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A Guide to Hiking the Catskill Mountains


Catskill Mountains Hiking: Challenging to Difficult Hiking Routes
There are enough challenging portions of the Catskills to satisfy experienced hikers.
There are enough challenging portions of the Catskills to satisfy experienced hikers.
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Rugged hikers looking for a more challenging hike don't have to look too far in the Catskills. One moderately challenging and popular hike is the Giant Ledge trail that only takes about two hours. It takes you along Panther Mountain, which is believed to sit on top of a site where a meteorite hit 375 million years ago.

A very difficult hike is one from Woodland Valley to Wittenberg Mountain and Cornell Mountain, at nearly 9 miles (14.5 kilometers) round trip. Before reaching Cornell Mountain, you'll have to pass through Cornell Crack, a difficult-to-climb, V-shaped wedge. Some adventurous hikers include Slide Mountain, the highest point in the Catskills, in this trip as well.

You know a trail is difficult when it's known as Devil's Path. This is considered the most challenging of the Catskills and ranges nearly 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) long over the Indian Head, Twin, Sugerloaf, Plateau and West Kill mountains. The trail also descends into several dangerously steep notches. Hikers should plan to camp one or two nights during the treacherous trip.


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