• Activities:

    Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.74 Miles

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

A short hike with little effort to some of the best views in the Catskill Mountains.

The trail starts across the street from the parking area you will see a sign. After a short walk in you will cross a foot bridge. At approximately 0.75 mile you will reach a junction. You will turn left toward Giant Ledge.

The next half mile is fairly flat. At 1.5 miles you will reach a spur trail to your right that is your first lookout. 250 feet past Ledge 1 is the second lookout. At 1.67 miles is your third lookout. 1.76 miles is the fourth lookout and 1.87 is the fifth and last lookout. Here you can retrace your steps for a total roundtrip of 3.74 miles. If you choose you can drop to col between Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain. It is an additional 1.38 miles one-way to the treed summit of Panther.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Camera
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Im a amateur hiker, and this one was pretty tough for me. Wearing sneakers and jeans i was not prepared at all. There was ice pretty much throughout the trail making it very difficult. I found myself planning my steps very carefully, stepping on rocks that have no ice on them. But, i made it to Giant Ledge and it was an amazing view. Very photogenic. Coming down was a pain with all the ice. My quads were cramping, my weak knees were sore, i wasn't feeling it. It became all mental at this point. Again I'm an amateur hiker.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Rebecca Nichols Explorer

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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