Ulster County High Point Trip Report

Slide Mtn (4,180 ft)

Date: November 23, 2001
Author: Ken Akerman

Shortly after 7 am, I began hiking to the summit via the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg Trail. This trailhead is located off the east side of Ulster County Road 47, 9.4 miles south of Big Indian, New York. Trailhead elevation is about 2,300 feet and there is a large parking area here.

The trail is marked by round blue blazes all the way to the summit of the mountain. From the trailhead, hike for 0.7 mile on a relatively steep and narrow trail, then turn right and hike for a while on a wider trail. Follow the trail markings as the trail makes a sharp left up the steep face of the mountain. The trail reaches the summit of Slide Mountain after about 2.75 miles. The highest point of Slide is marked by the concrete base of an old ranger's station. From there, continue a short distance up the trail to a rock shelf that overlooks mountains to the east and northeast. Hike around and below to the front of this rock shelf to view a plaque erected in memory of early-20th century author and naturalist John Burroughs, who wrote about many of his ascents of this mountain.

The total hiking distance to the summit of Slide Mountain and back is 5.5 miles, and I completed this ascent in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The weather was clear and dry and relatively warm for late November. The only snow on the mountain was a very light cover beginning at about 400 feet below the summit.