Giant Ledge & Panther Mountain


A Catskill Endeavor

This hike is a great intro to the Catskill 3500 ( 35 peaks over 3500ft in altitude, along the Catskills) or just a fun day hike with some great views out of NYC. It is well marked with an easy to follow trail and is scalable to all hiking types. If you want a super short hike head to Giant Ledge #1 (FYI there’s 5 over looks or “ledges” if you decide to do the entire Giant Ledge trail, but #1 is awesome). Want to up your hiking game and challenge yourself? Endeavor to Panther Mountain Trail to complete a catskill 3500 peak, after giant ledge. No matter what you choose and how you scale this hike you’ll be glad you did.

The Endeavor: Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Trail

Where: Big Indian, New York Catskills

How far: 2hrs 30mins Driving from Brooklyn

Coordinate: N42 01.596 W74 24.223 (Tip: copy + paste these coordinates into your mobile/ google maps app)

Trail Type: Hike in, back out the same path

Distance: 6.4 miles (3.2 miles one way)

Peak Height (Altitude):

  • Giant Ledge #1 -3,162 ft

  • Panther Mountain Summit 3,725 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Humans: Weekends a lot, midweek not so many

Dogs: Dog Friendly

Check out Hike the Hudson’s Guide to this trail for more information and step by step photos