeway between Wittenberg and Cornell was extremely unique

Hiked this back in March before the springtime thaw. Getting closer to the summit was extremely challenging as ice and snow came into view. Beautiful view at the summit.

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