Catskill 3500: Halcott [Bushwhack]

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Make your way through the woods using a map and compass, and by reading land features. This adventure takes us to the trailless summit of Halcott (pronounced HAWK-it). Hikers often find bushwhacking the Catskills’ precipitous slopes and rough terrain more difficult than hiking on traditional trails, but the satisfaction of climbing a mountain in this manner is unparalleled. See if you can avoid Halcott Mountain’s famous field of stinging nettles!

This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #34 Catskill High Peak (elevation 3,510′).

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

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

Elevation Gain: 1,726 feet


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:30 am

Departure Time: 6:45 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


Limited spots remaining

This is a limited-capacity trip.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle row empty for all trips. The limited-capacity trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect for limited-capacity 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)