East Branch Neversink River Trail

Branch, New York 12776

East Branch Neversink River Trail

East Branch Neversink River Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Despite the Catskills’ fame as the home of a number of world-class trout streams, very few of those waterways (or any of the major streams, for that matter) have been acquired for the Forest Preserve. One of the exceptions is the uppermost section of the East Branch of the Neversink River, which rises on the south side of Slide Mountain.

The river flows through a protected wilderness valley before emerging onto private land, and as one of the precious few such valleys in the park, a snowshoe hike to the mature spruce and hemlock stands in its upper reaches is a one-of-a-kind adventure. There is a marked trail to the river, but none follow it upstream. Therefore bushwhacking is required, and the further into the woods you wander, the better your chances for solitude. Favorable terrain also makes this an ideal place for a winter backpacking trip, and the host of High Peaks that engulf the valley may entice you to use the river as a base camp for an ascent of some of the trail-less peaks."

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Trail Information

Branch
Nearby City
2.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1–2 hours to river and back; variable beyond
Duration
Winter
Season
2,140 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
NYS DEC New Paltz Office
Local Contacts
USGS Peekamoose Mountain, West Shokan
Local Maps

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Dec 2018