This was my second stop during a big NE USA peakbagging trip. Several friends had mentioned this peak as a suggestion, mostly because it is one of the most isolated peaks in the USA, so from that standpoint it was good to visit. However, the horrible rain and wind made the hike most unpleasant, and there were no views. I was stunned by how unusually bad the weather was, but then foudn that later that night that a tornado (or set of tornadoes) had taken place near my earlier locations. Too close for comfort!
Went up for a winter ascent of the highest peak in the Catskills. Much of the trail had 6" of ice on it, making for an interesting ascent, and an even more interesting descent.
Hiked Panther, Wittenberg, and Cornell, planning to camp between Cornell and Slide. But atop Cornell we met a large group of scouts aiming for the same campsite, so we decided to push it over Slide as well. Long day!
Hiked up from the Denning trailhead after spending the night at the Bouton Memorial Lean-to. Cool but clear - a good first trip in the Catskills.
awesome hike up to the summit, i enjoyed every minute - what a beautiful day! never too cold, sun was out, great views...
the first .5 miles on the trail, just after the parking area at the start/end of the hike was very icy and slippery - otherwise no problems on the trail which was well maintained and clearly marked - we went up Wittenberg Cornell and came back down via the Curtis-Ormsbee trail in about 4 hours, full write up here:
A nice hike with intermittent flurries. Little snow until about 3200' where the snow and ice became deeper. Took us 2:45 to go up and down via Burroughs. Would have made it in less time with micro-spikes. Currently, crampons are not necessary.
There were several rangers on the trail today. It appears a group of three males camped at the summit, which is against park regulations. In addition, the group improperly disposed of food waste and had a fire above 3500'. The group had at least one firearm and the rangers ended up escorting them down with more rangers waiting at the trailhead.
Nothing, I know, to most SummitPosters, but my first of the 35 high peaks.
Burroughs Range Trail on the west side is a nice gentle carriage road. Curtis Ormsbee has its steep moments, and today it was definitely not negotiable without some sort of traction aid; a couple of scrambles were iced over. My daughter went down to the spring on the east side and reported that coming back up was hairy (for her) - the ladders were fine, but some of the other scrambles were icier and slabbier than she felt safe with.
Snowshoes definitely not needed, deepest snow was only boot-deep.
Only a few glimpses of the views - visibility was obscured by snow and blowing snow. The Neversink was high enough to make the steppingstones awkward, and my daughter wound up with a bootful of water on the way out.
I'm a very slow hiker on ice, start 0945 or so and finish about 1615. Passed by 3-4 other parties, including a group of about 20 Chinese tourists (who were surprisingly skilled and well-equipped.)
Are there style points for making my start on the 35 be the highest one, in winter?
With a group from high school. Went again a year later.
Climbed with two NYCers who had never hiked a mountain. This was a great way to see if it is worth the effort. Despite the black flies, wet rocks, hot and humid conditions, I thoroughly enjoyed the outing. However, I am not sure they will ever hike a mountain again.
4 times - 1987, 1991, 1997, and 2001. The last time was particularly memorable, going up the Fisherman's Path along the Neversink with 3 others and introducing them to the Catskills for the first time, haha!
Took the approach from the west. Very nice hike. Trail well marked. Still a good amount of snow on the mountain. Glad I brought my crampons.
Excellent and long day hike with my brother. Late start as usual and we rode our XL600r's 3.5hrs back home afterward. Got home at sunrise. Great time!
Great hike, and the spring on the backside by the ladders is very refreshing. Too many bugs at the summit to actually enjoy it though. Maybe another time is better.
Headed up Slide from the West after visiting Panther in the morning. The warm weather and rain the previous days had melted most of the snow from the storm the week before. Trail was slushy but not too bad, although there were a few sections covered in ice that made me happy to have brought my microspikes along. Decent views but very few people. Great day to be in the Catskills.
Nice hike, but lots of cloud cover, no views at all.
When I went, there was still a lot of ice on the trail. Fun fun fun!
A warm day in March way back in 1991. It was more of a slush climb than snow climb and temperatures were comfortably in the high fifties. Used the western approach and walking through the slush added some challenge. Excellent views from the summit which had quite a few people. See link for more information on hiking the Catskills or in other locations in the United States: http://hubpages.com/hub/Four-Great-Hikes-in-the-Catkills
We did the loop from the Wittenberg/Cornell side. Lots of great scrambles made it very enjoyable. No water to be found across the top of Wittenberg and Cornell. There was finally a little spring just off the trail a few hundred feet before the summit. Once over the summit of Slide it was basically a walk in the woods back to the trailhead.
Followed the yellow trail from Slide Mountain Trailhead to the red trail leading to the top. Skies were clear and temperatures weren't too high making for a perfect day of hiking!
Climbed from the Slide Mtn. parking lot on Rt. 47 via the Phoenicia-East and Wittenberg-Slide-Cornell Trails with snowshoes. Had a fun time with my wife as we climbed up but didn't spend much time on top.