Ascent of Slide Mountain on 2013-08-14

Climber: Jeff Hicks

Others in Party:None
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slide Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left house in PA around 3:45am and drove about 2.5 hrs. to DEC Slide mtn. parking lot. Started hiking around 7:00am. You start out following the yellow markers and after almost .75 mile you turn left onto the red marked trail, which is clearly marked. The trail is less rocky as it flattens out near the top, making for some easy hiking. The scent of pine on top of the mtn. was probably the strongest I've smelled so far, very nice. The summit is a concrete block in the middle of the path from an old fire tower. Can't miss it. There are nice views just before and after the summit. The view after the summit has a plaque at the base of the rock in memory of John Burroughs, and there is a good view of the Ashokan Reservoir. The ledge before the peak has a good view of Giant Ledge and Panther Mtn., which was helpful to see because I planned to hike that as soon as I got done with Slide Mtn. It seemed surprisingly cold on top of the mountain for the middle of August. My little thermometer on my zipper pull read about 45 deg., and with the wind blowing as hard as it was up there I wouldn't be surprised if the wind chill was in the 30's. I was freezing in my shorts and t-shirt, and had to put my rain jacket on. I was seriously wishing I had packed gloves too. About half way down the mtn. I was finally able to take my jacket off, and back at the parking lot the temp. read 55 degrees with just a light breeze. I was a nice hike which took about 3.25 hours(7a - 10:15) round trip. I then drove a few minutes over to the Giant Ledge and Panther parking lot, and was back hiking in about 15 minutes. I signed in at the trailhead at about 10:30a and headed up the mtn. following the yellow blazes. After almost 3/4 mile you turn left onto the blue blazed trail which is well marked. The view from Giant Ledge is breathtaking with views of Slide and Wittenburg. I met a couple from Ohio and a father and son from CA at the ledge. We took some pics, and then I was off to Panther. Panther seemed to take a lot longer to get too than I was expecting...not harder...just longer. Checked out the view from the summit, had a snack, and headed back down. On the way back down I passed about 40 people between Giant Ledge and the parking lot. The hike took about 3:55 round trip(10:30a-2:25p). Headed home, and was home by 5:00p. Over 12 miles and 7 hrs. of hiking today...good day!

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1749 ft / 534 m
    Trailhead:DEC Slide mtn. parking lot  2431 ft / 740 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
45 deg. & windy at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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