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3500 Series: Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 7:30PM
7:00AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
9.0 miles
2,500 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Hike two Catskills tall peaks

What We Love

  • Hit two Catskills 3500 peaks
  • Exciting scrambles on rocky terrain
  • A full and challenging day
  • Fascinating history courtesy of your guides

Your Day

On this spectacular trail, reach the summits of Wittenberg (3,784 feet) and Cornell (3,868 feet) on the same day. As you ascend to the the first summit, Wittenberg, the ledge offers stunning views over the Hudson Valley before the trail sends you to a narrow ridge line, from 10 to 50 feet wide, on your way to the Cornell Crack. This unique geological feature is moderately technical requiring you to use your hands. Shortly after the Crack, you will summit your second and highest peak of the day, Mount Cornell. Head home feeling accomplished after bagging two 3500 summits.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers, fit adventurers up for a challenge

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Level 7/10
2,500 feet elevation gain
9.0 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:00AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:45AM

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
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • 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. 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.

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