Hike type: Backpacking overnight (can be lengthened, if desired)
Length: 16-ish mile loop
Trailhead: Woodland Valley Campground
Click here for directions
Map: NYNJTC Trail Map 143
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
Description: Wonderful views, sweet scrambles, lengthy climbs, and steep decents
*This post has been updated from its previous version to be more thorough & informative – for your pleasure!
Intrigued by the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide loop of New York’s Catskills, hm? Eager to learn more about its butt-kicking ascents, eye-opening views, and triple crown of summits to bag? You’ve come to the right place!
I would HIGHLY recommend this trip for those looking for a captivating overnight backpacking trip, even wilderness noobiez! (just be sure to check out my guide on Backpacking 101 before hitting the trail 😉 ). While the hike is demanding, it keeps you on your toes with its varied terrain and sights, motivating you to see what’s around every bend.
Trail looking up Wittenberg
The boreal forest encroaches the higher you climb
We began our overnight from Woodland Valley Campground in Phoenicia, NY (click for directions). This starting point is only 2 hours away from us in NJ and is a great way to immediately tackle the 3-peaks on day 1. (Keep in mind, this can be spread out over 2 nights, if desired – just plan accordingly!)
From the parking lot, we followed the red-blazed Long Path to begin our climb up to Wittenberg Mountain, the first of the 3-peaks and a satisfying initial ascent.