3500 Series: Big Indian

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 7:30PM
6:45AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:30AM
9.5 miles
1,614 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Explore seldom-traveled Catskill wilderness

What We Love

  • Catskills 3500 peak
  • One of the more remote and rugged sections of the Catskills
  • Fascinating regional history from your guide

Your Day

The Big Indian Wilderness is one of the more remote and rugged sections of the Catskills. It has rough trails and mountains that do not receive a lot of visitors compared to other areas of the Catskills. If you're looking for some solitude in an isolated wilderness, then this is the trip for you!

Prepare to cross several streams as you slowly gain elevation on this beautiful hike through the forest. Once you reach the top of Big Indian, you'll follow an unmarked trail to the true summit and see if you can find the 3500 Club's cannister. This is a required climb for 3500 Club membership.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers and fit adventurers seeking a full day

Level 7/10
1,614 feet elevation gain
9.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
6:45AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:30AM

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots with non-cotton socks (required)
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "Drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:15 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.

Intensity Level

Level 7

Vigorous - For Experienced Hikers Only

On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.


You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.


Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.


We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,500 feet per day.


Up to 12,000 feet.


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.