New York City: Burnham Hollow to McKenley Hollow

This 14-mile shuttle hike winds tranquil wooded slopes to five peaks over 3,400 feet in a remote section of the Catskills. Off-trail experience and navigation skills required.
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This 14-mile shuttle hike winds tranquil wooded slopes to five peaks over 3,400 feet in a remote section of the Catskills. Off-trail experience and navigation skills required.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.1

Waypoints

FBE011

Location: 42.0908546447754, -74.488166809082

Balsam Mt: Official summit slightly E of main trail; backtrack to previous waypoint, then turn L onto red trail

FBE001

Location: 42.0547790527344, -74.4667663574219

Cross Elk Brook; begin steep climb on undesignated trail, bearing S

FBE007

Location: 42.0350646972656, -74.49658203125

Big Indian Summit (3,700 ft.); descend W off tree-covered peak

FBE008

Location: 42.0343017578125, -74.4994277954102

R on Pine Hill West Branch Trail; keep on blue-blazed trail.
For campsite and water: Turn L in 1.4 miles on Seager-Big Indian Trail and camp near Shandaken Lean-to

FBE006

Location: 42.0324096679688, -74.4770660400391

Find route through isolated col; scramble up second peak

FBE002

Location: 42.044246673584, -74.4674606323242

Keep S

FBE003

Location: 42.0392227172852, -74.4677200317383

Tough going: Keep S, staying on the easiest grade under a thick hardwood canopy

FBE004

Location: 42.0334854125977, -74.4682388305664

Incline eases on the northernmost arm of Fir Mountain

FBE005

Location: 42.0277824401856, -74.4690628051758

Fir Mountain (3,620 ft.): Sign summit book; continue off-trail, swinging NW

FBE010

Location: 42.084903717041, -74.4974670410156

Stay on blue trail; drop packs for this quick out-and-back trail to the summit

FBE009

Location: 42.0618782043457, -74.5067443847656

Eagle Mtn. (3600 ft.); trail continues N, rolling over Hayes Mtn.

FBE012

Location: 42.0702171325684, -74.4740600585938

McKenley Hollow; drive or road-hike 2.5 miles back to car