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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 (27 out of 35, or 77.14%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Slide Mountain41803280Southern Catskills136.413762021-02-28
2.Hunter Mountain40402140Central Catskills14.612752021-02-28
3.Bearpen Mountain36001680Northwest Catskills9.04872022-03-05
4.Black Dome39802060Northern Catskills8.48132022-01-08
5.Graham Mountain38681188Southwest Catskills8.2367 
6.Kaaterskill High Peak36551695Northern Catskills4.04962022-04-02
7.Panther Mountain3720960Southern Catskills3.47972022-02-06
8.Halcott Mountain3520700Northwest Catskills3.34012021-10-09
9.Plateau Mountain38401760Central Catskills3.3631 
10.West Kill Mountain38801220Central Catskills3.0598 
11.Windham High Peak3524744Northern Catskills2.96942021-10-30
12.North Dome36101150Central Catskills2.74002021-12-04
13.Table Mountain3847647Southern Catskills2.55912022-04-24
14.Balsam Mountain3600570Southwest Catskills2.36652021-09-26
15.Balsam Lake Mountain3720460Southwest Catskills2.27542022-03-05
16.Rusk Mountain3680740Central Catskills2.24602021-10-10
 Mill Brook Ridge3480360Southwest Catskills1.865 
17.Vly Mountain3529649Northwest Catskills1.74502022-03-05
18.Eagle Mountain3600480Southwest Catskills1.74782021-09-26
19.Big Indian Mountain3700500Southwest Catskills1.64592021-11-06
20.Fir Mountain3620420Southwest Catskills1.54052021-11-06
21.Cornell Mountain3860600Southern Catskills1.47252022-04-18
22.Doubletop Mountain3860880Southwest Catskills1.4307 
23.Sugarloaf Mountain38001180Central Catskills1.2653 
24.Mount Sherrill3540520Central Catskills1.13922021-12-04
25.Friday Mountain3694194Southern Catskills.94252021-10-09
26.Twin Mountain3640820Central Catskills.9735 
27.Blackhead3940500Northern Catskills.99542021-10-10
28.Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak3740180Central Catskills.8524 
29.Lone Mountain3721281Southern Catskills.84172022-04-24
30.Rocky Mountain3508308Southern Catskills.84112022-04-24
31.Balsam Cap3623243Southern Catskills.74262021-10-09
32.Thomas Cole Mountain3940200Northern Catskills.77042022-01-08
33.Wittenberg Mountain3780200Southern Catskills.78032022-04-18
 Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak352020Northwest Catskills.694 
34.Indian Head3573453Central Catskills.6743 
 Twin Mountain-South Peak3580100Central Catskills.5348 
35.Peekamoose Mountain3843183Southern Catskills.56112022-04-24
 Camels Hump354060Northern Catskills.4194 
 West Kill Mountain-East Peak372060Central Catskills.3244 
 Doubletop Mountain-South Peak385212Southwest Catskills.344 

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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.


     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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