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Slide Mountain Wilderness
Description: Slide Mountain Wilderness is the largest and most popular wilderness area in the Catskills. Extensive foot trails provide access to the remote interior, often climbing to lofty heights with spectacular views. Another expansive but trail-less area provides visitors with the solitude, challenge and independence commonly associated with wilderness. Recreation may include day hiking and fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, observing and photographing nature and enjoying solitude.

Wildlife to Watch: This heavily forested area supports a tremendous variety of woodland wildlife. The forests ring with birdsong. Although black bears are seldom seen by casual observers, the area supports a thriving population of them. Whitetailed deer, wild turkeys and furbearers, including beaver, fisher and coyote, are found here as well.

Special Tips: 

Other Activities: Thirty-five miles of marked trails are open exclusively to foot travel for an uninterrupted back-country experience. Trail lengths shown are for oneway only.

9.8-mile Woodland Valley/Denning Trail.

9.75-mile Burroughs Range Trail—Eastern approach is difficult, with several tough rock ledges to be negotiated.

2.7-mile Slide Mountain Trail.1.6-mile Curtis-Ormsbee Trail—Panoramic vistas to the south and west; a moderate hike through ridges covered with stunted northern hardwoods.

This is a rugged, mountain wilderness area. Elevations range from 1,100 ft. to 4,180 ft.

845-256-3083, www.dec.ny.gov/lands/9150.html

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 47,500 acres 
Closest Town: Shandaken, Denning and Olive

ParkingTent CampingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingHunting

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Slide Mountain - Photo by Frank Knight
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
This area is easily reached from the northeast by NY 28, from the south by Ulster Co. Rte. 42 and the west by Ulster Co. Rte. 47. Several established trailheads and parking areas provide access.

Map Link

Slide Mountain Wilderness : Wildlife Viewing Area