3500 Series: Halcott Bushwhack

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 7:30PM
6:30AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:15AM
1,700 feet
elevation gain

Book Early & Save Price goes up $10 after Mar 18.
About the trip

A 3500 Adventure

What We Love

  • Complete a 3500 bushwack
  • Visit the scenic Catskills
  • Hear history and stories from your guides

Your Day

Make your way through the woods using map, compass, and simply reading land features as you climb this trail less peak. Hikers often find bushwhacking the Catskills' precipitous slopes and rough terrain much more difficult than hiking on traditional trails, but the satisfaction of climbing a mountain in this manner is unparalleled. See if you can find the 3500 Club's summit canister on this unique outdoor adventure!

This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership.

Level 7/10
The North Face2101 Broadway
6:30AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:15AM

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Long pants (required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Head Lamp or Flashlight
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Long-sleeved shirt


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • 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


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. You'll then follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.


Level 7

Vigorous - For fit, 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.