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Peekamoose Mountain at 3843 feet, is in the Catskill mountain range of New York. The mountain sees many hikers for different reasons. It is one of the peaks that is part of the Catskill 3500 list. The hike is mostly steady, not that strenuous, and doesn't cover a long distance. The trailhead is easy to find, the trail is easy to follow, and there are some nice views on some of the ledges up the mountain, and beyond.
Peekamoose is usually climbed with it's neighbor mountain, Table Mountain. Table is also a peak on the Catskill 3500 list, so it makes sense to climb them both to see some more views, and hike some more. The col between them doesn't drop down that much, and the distance apart is around a mile. You'll hike the Peekamoose-Table Trail to the summits.
The best way to reach the summit is to take the Peekamoose-Table Trail from the Peekamoose trailhead on CR 42 aka Peekamoose Road, about 10 miles west of West Shokan. The trail continues on to Table and beyond, so it is possible to hike in from the other direction. The GPS coordinates of the parking area is N41 54.902 W74 25.744.
The summit of Peekamoose doesn't provide any real views at all. There is a ledge beyond the 3500 foot elevation sign that does have some fine views. Look below for info on Table Mountain.
The 3847 foot Table Mountain is located in the Southern part of the Catskill Range of New York. It is a fun hike, and is often done along with it's neighbor mountain, Peekamoose (see above). Along the way you'll encounter different trees in the forest such as beech, sugar maple, and birch, also wildflowers, mushrooms, and some nice views from overlooks.
The summit doesn't provide any views, but this is a mountain to be enjoyed for it's way to the summit, not the actual summit itself, though you'll enjoy yourself on the summit. This mountain must be hiked by those wish to be a member of the Catskill 3500 club. You'll like this hike with it's fairly steady gain of elevation, not overly long distance, easy to follow trail, and easy to get to trail head. Table Mountain is really a mountain for anyone wishing to enjoy a day in the Catskills.
The best way to reach Table Mountain is to go over Peekamoose Mountain on the Peekamoose-Table trail (see above). It is also possible to reach Table coming from the other direction going a short ways first on the Phoenicia East Branch trail from Denning. The summit of Table isn't marked exactly, so you're left to sort of figure it out on your own. The map has the trail going over the summit, so just follow the trail until it starts to go downhill again, and you'll know you reached the summit.
Table has some overlooks on both it's sides on the Peekamoose-Table Trail. There is a spur trail to a spring that may or may not have a good amount of water. There is a lean to not that far from the summit. This is a mountain that can be enjoyed by all.
Another way to hike to both Table and Peekamoose Mountains is from the Denning Trailhead, which is the final stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail to the Long Path.
Very busy Peekamoose Mt Trailhead along County Route 42
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