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Catskill State Park: Windham High Peak

A mild Catskills out-and-back, this 6.3-miler on the Long Path climbs gentle grades through light spruce forest to Windham High Peak and views south of the Blackhead Mountains.

Rating

Starting from a pull-off parking area trailhead on NY 23, this mild approach to Windham High Peak on the Long Path (a 347-mile route through eastern New York) tracks east towards Elm Ridge on an almost imperceptible grade. The grade steepens slightly on a 400-foot climb to a saddle where (about a mile in) the trail passes the Maple Crest Road Trail and meets a lean-to.
Continuing up the spine of Windham High Peak, the trail climbs steadily through intermittent strands of spruce trees. As the route swings north for its steeper summit approach, there are intermittent views through the trees south to the Blackhead Mountains. These through-the-trees vistas continue en route to the summit where rock ledges afford views of neighboring Catkills peaks and plains to the north as well. Enjoy lunch or a snack at the top before backtracking to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Nick Minute

To Trailhead

From New York City, take I-87 N to exit 21. At bottom of exit, turn left onto NY 23B. In 0.3 mile, bear right on ramp to Cairo/Greenville to merge with NY 23. Continue 19.3 miles to trailhead parking on right.

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