If you are a peak bagger or just a hike lover then you have to hike up to Slide Mountain at least once. At 4,180 feet, Slide Mountain -- which is part of the Burrough's Range -- is the highest peak in the Catskill Mountains. We will begin with a relatively moderate .7 mile stretch of hiking. Then we hike the steepest section for a little over a mile, so be prepared for a some strenuous hiking. We will maintain a relaxed pace so speed will not be a factor. After this steeper section, the trail eases up a bit the for the last .8 miles to the summit. We will take time for photos, lunch and to enjoy the views before beginning our return.
We can expect to find plenty of snow and perhaps some ice along the trail so traction aids such as MicroSpikes are required for this hike. In addition, please bring your snowshoes. We will make a determination to wear them or not based upon trail conditions.
Elevation gain: about 1780'
Distance: 5.6 miles RT
Hike Time: about 6 hours
We will meet at the Slide Mountain Trailhead on County Route 47 (Oliverea Road) at 9:30 and begin our hike by 10:00.
Be Safe - Be Prepared
Winter hiking requires the proper gear. Please be sure to have extra layers, warm gloves, hat, sunglasses, and personal first aid items. Bring at least 2 liters of water/beverages along with snacks and lunch.
We will end the day with conversation, food and drink in Phoenicia for those that are interested.
Take the New York State Thruway north to Exit 19 (Kingston). Proceed west on N.Y. Route 28 for about 30 miles to the hamlet of Big Indian. Turn left and proceed south on County Route 47 for about six miles to a hairpin turn in the road, then continue for another two miles, past the Winnisook Club, to a parking area for Slide Mountain, marked by a wooden sign, on the left side of the road.
If anyone is interested in carpooling, please post a comment on this page for others to see.
Leader: Andy Moss