Although Panther also offers panoramic views from its summit, they are quite similar to those from Giant Ledge. I've always been intrigued by the two viewpoint "stars" on the NYNJTC map for Southern Harriman on a hill called Panther Mountain. Parking for Panther Mountain Trail is a couple hundred feed down and across the road from the trailhead. This was one of the first group hikes I went on. The Panthertown Valley is one of those unique places well revered by many different groups of outdoor enthusiasts: hikers, photographers, backpackers, mountain bikers, equestrians, waterfall seekers, and ecologists alike see the area as one of the foremost parcels of land in the southern Appalachian mountains. Panther Mountain Trail Conditions . Heading up Panther’s southern ridge is not difficult. Trip Report Archive. The parking lot has space for maybe 4-5 cars. Trip report archives compiled by year for posts tagged with Panther Mountain NY (or within 1.5 miles of it). Second is a beautiful alpine forest with an intimate winding trail that routes to the third point of interest, Panther Mountain Summit. Use caution when crossing the road to the trailhead as the speed limit on the road is 55 mph. The route crosses the entire ridge of Panther Mountain, from south to north. The trail begins by immediately gaining elevation through an area of pine trees. No recent reports found for Panther Mtn. Giant Ledge in particular is one of the most popular hikes in the area. Panther Mountain. The trail winds left and right, through hobblebush stands and rock outcroppings… From Giant Ledge, the trail descends into the col between the two peaks. Although the mountain appears little more than a hill on a topographic map, the 30-foot tower affords spectacular 270° views of the region. At the power lines, instead of continuing along the trail, we veered off southwest instead to the unmarked trail (on the maps) that climbs up Panther Mountain. One drawback of the hike is that the parking area for Panther Mountain is on the opposite side of Route 3 (south side) from the trail (north side), so I kept Wren on leash until we were well up the trail away from the often busy road. The adventure departs from the opposite side of Historic 441 from the Panther Creek picnic area (view maps and driving directions).The hike follows its namesake waterway downstream, traveling under a concrete overpass and diving into a young, mossy hardwood forest. We took this trail all the way up to where it meets the S-BM Trail. This hike climbs Giant Ledge, one of the most popular destinations in the Catskills, which features spectacular views from a series of ledges. 2019 (4) 2018 (6) 2017 (1) 2016 (9) 2015 (6) 2014 (21) 2013 (14) 2012 (25) 2011 (13) 2010 (2) 2007 (2) By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach) The Panther Top lookout tower is the westernmost tower in North Carolina, located in the southwest corner of the state near Murphy and Hiwassee Lake. Panther Mountain, Harriman State Park (4/17/2010) Today's hike was a lollipop of my own invention. First is a series of 5 ledges that overlook Woodland Valley and several Catskill Peaks in the distance, including Cross Mountain, Wittenberg Mountain, Mount Pleasant, Romer Mountain, and more. The views on this hiking trail are some of the best in the Catskills. The trail is somewhat overgrown and not maintained, but is very accessible. Hiking the Panthertown Valley. You lose about 150’ elevation which isn’t much, and the trail is lovely. 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