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Slide Mountain, Catskill

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Slide Mountain is the highest peak in the Catskill Mountains of the U.S. state of New York. It is located in the town of Shandaken in Ulster County. While the 4,180-foot (1,270 m) contour line on topographic maps is generally accepted as its height, the exact elevation of the summit has never been officially determined by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and many informal surveys suggest the mountain may actually top 4,200 feet (1,280 m) above sea level.

While it was not identified as the range's highest peak until the late 19th century, it has played a prominent role in Catskill history. Renowned naturalist John Burroughs wrote memorably of his climbs up Slide, and it helped get the Catskills added to New York's Forest Preserve. Bicknell's thrush was first identified on its summit.

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  • 5 miles to the summit by way of gradual inclines, 4k ft above sea level, nice views all around, there are shorter trails to the top, consult your map  more »
  • I have probably Hiked Slide Mountain more than a dozen times since the mid-1960s when I first went there with my dad. I was six years old at the time, and returned several times into my 30s. A few...  more »
  • I summited Slide from the west (the easy route) in mid-November 2017. The trail is well marked ad easy to follow. The slop is never very steep, and I did much of the day at a run. Beautiful views on.....  more »
  • The tallest peak in the Catskills. We took the Cutis-Ormsbee loop up, which I highly recommend. It's a little less steep and has a more interesting landscape. The other option is just a rocky jeep trail that isn't as nice, but it was fine coming down that way.
  • This was a 5 mile one way hike for shortest hike. Was hoping to have some type of small hike or nice view without a long hike. No such luck. We decided to do overlook mountain with 2.5 mile one way hike and elevation of 1400 feet. We would have started this too late in day and forgot our back pack. About 40 minute drive from slide to Overlook mt with nice views and through the great town of Woodstock. Will try this on our next visit. Make sure you prepare for a hike like this with proper footwear, water, bug spray etc.
  • Great experience going for the views is worth the pain of climbing the mountain.
  • The tallest peak in the Catskills, but a surprisingly gentle hike from the west starting at Oliverea Road Trailhead. I plan to climb it from the tougher route beginning at the Woodland Valley campground.
  • The trail ascends through broadleaf and evergreen forest on its way to the summit, where the ground is covered in white sand. The best views are from an overlook just below the summit. Beautiful cliffs on the less-used Curtis-Ormsbee trail.

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