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Hike Peekamoose-Table Trail from Denning Road

Peekamoose Mountain
View is very close to the summit of Peekamoose Mountain
 
 

OVERVIEW

  Trail Name:  Phoenicia East Branch Trail (Slide Mtn TH to Denning PA)
  Trail Name:  Peekamoose - Table Trail (Denning to Peekamoose Summit)
   
  Type of Trail: 100% DEC trails
  Trail Mileage: 4.55 miles (one-way) or 9.10 (round-trip)
  Trail: 2-track trail on logging road at beginning - 1-track to summit
  Views Points: 2 view points - excellent views to the east and south
  Difficulty: Moderate
  Hiking Time: Average 5.50 hours round trip in the Summer
  Elevation - Summit: 3,845' (A)
  Elevation Gain: Gain of 1,749 feet from Denning Road to Peekamoose Mountain.
   
  Best Time to Hike: Anytime.
  Parking Area : DEC Parking Areas off Peekamoose Road
  Winter Access: Plowed in the Winter
  Camp sites: Many Camp Sites located in the Peekamoose Valley
   
  USGS Previous Names : Mount Peak o' Moose, Peak o' Moose - Changed to Peekamoose in 1981
  USGS Summit Elevation: 3,813'(L) - 3,843' (A)
  USGS Peekamoose Summit: 41.95305, -74.398067 (DEC-WGS84)
  USGS Peekamoose Summit: N 41 57.183, W 74 23.884 (GPS)
  USGS Peekamoose Summit: 18N 549887 4644739 (UTM)
  USGS Peekamoose Summit: N41 57 10, W74 23 53 (Degree, Min, Sec)
   
  USGS Map: USGS Peekamoose Quad Maps
   
  DEC Trail Map: DEC Sundown Wild Forest Map (free)
   
  Digital Mapper: Topo      Terrain      Satellite

Maps

table and peekamoose mountain GPS map

 

DIRECTIONS to Peekamoose Table Trail from Kingston

 
  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: - Elevation is approximately 2,136 feet
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  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston).
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  • Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28.
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  • Go approximately 30.4 miles west on Rt 28
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  • Take a left onto Rt 47 at Big Indian
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  • Go 20.3 miles South on Rt 47
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  • Take LEFT through Claryville
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • You can also access this parking lot from Peekamoose Road and Rt 209 from Ellenville.


  • NOTES about hiking the Table-Peekamoose Trail

      CLIMB UP TO TABLE 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, you will go up and down hills as you climb up the mountain.
     
      TABLE to PEEKAMOOSE MOUNTAIN
      Further up the trail, there is a water spring and Bouton's Memorial 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.
     
      OTHER
      It should be noted that after a big rain storm the East Branch of the Neversink River can be unpassable.


    MILEAGE CHART from Denning Road to Peekamoose Mtn

      Mile Point Altitude  Notes
      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 DEC registration box for 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.
    beginning of the trail to table and peekamoose mountain sign 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 mileage.
    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 trail junction for curtis-ormsbee trail and 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.
    nd of finger lakes trail near the base of table and slide mountain peekamoose 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.
    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.
    camp site near the east branch of the neversink river near bridges climb up to Table mountain
    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.
    hills at the base of table mountain first view point on 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.
    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 trail to lean-to 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.
    Bouton Memorial lean-to on table mountain
    This is the Bouton's Memorial Lean-to. The lean-to has a nice fire ring. Unfortunately, the spring is located about 150' vertical feet below the lean-to.
    3500 sign on table mountain trail to peekamoose mountain from 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
    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 peekamoose 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. It will then rise back up to the summit of Peekamoose Mountain.
    Summit of Peekamoose Mountain
    This is the summit of Peekamoose Mountain.

    If this is the end of your hike. Before you head back to your car, go up the trail a little ways further for a side trail to a beautiful view.
    view point off the Summit of Peekamoose Mountain
    This is the best view spot for from Peekamoose Mountain. In the near distance is Lone, Rocky, Balsam Cap, and Friday Mountain. In the far distance is the Indian Head Wilderness with the Devil's Path, Plattekill Mountain, and Overlook Mountain. You can also see the Hudson River on a clear day. This is a nice place for lunch or a good break.
    view point off the Summit of Peekamoose Mountain
    This image was taken in a more easterly direction.
    Panoramic view off the Summit of Peekamoose Mountain
    This is a panoramic image from the view spot very close to the summit of Peekamoose Mountain.

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