Catskill 3500 Hike Review - Slide, Cornell, Wittenberg
by Kathleen Lisson
Arun and I began at the end of this weekend's hike by camping at the Woodland Valley Campground. We camped spot #47, right next to the trailhead sign and directly across from the day-use parking lot.
|Trailhead at Woodland Valley end of hike|
|Bridge at Woodland Valley end of hike|
We drove to the other end of the trail and left one car at the Slide Mountain Parking Area on Oliverea-Frost Valley Rd. / C.R. 47, then climbed Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg mountains before descending to our campsite at Woodland Valley.
|3500 Foot Mark at Slide Mountain|
|Plaque at Slide Mountain Summit|
- BUG SPRAY - I did use my bug face net on the summits, but I forgot to put bug spray on my socks and legs and now I have a rash above my ankles from bug bites. Luckily, I took a shower immediately after the hike and discovered the rash. I put bug bite ointment on my legs before dinner.
- EATING - I ate on all three summits. My husband didn't eat on Wittenberg and he ended up asking me for a snack to keep up his energy on the long descent.
- FOOD - We stopped in Phoenicia for breakfast and bought some good trail treats from Mamma's Boy Coffee Shop.
- SHOWERS - A campsite hike is the best! I was able to walk straight to the showers. I felt like a new woman after my shower and was ready to relax and enjoy dinner.
The campsites at Woodland Valley campground:
BAD - feel very close together, there is not a "secluded in the woods" feeling,
GOOD - but the campground was at the trailhead and alongside Woodland Valley Stream.
|Catskill Mountain Guide|