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The Catskill 67
In the Catskills there are thirty-five peaks that are over 3,500 feet in elevation and are noted in the Catskill 3500 Club. The Catskill 67 are the next highest peaks in the Catskills, of which, 63 are over 3,000 feet in elevation. These peaks are featured in a hiking guide, The Catskill 67, a recommended book from the ADK Mountain Club. Giant Ledge at 3200 feet is the 65th highest point in the Catskills, or #30 for the Catskill 67.
Giant Ledge is one of the most popular destinations in the Catskills. It is a 3.4 mile round trip with an elevation gain of about 1050 feet for this hike. The hike starts from the Giant Ledge Trailhead located at the hairpin curve along County Route 47. The GPS coordinates are N42 01.587 W74 24.213. The hike starts off along the yellow marked Phoenicia-East Branch Trail. At a junction turn left onto the blue marked Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain-Fox Hollow Trail.
The blue marked trail is steep in spots. Camping is allowed on Giant Ledge. There are about eight lookouts over 0.4 miles with spectacular views located on Giant Ledge. You will quickly see why this hike is so popular in the Catskills. The trail continues on to Panther Mountain, one of Catskill 3500 Club members. To get more detailed info on Giant Ledge and other Catskill 67 hikes, we recommend purchasing the hiking guide The Catskill 67. The book gives more info on the route to this mountain. Look below for topographic maps of Giant Ledge to help assist in planning your hiking adventure.
View from Giant Ledge (courtesy of Andy Arthur via AndyArthur.org)
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