Slide Mountain Parking Lot, Phoenicia, NY
Beyond Adventure is hoping for early snow this season so we can whip out the snowshoes and go climb the highest peak in the Catskills, Slide Mountain at 4180 feet. Although it is the highest, it is actually one of the easiest, and many find it a great mountain for beginners to hike. Even if you have never done a winter hike/snowshoe this would be a great hike for anyone to do.
We will take the yellow trail to blue blazed Curtis-Ornsbee trail up (longer, a little tougher but rewarded with more scenery) and then coming down we'll take the red blazed Cornell-Wittenberg trail. This is roughly about 6.8 miles, which should be take about 4-5 hours total. Depending on ice conditions this may shorten/change on day of.
TRAIL MAP: NY/NJ Trail Conference Southern Catskills Trails Map 143
We will meet at the NYS DEC Slide Mountain Parking lot[masked],[masked]
DIRECTIONS: NY State Thruway I-87 to exit 19 (Kingston). West on Route 28 for about 30 miles, left on County Road 47. About 2 miles beyond the hairpin turn, the Slide Mountain Parking area is on the left. Porta potties are available at the lots. The drive is about 2 1/2 hours from NYC area.
Gear: Snowshoes (NYS requires snowshoes if > 8" are on the ground, remember at the base there may not be snow but higher elevations may have deeper snow). Trekking poles are helpful, microspikes could be brought also if you have for icy areas. Winter hiking gear should include hiking/ski/snow pants with some type of warm fleece/wool long underwear layering underneath (regular waterproof hiking pants with enough layering underneath will suffice), a shell jacket/parka with baselayer underneath, perhaps a down jacket for layering if its cold. Winter hiking boots would be preferable to keep feet warm along with wool socks. Gaiters would be useful if you have. Dont forget a hat, gloves, and face protection. Backpack with insulated water and snacks. Headlamp.
Snowshoes can be rented from REI in soho, paramus, yonkers; EMS in soho or poughkeepsie; Rock and Snow in New Paltz, or local places in the catskills (inquire on your own) for about $15-25 a day.
We will carpool that day, members in need of rides should post in their RSVP that they need a ride and from where. Drivers should post if they will be driving and with room from how many and from where.