|Slide Mountain's lovely alpine summit|
I suppose I am a bit of a weanie for hiking Slide Mountain via the easy way but again, I had much to see. Slide Mountain is the highest peak in the Catskills although, unlike the Adirondacks, the mountains are almost all the same elevation. This is because the Catskills are a desiccated plateau- a plateau that has been eroded over time. So the area has a much similar appearance to West Virginia and Tennessee. I guess this would mean that Slide Mountain is just the least eroded out of all of them.
Slide Mountain can be climbed a number of ways ranging from quick trips like this one to all day affairs with significant scrambling. The Burroughs Trail approaches from the West and is almost at the height of the land between Slide and the western peaks. It is a very straightforward 5.5 mile round trip hike.
|Lush forests dominate the lower part of the hike|
|View #1, just west of the summit.|
|View #2 just east of the summit|
The whole hike took no longer than 3 hours and it was very easy, compared to other New York hikes. I am glad I could experience a small part of the Catskills on this road trip but man, there is just so much to see in this state that I will have to save for another day.
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