Saturday, July 20, 2024

Looking to challenge yourself? The Escarpment Trail forms a link in the 340-mile, New-York-to-Albany Long Path. Hiking the full Escarpment is a challenging weekend adventure, but today you will take it on in just one day. This trail crosses seven summits over 3,000’ elevation on some of the most rugged and demanding terrain in the entire Catskills. We’ll hike through hardwood forests, cross swift-flowing creeks, and scramble up and down steep rock faces. These are the fabled mountains where Rip Van Winkle slept, and the trail has some of the most beautiful views in all of Catskill Mountains.

This is the perfect training hike for the Full Devil’s Path later in the summer! It’s just as long but packs in a little bit less elevation.

Windham High Peak and Blackhead are required peaks for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #33 and #5 Catskill High Peaks (elevation 3,525’ and 3,941’).

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

Level: Intense (Learn More)

Mileage: 24 miles

Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 4:15 am

Departure Time: 4:30 am

Return Time: Approximately 11:00 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)