Slide Mountain Loop

Pine Hill, New York 12465

Slide Mountain Loop

Slide Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Slide Mountain Loop Reviews

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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!
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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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10/22/2010
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!
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6/25/2010
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.
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8/10/2008
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10/6/2007
This is a real nice hike. We hiked the long loop and I found it fun to climb over the rocky sections. The higher elevations of the trail have evergreens that line the trail. The top of the mountain was foggy but was still a nice view.
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8/20/2007
If you are interested in a longer from what I've read easier hike up Slide Mountain you cant start at another trail head the is at the dead end of Denning Rd. It is a 5.2 mile hike to the top from Denning Rd which makes it a 10.4 mile round trip if you come back the same way. It meets up with the trail described on Trails.com on southern part of the loop (or the right fork if you are heading up), from the map looks like a mile from the fork. It follows yellow trail markers till it reaches the described trail when it follows blue and then red near the peak. This alternative trail would be great for kids because a lot of it is very wide and little inclination, although it certainly has increasingly steeper and rockier parts as you hook up with the loop trail described here. Nothing an able kid couldn't handle though.
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6/1/2007
Inital access from trail head very steep, rocky would be difficult if wet. The shorter route was blocked by limbs Nice 12/3 person camp site 1/2 way along trail to summit. No other hikers seen mid week but several were noted in trail head log. Once past the inital climb, nice hike to summit.
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4/21/2006
There was hardly anyone on this trail on a Friday afternoon. At this time of year (late April) there wasn't yet much foliage on the trees, and not many flowers in bloom (though lots of forsythia!). It was a good workout, but not too taxing. Took us about 5 hours, going at a very leisurely pace. If you do multiple hikes in Harriman/Bear Mountain, buy a trail map at the bookstore on Palisades Pkwy; it certainly helped us on this trail when we overshot one of our turn-offs and it will be fun to use in planning future hikes.
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2/20/2006
Fresh snow makes what would be a pretty good hike into a fantastic hike as the trail winds through narrow tunnels of powder-laden fir trees above 3500 feet.
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Trail Information

Pine Hill
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.2
Distance
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Spring through Fall
Season
New York State DEC, Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz 12561; (845) 256-3000; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Contacts
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)
Local Maps