Distance: 7.8 miles
This is a trail for serious hikers, ascending 2,600 feet to the top of one of the Catskills’ 35 over 3,500’ peaks. It’s a rocky path and some sections are so steep they feel almost vertical, but there are also some pretty fun rock scrambles and an amazing view of the Ashokan Reservoir at the summit. If there’s enough time and you’ve still got some gas in the tank, it’s only about a mile further to the peak of Cornell Mountain along a narrow ridgeline. The view is nowhere near as good as Wittenberg, but there is a scary/fun section near the top called the Cornell Crack that requires actual rock climbing skills to navigate. Whether you bag one peak or two, expect your legs to feel wobblier than a dubstep bass line the next day.