Hike to Giant Ledge in the Catskills

  • May 7, 2014 · 11:00 AM
  • See link below for directions to trail head

Level of hike: intermediate

Distance: 3.8 miles round trip

Terrain: Very rocky trail (but not rock scrambling) for first 0.75 mi; elevation gain of 1100 feet

What to bring: Water, snacks, lunch

Map: NY-NJ Trail Conference #42 (may be 142 in newer mapset) - Central Catskills

Relaxed pace - no one will be left behind.

The main attraction of this hike is the spectacular views from Giant Ledge, which is actually a series of eight ledges looking in various directions.  The mountains of the Central Catskills are on display!  Plan to bring an extra layer to shield you from any wind, as the ledges are quite exposed.  I plan to allow plenty of time at the ledges to drink in the views.

Although this hike is not long in distance, the rocky trail combined with elevation gain make it not be a beginner hike.

Directions to trail head:

Suggested donation:  $2 to help offset the subscription fee that meetup charges to organizers

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Cancellation info: If there is a possibility that the hike will be cancelled due to weather, etc, I'll send email the evening before the hike.


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  • Eileen N.

    A great hike, just challenging enough, beautiful weather, spring wildflowers in bloom, a great view from the ledge.

    May 8, 2014

  • Bill

    Applause to Jeff for yet another well-planned hike. This MeetUp is the best organized I've seen thanks to Jeff's attention to details.

    May 8, 2014

  • Bob

    Terrific hike with great weather and nice group
    Thanks Jeff.

    May 8, 2014

  • Eileen N.

    What a perfect day for the wonderful hike with fun people. Thanks Jeff for getting us out there. Thanks Don for sharing your knowledge of the area. Looking forward to another hike with this group.

    May 8, 2014

  • Andy

    What a day, what a day, WHAT A DAY!

    May 7, 2014

  • Jay W.

    Wonderful hike, perfect weather and very nice group of people. Thank you, Jeff, for putting this together. It was my first time out with this group but I'll be back!

    May 7, 2014

  • Bill

    Very good day with beautiful surroundings and nice people.

    May 7, 2014

  • don

    some black flies out...

    May 7, 2014

  • Louise F.

    I loved it! But sorry, I have to cancel, something's come up.

    May 6, 2014

  • Louise F.

    Jeff, did we do this last fall?

    May 5, 2014

    • Jeff S

      Yes we did, Louise

      May 5, 2014

  • don

    I live near GL and climb it often!

    April 21, 2014

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