Pretty challenging because of the distance combined with the terrain. 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. Challenging but not too difficult. 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. This loop traverses Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. 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. 1. Cornell Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. Wittenberg seen from Cornell Crack Cornell’s summit is very close to Cornell Crack, down a short spur trail that leads to the left. Hiking info for Burroughs Range (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Mountain), located in Catskill Park, New York. 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. At 4,180 feet in elevation, this is … Spectacular views from the summit of Wittenberg Mountain. Also make sure you get an early start as it’s at the minimum an 8 hour hike. I’d recommend the camping spots between Cornell and Slide much more so than the one I chose. Really fun trail! Highly recommend it because the view is breathtaking. Cornell Mountain Cornell is the middle mountain in the Wittenberg Cornell Slide chain and can be climbed on a hike that includes all three. Difficult trail from slide summit to Cornell, even more difficult from Cornell to Wittenberg. Hike Wittenberg & Cornell from Woodland Valley. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. 3.40 Turn right onto the red-blazed Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. 4.05 Reach the summit of Slide Mountain (marked by a concrete slab, a remnant of a former fire tower). The challenge of the Catskill Mountain’s Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail just raised a notch. From the valley of the East Branch of the Neversink River, the Long Path follows the route of the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail. 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. The views from Wittenberg are stunning. Cornell Mountain is a mountain located in Ulster County, New York.The mountain is part of the Burroughs Range of the Catskill Mountains.Cornell Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Wittenberg Mountain, to the southwest by Friday Mountain, and to the west by 4,180-foot (1,270 m) Slide Mountain — the highest peak in the Catskills.. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. The NYNJTC map shows a scenic view here, but there’s not much to see. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. Unlike some climbs on the New England peak-bagging lists, I’ve never been to the Catskills before in … The spring was dry both yesterday and today, even after we GR dumped rain on. 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! The ascent up Slide is quite easy even though the map makes it seem terrible. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. 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. Parking is available on RT 47 at the Panther Mountain or Slide Mountain trail head. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. DIFFICULT 16.2 mi. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. The trail now descends to the col between Cornell and Slide which is reached after about 1.4 miles. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. Slide Mountain via Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail . The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. 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. Great hike. 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. 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. Cornell Mountain, 3860 Feet August 27, 2009 ~11 miles solo via Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from the west # 9 on the Catskills 3500 List. Very Difficult. Cornell Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. 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. It’s a challenging hike but there is beauty in its challenge. I did this in two days. There is not really a view from Slide summit so soak this in! The summit of Cornell Mountain is at reached after 4.8 miles. Many people park one car at each end of the trail which cuts the distance to just over nine miles. Ice cold as well! 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). Slide Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. 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. Took a hike the did the Slide Mountain Loop going over Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountain. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. I believe the mileage on all trails is inaccurate. In this description it starts from the Woodland Valley Campground Day Use parking area. 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. 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 … Parking at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds is also possible but there may be a seasonal parking fee. Over all, a pretty challenging and rough experience given the weather but super fun and gorgeous! And the line of mountains extends even further, to North Dome and Mt Sherrill. The Long Path turns right on the red marked Burroughs Range Trail, summitting Slide Mountain, Cornell Mountain and Wittenberg Mountain. From the Woodland Valley take the Cornell-Wittenberg-Slide Mountain Trail up a road. Length 11.7 miElevation gain 3851 ftRoute type Out & back I feel if I summoned Wittenberg, the total mileage would have been closer to 13 miles. The trail soon steepens where by the 3500 sign it becomes a Class 2 trail. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains. 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. 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. Before reaching the I arrived at the Woodland Valley parking lot at around 12:30pm and snagged one of the last spots in the lot. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Can’t speak to the views as the day I went was rainy and foggy, but the hike itself was top notch. The Slide Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 47,500-acres and is one of the most popular adventure destinations in the Catskill Forest Preserve. No views to be had at the summit of Cornell. The viewing area on the eastern side gives an excellent viewing of t… Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. The Burroughs Range is in the Catskill Mountains of New York southeast of West Shokan. 1. I camped off the side of Wittenberg. 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. Alongside the Devil’s Path and the Escarpment Trail, the Burroughs Range Trail (also known as the Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide Trail) is one of the most enjoyable—and justifiably popular—routes in the Catskills. 