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Cornell Mountain 3860'

As the trail wanders through this subalpine jungle, it looks submerged in a sea of green”

Catskill Trails: A Rangers Guide to the High Peaks - Edward G. Henry


Cornell Mountain from Panther

Cornell from Panther Trail

USGS Map:  Phoenicia

NY-NJ Trail Conference Map:  #43/143

Order of Height: 9th at 3860'

Access:  Via Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail

Description:  Cornell is the central peak of the Burroughs Range.  The summit is on a yellow-blazed spur trail just east of the main trail at the height of land.  From the summit there is a somewhat overgrown view east over the Ashokan Reservoir.  Just west of the summit on the main trail, there is a spectacular view west of Slide and Panther Mountains.  Getting to Cornell can be quite challenging as access from the north is over Wittenberg Mountain and from the west is over Slide Mountain.  

Steep rock face on Cornell

Climbing the steep rock on Cornell Mountain

Just north of the summit is a steep ledge that can require an ice axe and crampons in the winter. From the north, take the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail from Woodland Valley.  

Red tape: A parking fee is charged at the trail head parking area at Woodland Valley State Campground during the campgrounds camping season.

This trail climbs over the Wittenberg and traverses the Bruin's Causeway to Cornell.  From the west, take the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail over Slide.  This trail originates on Slide Mountain Road just south of Winisook Lake.

Slide Mtn Wilderness Map (opens in new window)

Links for Cornell Mountain New Window

TopoZone (topographic map)

NYSDEC Interactive Locator Map

Slide Mountain Wilderness - NYSDEC

Thomas C. Cornell - Wikipedia

Photo credit: Top: Scott Larson | Bottom: Kevin Morgan


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