Saturday, September 25, 2021

Join us on a trailless adventure! Make your way through the woods using a map and compass, and learn how to identify and use ‘handrails’ – land features that help navigate the terrain. Hikers often find bushwhacking the Catskills’ precipitous slopes and rough terrain more difficult than hiking on marked trails, but the satisfaction of climbing a mountain in this manner is unparalleled. See if you can locate the 3500 Club’s summit canister on this unique outdoor adventure!

This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #21 Catskill High Peak (elevation 3,687′).

Note: Must have prior tall-peak hiking experience in the Catskill Mountains or Adirondack Mountains before joining a bushwhack. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: This is a trailless peak bushwhack. Mileage varies depending on route.

Elevation Gain: 1,595 feet


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:15 am

Departure Time: 6:30 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


This trip has a $20 limited-capacity charge.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle seat empty in each row. The trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect while we limit capacity on trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Long sleeves, long pants, and a hat or sunglasses to protect your face are highly recommended for bushwhacks
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Headlamp (required)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)