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Beautiful views and fun trek through the mountains.

Hiked 2 days ago. Trail is a well worn old jeep road so not exactly a nice trail, but good footing. Grade is mild to moderate the entire way. You can make better time than “book time “ due to trail conditions. Decent views from fire tower stairs (cabin closed)

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

1 month ago

Great hike! Definitely should not be characterized as "Hard" though would be tough for a novice hiker or young kids. Clearly marked trail, great views from the fire tower. The Tower was locked today but can still see across Catskill Park from the top. Will go again!

2 months ago

Strenuous hike due to consistent incline, but somewhat too straight-forward. The view at the summit is basically nonexistent unless you climb the fire tower. When I arrived, there were too many clouds to see anything. After spending some time at the top of the tower, the clouds cleared and a nice view opened up. However, I have seen many better views from more interesting trails. Many, many, gnats as well made it impossible to stand still.

2 months ago

Fun hike. Lots of things to see on the way up, leantos, etc. did it as part of the fire tower challenge, the tower was locked but you could still climb up the stairs

2 months ago

Climbed yesterday in beautiful weather approx low 60’s. Very dry hike with a few patches of snow near the summit. Some cool shelters on the way in case hikers wanted to stay the night. Seemed long but was beat from a previous hike. 4 hour hike with awesome views at the top. Fire tower not in great condition and was closed at top!

3 months ago

Probably one of the easiest mountains I have done I have NO idea when it’s listed as hard ! Trail had minimal snow towards the top but spikes and shoes are no longer needed ! Beautiful views

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

Great trail!

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

7 months ago

Great hike took 3 hrs round trip First 2 tenths of the hike is the hardest Weather was 30degrees dry trail no mud

8 months ago

It was a brisk day 11/11/17 first ones on the trail that day
Pleasant hike still not sure why it's rated hard
The terrain is easy to navigate made to the tower in 2 hours and 20 min that included a pit stop to the first lean to
I would DEFINATELY do this hike again

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.

8 months ago

This hike is great, but if I had to do it over again I would stop at the Slide MTN parking area and hitch a ride back to Woodland Valley. The hike I did was the full loop (start in Woodland Valley, and end in Woodland Valley). Once you finish Slide MTN, to complete the full loop you have to hike from Slide MTN parking area to Panther MTN parking and trailhead which is a few miles of road, then the hike to Woodland Valley is long and tedious over nothing but endless steep downgrades and ankle breaker rocks so it's slow going especially in the rain today and slippery roots. Then after 17.5 miles or so the trail crushes you one last time with a climb straight up rock to more ankle breaking rocks on the walk back to the lot at Woodland Valley. I took one star off for the full loop because after Slide the rest of the hike is long, tedious, and annoying. Park one car at the Slide MTN parking area and the have a friend bring you over to Woodland Valley and call it a Hike once you finish Slide MTN.

The hike up Wittenberg is great, with a great view at the top, expect 2 hours or so to reach the peak, 3 hours if you stop to smell the roses. The hike over to Cornell MTN (done this hike 3 times, still have no idea where the summit is) is easy feels great after Wittenberg. I wasn't going to do the full loop but I got out so late I knew I wouldn't make it down and needed to spend the night anyway, so I camped on a rock ledge near Cornell MTN, solid rock so no impact to the environment and I never leave anything behind, it's over 3500 feet but I didn't really have a choice, such a cool place to camp until the weather went south, the winds kicked up to 40 MPH and it got real cold, and real wet, not a fun night.

The climb up the back end of Slide MTN is probably my favorite in the Catskills, short, brutal and really interesting, Wittenberg and Slide alone make this route worth doing.

Beautiful view from the top! Definitely intense but doable

Nice walk in the woods. went up steadily but felt like a long hike... no views going up, nice fall colors. Tower was locked

the directions to the trail head lead you to giant ledge and panther mt summit not cornell and wottenburg,

Nice hike, moderately steep some of the way but very easy with switchbacks. No views from the summit, great views from the firetower.

A very tough mountain to hike. An elevation onslaught as soon as you cross over the bridge. Descending is hell on he knees. Actually started cramping up on the descent. Only did Wittenberg this go around. Cooled out at the summit for about 45 minutes getting my mind ready for the return. Next time I soldier on to Cornell and Slide.

Tough scrambling and strenuous, don't take young kids and don't take a dog unless you can help lift him up the scrambles. Take about 3 liters of water per person, no water sources. That being said, it's gorgeous and the scrambling is fun if you are in shape enough.

9 months ago

Nice moderate hike...love when the payoff is a firetower. Unfortunately the clouds were hanging pretty low and the view was not too great. Trail seemed great for families with children met several on the trail

9 months ago

Awesome but be careful off loose rocks

World class view at the top of Wittenberg. Solid day hike...if you can backpack it and hit multiple summits. Steep rock scrambles but a lot of fun. My favorite Catskill hike.

Was able to make it to Slide as well for a day hike reaching all 3 peaks in about 10 hours with breaks, 14+ miles. Lots of rock scrambling, very fun and strenuous hike. Saw a bear after we got back in the car just after trailhead!

Awesome, challenging both mentally and physically. I have exercise enduced asthma &I'm training my lungs so I forced myself to not use it..I paced myself and did it with my boyfriend. But there were a few points my lungs were on fired. I'm an experiment hiker but the Catskills are no joke ! I recommend enough time starting atleast around 7..8A and 5 hours and bring enough water and food is a must for fuel. Pbj, granola bars and banana !

It was a great hike to say the least. It was a very nice ascent right off the bat with the first two miles climbing around 700 feet. If you plan on traveling the entire trail leave yourself enough time because it's a total of 8.3 from beginning to end.

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