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Catskill 3500-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 5)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Slide Mountain12771004Southern Catskills219.5 
2.Hunter Mountain1234658Central Catskills23.7 
3.Black Dome1216634Northern Catskills13.6 
4.Blackhead1204158Northern Catskills1.5 
4.Thomas Cole Mountain120467Northern Catskills1.1 
6.West Kill Mountain1186378Central Catskills5.0 
7.Doubletop Mountain1180274Southwest Catskills2.2 
7.Cornell Mountain1180189Southern Catskills2.4 
9.Plateau Mountain1173543Central Catskills6.4 
10.Sugarloaf Mountain1161366Central Catskills2.1 
11.Wittenberg Mountain115567Southern Catskills1.1 
12.Hunter Mountain-Southwest Peak114361Central Catskills2.0 
13.Panther Mountain1137299Southern Catskills6.4 
13.Balsam Lake Mountain1137146Southwest Catskills3.8 
 West Kill Mountain-East Peak1137NullCentral Catskills.8 
15.Big Indian Mountain1131158Southwest Catskills2.7 
16.Rusk Mountain1125232Central Catskills3.5 
17.Twin Mountain1113256Central Catskills1.8 
18.Fir Mountain1106134Southwest Catskills2.4 
19.Bearpen Mountain1100518Northwest Catskills14.5 
19.Balsam Mountain1100180Southwest Catskills6.2 
19.Eagle Mountain1100152Southwest Catskills3.1 
 Twin Mountain-South Peak109437Central Catskills.8 
22.Mount Sherrill1082165Central Catskills2.0 
 Camels Hump108224Northern Catskills1.1 
23.Halcott Mountain1076219Northwest Catskills5.4 
 Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak107612Northwest Catskills1.3 
 Mill Brook Ridge1064116Southwest Catskills3.3 
24.High PeakNullNullNorthern Catskills6.7 
24.Windham High PeakNullNullNorthern Catskills4.9 
24.Graham MountainNullNullSouthwest Catskills14.3 
24.Lone MountainNullNullSouthern Catskills1.8 
24.Table MountainNullNullSouthern Catskills4.8 
24.Peekamoose MountainNullNullSouthern Catskills.8 
24.Friday MountainNullNullSouthern Catskills1.6 
24.Balsam CapNullNullSouthern Catskills1.2 
24.Rocky MountainNullNullSouthern Catskills1.4 
24.North DomeNullNullCentral Catskills4.9 
24.Indian HeadNullNullCentral Catskills.9 
24.Vly MountainNullNullNorthwest Catskills3.0 

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List Description

In the Northeastern United States, 4000 feet is the magic number for most of the famous peakbagging lists. However, the Catskill Mountains of south-central New York State only have two peaks above this threshold, so the best-known Catskill peak list is the 3500 footers.

Despite the low elevations (compared to the higher summits of New England and the Adirondacks), this is a challenging list to complete, with many of the summits reachable only by bushwhacking. Catskill terrain and trails can be very tough, with steep descents and thick vegatation. 15 of these summits have no maintained trail.

Another interesting wrinkle with this list is that the Catskill Mountain Club requires hikers to climb four of these summits (Slide, Blackhead, Balsam, and Panther) twice, including once in the winter, to obtain official recognition.


     Catskill 3500 Club

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       AMC Catskill Mountain Guide, 2nd: AMC's Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in the Catskills (Kick)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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