We started at the eastern parking lot and bagged Slide with Cornell and Whittenburg, and then continued down the west side and then looped around through the Panther Mountain trail head. Holy moly there was a lot of people at the Panther Mountain trail head. Everyone was going to Giant Ledge so after the intersection we continued straight and the people disappeared. It seemed like there was tons of downhill! It never seemed to end! Right at the end of the hike there is a super steep uphill just when you think you can cruise to the car. It is super steep, but after that it is an easy downhill. This hike was awesome! Technical in some spots, and good views, what more can you ask for. Probably 15 miles with around 5,000ft of elevation gain and lost.
Took the easy way up, but continued over to Cornell and Wittenberg. Awful foggy day with no views, but we made the most of it.
We combined Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide into a nice weekend loop. We camped between Slide and Cornell. A great time in a great part of the Catskills!!
Started at the Woodland Campground Trailhead taking the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail late Friday night and made it only a mile or so up the trail. Spent the night off of the trail. Started early Saturday morning and made it to Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide and back to the car in just over three hours. Quite a bit of traffic on the trail.
Started at woodland Valley trailhead and came over the Witt on my way to Cornell and back. Trails were mostly frozen with increasing packed snow/ice over 2,500 feet. No real issues climbing, light traction is very helpful. I had light cramp-ons on which were beneficial climbing the icy chutes and ledges over my Microspikes. Bumped into a gentleman on my way down and he had no traction with him. Was regretting it and having a slow go of it. A few blow downs but no real issues, though one required doing a limbo to get under with my pack on. ;-)
Weather was about 22F at the trailhead at 7am and about 8F at the summit of the Witt plus some spirited breezes. Turned my energy bars to rocks!
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.
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
my first catskill mnt. great start! (it would be pouring by the end.)
With Warren Hills High School Wilderness Experience
Just touching base as it seems you have been active since our Catskills adventure.
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.
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.
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
Super foggy, warm November day. Finally got the nmoney view on the way down.
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.
Awesome view from the top, great day hike.
Finishing up the Burroughs Range Trail. Nice hike.
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
One of the best views from a 3500er.
Great weather on the way up, summit view was the best I've seen anywhere in the Catskills.