Travel along with me and climb the highest mountain in the Catskills region, Slide Mountain. Adding variety to our backpacking trek is the recent winter snowfall that covers the trail. Shortly before the summit we’re greeted by an incredible view of mountain ranges to the North East. As we push on past the scenic outlook near the summit we search for the Burroughs Plaque. After this we race against the rapidly dwindling sun as we try to exit the trial prior to sunset while attempting to traverse the rocky snow covered trail back down Slide Mountain.
Location: Near Salisbury, NY
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 42.0108N 74.4214W
Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, above freezing
Trails: Phoenicia East Branch, Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide and Curtis-Ormsbee memorial trail
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Views: North/North East view of mountain ranges including Overlook and Sugarloaf mountains as well as others
State Park: New York State conservatory region
Recommended Supplies: 5 x 750ml (20 OZ) bottles of water (or sports drink), a small snack, map, compass & first aid kit.
Safety Direction (if lost): North East take you back to Route 47