Hike Giant Ledge

Giant Ledge Trailhead

Distance

3.74 Miles

Activities

Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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One of the best in the Catskills

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Catskills, you get amazing views for a relatively short hike. Hiking up before dawn offers amazing views of the sunrise from the view point near the top. The fall offers some of the best views, but on the weekends it can get crowded. If you hike up in the summer consider swimming at Peekamoose Blue Hole after to cool off, its just a quick drive over the mountain!

Larry Pang

about 3 years ago

Great View At Giant Ledge

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.

Distance

3.74 Miles

Activities

Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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