Slide Mountain Loop

Pine Hill, New York

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Southwest of Woodstock, this hike strings together the yellow Phoenicia–East Branch Trail, the red Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide Trail, and the blue Curtis–Ormsbee Trail for a rolling exploration at the western extent of the Burroughs Range. Traversing hemlock-deciduous woodland and lofty conifer-birch forest, this popular trail tops the highest point in the Catskills and visits the Burroughs Plaque and Curtis–Ormsbee Monument. The loop dishes up vistas and strings past rock features.
Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

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Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)

Southwest of Woodstock, this hike strings together the yellow Phoenicia–East Branch Trail, the red Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide Trail, and the blue Curtis–Ormsbee Trail for a rolling exploration at the western extent of the Burroughs Range.

Traversing hemlock-deciduous woodland and lofty conifer-birch forest, this popular trail tops the highest point in the Catskills and visits the Burroughs Plaque and Curtis–Ormsbee Monument. The loop dishes up vistas and strings past rock features.

© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Pine Hill
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: New York State DEC, Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz 12561; (845) 256-3000; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: DEC Slide Mountain Wilderness map (overview map, but not sufficiently detailed for a hiking aid, available at DEC office); New York–New Jersey Trail Conference Trail Map 43, Southern Catskill Trails (available at traditional and online bookstores or from the Conference: www.nynjtc.org)
Driving Directions: Directions to Slide Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

9/27/2012
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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
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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.


10/22/2010
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Great hike! Perfect combo of distance, views and time to get both a solid workout and enjoy the scenery. Was a mini-blizzard at the Ledge shortly after I got there but still was afforded some spectacular views!


6/25/2010
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We did just the loop part (without going to the summit) in under 4 hours. Did not come across many people on this Saturday though the weather was border-line. Really one of the nicest, most pristine wilderness experiences in the area. So green an lush at this time of year with unending moss and fern. Decent views just off the blue trail on the return loop on a rock ledge. Ascent is long but never too steep. Because a lot of the trail is a water run-off you spend quite a bit of time stepping from rock to rock to avoid the water so be very careful not to twist an ankle. Would not be ideal for first time hikers but a must for anyone looking for some some of the signature beauty of this area.


8/10/2008
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