**THIS IS AN ADVANCED HIKE ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED BACKPACKERS WITH ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT.**
We'll be doing a three day, two night backpack in the heart of the Catskills. We'll meet Friday night for a fairly easy 1.5 miles and 750 foot climb to our campsite for the first night, Giant Ledge, which is said to have some of the best views in the Catskills. The next day we'll retrace our steps to the Phoenicia-East Branch trail, which we'll take to its terminus at Woodland Valley. From there we'll take the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail over all three summits to the Curtis-Ormsbee trail, and back to the Phoenicia-East Branch trail and our second campsite near the Neversink River, totaling approximately 14 miles and 4000 feet of elevation. For the final day, we will take the Peekamoose-Table trail over both summits, which is approximately 7.5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation.
This is a tough hike loaded with quite a bit of elevation, but includes some of the nicest views in the Catskills. Expect difficult scrambling on sections of the hike and plenty of extended climbs.
Giant Ledge At Sunset
Wicking clothing (no damn cotton!!)
Raingear and proper layers
Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
Backpacker stove and water purification method
Food - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks
First aid kit and personal supplies
Hiking poles (helpful)
Catskills Map #143
MEETUP LOCATION: Peekamoose-Table trailhead located on Rte. 42 near Sundown, NY.
I am not a professional guide and you are at all times responsible for your own safety. Partaking in any outdoor activity has inherent risks and you should be aware that injuries have happened in the past. Only you are responsible for your own safety. The organizers, event host, and other members of the meetup will not be held liable for your actions. Signing up for this meetup indicates you have read and understand the above conditions.