Saturday, November 4, 2023

This hike goes through the region’s most popular wilderness area. It traverses the scenic cliffs of an ancient meteorite-impact zone.

Giant Ledge is named for its five ledges. The ledges open up onto beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains. And at the summit of Panther you will see the culminating, epic view. This hike is a great introduction to the Catskills. It’s an ‘easier’ hike compared to other 3500 peaks. And the views are spectacular! We might even catch the tail-end of fall foliage!

Panther is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #17 Catskill Tall Peak (elevation 3,726′).

What’s included:

  • NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
  • Transportation to and from NYC (if you would like to meet us at the trailhead, please email for a discount)
  • Hike a Catskill 3500 peak
  • Geological history from your guide

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 6.85 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,556 feet

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:30 am

Departure Time: 6:45 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


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