Those who do not want to attempt the 14 mile round trip can park a car at each end of the 9 mile trail. General Description. I did this in two days. Once there, the trip to Cornell is easy in terms of distance but you’ll encounter many scrambles - some like the Cornell Crack are very technical! The viewing area on the eastern side gives an excellent viewing of t… Facebook ... Ormsbee Trail and Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. The sign at the trailhead notes that the summits of Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide are 3.9, 4.7, and 7.0 miles away, respectively. The path between Wittenberg and Cornell is a very narrow path which ranges from 10-50 feet wide. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains Trail is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail from New York City to Albany, is contiguous with the section of the Burroughs Range Trail crossing the summits of Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains. (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Burroughs Range (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Mountain), located in Catskill Park, New York. Yes, you are correct that the Cornell-Wittenberg-Slide Trail, from its start at the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail to about the 3,500-foot elevation, is very rocky and a relatively unattractive route. Pretty challenging because of the distance combined with the terrain. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names associates the Burroughs Range with Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg mountains as it was petitioned in 1986 by the John Burroughs Natural History Society and former Senator Daniel Moynihan. Route Type: Out-and-Back. It consists of Cornell Mountain, Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills, and Wittenberg Mountain. First mile is yellow blazed trail. (not to be mistaken for Big Slide Mountain in the Adirondacks)is the highest mountain in the Catskills. The trail begins out rocky and moderate for the first 1.15 mile to a bluff. Nearby Hiking Trails. Overall, 5/5, great hike! On the other side of Cornell are many more technical scrambles to be wary of. The terrain was constantly changing so it kept things interesting. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Highly recommend it because the view is breathtaking. There are several others routes which can include the other two peaks in the Burroughs Range, Cornell and Slide. There is also a spring on Cornell to replenish water though. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail), Doubletop and Graham Bushwhack [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Balsam Mountain Via Oliverea-Mapledale and Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Slide Mountain via Pheonicia-East Branch Trail, Fir Mountain via Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail, Samuel's Point via Phoenicia East Branch Trail, Balsam, Haynes, Eagle, Big Indian and Fir Peaks Loop, Table, Peekamoose, Lone and Rocky, Balsam Cap and Friday Loop, Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Valley. 4.05 Reach the summit of Slide Mountain (marked by a concrete slab, a remnant of a former fire tower). From the valley of the East Branch of the Neversink River, the Long Path follows the route of the Phoenicia-East Branch Trail. Really fun trail! Find More Hikes in Hudson Valley + Catskills 3 reviews | | DIFFICULT #1 hike out of 23 in Slide Mountain Wilderness | DIFFICULT. The Long Path turns right on the red marked Burroughs Range Trail, summitting Slide Mountain, Cornell Mountain and Wittenberg Mountain. Difficult trail from slide summit to Cornell, even more difficult from Cornell to Wittenberg. 2. Parking is available on RT 47 at the Panther Mountain or Slide Mountain trail head. Your mileage may vary. The spring was dry both yesterday and today, even after we GR dumped rain on. 3.40 Turn right onto the red-blazed Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. I did my usual leave-after-work-on-Friday trip and arrived at the campground well into pitch black (the sun is going down sooner and sooner these days). Very Difficult. Micheal Kudish states that the trail between Slide and Wittenberg has been in use, in one form or other, since at least 1903 when the first survey quadrangles of the area were produced. Took a hike the did the Slide Mountain Loop going over Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountain. Slide Mountain, 4180 Feet August 27, 2009 ~11 miles solo via Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from the west # 1 on the Catskills 3500 List # 68 on the Northeast 111 (115) List. I would recommend renting a campsite from Woodland Valley Campground and walking the short distance to the trailhead from your camping spot. Giant Ledge, Panther, and the entire Devils’s Path, seen from Slide Mtn Wittenberg offers one of the finest lookouts in the Catskills and is well worth the effort. