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    Senior Member Mike P.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    If you got that data from Catskill Mountaineer, I'm not surprised, because it's incorrect, unless you start at Denning, but that's the long side.
    No, It's been years since I've been. This would be the shortest if I remember correctly: Follow the yellow marked Phoenicia East Branch Trail southwest 0.7 miles to its juncture with the red-marked Burroughs Range Trail. Turn left, heading east 2.0 miles to the summit rock.

    Tom, I am correct that on this trip, the C+O trail does junction with the Burroughs Range Trail. I did see a trail sign didn't I?
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    Yes you are correct, but the shortest approach is from Slide Mountain Road (Ct. Rt. 47).

    https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=42.0...817&z=15&b=mbt
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    Well at least some of us had the honor of visiting DT and so many of the other beautiful peaks "in the good ole dayz."

    I havent been up in awhile, I hear how busy it is up there so Ill stay away till next winter. Once upon a time Id see one or two people on the trails.... n I knew everyone of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ron View Post
    Well at least some of us had the honor of visiting DT and so many of the other beautiful peaks "in the good ole dayz."

    I havent been up in awhile, I hear how busy it is up there so Ill stay away till next winter. Once upon a time Id see one or two people on the trails.... n I knew everyone of them.
    As a Ranger said to me recently, "Every day is Saturday!". Many parking lots are overflowing, even off weekend.
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    Even the Denning lot was 3/4 full recently on a Monday!

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    I was asked to post this reply to Tom Rankin's comment about The Catskill Mountaineer site. It's founder, Mike Cantwell isn't a member here but wanted this in reply:

    In regards to "Mike P." post #14, "the fastest route up Slide is by a trail named on Slide in their honor. http://catskillmountaineer.com/SMW-slide2.html ". This route is not the fastest, nor the shortest way up Slide Mountain.
    Catskill Mountaineer's, "Slide Mountain Wilderness Area" Page http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/hiking-slide.html list the following:
    Slide Mountain - 5.86 mile trip - 3.50 hours. Moderate. Good views from the summit of Slide Mountain. Slide is the highest mountain in the Catskill Mountains. http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/SMW-slide.html
    Slide Mountain (Curtis-Ormsbee Trail) - 6.90 mile trip - 4.50 hours. Difficult. Good views from the summit of Slide Mountain and along the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Slide is the highest mountain in the Catskill Mountains. http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/SMW-slide2.html
    Both routes start at the Rt 47 Parking Area near Winnisook Lake. I am sure Mike P, just made an honest mistake.
    In regards to Tom Rankin's post #15, "If you got that data from Catskill Mountaineer, I'm not surprised, because it's incorrect, unless you start at Denning, but that's the long side.".
    First - Catskill Mountaineer has never had a page for the hike from Denning PA to the summit of Slide Mountain. Nor, has it had one in the past. That route is about 10.5 miles.
    Second - As you can see above, Catskill Mountaineer does list the Burrough's Trail as the shortest and fastest DEC trail route to the summit of Slide Mountain. Surely a honest mistake on Mike P's part.
    I first hiked Slide Mountain in the Fall of 1965. It was my favorite during the late 1970's and early 1980's. I have hiked, skied, and run on it maybe 500+ times in my lifetime from various directions. So, I guess I know a little bit about the mountain.
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    in this life has not escaped me." Jim Harrison

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