Click on any peak’s name to get a description of some of the routes that you can take to approach that peak.
|RANK||NAME||ELEV||LOCATION||ACCESS||LAT – LONG|
|1||Slide||4180||Southern Catskills||Trail||N41.9992 W74.3862|
|2||Hunter||4040||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1775 W74.2308|
|3||Black Dome||3980||Northern Catskills||Trail||N42.2700 W74.1231|
|4||Blackhead||3940||Northern Catskills||Trail||N42.2677 W74.1053|
|5||Thomas Cole||3940||Northern Catskills||Trail||N42.2708 W74.1369|
|6||West Kill||3880||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1678 W74.2900|
|7||Graham||3868||Southwest Catskills||Bushwhack w/o canister||N42.0392 W74.5500|
|8||Doubletop||3860||Southwest Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.0275 W74.5286|
|9||Cornell||3860||Southern Catskills||Trail||N42.0014 W74.3572|
|10||Table||3847||Southern Catskills||Trail||N41.9586 W74.4053|
|11||Peekamoose||3843||Southern Catskills||Trail||N41.9531 W74.3986|
|12||Plateau||3840||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1380 W74.1747|
|13||Sugarloaf||3800||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1311 W74.1506|
|14||Wittenberg||3780||Southern Catskills||Trail||N42.0081 W74.3478|
|15||Southwest Hunter||3740||Central Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.1625 W74.2439|
|16||Balsam Lake||3723||Southwest Catskills||Trail||N42.0458 W74.5944|
|17||Lone||3721||Southern Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N41.9692 W74.3897|
|18||Panther||3720||Southern Catskills||Trail||N42.0564 W74.3950|
|19||Big Indian||3700||Southwest Catskills||Trail w/ short bushwhack||N42.0350 W74.4969|
|20||Friday||3694||Southern Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N41.9875 W74.3625|
|21||Rusk||3680||Central Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.2006 W74.2775|
|22||Kaaterskill High Peak||3655||Northern Catskills||Trail w/ short bushwhack||N42.1619 W74.0806|
|23||Twin||3640||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1256 W74.1294|
|24||Balsam Cap||3623||Southern Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N41.9769 W74.3578|
|25||Fir||3620||Southern Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.0275 W74.4694|
|26||North Dome||3610||Central Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.1733 W74.3494|
|27||Eagle||3600||Southern Catskills||Trail||N42.0619 W74.5097|
|28||Balsam||3600||Northwest Catskills||Trail||N42.0908 W74.4886|
|29||Bearpen||3600||Northwest Catskills||Bushwhack w/o canister||N42.2652 W74.4741|
|30||Indian Head||3573||Central Catskills||Trail||N42.1161 W74.1150|
|31||Sherrill||3540||Central Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.1756 W74.3733|
|32||Halcott||3537||Central Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.1800 W74.4383|
|33||Vly||3529||Northwest Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N42.2453 W74.4464|
|34||Windham High Peak||3524||Northern Catskills||Trail||N42.3147 W74.1439|
|35||Rocky||3508||Southern Catskills||Bushwhack w/ canister||N41.9721 W74.3731|
|: Leg cramps can be a problem during or after a hike. Leg cramps are caused by your body not having enough Potassium. There are certain foods that are high in potassium.|
You need 3,500 mg of potassium per day. 18,000 mg of potassium per day is considered too much. Keeping your potassium level up days before hiking will help prevent cramps. You should also take potassium rich foods right after a hike to prevent cramping in the evening. Sodium (salt) rich foods will compete with the potassium and deplete your body of potassium.
The second part of the equation for preventing leg cramps is being hydrated. Water is needed to wash the lactic acid out of your muscles. If you are dehydrated then your body cannot get rid of the lactic acid. This will cause you to cramp significantly more. It is important to keep hydrated during your hike. Right after you finish your hike drink lots of water until you are fully hydrated. Fully hydrated means that you have to use the bathroom often, and your urine is pale yellow.
If you continue to get cramps use Aleve, Advil, etc to reduce cramps.
|Ledges and Waterfalls are where most serious injuries and deaths occur. Most people underestimate the danger. There are several ways of falling off ledges or waterfalls. Some people walk in the water on the edge of the water falls. Algae often grows on the rocks, and people slip on the slick algae covered rocks. Do not walk in the water near the edge of the falls. People try to cross the stream above the waterfalls and fall in the water and are swept over the falls. Standing on the edge of any ledge can cause you to be sucked over the ledge. Whenever the wind is blowing it causes the wind to blow up the cliff pas the ledge. There is a concept called the Bernoulli’s Principle. Bernoulli’s Principle will cause a suction perpendicular to direction of the wind. This can cause you to be sucked off the ledge. So, always stay back from the edge of the ledge.|
How well do you know the Catskills? Measuring nearly 60 miles by 40 miles as the crow flies, the Catskill Park covers over 1100 square miles, making it one of the largest parks in America. There are nearly 350 miles of hiking trails within the ‘blue line’ that marks the boundaries of the Catskill Park on maps. The Park contains well over 700,000 acres, and nearly 300,000 acres of those are constitutionally protected forest preserve. When most people think of hiking in the Catskills, they naturally think of climbing mountains, especially the high peaks. Many hikers look at the maps and are aware of all the trails that lead to smaller mountain summits, to waterfalls, and to ponds. Perhaps they hike a few of them, but most never quite get around to the others, if they think of them at all. They don’t know what they’re missing!
Redlining, or hiking all of a trail or a set of trails, has been popular for many years. Of America’s many long distance trails, two pass through the Catskills: the Long Path and the Finger Lakes Trail. Many backpackers and day hikers come to the Catskills to hike the Park’s two best known wholly contained trails, the Escarpment Trail and the Devil’s Path.
The Catskill Mountain Club is happy to announce an initiative to help raise awareness of all these uniquely interesting trails, each one leading to features that promise an outdoor experience worth having. The awarding of a Certificate of Completion plus a Catskills All Trails (CATs) Patch to those who hike all of the designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park will provide an additional incentive to make that extra effort. We hope you take this Catskills All Trails Challenge and discover for yourself all that the Park’s trails offer. And we hope you will share your experiences and knowledge with others.
You can get started any time! Simply download the List of Trails and go. Both the Excel and the Word files can be edited by you so that you can keep track of the dates of your hikes and of any comments about your experiences that you’d like to make. Additionally, there is a PDF file to use for a printed list that you can carry with you for note taking. And be sure to check the Qualifications so that you can maintain adequate records and fulfill all requirements. In them you’ll find out more about the award and about the Application for recognition of your achievements. See you at the awards ceremony!
Want to join a group to report Catskills Trail Conditions? Click here.
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