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West Approach of Slide Mountain

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 3.8 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Ascend the western side of Slide Mountain (4,182'), the highest peak in the Catskills.


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5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

Out and Back

4,191' 1,277 m

High

2,480' 756 m

Low

1,712' 522 m

Up

1,712' 522 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a short, out-and-back hike to the highest peak in the Catskills, and offers a steady climb through the forest. The summit is wooded but there are two overlooks near the top that offer great views over the surrounding hills. One view before another after the summit.

Description

From the trailhead, take the Phoenicia East Branch Trail (yellow), which is yellow-blazed for 0.7 miles. The Phoenicia East Branch Trail is an old carriage road and the hiking is fairly easy. Turn LEFT to start your ascent on the Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail), a red-blazed trail. This is a rugged trail but well maintained. Be prepared for a lot of scrambling. Continue on this route for 2.1 miles. This red-blazed trail will take you to the summit of Slide Mountain. There is a great view from the ledge before summit.

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Mirek Wierzbicki

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Slide Mountain takes on a new character in the winter.
May 9, 2017 near Shokan, NY
Slide Mountain is gorgeous in the winter.
May 8, 2017 near Shokan, NY
Enjoy the wonderful view from Mt. Slide on the Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail.
Jun 11, 2017 near Shokan, NY
Enjoy pleasant winter views from the summit of Slide Mountain.
May 9, 2017 near Shokan, NY
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Apr 11, 2019 near Shokan, NY
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Apr 11, 2019 near Shokan, NY

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