Summary: Halcott Mountain is a trail-less peak in the Catskills. At 3537 feet in elevation, it just makes the cut as a required hike for entry into the Catskill 3500 club.
This hike is a relatively easy bushwack through a hard wood forest. There is no trail so you will have to rely on your own navigation skills (map, compass, GPS). It is easier to hike this mountain in the Fall or Spring when the leaves are down. You will most likely not see any one else on your journey.
From the trailhead, follow the herd path to top of falls. Cross the creek and head generally in a NW direction. If you travel along the creek you may see several stone foundations. After a steep climb of 1400 feet in a little over 3/4 mile, you reach the ridge.
Follow the ridge now SW for about a mile. The walking is much quicker now with short climbs followed by level stretches. At the summit, you can sign the register. Unfortunately, there are no great views at the top.
Trailhead: Take NYS Rte 23A West to Lexington. Turn South onto NYS Rte 42. Drive about 6.5 miles to pull-off area on the right. (Lat:42.183 Lon:-74.418)
Trail Guides for Halcott Mountain:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 4 Ranger (607) 652-5063
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by esp on 9/12/2005
I live on the shoulder of Halcott and spend a lot of time there with my coonhound--mostly following his nose, rather than directed to views, peaks, etc., sometimes at night. It is popular with deerhunters and local trappers. There are a lot of bears and porcupines, a bald eagle, plenty of fox. I have also seen bobcats. One should be careful with food and be on the lookout for bearcubs in the elderberry and blackberry patches. There are several other approaches--from the Elk Pen parking lot in Halcott Center, from the access parking on Beech Ridge Road in West Kill, with much longer (unmarked) trails and several secondary peaks en route. The sugar maples are particularly gorgeous in the fall from Beech Ridge rd access.
Reviewed by George J. Dagis on 6/5/2004
This hike was an uneventful trek on the way to the 3500 club. I didn't see any herd path but bushwacked up the same ridge. There were a few partial views into the valley I had just left while I was ascending but nothing much more. The actual hike was relatively easy and the hardwood forest was pleasant. There was no difficulty finding the canister.
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