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Table & Peekamoose Mountain from the Neversink

peekamoose mountain

Overview of this Hike:

Distance: 9.10 miles from Denning Road in the Neversink.
Time: Average 5.50 hours round trip
Elevation Gain: 1,749 from the DEC parking lot at the end of Denning Road.
Best Time to Hike: Arrive on top around 11-2.
Difficulty: Intermediate
VO Map No: 47 & 48
Previous Names for Peekamoose: Prior to 1904: Peak o' Moose, Peakomoose, and Peek o' Moose
USGS Table: 3,848' GPS: 41.9587036, -74.4048739
USGS Peekamoose: 3,845' GPS: 41.9531481, -74.3982070
Catskill Highest: 10 & 11
Peak Elevation: 3,847 & 3,843'
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Attractions: Great views from Peekamoose Mountain and from a view point on Table Mountain
Attractions: Great views before the summit of Table Mountain
Unattractions:
Common Animals: deer, porcupines, butterflies, bears, coyotes
Risky Animals: Bears (Moderate) Coyotes (Moderate)
Access Methods: Foot & snowshoe



Maps, Profile, and GPS files

table and peekamoose mountain GPS map
table and peekamoose mountain elevation profile
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin GDB format
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin TEXT format
Click here to download the GPS file in Garmin GPX format




Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):

  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: - Elevation is approximately 2,136 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston).
  • Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28.
  • Go approximately 30.4 miles west on Rt 28
  • Take a left onto Rt 47 at Big Indian
  • Go 20.3 miles South on Rt 47
  • Take LEFT through Claryville
  • Go 7.7 miles to the end of Denning Road (road splits a couple times, so make sure you stay on Denning Road. Denning road will turn to dirt road just before the end.
  • The DEC Parking lot is at the very end of Denning Road. The parking lot is 58.4 miles from Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway.
  • You can also access this parking lot from Peekamoose Road and Rt 209 from Ellenville.



  • Notes about the hike to Table & Peekamoose Mountain




    This hike starts off on a flat old carriage road that goes through a very nice forest of conifer trees. This flat hike goes for about a mile. At the trail junction, you can either go up the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail to Slide Mountain, or you can go right up to Table Mountain and Peekamoose Mountain. During this hike, we will take a right and go down the hill to the East Branch of the Neversink River. You will pass over two bridges that span over the Neversink Creek. The trail then starts to climb up the base of Table Mountain. In the beginning, youwill go up and down hills as you climb up the mountain.

    Further up the trail, there is a water spring and Uncle Frank's Lean-to. There is a very nice view point near the summit of Table Mountain. Once you get on the summit of Table Mountain, you will experience a very flat summit that goes quite a ways. It doesn't go as far as Plateau Mountain, but it is still nice. You will then hike down to the col in between Table Mountain and Peekamoose Mountain. The col is a very nice trail with a beautiful forest. Enjoy this walk. You will then climb up a short distance to the summit of Peekamoose Mountain. Once you get to the top, you will come to a rock. This is the summit peak. About 50' past the rock is a trail on the left which will lead to a nice view to the east. It should be noted that after a big rain storm the East Branch of the Neversink River can be unpassable.


    Mile Stone Chart

    Mile PointAltitudeNotes
    0.002,136 DEC Parking Lot
    1.102,356 Trail Junction - Turn right and go downhill to Neversink River.
    1.372,282' Bridge #1.
    1.412,282' Bridge #2
    1.452,292 Trail to Campsite (no marker in this direction) - Straight to campsite - 90 right to continue on trail.
    2.692,913 View #1
    3.303,237 Trail to Spring (limited in the Summer).
    3.383,391 Trail to Lean-To on RIGHT.
    3.423,405 Lean-To.
    3.503,452 3500 sign.
    3.743,652 View #2 - just before the summit of Table Mountain.
    4.523,843 Large Rock - Summit of Peekamoose Mountain.
    4.553,839 Great View Point to the East - Trail 50' past rock on LEFT.
    9.102,136 Return back to Parking Lot.

    Hike to Table & Peekamoose mountain

    DEC parking lot at the end of denning road to table and peekamoose mountain
    When you come to the end of Denning Road, you will come into the DEC parking lot. You will see this sign as you enter the parking lot.

    You can see the DEC registration box from the parking lot. Please register.
    DEC registration box for table and peekamoose mountain
    beginning of the trail to table and peekamoose mountain
    Denning road used to continue further into the woods. Now, there is a metal gate blocking the road.

    The sign next to the registration box is not completely accurate. But, it does give you a good idea of the milage.
    sign to table and peekamoose mountain
    peekamoose mountain
    The trail starts out flat like the picture on the LEFT. You will walk through some very nice conifer forest. Most of the surrounding land is private, so stay on the road.
    private land to table and peekamoose mountain
    The land you are traveling is private, so please stay on the road.

