Slide Mountain Loop

Woodstock New York Hikes

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Traveling hemlock-deciduous and fir-birch forests, this popular trail tags the highest point in the Catskills and passes Burroughs Plaque and Curtis Monument. Special Attractions: vistas, rare high-elevation fir forest, rock features, commemorative markers, fall foliage. Due to the sensitive nature of this popular forest preserve peak, hikers need to play a protective and respectful role. Do not make this an annual trek as it cannot sustain such heavy foot traffic, and keep your hiking party small. Avoid travel during and immediately following a rainstorm. If the trails are wet, keep to the red Wittenberg-Cornell Slide Trail, a carriage road that can better handle the foot traffic; do not travel the delicate Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Plan a day hike versus an overnight stay. If you do choose to camp, remember, to protect this area's sensitive fir complex there is no camping above the 3,500 foot elevation.
Hiking New York

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Hiking New York

by Rhonda & George Osterag (Falcon Publishing)

Traveling hemlock-deciduous and fir-birch forests, this popular trail tags the highest point in the Catskills and passes Burroughs Plaque and Curtis Monument. Special Attractions: vistas, rare high-elevation fir forest, rock features, commemorative markers, fall foliage. Due to the sensitive nature of this popular forest preserve peak, hikers need to play a protective and respectful role. Do not make this an annual trek as it cannot sustain such heavy foot traffic, and keep your hiking party small. Avoid travel during and immediately following a rainstorm. If the trails are wet, keep to the red Wittenberg-Cornell Slide Trail, a carriage road that can better handle the foot traffic; do not travel the delicate Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Plan a day hike versus an overnight stay. If you do choose to camp, remember, to protect this area's sensitive fir complex there is no camping above the 3,500 foot elevation.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woodstock
Length: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Local Maps: Catskill Forest Preserve Camping, Woodland Valley brochure; New York-New Jersey Trail Conference map, Southern Catskill Trails.
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/27/2012

Great rock climbing, great scenery and would have been great views but we happened to go on a cloudy day! Definitely going back!

12/26/2011

Doing this trail in mid-winter has its plus and minuses. Pluses: less hikers on the trails, snow covered trail makes the rocky surface less strenous on your ankles, dence woods covered with frozen snow and greenery free overlooks have a fairy tale ambiance. Minuses: ice under the snow on the trail can be tricky at best, frequently frozen run offs crossing calls for careful and slow approach. All in all - great hike rewarded with picturesque views from right below the top.

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