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Catskill Mountains Trails

The Catskill Mountains are a mountain range in southeastern New York, which contain most of the highest peaks in the state south of the Adirondack Mountains and are considered a classic backpacking destination. Much of the range is part of the Catskill Park, a 700,000 acre forest preserve, which spans five counties and is protected from many types of development by New York state law. The Catskill Mountains are approximately 100 miles northwest of New York City and 40 miles southwest of Albany, and sees about 500,000 visitors annually.

Catskill Park is a popular destination for hikers, hunters and vacationers, and contains over 300 miles of multi-use trails. The park has about 50,000 permanent residents, and is protected from commercial development and logging, making it a popular destination for summer vacations and second-home ownership.

The Catskills include 35 peaks with an elevation of 3,500 feet or higher, including two peaks above 4,000 feet. This prompted the formation of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club, which promotes “peak-bagging” or climbing all of the peaks above 3,500 feet. The tallest peak is Slide Mountain, at 4,180 feet. Unlike the Adirondacks, even the tallest peaks in the Catskills are not above tree line.

New York City: Vly and Bearpen Mountains

You won’t find sections of this 8.2-mile hike on any trail map. That’s because, until recently, these two 3,500-foot mountains in the Catskill Mountains sat on private land.

New York City: Devil’s Path

This 25-mile plus hike climbs six significant peaks in the northern Catskills, accumulating about 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in steep, rocky terrain. This country looks and feel wild, and the views from its many lookouts easily rival those from the more-crowded high peaks.

New York City: Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg

Climb to some of the best views in the Catskills on this 11.7-mile high-peaks trek. Overnight camping permitted.

New York City: West Kill Mountain

This challenging 7.2-mile scramble up rocky West Kill Mountain rewards hikers with stellar views of the Catskills and a waterfall lunch site.

New York City, NY: Slide Mountain via Curtis-Ormsbee Trail

Summit a Catskills favorite, Slide Mountain, on this 6.7-mile loop with views of the Shawangunks and Taconics.

Albany, NY: Devils Path

Test your limits on this New York backcountry challenge.

Catskills, NY: Panther Mountain

Climb the 18th-highest Catskill peak with a stop for amazing views from Giant Ledge on this 6.7 mile out-and-back.

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New York City: Devil’s Path

This 25-mile plus hike climbs six significant peaks in the northern Catskills, accumulating about 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in steep, rocky terrain. This country looks and feel wild, and the views from its many lookouts easily rival those from the more-crowded high peaks.

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