Giant Ledge

Oliverea, New York 12410

Giant Ledge

Giant Ledge Professional Review and Guide

"Whoever said that the best things come in small packages has never hiked to Giant Ledge, part of the long ridge of Panther Mountain. While the superb views from the ledge are for the big folks, the shallow caves and overlooks you pass on the way up will appeal to the kids. Designated a wilderness area by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), this remote section of the central Catskills is rich in legend and folklore. One popular tale discloses the details of the relationship between an Indian named Winnisook and a farmer’s daughter. His mysterious death several years into their love affair led to much speculation, and intriguing stories have survived to this day. The nearby town of Big Indian—Winnisook was supposedly more than 7 feet tall—was named after him. Big Indian Mountain to the west was probably named for him as well."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike; 3.5 hours
April to October
Catskill Park
Local Contacts
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 43
Local Maps

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Oct 2018