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail) is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This is one of the best day hikes in the Catskills if done in this direction because you get to summit Wittenberg twice! Some noteworthy viewing spots include (1) the Wittenberg summit, (2) shortly after the "Cornell crack" rock scramble problem looking back at Wittenberg, (3) a boulder with a view of Slide shortly after the Cornell summit, and (4) near the spring about 75% up to the Slide summit. Wittenberg & Cornell, seen from Slide Mtn To the north, the entire Devil’s Path range is laid out in a line, from Indian Head in the east all the way to to West Kill. It was established in the early 1900s and today has over 35-miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You'll have great views just before and after summit. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers Challenging, but wouldn’t be quite as challenging if everything wasn’t wet. Rugged rocky trail on Slide. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I arrived at the Woodland Valley parking lot at around 12:30pm and snagged one of the last spots in the lot. This is probably the best way to approach the mountain. Wittenberg Mountain is within the Slide Mountain Wilderness of New York's Catskill State Park. The trail ascends gently through dense spruce trees. The Slide Mountain Wilderness is roughly 90 miles north-northwest of Manhattan and is home to several peaks in the Catskill 3,500-foot Club. The round-trip distance is 14-miles and ascends approximately 4,500-feet. The trail soon steepens where by the 3500 sign it becomes a Class 2 trail. There is not really a view from Slide summit so soak this in! Good views from the summit of Slide Mountain and along the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Features: Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains Distance: 8.40 miles USGS Map Quads: Peekamoose Mountain, Phoenicia Trail Conference Maps: Trail Map 143 (Southern Catskill Trails), and Trail Map 142 (Central Catskill Trails). Cornell really didn’t have that great of views. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. We couldn’t enjoy anything due to so many flies and bugs..swarmed around us every time we stoped for the view and little snack. There are views on Slide and Wittenberg but not Cornell. Use the following maps and guide books for planning: NYNJTC Catskill Map Set, I believe the mileage on all trails is inaccurate. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. At 4,180 feet in elevation, this is … On the way up, the last hour is extreme because you have to climb and it was the highlight of my hike. EASY 1.4 mi. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains is a 18.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. 5. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Wittenberg Mountain is within the Slide Mountain Wilderness of New York's Catskill State Park. All 35 miles of trails in this area are open exclusively to foot travel, affording the visitor an uninterrupted back country experience. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Over all, a pretty challenging and rough experience given the weather but super fun and gorgeous! Would NOT recommend doing this without hiking experience, especially in the rain. Going back again! The trail now descends into the col between Wittenberg and Cornell and then ascends to the summit of Cornell, a total distance of only .85 miles. It was a lot of fun. If you are up for a challenge, this is the hike to take. To complete entire trail you'll continue down another 1.9 miles to Phoenicia-East Branch Trail, but many hikers use the summit of Slide Mountain … Slide, Cornell, Wittenberg Mountain; Burroughs Range Catskill 3500 Hike Total Mileage: 10.8 Miles Parking area and Trail head Directions 42.008503,-74.427765 Total rise: 3,845′ Facebook You can use the Slide Mountain Trailhead or the Giant Ledge Panther Mountain Trailhead as alternatives. The trail now descends to the col between Cornell and Slide which is reached after about 1.4 miles. Trailhead Coordinates Name Coordinates Woodland Valley… 4. This is my new favorite hike! The trail from the summit of Wittenberg Mountain to Cornell Mountain starts out with a very easy grade. Slide Mountain via Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail . The trail offers a number of activity options. is a very popular hike. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names associates the Burroughs Range with Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg mountains as it was petitioned in 1986 by the John Burroughs Natural History Society and former Senator Daniel Moynihan. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/slide-mountain-trail Slide Mt. At the bottom of some steep wooden stairs, you’ll come to an excellent view of Wittenberg and Cornell. Be sure to take the short spur trail to the left at the top of Cornell to actually reach the highest point on the mountain. About 75% of the way up you’ll find a sign pointing in the direction of a spring, walk towards it to get one of the best views the Catskills have to offer. Cornell Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. The trail offers a number of activity options. