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Rocky Mountain 3508'

Summit of Rocky Mountain

Signing in on Rocky

USGS Map:  West Shokan

NY-NJ Trail Conference Map:  #43/143

Order of Height: 35th at 3508'

Access:  Via Bushwhack

Description:  Rocky is thought by many to be the most difficult peak in the Catskills.  While not as technically difficult as its neighbors, Balsam Cap and Friday, Rocky's difficulty comes from its inaccessibility.  It is the longest distance from any road and requires the longest bushwhack.  

In addition, it is known for the thickest spruce and balsam.  While there are no open views, it is possible to see towards Slide when climbing from the north, or towards Balsam Cap when descending to the east.  The most common access is from the Neversink River, although it can also be climbed from Lone Mountain to the west or Balsam Cap and the Rondout Valley to the east.  Be sure to sign in at the summit canister (if you can find it).

Slide Mtn Wilderness Map (opens in new window)

Links for Rock Mountain New Window

TopoZone (topographic map)

Slide Mountain Wilderness - NYSDEC

Photo credit: Aaron Schoenberg


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