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Slide Mountain
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Slide can be reached from at least three different approaches if you do not count bushwhacks. It is one of the most visited peaks in the Catskills and all of the routes are well marked. The different approaches vary in distance and difficulty.



Trailhead Coordinates
Name Coordinates
Route 47 (Slide PA) N42.0090 W74.4275
Denning PA N41.9654 W74.4527
Woodland Valley N42.0367 W74.3573
Route 47 (Panther PA) N42.0266 W74.4037

Quick Look (Rt 47 Out and Back)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 5.4 mi. 1760 ft. N41.9992 W74.3862 Google Maps

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The most straight-forward approach is from the trailhead on the Frost Valley Road. Park at the trailhead and cross the West Branch of the Neversink River. When it has rained or there is snowmelt, it may be impossible to cross without getting wet. At other times, this area is completely dry. Find the yellow blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail and begin a gentle ascent of about .35 miles. Turn right on the old carriage road at the top of the first climb and follow the trail markings for another .3 miles or so. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains.

From here you may want to continue for about .2 miles down the other side of Slide to a small spring. Be aware that the descent and subsequent ascent are steep at point requiring some short rock scrambles.

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left shows the overall vertical profile of the hike.)



Quick Look (Dutcher Steps Trail)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 5.2 mi. 1950 ft. N41 59.95 W74 23.17 Google Maps

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A nice variation on the Burroughs Range Trail is the older, unmarked, and unused Dutcher Steps Trail. This trail was built by the owner of the Panther Mountain House for his guests who might find the main trail a little too hard. In the steeper areas on the trail Dutcher built stone steps to make the climb easier. These steps still exist today and the trail is pretty easy to follow along most of its route. The trail pass close to the Winnisook Club property line so it is a good idea to ash their permission before hiking.

Park at the trailhead and cross the West Branch of the Neversink River. When it has rained or there is snowmelt, it may be impossible to cross without getting wet. At other times, this area is completely dry. Find the yellow blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail and begin a gentle ascent of about .35 miles to an old carriage road. At this point turn left and walk until you come to a cable across the trail that marks the boundary with the Winnisook Club. Turn right into the woods and walk a little to your right and up the fill. Watch for signs of a path or trail that immediately starts an ascent. This is the Steps Trail. Continue on this trail for about 1.3 miles as it winds some and rises toward the main Burroughs Range Trail. Toward the end of the trail and just before it joins the main trail the path becomes diffuse so that walking straight ahead will let you intersect the main trail. You will be below the junction with the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Turn left and continue up toward the summit. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains.

CHH peak profile From here you may want to continue for about .2 miles down the other side of Slide to a small spring. Be aware that the descent and subsequent ascent are steep at point requiring some short rock scrambles.

(The image at the left shows the overall vertical profile of the hike.)



Quick Look (Denning Out and Back)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 10 mi. 2523 ft. N42 00.50 W74 20.85 Google Maps

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(The image at the right is the map of the entire hike which starts and ends at the Denning trail head. It includes a trip to the spring.)

A longer but still easy path starts at the Denning trailhead on the Claryville Road. Park at the trailhead and find the yellow-blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail. This starts out as a wide logging road and continues for 3 miles. The trail gets rockier, more rugged and steeper until it meets the blue-blazed Curtis-Ormsbee Trail at the Curtis Monument. This trail continues 1.65 miles until it joins the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. From this point it is about .7 miles to the summit of Slide and the lookout.


CHH peak profile


(The image above is the vertical profile for the entire hike which starts and ends at the Denning trail head. It includes a trip to the spring.)



Quick Look (Burroughs Range Loop from Panther Trailhead)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.6 mi. (one-way)
14.0 mi. (round trip)
2430 ft. N42 00.50 W74 20.85 Google Maps

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(The image at the right is the map of the hike as a loop which may be done in either direction. Some hikers "spot" a car at one trailhead to make the hike a one-way affair.)

The last trailed route is by far the longest and most difficult. The round trip loop is 14 miles with many challenging rock scrambles. This loop traverses Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. Many people park one car at each end of the trail which cuts the distance to just over nine miles. Parking is available on RT 47 at the Panther Mountain or Slide Mountain trail head. Parking at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds is also possible but there may be a seasonal parking fee.

From Woodland Valley follow the red markers through the campsites to the bridge over the stream and to the red-blazed trail. Immediately the trail gives you a hint of what is to come. There is an ascent to even get to the log book! After 3.9 miles of ascent including some interesting rock scrambles, you arrive at the top of Wittenberg Mountain. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookout in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. The trail now descends into the col between Wittenberg and Cornell and then ascends to the summit of Cornell, a total distance of only .85 miles. Be sure to take the short spur trail to the left at the top of Cornell to actually reach the highest point on the mountain. The trail now descends to the col between Cornell and Slide which is reached after about 1.4 miles. As you begin the steep climb up Slide, look to the right as you ascend the rock and wood "staircases". A short trail leads to a spring which also affords a nice view back at Cornell. After about .85 miles from the col, you will be at the Slide Mountain lookout. From here you can return the way you came but this would mean hiking five 3500's in one day! You can continue on the trail for about 2.85 miles to the Slide Mountain parking area on the Frost Valley Road. (If you planned ahead and parked a car at this end of the trail, your hike is over.) From here you will need to hike 2 miles on the road to the hairpin turn passed Winisook Lake. At this point you turn right onto the Phoenicia - East Branch Trail. Follow this yellow-blazed trail for 3.4 miles back to the parking area in Woodland Valley.

