Windham High Peak

Catskill Park

Blackhead Range from Windham High Peak - Photo by Daniel Chazin Blackhead Range from Windham High Peak - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike climbs the most northerly 3,500-foot peak in the Catskill Mountains, with a view over the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys to Albany.

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Windham High Peak is one of the 35 peaks in the Catskill Mountains that is over 3,500 feet in elevation. During the winter, it makes an ideal snowshoe hike under appropriate conditions. The climb involves an ascent of about 1,500 feet in elevation over 3.2 miles. Trail conditions in the Catskills constantly change - especially in the winter - so make sure to check the weather report and the...

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February 22, 2014
Shuttle hike
If you have a second car available, park it at the DEC trailhead parking at the dead end of Big Hollow Road. Hike past the summit of Windham High Peak, continuing on the Escarpment Trail over Burnt Knob, which continues to offer spectacular views. At the intersection of the Black Dome Range trail (red) turn right and descend down into the valley of the Batavia Kill to where your second car is parked. Note that the Escarpment trail becomes somewhat more rugged - with a spot or two requiring the use of hands - past the Windham High Peak summit.  Distance is about the same as the hike described here. Some sort of traction aid is strongly recommended if you do it between November and April, and you may encounter occasional ice even in May.
February 20, 2014
A different hike to Windham High Peak by Daniella Wagstaff

Follow this link for some great pictures of a hike to Windham High Peak from the east, over Burnt Knob.
February 20, 2014
A great snowshoe hike!
There was about 3 feet of snow on the ground at the base of the mountain on February 20, 2014.  Snowshoes and skis are strongly recommended for those planning on this doing this hike when there is significant snow on the ground.  If you are not wearing snowshoes or skis, please do not walk in the snowshoe tracks.
Daniel Chazin
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