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    Easy Catskill Hikes

    Hello
    I am looking for easy hikes in the catskills
    I am an out of shape and have nothing to prove
    I'd prefer loops
    I am currently doing 5 mile day hikes from.my base camp on um mild undulating terrain
    Looking to put some trips together
    More so now then ever, I'd like to stay on the trail less traveled
    I have hiked in numerous spot to check out some campsites this past weekend and saw very little.people Saturday and no one sunday.....
    Any advice
    I have avenza maps and love it

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    Loops in the Catskills are somewhat hard to come by.

    A couple of fairly easy out-n-backs are Echo Lake from Prediger trailhead (N42.1341, W74.1044) and (somewhat less easy) Giant Ledge from Woodland Valley parking area (N42.0363, W74.3587). A very easy, short hike to Giant Ledge is from Rt 47 (Oliverea Rd) parking area (N42.0264, N74.4039).

    This past winter Dirtbaghiker did one of my favorite semi-loops which is the Blackhead Range. His report here. But that's on the upper end of moderate, nigh hard.

    One of the most popular loops in the Catskills is Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (WCS) starting from either Woodland Valley or Oliverea Rd, going either clockwise or counter-clockwise, but most would agree that with around 6,000 ft of climbing and a few scrambles that it is not easy. Something for your future list.
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    Thanks for this I'd love to try giant ledge

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    Might want to check your itinerary...

    Town of Hunter Trail Closures...
    Yes, my pack weighs 70lbs, but it's all light weight gear....
    Bob's brother-in-law

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    Might want to check your itinerary...

    Town of Hunter Trail Closures...
    Hmm
    Thanks
    I think that knocks echo lake out

    Do you guys know of any good reading material that gives descriptions of trails in the catskills?

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    I've used this book for years, put out by the NY/NJ Trail Conference:

    catskill book 01.jpg catskill book 02.jpg

    Excellent trail descriptions and Appendix with detailed mileage for marked trails. The Catskill map set and all the others they publish are excellent.
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    Thanks you guys are awesome

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