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.
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
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.
Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Size: 47,500 acres
Closest Town: Shandaken, Denning and Olive
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: