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3500 Series: Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
to 7:30PM
7:00AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
9.4 miles
2,514 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip


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


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. The 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. This hike is a challenge for hikers in any season, but the winter conditions will require even more hard work.

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

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

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Level 7/10
2,514 feet elevation gain
9.4 miles
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street
7:00AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:45AM

Here’s what you need


  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee is recommended
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
  • Hat, gloves, an extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking or ski poles are recommended
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)


  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Gaiters are recommended to keep snow out of your boots
  • Hat, gloves, scarf

Trip Package

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Snowshoe and microspike rental
  • Park permits


Level 7


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.


Up to 2,500 feet per day.


Up to 12,000 feet.

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 9:00 AM. Please see the map for directions.



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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