Slide Mountain

Slide Mountain is the highest mountain in the Catskills and is a popular climb during every season of the year. There are superb views from the summit ledge which has a plaque dedicated to John Burroughs. You can see all the other 34 Catskill peaks above 3,500 feet from locations around the summit. The easiest route is from Slide Mountain Road in the west. A harder route is over Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains from Woodland Valley Campground. Slide is inconspicuous from outside the Catskills but is a major landmark when seen from any one of the Catskill peaks.

Elevation (feet): 4,180
Elevation (meters): 1,274
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Catskill Mountains
State: New York
Latitude: 41.998611
Longitude: -74.386389
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Stewart
Convenient Center: Kingston

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 9 trip reports for Slide Mountain.

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  • Log #21355 - by MO'R & JH on July 27, 2008
    Very pleasant shady walk by leafy ferns and over mossy rocks. Views are few, owing to the foliage.
  • Log #12429 - by Scott Larson on Oct 25, 2004
    The classic route is the Burroughs Range trail from Woodland Valley Campground. With well over 3,500 of climbing and a final 900 foot climb up the north face of Slide makes this a must do route for...
  • Log #12430 - by Jeffrey Coogan on Aug 08, 2004
    Went up Slide and Cornell and back. Great hike- not overly difficult, but just strenuous enough- and beautiful views, especially from Cornell. The trees at the Slide summit are getting too high to...
  • Log #12431 - by Yury Konev on July 10, 2004
    Hiked the Phoenicia East Branch Trail to the Wittenburg-Cornell Slide Trail for a 5.4 mile roundtrip. The trail is completely wooded, but there are some open ledges with views. Near the summit, there...
  • Log #12436 - by Dan "Iron Hiker" Saxton on Mar 26, 2004
    Easy climb, but lots of people. I recommend the eastern route - more challenging (3500' climb) and more rewarding, especially the view from Wittenberg. I did the 10-mile hike in 5 hours, being in...
  • Log #12432 - by Jared Thorne on Nov 11, 2003
    Not being in shape really made it a hard hike. Made it to the top, the view was worth the hike.
  • Log #12433 - by Darryl Straker on Oct 12, 2003
    This was my first climb. It kicked my ass. There are lots of loose rocks that challenge your footing. My buddy Richie and I actually bivouaced overnight at 3200 feet.
  • Log #12434 - by Shawn Greene on Feb 11, 2003
    Nice Winter climb. Snow the whole route and heavy tree blanketing above 3500'.
  • Log #12435 - by Dustin Groff on Jan 31, 2002
    Hiked up it from both sides, doing Cornell and Wittenberg as well. Excellent solitude - saw nobody. Snow was a little deep (up to about my thigh) and made the steep sections a little interesting....