Catskill 3500: Slide Mountain

Saturday, October 31, 2020

“Here the works of man dwindle in the heart of the southern Catskills.” — John Burroughs

Slide, the tallest mountain in the Catskills, is located in the region’s most popular wilderness area. This hike has a little bit of everything — bubbling brooks, historical trails, and spectacular views. Just below the summit is a plaque commemorating John Burroughs, who was born in the Catskills and devoted his life to writing. While there, see if you can spot the Bicknell’s thrush, a shy and reclusive bird known to reside (but rarely seen) on top of Slide Mountain.

This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #1 Catskill High Peak (elevation 4,184′).

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 6.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,749 feet


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:45 am

Departure Time: 7:00 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)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Buff
  • Sun 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
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)