Hike Mt. Wittenberg

New York Woodland Valley Campground

Added by Michael Martineau

  • Distance: 9.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 2,515 feet
  • Views of the Ashokan Reservoir & Catskills Region
  • Scrambling sections

Looking for a great day hike in the Catskill region of NY? Then you should definitely look into and consider tackling Mt. Wittenberg then. A challenging climb up but a very rewarding summit view.

Starting at Woodland Valley Campgrounds visitor registration house (where you can pay for parking for the day) follow the small road to the left through the campgrounds. You will reach a roundabout section at the end where you will want to look for the big boulder to your right. Walk around the boulder and pick up the trail which will lead you to a bridge crossing the stream. This is where the red trail begins, which you will follow the entire way up.

The trail starts off pretty steep and stays that way until you get to the sign in kiosk (I always suggest signing in before you do any long hike). After about .2 miles it levels out a little but it is still an upward climb. The first real flat section is where there are some ledges you can stand on and look out into the valley (limited views with trees). The ledges make you realize how much you have climbed in such a short period of time. Be on the lookout for the red trail markers as some of them have faded and are hard to find. For the next few miles you will continue to gradually climb passing a number of areas where streams flow down the mountain when the snow melts. Just wish they were flowing when my group went in mid august.

When you finally come to the trail junction you will want to continue to the right on the red trail. This is where the hike starts to really climb and becomes a little more challenging and adventurous. You will come to sections where you will need to grab on to surrounding trees, or a friend, to help pull yourself up. There are also a few sections where you will be rock scrambling so watch your footing. (Be sure to turn around every once in a while to see the view)

After the few tricky sections you are basically at the top, except you won’t know it. The best part of this hike in my opinion is walking around and coming out of the woods to an amazing view. You get a great sense of accomplishment when you finally arrive at the top and see how high up you are, 3785'. It is a great place for lunch and I suggest sitting on the ledge and taking your time up on top, you'd be crazy not to.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes
  • Backpack with 10 essentials
  • Hydration pack or multiple water bottles
  • Snacks or lunch for the top
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More



Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn




Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

9 months ago

Do all Three

Wittenberg by itself is a gem, the views of the Ashokan are the best. If you want a little more though add Cornell and Slide (Catskills highest peak at 4180 ft) to the mix. All three are part of the Catskill 3500 Club challenge. Some fun scrambles including the Cornell Crack. To do an out/back from Slide to include all three would be 11.8 miles

9 months ago

10 months ago

Highly Recommended

Fantastic hike. Fun technical-y ascent in the winter. Great views looking to the Ashokan. If you're looking for more of a challenge think about doing some sort of circuit with neighboring peaks Cornell and Slide. Once you're on the Witt it's not too far to hop over to Cornell, but adding Slide to the mix makes it a pretty long hike, probably would want to spot a car or spend a night. Also, Google "Cornell Crack"! Making it up that in the winter is a serious undertaking. Ice tools and crampons necessary.

10 months ago

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the Pharaoh Mountain Loop

New York / Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead

You start off at the initial parking area on Crane Pond Road. There is a sign in register here. From here you will have a 1.9 mile one-way walk on a rough road to Crane Pond.

Rebecca Nichols
5 Saves

Walk along the Sacandaga River Pathway

New York / Sacandaga River Pathway Trailhead

Located in the heart of Speculator this nature trail is a perfect spot for the entire family.  Park at the large free parking area across from the Lake Pleasant beach on Route 30.

Rebecca Nichols
3 Saves

Drive the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway

New York / Adirondack Trail (Mayfield)

This scenic byway starts in Fonda, NY and travels along Route 30 to Malone, NY.  The area described and pictured here is a 65 mile stretch from Mayfield to Indian Lake.

Rebecca Nichols
11 Saves