Giant Ledge

Giant Ledge
Giant Ledge (Photo: Diana Richards)

Big Indian (Ulster County)

Why we love it

Perhaps this hike should be named “Giant Ledges,” since the trail passes five ledges, each with righteous views of the surrounding Catskills. One of the most popular hikes in the Hudson Valley, Giant Ledge draws a crowd by offering one of the best effort-to-payoff ratios in the Catskills. The 3.2-mile round-trip hike can be extended to 6.9 miles for those interested in climbing 3,720-foot Panther Mountain. However, most are contented to call it quits after enjoying the scenic splendor from Giant Ledges.

More to explore

Views from the summit of nearby Wittenberg Mountain rival (or perhaps even surpass) the vistas from Giant Ledge, but be warned: the 7.2-mile round-trip trek is no piece of cake.

Highlights

  • Moderately strenuous hike leading to fantastic Catskill views from open, rocky ledges
  • Option to tackle a 3,500-foot peak as well
  • Two primitive campsites near the ledges offer an overnight option

Directions, hours, etc.: https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/giant-ledge-and-panther-mountain/