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Catskill Mountains - Best Hikes


Discover the majestic Catskill Mountains on foot as you learn about the wildlife and the forest around us, its natural history and legends of this territory. All you need to bring is a sense of adventure, sturdy hiking boots, daypack, lunch, and versatile outdoor wear.

Nature hikes, fire tower and vista hikes, adventure hikes, photo op hikes, snowshoeing, camping and backpacking - it's all possible in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Come check out some of the trails. Kate's Lazy Meadow's office has hiking trail books that you can borrow.

Local Hikes - Tremper Mountain


The trail (6 miles round trip) is marked with red disks and follows old wood roads for the most part. There are several switchbacks as the road winds its way up the mountain. Long gradual sections alternate with short steady climbs, but you will not find anything terribly steep. You pass an old bluestone quarry (a big rock pile) and a lean-to (three-sided shelter) with a privy on the way up. Near the summit is a second lean-to. At the top of Tremper Mountain, there's a fire tower that provides excellent 360 degree views of the area.

Local Hikes - Burroughs Range Trail


This hike (9.7 miles round trip) is a favorite! You traverse three peaks all above 3500 feet. The views are the best around, you have to climb over ledges and the elevation gain over the entire route is incredible. Once you get above 3000 feet, the air is thinner and you get into the Balsam Spruce forest that are usually found further North.

Devil's Path


The Devil's Path is a hiking trail in the Greene County section of the Catskill Mountains of New York. It goes across the eponymous mountain range and then over three other peaks to the west, offering hikers and peakbaggers a chance to reach the summits of five of the thirty-five Catskill High Peaks (two more are reachable by detours). It draws hikers from not just the region but far outside, due to the challenging climbs straight up and down the steep gaps between the four peaks of the range, which often require hikers to use hands as well as feet to pull themselves almost straight up cliffs and through rocky chutes. These climbs, however, lead to many spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains range.