Catskill Backpacking: Slide Mountain Loop!

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The view of Slide Mountain from a viewpoint along Cornell Mountain’s ridge

Between Cornell and Slide, we spotted many primitive campsites which would have been lovely for the evening, but decided it was too early in the day to set up for the night.  We inexplicably wanted all three peaks under our belts before the day was through…because reasons (as they say on the internet these days)!

Gracefully(?) climbing the ladders up to Slide Mountain

My favorite part of this 2.3 mile section was the ladders leading you up Slide’s side, a fun alternative to the previous rock scrambling.

Looking back at Cornell and Wittenberg from Slide Mountain, the tallest of the three (and of all the Catskills!)

At the apex of these ladders, a fantastic view is to be had of Cornell and Wittenberg. Take this as an opportunity to look back at your mountainous accomplishments.

After this viewpoint, you’ll reach Slide’s pinnacle, where many people stop to break.  Having climbed this mountain many times (watch our virtual hike of Slide here) as well as officially completed the 3 peaks, we decided to move past this section and start looking for a campsite.

This is where we added a couple extra miles to our journey.  Instead of aiming for the primitive campground highlighted on the map along the red trail, we thought we’d find some place more desirable along the blue-blazed Curtis-Ormsbee trail.  Much to our chagrin, no campsites were to be had along this route (darn you, Curtis-Ormsbee!), nor was water to be found (we had both nearly run out). Eventually we made our way to the yellow-blazed Phoenicia East Branch trail where we found a stream to fill our Camelbacks (with filtered water, of course).

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