    At mile post 1.10 miles, you will come to a trail junction. Going straight will take you up the Curtis-Ormsbee Trail. Right will take you up to Table and Peekamoose Mountain. Go RIGHT. At this point, you will be on State Land, and you may leave the trail.
    trail junction for curtis-ormsbee trail and table and peekamoose mountain
    nd of finger lakes trail near the base of table and slide mountain
    This is the end of the Finger Lakes Trail.

    You will then go down the hill to the East Branch of the Neversink River.
    peekamoose mountain
    bridge over east branch of neversink river by table mountain
    At 1.37 miles, you will come to a bridge, which will take you over the East Branch of the Neversink River. During high water, you may not be able to cross the east branch of the Neversink River safely.
    second bridge over the east branch of the neversink creek by table mountain
    At 1.41 miles, you will come to the second bridge. The second bridge is just two long logs cut flat. This is the second bridge over the east branch of the Neversink River. Be careful with the plastic coated wire railing. It is not very safe, so do not depend on it to keep you from falling into the river.
    camp site near the east branch of the neversink river near bridges
    After leaving the second bridge, you will walk parallel with the east branch of the Neversink River. After a short walk, the trail will take a 90 degree right and head up to Table Mountain. At the 90 degree turn, you can continue straight, to a camp site. This side trail leads to a campsite. This is an authorized site to camp at.

    After a short period, you will come to a rock rubble pile that goes up a mild uphill climb. You can work your way through the rocks and continue uphill.
    climb up to Table mountain
    hills at the base of table mountain
    As you start to climb up to Table Mountain, you will go through a series of hills where you will climb both up and downhill There are some interesting places on the way.

    At 2.69 miles, you will come to the first view point. Not the best view point, but you will get a view. At this point, you will be at 2900-3000'. You will have to climb another 800-900 vertical feet.
    first view point on table mountain
    ferns on table mountain
    After the first view point on the way up to Table Mountain, you will enter an area with lots of ferns. In the Summer, you will have quite a nice view of them.
    water spring on table mountain At 3.30 miles at elevation 3,237 you will come to a sign showing a side trail to a water spring. It is on the LEFT side of the trail. During droughts the spring can be dry. If you need to rely on the water source, check with other hikers to determine if the spring is dry or running.

    At mile 3.38 with elevation around 3,391' you will see a sign for the lean-to on the RIGHT side of the trail. The lean-to is about 200' off the trail.
    trail to lean-to on table mountain
    lean-to on table mountain
    This is the Uncle Frank's Lean-to. the lean-to has a nice fire ring and a small open area at the front of the lean-to. At this time, the lean-to does not have a view. Unfortunately, the hike down to the spring is about 150' vertical feet.
    3500 sign on table mountain
    At 3.50 miles at elevation 3,452 you will come to the 3500 sign marker. You cannot camp above this point in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. You MAY camp above this point in the Winter.

    This is another picture of the trail up Table Mountain
    trail up table mountain
    view point on table mountain
    At 3.74 miles and elevation of 3,652 you will come to a side trail on the RIGHT that will lead to View Point #2 on Table Mountain. This is a very nice view point to the west. The rock is very small, and the drop is further then it looks. Fall off this rock, and you will be finished. So, use caution.
    summit of table mountain
    Just before you reach the summit of Table Mountain, the forest will change to a conifer forest. Once it levels off, you will be on the summit of Table Mountain. It is hard to tell that you are on the summit because the summit is very flat. This is how the mountain got it's name. The summit of Table Mountain is very flat for a long distance. It is a nice walk through a conifer forest.

    Once you get to the other side of Table Mountain, the trail will descend down to the col in between Peekamoose Mountain and Table Mountain.
    peekamoose mountain
    col in between table mountain and peekamoose mountain
    The picture near the bottom of the trail down to the col. Years ago, someone built some nice stairs up this side of the mountain. It makes it a lot more fun hiking this part of the trail.

    The col in between Table Mountain and Peekamoose Mountain is fairly flat and has nice terrain.
    trail in the col in between table mountain and peekamoose mountain
    peekamoose mountain
    Another picture of the col in between Table Mountain and Peekamoose Mountain.
    peekamoose mountain
    At 4.52 miles at elevation 3,843 you will come to the summit peak of Peekamoose Mountain. There is a rock that denotes the peak summit. This is the highest spot on Peekamoose Mountain.

    If you walk another 50' past the rock, you will see a small trail on the LEFT that will lead to a view point that we believe was cut in 2009.
    peekamoose mountain
    This picture is the ledge that is just past the summit of peekamoose mountain. Years ago, the trees below the ledge were not there, and the view was spectacular. Now the trees block the view. In a couple years, the view will be completely gone. The water you see in the picture is the Ashokan Reservoir. If you look carefully, you can see Slide, Wittenberg, Cornell, Friday, Balsam Cap, Ashokan High Peak, Little Rocky, etc.

    You need to be careful here. The drop is about 40'. In the Winter, you can easily slip off this ledge.
    Links and References:
    CatskillMountain.com Forum - Ask questions, talk about your experience with this hike
    DEC Information on the peekamoose mountain Wilderness Area


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