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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. Van Wyck Mountain at 3206 feet is the 64th highest point in the Catskills, or #29 for the Catskill 67.

The hike to Van Wyck Mountain requires a bushwhack and most hikers include another Catskill 67er that is located close by, Woodhull Mountain. The big challenge is to find where to start this bushwhack, as you'll need to find access to state land that is mixed with private property. You'll find Porcupine Road at GPS coordinates N41 56.455 W74 28.173. Find a place to park that is blocking anyone and walk past the numerous homes and camps toward the end of Porcupine Road. There is a metal cable that marks the start of state land, where the rough road continues eventually into public lands. You'll need to bushwhack from the road to Woodhull Mountain when you get into public land. This route will first take you to Woodhull Mountain and then by following the ridge to Van Wyck Mountain.

Another popular route to reach Van Wyck Mountain is to bushwhack from County Route 42 along the southern ridge of the mountain. There is wreckage from two airplane crashes on the ridge. To find the starting point along County Route 42, use the GPS coordinates N41 54.974 W74 26.078. There is a longer, tougher bushwhack route from Table Mountain that can also be attempted. To get more detailed info on Van Wyck Mountain 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 Van Wyck Mountain to help assist in planning your hiking adventure.


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