From the Panther Mountain parking area on Rt 47, cross the road and get on the yellow blazed Phoenicia - East Branch Trail. Follow this yellow-blazed trail for 3.4 miles to the parking area in Woodland Valley. From Woodland Valley follow the red markers through the campsites to the bridge over the stream and to the red-blazed trail. Immediately the trail gives you a hint of what is to come. There is an ascent to even get to the log book! After 3.9 miles of ascent including some interesting rock scrambles, you arrive at the top of Wittenberg Mountain. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookout in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. The trail now descends into the col between Wittenberg and Cornell and then ascends to the summit of Cornell, a total distance of only .85 miles. Be sure to take the short spur trail to the left at the top of Cornell to actually reach the highest point on the mountain. The trail now descends to the col between Cornell and Slide which is reached after about 1.4 miles. As you begin the steep climb up Slide, look to the right as you ascend the rock and wood "staircases". A short trail leads to a spring which also affords a nice view back at Cornell. After about .85 miles from the col, you will be at the Slide Mountain lookout. From here you can return the way you came but this would mean hiking five 3500's in one day! You can continue on the trail for about 2.85 miles to the Slide Mountain parking area on the Frost Valley Road. From here you will need to hike 2 miles on the road back to the Panther Mountain parking area at the hairpin turn passed Winisook Lake.

From the Slide Mountain and cross the West Branch of the Neversink River. When it has rained or there is snowmelt, it may be impossible to cross without getting wet. At other times, this area is completely dry. Find the yellow blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail and begin a gentle ascent of about .75 miles. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains. The trail now descends to the col between Slide and Cornell which is reached after about .85 miles. As you begin the steep descent down Slide on the wooden "ladders", look to the left as you descend the rock and wood "staircases". A short trail leads to a spring which also affords a nice view back at Cornell. After about 1.4 miles from the col, you will be at the summit of Cornell Mountain. Be sure to take the short spur trail to the right at the top of Cornell to actually reach the highest point on the mountain and a nice viewpoint. The trail now descends into the col between Cornell and Wittenberg and then ascends to the summit of Wittenberg. The total distance is only .85 miles. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookout in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. The red trail now descends 3.9 miles you will be at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds. Cross over to the other side walking through the campgrounds and parking area. Find and follow the yellow-blazed trail for 3.4 miles to the Panther Mountain parking area. At the junction with Rt 47 turn left and hike up the hill and then back to the Slide Mountain parking area a distance of 2.0 miles.

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike which loops from the Panther Mountain trail head to Woodland Valley and over Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. The lowest spot is Woodland Valley and the next three peaks are the three mountains in order. The "notch" to the right of Slide is the Slide Mountain Parking area on the Frost Valley road.)



Quick Look (Burroughs Range Out and Back from Rt 47)
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 10.0 mi. 3932 ft. N41 59.95 W74 23.17 Google Maps

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This version of the hike includes all three peaks of the Burroughs range as an out-and-back hike. This means scaling 5 peaks along the way!

Park at the trailhead on the Frost Valley Road (Ulster County Rt. 47) and cross the West Branch of the Neversink River. When it has rained or there is snowmelt, it may be impossible to cross without getting wet. At other times, this area is completely dry. Find the yellow blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail and begin a gentle ascent of about .75 miles. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Pass over the actual summit of Slide Mountain where the anchors for the old fire tower mark the highest point on the mountain. Continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains.

Continue on the trail down the other side of Slide. The descent is marked by some interesting rock scrambles and wooden ladders built into the side of the mountain. After descending .2 miles, right after the ladders, look for a short spur trail to the left that leads to a spring. Another .65 miles brings you to the Col between Slide and Cornell. The descent is difficult in spots with several nearly vertical areas. Remember that what you descend now you must ascend on the way back! Now the ascent of Cornell begins. After 1.4 miles a short trail leads off to the right to the summit of Cornell. There is also a nice lookout over the Ashokan Reservoir and Wittenberg Mountain. The ascent is marked by several steep areas and areas that require climbing up and over a series of boulders.

The descent to he Col between Cornell and Wittenberg is only .5 miles but is very difficult with one vertical chimney. From the Col the ascent of Wittenberg is only .35 miles and in relatively easy. The open rock shelf on Wittenberg has some of the best views in the Catskills. Cornell and Slide are visible as well as many other peaks. Terrace Mountain can be seen and the view of the Ashokan is unmatched. To complete the hike, retrace your path back over Cornell and Slide!

CHH peak profile From here you may want to continue for about .2 miles down the other side of Slide to a small spring. Be aware that the descents and subsequent ascents are steep at points requiring some short rock scrambles.

(The image at the left shows the overall vertical profile of the hike.)