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sredfernFirst real snow of the Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2013

sredfern

Had been planning to do the Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Loop for over a month and things kept getting in the way so even though we had snow coming in I decided to keep my plans for the hike. Arrived at the trailhead in Woodland Valley from CT at about 8am which was later than planned but the usual 2.5 hour drive was slower than anticipated since the snow started earlier than expected. On the trail by 8:15 and the snow was in full swing but it was a very peaceful snow. Temps at base were about 16F with no decipherable wind. The structure of the trail was obscured by about 3-4" of light snow which made those gnarly roots and rocks I remembered from the summer even more miserable since you couldn't see them before they wrenched your foot into an unnatural position. The hike was easy and incredibly quiet up to the juncture of the trails for Terrace Mtn and The Witt. Then it got icier as I hit the various ledges. I found it much easier to climb from the point on with my ice axe instead of my trekking poles so I could pull myself up. In summer the hand holds in the rock are plentiful but not in the winter with mitts on and 5-10F temps. The summit of The Witt was beautiful with moderate winds of 10-12MPH and temps around 5F w/o the windchill. The view wasn't great, I could barely see the outlines of the nearby mountains. I headed on to Mt Cornell and had a fun time of the Cornell Crack... it was icy, snowy and challenging, but climbable with my micro-spikes and ice axe. Cornell was a nice rest with good wind protection but no views. I started down into the saddle between Cornell and Slide but decided that I was interested in climbing the final pitch to Slide alone in the ice, snow, and continuing storm so I headed back down. Descending Cornell Crack was tougher than ascending it with a pack on. When I got back to the Witt the weather had briefly cleared enough for me to see into the valley better and Samual's Point but not the reservoir beyond it.
The whole hike was about 9.3 miles out and back. I had planned to do the whole 16 mi loop to Slide and around but my pace was slower than usual with the snow and ice so it took me about 4.5 hours for the out & back trip.

Not enough snow yet for snowshoes to float you above the structure. I recommend microspikes through to Cornell... or cramp-ons and ropes if you plan to do Slide.
Posted Dec 21, 2013 8:19 pm

JimWallacebest of the cats  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

JimWallace

we pounded out a big day climbing Slide,Cornell,Whittenburg then a bushwhack to friday,Balsam cap,Lone and rocky summits. A tough day but very exciting. Whittenburg was definately the best of the seven
Posted Feb 14, 2013 10:36 pm

ken93nice views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012

ken93

my first catskill mnt. great start! (it would be pouring by the end.)
Posted Dec 6, 2012 7:53 pm

fox045Wittenberg
Date Climbed: May 4, 1993

fox045

With Warren Hills High School Wilderness Experience
Posted Dec 1, 2012 8:48 pm

technicolorNHnot the goal for the day but...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2012

technicolorNH

The goal for the day was Slide, after Cornell and Wittenberg. That having been said, Wittenberg was the best mountain of the day with incredible views. One hour and fifty minutes to the summit from Woodland Valley.
Posted Oct 17, 2012 12:12 am

apeBurroughs loop, give or take  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2011
From Giant's Ledge did Panther out-and-back, then the Burroughs loop clockwise until the campsite just west of Slide. Beautiful day, lots of bugs.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 4:29 pm

chrisbrownGreat view  Sucess!

chrisbrown

Excellent ascent with my brother passing by on our way to Slide. Great view of the reservoir and an awesome little spot to set up camp for a night
Posted Feb 23, 2011 9:28 pm

chocodoveFoggy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2010

chocodove

Super foggy, warm November day. Finally got the nmoney view on the way down.
Posted Jan 7, 2011 9:37 am

jcoalterMist  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2010

jcoalter

First longish day hike in the Catskills, did this and Cornell. Very nice hike. Misty and foggy and damp most of the day but the clouds finally parted a bit the second time we hit Wittenberg, coming back from Cornell. Gorgeous views.
Posted Nov 24, 2010 3:52 pm

TrappedInNJGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2009

TrappedInNJ

Awesome view from the top, great day hike.
Posted Nov 14, 2010 3:36 pm

EnapaiHeaded out to Woodland Valley from Slide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2010

Enapai

Finishing up the Burroughs Range Trail. Nice hike.
Posted Oct 3, 2010 4:02 pm

GrampahawkOK hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

Grampahawk

I did the loop of Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide. With the exception of Wittenberg, the others were basically a lot of effort for little in the way of great views. It was enjoyable just to get out in the woods though
Posted Jun 7, 2010 5:57 pm

ProwatzkeA Catskill favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 1998
One of the best views from a 3500er.
Posted Jan 4, 2010 11:12 pm

ScAtTeRbOnEBest View in the Catskills  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2009

ScAtTeRbOnE

Great weather on the way up, summit view was the best I've seen anywhere in the Catskills.
Posted Oct 27, 2009 9:46 am

TahawusWittenberg Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2009

Tahawus

Climbed with Slide and Cornell via the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from Route 47. Arrived at the summit ledges in the fog and waited for things to clear up. Had some great views of the Hudson Valley and the Ashokan Reservoir when the clouds lifted before making the long trek back to the trailhead.
Posted Jun 28, 2009 7:40 pm

MtnLdrFrom Woodland Valley To Slide Mtn.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2009

MtnLdr

Fun route. Trail sucked! Thought for sure that I'd turn an ankle or knee before getting to Slide Mtn. Wonderful views though, and the weather gods spared us! All around good day!
Posted May 3, 2009 10:45 am

Mayhey KidFrom Woodland Valley Campground  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2008

Mayhey Kid

Great hike. Some scrambling near the summit. Views are tremendous.
Posted Jun 17, 2008 11:02 pm

Sam PageHot  Sucess!

Sam Page

I climbed this on a hot summer day in summer 2005 (I think).
Posted Apr 21, 2008 10:30 pm

subfloodBest views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2008

subflood

Beautiful summit views and a fun trail to hike.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 9:53 pm

bricewilsonBushwhack Range Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2007

bricewilson

This was a fun one to do in the winter. A group of us dayhiked the "Bushwhack Range" with a car drop, hitting eight peaks: Peekamoose, Table, Lone, Rocky, Balsam Cap, Friday, Cornell and Wittenberg.
Posted Dec 30, 2007 3:25 pm

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