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Wittenberg Mountain
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Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookouts in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. The hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. There are several others routes which can include the other two peaks in the Burroughs Range, Cornell and Slide.




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

Quick Look - Wittenberg from Woodland Valley
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 7.5 mi. 3411 ft. N42.0081 W74.3478 Google Maps

CHH peak map The most straight-forward approach is to park at the Woodland Valley State Campgrounds and pay a seasonal parking fee. Follow the red markers 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! The trail winds around and down and then up. Near the end of the 3.9 mile hike to the summit there are some interesting rock scrambles. When you arrive at the top of Wittenberg Mountain there is a large, open rock shelf. The view is unobstructed by trees and the Ashokan Reservoir lies below. From late spring to late fall, there are usually a large number of hikers at the top taking in the excellent view. After you have enjoyed the view and the company, you should retrace your route back to the parking area.

CHH peak profile

(The image above is the vertical profile for out and back hike from Woodland Valley.)


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

CHH peak map

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

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



Quick Look - Burroughs Range Loop from Panther PA
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

CHH peak map

(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.)