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. At the suggestion of the internet I choose to go with Wittenberg and Cornell Mountain. Cornell Mountain is a mountain located in Ulster County, New York.The mountain is part of the Burroughs Range of the Catskill Mountains.Cornell Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Wittenberg Mountain, to the southwest by Friday Mountain, and to the west by 4,180-foot (1,270 m) Slide Mountain — the highest peak in the Catskills.. 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. Wittenberg & Cornell, seen from Slide Mtn Spring. Also, need hiking shoes. 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 hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. It then will ease until the junction of the Terrace Mountain Trail at about 2.6. Trailhead Coordinates Name Coordinates Woodland Valley… I went with my cousin to complete the out and back. The hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. Would NOT recommend doing this without hiking experience, especially in the rain. Use the following maps and guide books for planning: NYNJTC Catskill Map Set, I did this in two days. The path between Wittenberg and Cornell is a very narrow path which ranges from 10-50 feet wide. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail trailhead is located at the Woodland Valley campground, so I decided to set up base camp at the campground. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. In about two miles from the summit, the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail ends at a junction with the yellow-blazed Phoenicia-West Branch Trail. Overall, 5/5, great hike! The alternative is to pay to park at the trailhead. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide loop can be done from one of several trailheads. There are several others routes which can include the other two peaks in the Burroughs Range, Cornell and Slide. There are some great views when you are coming down the west side of Cornell so make sure to watch for them! 3 reviews | | DIFFICULT #1 hike out of 23 in Slide Mountain Wilderness | DIFFICULT. It was a lot of fun. Obviously, a popular destination in the Catskill Mountains. The trail from the summit of Wittenberg Mountain to Cornell Mountain starts out with a very easy grade. You can use the Slide Mountain Trailhead or the Giant Ledge Panther Mountain Trailhead as alternatives. If you are up for a challenge, this is the hike to take. The round-trip distance is 14-miles and ascends approximately 4,500-feet. Highest peak I’ve been to here, yet! 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). The initial climb up to Wittenberg is by far the toughest part of this trail. Awesome hike. Being the highest mountain in the Catskills and located close to New York City, Slide Mtn. At 7.05 miles you hit the Slide Mt. Pass over the actual summit of Slide Mountain where the anchors for the old fire tower mark the highest point on the mountain. 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). Your mileage may vary. Also make sure you are able to climb some short rock faces between Cornell and Slide. Many people park one car at each end of the trail which cuts the distance to just over nine miles. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. 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. Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookouts in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. Route Type: Out-and-Back. The out-and-back trek is brutal for a day hike, but definitely worth it if you are physically capable. Harboring the tallest of the Catskill Peaks and offering numerous trailside vistas, th… It does, however, offer primitive camping with an already constructed fire pit nearby. I would recommend renting a campsite from Woodland Valley Campground and walking the short distance to the trailhead from your camping spot. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hike Length: 9.2 miles (14.81 km) Total Ascent: 2,873ft (876m) Intensity: Difficult Hike. That way I could do a dayhike on Saturday and return to an already set up tent. You definitely have to earn the view - make sure you’re in good shape! Slide is the highest mountain in the Catskill Mountains.. Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains from Woodland Valley - 8.85 mile trip - 6.75 hours. 2. 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. Nearby Hiking Trails. Cornell used to be a canister mountain, and there’s a small opening at the end of the spur. It’s so beautiful on top. There are views on Slide and Wittenberg but not Cornell. Nice (and long) trail to Slide. Rugged rocky trail on Slide. DIFFICULT 7.2 mi. You'll have great views just before and after summit. Beautiful this time of year. The trail begins out rocky and moderate for the first 1.15 mile to a bluff. Trail to Wittenberg was steep with several fun scrambles along the way. Wittenberg Mountain is within the Slide Mountain Wilderness of New York's Catskill State Park. Those who do not want to attempt the 14 mile round trip can park a car at each end of the 9 mile trail. The rest is a red blazed trail. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. I wish there were more views given the long hike but the view at Wittenberg is worth it. 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 It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. The trail soon steepens where by the 3500 sign it becomes a Class 2 trail. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. Lots or rocks on the trail. On the way up, the last hour is extreme because you have to climb and it was the highlight of my hike. Being the highest mountain in the Catskills and located close to New York City, Slide Mtn. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. This loop traverses Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. Facebook ... Ormsbee Trail and Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Easy climb to Slide Mnt but some nice technically challenging obstacles to the next peaks. (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. DIFFICULT 8.4 mi. Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. It is also only one of two mountains in the Catskills that rises above 4000 feet. It was established in the early 1900s and today has over 35-miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. 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