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. It is the old road formerly used to access the fire tower and was not built as a trail. The sweeping view includes the Devil’s Path to the north, Peakamoose and Table Mountains to the south, and the Ashokan Reservoir and Hudson Valley to the east. The rest is a red blazed trail. Alongside the Devil’s Path and the Escarpment Trail, the Burroughs Range Trail (also known as the Wittenberg–Cornell–Slide Trail) is one of the most enjoyable—and justifiably popular—routes in the Catskills. Hiking info for Burroughs Range (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Mountain), located in Catskill Park, New York. One of the most exciting backpacking trips, the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg Loop, can be done from Woodland Valley or another trailhead on the loop. Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail more commonly known as the Burroughs Range Trail. The alternative is to pay to park at the trailhead. That way I could do a dayhike on Saturday and return to an already set up tent. Pass over the actual summit of Slide Mountain where the anchors for the old fire tower mark the highest point on the mountain. Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. This adventure begins at the Woodland Valley Campground (which has a parking fee in the summer) and follows the red-blazed Burroughs Range Trail to the summit of Wittenberg at 3,780 feet. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. A bit slick and some parts require some easy/moderate climbing. The beginning is noting but elevation gain and the last climb to the peaks were tough, but worth it. It was a lot of fun. Nearby Hiking Trails. Cornell is the middle mountain in the Wittenberg Cornell Slide chain and can be climbed on a hike that includes all three. Challenging but not too difficult. Great hike. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail from New York City to Albany, is contiguous with the section of the Burroughs Range Trail crossing the summits of Slide, Cornell, and Wittenberg. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide loop can be done from one of several trailheads. The Slide Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 47,500-acres and is one of the most popular adventure destinations in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Enjoy the view of the Ashokan Reservoir and the surrounding valley and mountains. The trail soon steepens where by the 3500 sign it becomes a Class 2 trail. Cornell Mountain via Burroughs Range Trail. is a very popular hike. The challenge of the Catskill Mountain’s Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail just raised a notch. Normally these peaks can be combined with Slide to make a longer day but since I had already done Slide a couple of times and was starting late in the day I skipped it this time around. An extremely rewarding hike that includes one of the Catskills’ grandest vistas, the infamous Cornell Crack, and a breathtaking view of Slide, Giant Ledge & Panther. Being the highest mountain in the Catskills and located close to New York City, Slide Mtn. Pass over the actual summit and continue on to the rocky prominence and lookout where most hikers rest. No views to be had at the summit of Cornell. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Those who do not want to attempt the 14 mile round trip can park a car at each end of the 9 mile trail. Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. Hudson River Valley from Mt Wittenberg Summit Ledges. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Beautiful this time of year. I’d recommend the camping spots between Cornell and Slide much more so than the one I chose. Lots or rocks on the trail. The Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail trailhead is located at the Woodland Valley campground, so I decided to set up base camp at the campground. 1. You definitely have to earn the view - make sure you’re in good shape! Slide Mountain Loop via Curtis - Ormsbee Trail and Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. Panther Mountain via Fox Hollow Road. \ Oh yeah, this is why I just beat up my body for four miles and 2,400 feet of elevation gain – the spectacular view from the summit from Wittenberg Mountain. Includes: Blazed Trail. Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenberg, Cornell, Slide Trail), Balsam Mountain Via Oliverea-Mapledale and Pine Hill-West Branch Trail, Panther Mountain and Giant Ledge from Fox Hollow, Friday Mountain and Balsam Cap from Moon Haw Road, Samuel's Point via Phoenicia East Branch Trail, Balsam, Haynes, Eagle, Big Indian and Fir Peaks Loop, Eagle Mountain, Haynes Mountain, and Balsam Mountain, Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Valley, Phoenicia Trail East Branch: Romer Mountain to Cross Mountain, Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail. After hiking 3.9 miles, you reach the summit of Wittenberg with great views on the summit. I camped off the side of Wittenberg. Parking at Woodland Valley State Campgrounds is also possible but there may be a seasonal parking fee. I unfortunately was running out of time and had to turn around before I got to whittenberg I made it back to the car with over 10 miles clocked. Parking is available on RT 47 at the Panther Mountain or Slide Mountain trail head. I wish there were more views given the long hike but the view at Wittenberg is worth it. Wittenberg, Cornell, and Slide Mountain Trail is a 19.