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Robert Brower
(rgb42) - F
Suggestions for 4 day, 3 night hike in southern catskills on 01/30/2012 09:58:51 MST Print View

Hello, and thanks for checking this out.

A few buddies and I are planning a backpacking trip to the southern catskills for late April, and are seeking suggestions for a 4 day, 3 night hike. Ideally, we would like to hike a loop since we'll have only one vehicle to get us to the destination. As for difficulty, we're looking for something more moderate than strenuous, but definately willing to "go that extra mile" if the views are that much better. Access to multiple water ways along the way would be a huge plus since we'd rather haul as little as possible.

None of us have hiked the catskills before so this will be new to us. If anyone has any suggestions they would be very welcome.

Thank you,

rgb42

Gregory Petliski
(gregpphoto) - F
re on 01/31/2012 01:12:37 MST Print View

Anything involving Wittenberg or Cornell is worth it. I have not been to either myself, but have hiked in the area, and based on the pictures of the view, its on my next to do list for the 'Skills. http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/64/89a4915371e71dfaa38a26e8f23751ea/l.jpg

You could go up Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge from Fox Hollow, do Slide/Cornell/Wittenberg, down to Woodland Valley, and back over Giant Ledge and Panther Mtn. Alternatively, from the south you could climb Peekamoose and Table mountains, down across the Neversink river, up Slide/Cornell/Wittenberg, down to Woodland Valley, but back to the south this time. Either way is an out and back combined with a loop (not too many true loops exist in the Catskills). Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge offer "better" views but Peekamoose and Table will be more secluded, especially on weekends. Slide will be a little crowded no matter what, since its the high point of the Catskills. A cool spot for a campsite, if its still legal at that spot (its right around the 3500' line, above which there is no camping), is in the col between Slide and Cornell. The map shows a spring, I have no idea what the details are. All in all, that area of the Catskills is a great area, you'll have a lot of fun any way you go.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: Suggestions for 4 day, 3 night hike in southern catskills on 02/01/2012 20:03:40 MST Print View

You should check out the ADK High Peaks forums for Catskills trips. There's a couple Catskills specific forums.

Robert Brower
(rgb42) - F
RE: on 02/02/2012 07:54:57 MST Print View

Thanks for following up guys, and great suggestions Greg. We're working on mapping something out now which I think is going to include quite a bit of Devil's Path since a few of us are nuts. Should be good times, and if we come up with an ingenious loop and it works out great on paper and reality I'll post it.

Thanks again,

Rob

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: RE: on 02/02/2012 09:42:46 MST Print View

This is a fun video. A five day hike into 24 hrs on the Devil's Path.

http://vimeo.com/31219278