Lots or rocks on the trail. Parking is available on RT 47 at the Panther Mountain or Slide Mountain trail head. Wittenberg & Cornell, seen from Slide Mtn To the north, the entire Devil’s Path range is laid out in a line, from Indian Head in the east all the way to to West Kill. To complete entire trail you'll continue down another 1.9 miles to Phoenicia-East Branch Trail, but many hikers use the summit of Slide Mountain … Over all, a pretty challenging and rough experience given the weather but super fun and gorgeous! It is also only one of two mountains in the Catskills that rises above 4000 feet. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. This adventure begins at the Woodland Valley Campground (which has a parking fee in the summer) and follows the red-blazed Burroughs Range Trail to the summit of Wittenberg at 3,780 feet. No views to be had at the summit of Cornell. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. At the suggestion of the internet I choose to go with Wittenberg and Cornell Mountain. An extremely rewarding hike that includes one of the Catskills’ grandest vistas, the infamous Cornell Crack, and a breathtaking view of Slide, Giant Ledge & Panther. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide loop can be done from one of several trailheads. Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. The Slide Mountain Wilderness is roughly 90 miles north-northwest of Manhattan and is home to several peaks in the Catskill 3,500-foot Club. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. The round-trip distance to Wittenberg is about It is also only one of two mountains in the Catskills that rises above 4000 feet. The alternative is to pay to park at the trailhead. 2. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. The sweeping view includes the Devil’s Path to the north, Peakamoose and Table Mountains to the south, and the Ashokan Reservoir and Hudson Valley to the east. There are some great views when you are coming down the west side of Cornell so make sure to watch for them! The ascent up Slide is quite easy even though the map makes it seem terrible. Includes: Blazed Trail. 4. Micheal Kudish states that the trail between Slide and Wittenberg has been in use, in one form or other, since at least 1903 when the first survey quadrangles of the area were produced. You’ll traverse the saddle between Wittenberg and Cornell along the Bruins Causeway to shimmy up the infamous Cornell Crack. The sign at the trailhead notes that the summits of Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide are 3.9, 4.7, and 7.0 miles away, respectively. I arrived at the Woodland Valley parking lot at around 12:30pm and snagged one of the last spots in the lot. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookouts in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. Cornell used to be a canister mountain, and there’s a small opening at the end of the spur. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail from New York City to Albany, is contiguous with the section of the Burroughs Range Trail crossing the summits of Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg. Parking at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds is also possible but there may be a seasonal parking fee. Please note that this is not an established site, despite being labeled as one by AllTrails. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. link Copy Link. Beautiful this time of year. The Slide Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 47,500-acres and is one of the most popular adventure destinations in the Catskill Forest Preserve. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. This is a 16.0 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. The trail now descends to the col between Cornell and Slide which is reached after about 1.4 miles. From the Woodland Valley take the Cornell-Wittenberg-Slide Mountain Trail up a road. I did my usual leave-after-work-on-Friday trip and arrived at the campground well into pitch black (the sun is going down sooner and sooner these days). Great hike. It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 1. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. We couldn’t enjoy anything due to so many flies and bugs..swarmed around us every time we stoped for the view and little snack. Right before the final ascent to Slide, there is a great panoramic view and an amazing spring that provided me with the only source of water anywhere on the trail. The path between Wittenberg and Cornell is a very narrow path which ranges from 10-50 feet wide. 4.05 Reach the summit of Slide Mountain (marked by a concrete slab, a remnant of a former fire tower). Many people park one car at each end of the trail which cuts the distance to just over nine miles. 5. Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains is a 18.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. Trail to Wittenberg was steep with several fun scrambles along the way. Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. DIFFICULT 16.2 mi. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/slide-mountain-trail DIFFICULT 8.4 mi. That way I could do a dayhike on Saturday and return to an already set up tent. Yes, you are correct that the Cornell-Wittenberg-Slide Trail, from its start at the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail to about the 3,500-foot elevation, is very rocky and a relatively unattractive route. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. It consists of Cornell Mountain, Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills, and Wittenberg Mountain. Can’t always see a trail marker so make sure you download the map. At the bottom of some steep wooden stairs, you’ll come to an excellent view of Wittenberg and Cornell. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookouts in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. Took a hike the did the Slide Mountain Loop going over Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountain. The summit of Cornell Mountain is at reached after 4.8 miles. Normally these peaks can be combined with Slide to make a longer day but since I had already done Slide a couple of times and was starting late in the day I skipped it this time around. Trail to Cornell was uneventful. It was like survival kicks in and you are pushing yourself to just do it. I wish there were more views given the long hike but the view at Wittenberg is worth it. Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail is a 19.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Features: Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains Distance: 8.40 miles USGS Map Quads: Peekamoose Mountain, Phoenicia Trail Conference Maps: Trail Map 143 (Southern Catskill Trails), and Trail Map 142 (Central Catskill Trails). There are several others routes which can include the other two peaks in the Burroughs Range, Cornell and Slide. General Description. A bit slick and some parts require some easy/moderate climbing. Find More Hikes in Hudson Valley + Catskills The terrain was constantly changing so it kept things interesting. Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Valley is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Big Indian, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail begins out rocky and moderate for the first 1.15 mile to a bluff. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. \ Oh yeah, this is why I just beat up my body for four miles and 2,400 feet of elevation gain – the spectacular view from the summit from Wittenberg Mountain. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Once there, the trip to Cornell is easy in terms of distance but you’ll encounter many scrambles - some like the Cornell Crack are very technical! There is not really a view from Slide summit so soak this in! The hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. 3. Highest peak I’ve been to here, yet! Turn right on the old carriage road at the top of the first climb and follow the trail markings for another.3 miles or so. Parent : Wittenberg. The Burroughs Range is in the Catskill Mountains of New York southeast of West Shokan. Parking at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds is also possible but there may be a seasonal parking fee. Awesome hike. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names associates the Burroughs Range with Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg mountains as it was petitioned in 1986 by the John Burroughs Natural History Society and former Senator Daniel Moynihan. Slide Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. Going back again! Rugged rocky trail on Slide. From the valley of the East Branch of the Neversink River, the Long Path follows the route of the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. The hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. is a very popular hike. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Burroughs Range (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Mountain), located in Catskill Park, New York. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail), Balsam Mountain Via Oliverea-Mapledale and Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge from Fox Hollow, Friday Mountain and Balsam Cap from Moon Haw Road, Samuel's Point via Phoenicia East Branch Trail, Balsam, Haynes, Eagle, Big Indian and Fir Peaks Loop, Eagle Mountain, Haynes Mountain, and Balsam Mountain, Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Valley, Phoenicia Trail East Branch: Romer Mountain to Cross Mountain, Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail trailhead is located at the Woodland Valley campground, so I decided to set up base camp at the campground. Features: Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains Distance: 8.40 miles USGS Map Quads: Peekamoose Mountain, Phoenicia Trail Conference Maps: Trail Map 143 (Southern Catskill Trails), and Trail Map 142 (Central Catskill Trails). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It will dip down in elevation before climbing up to the summit of Cornell Mountain. A popular add-on to this hike (in case climbing 2,600 feet over 7+ miles and bagging one of the 3500’ Catskill Peaks isn’t enough for you) is to continue past the summit of Wittenberg to bag Cornell Mountain as well. The challenge of the Catskill Mountain’s Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail just raised a notch. Some noteworthy viewing spots include (1) the Wittenberg summit, (2) shortly after the "Cornell crack" rock scramble problem looking back at Wittenberg, (3) a boulder with a view of Slide shortly after the Cornell summit, and (4) near the spring about 75% up to the Slide summit. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. The summit of Cornell Mountain is at reached after 4.8 miles. Those who do not want to attempt the 14 mile round trip can park a car at each end of the 9 mile trail. Slide, Cornell, Wittenberg Mountain; Burroughs Range Catskill 3500 Hike Total Mileage: 10.8 Miles Parking area and Trail head Directions 42.008503,-74.427765 Total rise: 3,845′ Facebook Do not underestimate this hike, my GPS measured 13.4 miles and 4724 ft of elevation gain. Challenging, but wouldn’t be quite as challenging if everything wasn’t wet. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. Panther Mountain via Fox Hollow Road. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Easy climb to Slide Mnt but some nice technically challenging obstacles to the next peaks. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. You can use the Slide Mountain Trailhead or the Giant Ledge Panther Mountain Trailhead as alternatives. I feel if I summoned Wittenberg, the total mileage would have been closer to 13 miles. Those who do not want to attempt the 14 mile round trip can park a car at each end of the 9 mile trail. There are several others routes which can include the other two peaks in the Burroughs Range, Cornell and Slide. Wittenberg seen from Cornell Crack Cornell’s summit is very close to Cornell Crack, down a short spur trail that leads to the left. Trails are well maintained with a few trees down you need to go over. Good views from the summit of Slide Mountain and along the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Wittenberg & Cornell, seen from Slide Mtn Spring. I realize it is kind of silly to do 39 separate blog entries for the Catskill 3500 Club (since these peaks will be bagged on far less than 39 separate hikes), but that’s how I’m choosing to do it. Harboring the tallest of the Catskill Peaks and offering numerous trailside vistas, th… Hike Wittenberg & Cornell from Woodland Valley. Being the highest mountain in the Catskills and located close to New York City, Slide Mtn. Cornell Mountain, 3860 Feet August 27, 2009 ~11 miles solo via Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from the west # 9 on the Catskills 3500 List. It was a lot of fun. Cornell really didn’t have that great of views. Length 11.7 miElevation gain 3851 ftRoute type Out & back Trailhead Coordinates Name Coordinates Woodland Valley… Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. This adventure follows the red-blazed Burroughs Range Trail from the Woodland Valley Campground (where there is a parking fee during summer season), across Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains (3,780-feet and 3,860-feet, respectively), to the peak of Slide Mountain. Also, need hiking shoes. I did this in two days. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. 3.40 Turn right onto the red-blazed Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. Your mileage may vary. Wittenberg Mountain is within the Slide Mountain Wilderness of New York's Catskill State Park. That is why the hike described above uses the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail to climb Slide Mountain. Ice cold as well! The views from Wittenberg are stunning. The rest is a red blazed trail. DIFFICULT 8.4 mi. Wittenberg 100% has the best scenic outlook at the top. Challenging but not too difficult. It’s so beautiful on top. Trailhead Coordinates Name Coordinates Woodland Valley… Spectacular views from the summit of Wittenberg Mountain. 3 reviews | | DIFFICULT #1 hike out of 23 in Slide Mountain Wilderness | DIFFICULT. At 7.05 miles you hit the Slide Mt. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. You'll have great views just before and after summit . There are incredible views and many fun rock scrambling problems. A few cases where you have to climb/descend on all fours. The side walls of the path are very steep. The trail from the summit of Wittenberg Mountain to Cornell Mountain starts out with a very easy grade. Wittenberg Mountain is within the Slide Mountain Wilderness of New York's Catskill State Park. I did this in two days. Slide Mountain Loop via Curtis - Ormsbee Trail and Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Pretty challenging because of the distance combined with the terrain. Be sure to take the short spur trail to the left at the top of Cornell to actually reach the highest point on the mountain. It does, however, offer primitive camping with an already constructed fire pit nearby. Can’t speak to the views as the day I went was rainy and foggy, but the hike itself was top notch. It was a lot of fun. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I unfortunately was running out of time and had to turn around before I got to whittenberg I made it back to the car with over 10 miles clocked. A popular add-on to this hike (in case climbing 2,600 feet over 7+ miles and bagging one of the 3500’ Catskill Peaks isn’t enough for you) is to continue past the summit of Wittenberg to bag Cornell Mountain as well. 1. This loop traverses Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. Slide is the highest mountain in the Catskill Mountains.. Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains from Woodland Valley - 8.85 mile trip - 6.75 hours. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail) is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The Slide Mountain Wilderness is roughly 90 miles north-northwest of Manhattan and is home to several peaks in the Catskill 3,500-foot Club. At 7.05 miles you hit the Slide Mt. The trail offers a number of activity options. This is my new favorite hike! Overall, 5/5, great hike! On the other side of Cornell are many more technical scrambles to be wary of. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains. After hiking 3.9 miles, you reach the summit of Wittenberg with great views on the summit. Great trail, really beautiful! If you are up for a challenge, this is the hike to take. I would recommend renting a campsite from Woodland Valley Campground and walking the short distance to the trailhead from your camping spot. You’ll traverse the saddle between Wittenberg and Cornell along the Bruins Causeway to shimmy up the infamous Cornell Crack. Giant Ledge. The trail now descends into the col between Wittenberg and Cornell and then ascends to the summit of Cornell, a total distance of only .85 miles. point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. In this description it starts from the Woodland Valley Campground Day Use parking area. 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