With marked snow-covered trails, serene nature walks, and unforgettable views, have a truly remarkable hiking experience during winter in the Catskills
. Whether you’ve summited multiple peaks or are new to winter hiking, the Catskills are home to beautiful tree-lined trails, perfect for any outdoor explorer.
Looking for incredible views and a moderately difficult hike? Giant Ledge in Ulster County’s Shandaken should be next on your list! The approximately 3.2-mile roundtrip journey offers picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, and is great for a clear winter day.
Willowemoc Wild Forest
Explore approximately 40 miles of trails, including 15 miles that are just for hiking, in Willowemoc Wild Forest—located near Livingston Manor. With different loops and hilly terrain, the Forest offers trails for varying levels of hikers—perfect for beginner winter hikers.
Delaware Wild Forest
Featuring more than 27,000 acres, the Delaware Wild Forest has miles of trails for hikers of all levels. Try the 1.5-mile Little Pond Trail for a short hike or—for a longer adventure—continue up Cabot Mountain to the 6.5-mile Touch-Me-Not Trail. As you make your way up the mountain, be sure to take in the views of Little Pond and the nearby mountains.
You know Woodstock for its unique cultural experience and famed musical celebration, but did you know the town is also home to impressive Overlook Mountain? Pass by ruins of a mountain house, and find stunning views of the region on Overlook Mountain’s 5-mile roundtrip hike. The mountain’s fire tower is closed during the winter, but you don’t need to climb the fire tower for the top-notch views.
Windham High Peak (via Burnt Knob)
Find bird’s eye views of the surrounding Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley from Windham High Peak (via Burnt Knob) in the Great Northern Catskills. The approximately 7-mile hike includes some steeper sections, but is moderate overall. Look for the trailhead on Big Hollow Road.
Winter Hiking Safety Tips
- Wear base layers of moisture-wicking material, along with outdoor winter gear
- Bring crampons for icy conditions
- Pack a large, full water bottle and stay hydrated
- Use trekking poles to guide you
- Know the trail you’re taking and how long it should take you
- Hike with at least one other person
- Pack a first aid kit, fire starter kit, and extra food
- Wear snowshoes or skis in deep snow
- Leave No Trace—bring out what you bring in
With your gear in hand, and outfitted in proper winter attire, experience winter hiking in the Catskills one mountain at a time!