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Halcott Mountain
Wild Forest

 

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The 4760 acre Halcott Mountain Wild Forest is located in the north-central part of the Catskill Park.

This Wild Forest is the most westerly unit of Forest Preserve in Greene County. It is located in the Towns of Lexington and Halcott and is bounded on the east by NY 42 and Deep Notch. On the south it is bounded by the Ulster County line and on the west by Beech Hill Road. Further north is the Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area and the Town of Lexington.

Halcott Mountain at 3537 feet, is the highest peak in this wild forest.  Three nameless peaks (all under 3500') form a ridge which traverses the wild forest. There is no official trail that travels to the summit.  At 3537 feet in elevation, it just makes the cut as a required hike for entry into the Catskill 3500 Club

This hike is a relatively easy bushwhack through a hard wood forest.  Since there is no trail, you will have to rely on your own navigation skills (map, compass, GPS). It is easier to hike this mountain in the Fall or Spring when the leaves are down. You will most likely not see any one else on your journey.

From the trailhead, follow the herd path to top of falls. Cross the creek and head generally in a NW direction. If you travel along the creek you may see several stone foundations. After a steep climb of 1400 feet in a little over 3/4 mile, you reach the ridge.  Follow the ridge now SW for about a mile. The walking is much quicker now with short climbs followed by level stretches. At the summit, you can sign the register. Unfortunately, there are no great views at the top.

Trailhead: Take NY 23A West to Lexington. Turn South onto NY 42. Drive about 6.5 miles to pull-off area on the right.

 

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