Catskill Mountains Hiking Trails

Hit The Trails

Thousands of miles of trails, towering vistas, and flowing falls are calling your name. It's time to hit the trails.

Hiking in the Catskills is not just a physical activity, it's also a mental escape that revitalizes and rejuvenates your soul. Maybe it's the picturesque summit overlooks, or the towering waterfalls, it might even be the lush forests around you, whatever it is - it hits home for a lot of people. Those who hike here have a special bond with the Catskill Mountains and rightfully so. Whatever kind of hiker you are, serious summiteer, moderate meanderer, or easy stroller, there's a trail for you.

Giant Ledge

Arguably the best views in the Catskills, Giant Ledge offers a moderate hike with huge payoffs. Five ledges can be found just off the trail with vistas that will leave you speechless. Better yet, grab one of the ledges and camp overnight to really maximize the experience.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.75 miles
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation Gain: 975 ft.
  • Trailhead Coordinates: 42o 01’35.2” N 74o 24’12.6” W
  • Post Trip: Phoenicia Diner
Hike Ulster County

North Mountain

Offering dense forest, waterfalls, and expansive views this is a must do hike if you’re in Greene County. Standing on top offers views east into Massachusetts, Connecticut, as well as overlooking the Hudson River. Oh, and we dare you to find a better sunrise spot. Does that paint a good enough picture for you?

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Route Type: Out and back/loop
  • Elevation Gain: 855 ft.
  • Trailhead Coordinates: 42o 12’06.3” N 74o 03’29.4” W
  • Post Trip: American Glory BBQ
Hike Greene County

Sam's Point

A truly unique hike offering western views of the Catskills, a view from above 180ft. Verkeerderkill Falls, and ice caves. Yes, you read that right, ice caves. Trek through tight rock crevasses lined with ice that builds up during the winter months in the spring and summer for a cool refreshing hike.

  • Difficulty: Hard (requires some wooden ladder scrambling)
  • Distance: 7.4 miles
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.
  • Trailhead Coordinates: 41o 40’14.0” N 74o 21’38.9” W
  • Post Trip: The Barnside-Conklin Catering Grill
Hike Sullivan County
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Utsayantha Fire Tower

Fire tower hikes offer some of the best views in all of the Catskills. Most of them are relatively easy to get to offering explorers the ability to hike in, or even drive up to them. Another perk with fire towers, watching the sun set from above is truly magnificent.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Route Type: Out and Back or drive
  • Elevation Gain: 680 ft.
  • Trailhead Coordinates: 42o 23’34.8” N 74o 35’59.2” W
  • Post Trip: Vasta’s Bistro and Pizzeria
Hike Delaware County
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