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Catskill 3500-foot Peaks

This objectively-defined list has private property issues. Click here for Official List for hiking purposes.

Showing Rick Cushing's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 35, or 34.29%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Slide Mountain41803280Southern Catskills136.413272021-02-28
2.Hunter Mountain40402140Central Catskills14.612282021-02-28
3.Black Dome39802060Northern Catskills8.4787 
4.Blackhead3940500Northern Catskills.99192021-10-10
4.Thomas Cole Mountain3940200Northern Catskills.7680 
6.West Kill Mountain38801220Central Catskills3.0579 
7.Graham Mountain38681188Southwest Catskills8.2365 
8.Doubletop Mountain3860880Southwest Catskills1.4305 
8.Cornell Mountain3860600Southern Catskills1.4699 
 Doubletop Mountain-South Peak385212Southwest Catskills.340 
10.Table Mountain3847647Southern Catskills2.5574 
11.Peekamoose Mountain3843183Southern Catskills.5592 
12.Plateau Mountain38401760Central Catskills3.3618 
13.Sugarloaf Mountain38001180Central Catskills1.2640 
14.Wittenberg Mountain3780200Southern Catskills.7778 
15.Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak3740180Central Catskills.8500 
16.Lone Mountain3721281Southern Catskills.8398 
17.Panther Mountain3720960Southern Catskills3.4760 
17.Balsam Lake Mountain3720460Southwest Catskills2.2725 
 West Kill Mountain-East Peak372060Central Catskills.3243 
19.Big Indian Mountain3700500Southwest Catskills1.64482021-11-06
20.Friday Mountain3694194Southern Catskills.94142021-10-09
21.Rusk Mountain3680740Central Catskills2.24332021-10-10
22.Kaaterskill High Peak36551695Northern Catskills4.0476 
23.Twin Mountain3640820Central Catskills.9720 
24.Balsam Cap3623243Southern Catskills.74152021-10-09
25.Fir Mountain3620420Southwest Catskills1.53942021-11-06
26.North Dome36101150Central Catskills2.7381 
27.Bearpen Mountain36001680Northwest Catskills9.0472 
27.Balsam Mountain3600570Southwest Catskills2.36472021-09-26
27.Eagle Mountain3600480Southwest Catskills1.74722021-09-26
 Twin Mountain-South Peak3580100Central Catskills.5342 
30.Indian Head3573453Central Catskills.6727 
31.Mount Sherrill3540520Central Catskills1.1371 
 Camels Hump354060Northern Catskills.4186 
32.Vly Mountain3529649Northwest Catskills1.7438 
33.Windham High Peak3524744Northern Catskills2.96672021-10-30
34.Halcott Mountain3520700Northwest Catskills3.33852021-10-09
 Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak352020Northwest Catskills.693 
35.Rocky Mountain3508308Southern Catskills.8394 
 Mill Brook Ridge3480360Southwest Catskills1.864 

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List Description

In the Northeastern United States, 4000 feet is the magic number for most of the famous peakbagging lists. However, the Catskill Mountains of south-central New York State only have two peaks above this threshold, so the best-known Catskill peak list is the 3500 footers.

Despite the low elevations (compared to the higher summits of New England and the Adirondacks), this is a challenging list to complete, with many of the summits reachable only by bushwhacking. Catskill terrain and trails can be very tough, with steep descents and thick vegatation. 16 of these summits have no maintained trail.

Please Note:

This list was generated objectively from raw elevation data, and includes 2 peaks with private property issues. Click here for the official Catskill 3500 list, which does not include those peaks.

Another interesting wrinkle with this list is that the Catskill Mountain Club requires hikers to climb four of these summits (Slide, Blackhead, Balsam, and Panther) twice, including once in the winter, to obtain official recognition.

Links

     Catskill 3500 Club

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       AMC Catskill Mountain Guide, 2nd: AMC's Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in the Catskills (Kick)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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