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. This is a 16.0 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. 3. Right before the final ascent to Slide, there is a great panoramic view and an amazing spring that provided me with the only source of water anywhere on the trail. At the suggestion of the internet I choose to go with Wittenberg and Cornell Mountain. Upon attaining the summit, hikers are rewarded with one of the best scenic overlooks in the Catskills. At this point turn left onto the red-blazed Wittenberg Cornell Slide Trail. To the left of this spot, a steady spring is a great place to re-up your water … This hike was awesome. You’ll traverse the saddle between Wittenberg and Cornell along the Bruins Causeway to shimmy up the infamous Cornell Crack. From the Woodland Valley take the Cornell-Wittenberg-Slide Mountain Trail up a road. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Can’t speak to the views as the day I went was rainy and foggy, but the hike itself was top notch. At 7.05 miles you hit the Slide Mt. On the summit area of Slide Mountain lies two great viewing areas. Nice (and long) trail to Slide. DIFFICULT 8.0 mi. There are incredible views and many fun rock scrambling problems. Ice cold as well! Slide Mt. Cornell Mountain is a mountain located in Ulster County, New York.The mountain is part of the Burroughs Range of the Catskill Mountains.Cornell Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Wittenberg Mountain, to the southwest by Friday Mountain, and to the west by 4,180-foot (1,270 m) Slide Mountain — the highest peak in the Catskills.. DIFFICULT 16.2 mi. The ascent up Slide is quite easy even though the map makes it seem terrible. This loop traverses Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide. Took a hike the did the Slide Mountain Loop going over Wittenberg, Cornell and Slide Mountain. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Awesome hike. This adventure follows the red-blazed Burroughs Range Trail from the Woodland Valley Campground (where there is a parking fee during summer season), across Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains (3,780-feet and 3,860-feet, respectively), to the peak of Slide Mountain. Find the yellow blazed Phoenicia-East Branch trail and begin a gentle ascent of about .75 miles. It then will ease until the junction of the Terrace Mountain Trail at about 2.6. 2. The side walls of the path are very steep. Slide is the highest mountain in the Catskill Mountains.. Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains from Woodland Valley - 8.85 mile trip - 6.75 hours. Highest peak I’ve been to here, yet! This is probably the best way to approach the mountain. Can’t always see a trail marker so make sure you download the map. General information on hikingincludes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. The Slide Mountain Wilderness is roughly 90 miles north-northwest of Manhattan and is home to several peaks in the Catskill 3,500-foot Club. In about two miles from the summit, the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail ends at a junction with the yellow-blazed Phoenicia-West Branch Trail. Turn right on the old carriage road at the top of the first climb and follow the trail markings for another.3 miles or so. Cornell Mountain Cornell is the middle mountain in the Wittenberg Cornell Slide chain and can be climbed on a hike that includes all three. DIFFICULT 8.4 mi. It was like survival kicks in and you are pushing yourself to just do it. Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenicia, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The hike from Woodland Valley to the summit is challenging enough for many people. The summit of Cornell Mountain is at reached after 4.8 miles. Many people park one car at each end of the trail which cuts the distance to just over nine miles. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The initial climb up to Wittenberg is by far the toughest part of this trail. The views from Wittenberg are stunning. Continue on this trail for about 2.1 miles. Cornell Mountain is a mountain located in Ulster County, New York.The mountain is part of the Burroughs Range of the Catskill Mountains.Cornell Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Wittenberg Mountain, to the southwest by Friday Mountain, and to the west by 4,180-foot (1,270 m) Slide Mountain — the highest peak in the Catskills.. Also make sure you are able to climb some short rock faces between Cornell and Slide. Access is via the steep and challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail following the red DEC markers. Also make sure you get an early start as it’s at the minimum an 8 hour hike. You’ll traverse the saddle between Wittenberg and Cornell along the Bruins Causeway to shimmy up the infamous Cornell Crack. Cornell Mountain, 3860 Feet August 27, 2009 ~11 miles solo via Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from the west # 9 on the Catskills 3500 List. 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