This event is for advanced hikers only. Moderate pace on challenging terrain.
THIS HIKE REQUIRES A SHUTTLE. ALL HIKERS MUST MEET AT PARKING AREA AT MCKINLEY HOLLOW RD. BEFORE WE SHUTTLE TO TRAILHEAD ON COUNTY RD 47.
This is a tough hike with a lot of elevation gain! This hike has little in the way of views and significant time off trail. Come prepared for winter conditions.
Map and compass and/or GPS are required for this hike. Bushwhacks are hikes that leave maintained trails and head into the backcountry. The knowledge of how to use a map and compass are a prerequisite for this hike. If you get separated from the group, you need to know where you are and how to get yourself out of the woods.
The Hike: For peakbaggers looking for these four mountains. We'll begin at trailhead on Rt. 47 and take blue blazed Pine Hill-West Branch trail for 2.1 miles past a shelter. After a stream crossing we will BUSHWHACK northeast to the summit of Fir Mt. and sign the canister. We leave in a westerly direction to the summit of Big Indian and hit our second canister of the day. We find the heard path off Big Indian for a quick .25 miles back to the blue blazed Pine Hill-West Branch Trail. Take this north for 2.35 to Eagle Mt. (look for a short heard path to the left leading to the true summit which has a cairn). Continue of PH-WB trail for 2.1 miles to junction with Oliveria-Mapledale Trail. For those wanting to climb Balsam Mt. it is 1.6 miles round trip from this point. We now descend the Oliveria-Mapledale trail southwest for 1.9 miles to the parking area.
Mileage: Approx. 14 miles (12.5 w/o Balsam)
Elevation: approx. 4000 feet elevation gain (600' less w/o Balsam)
Expect 7-9 hours hiking
Gear List: Traction Aids (microspikes, crampons or snowshoes may be needed-TBD), Trail Map - Catskill #142, Hiking poles (recommended), Sturdy footwear, Wicking clothing - absolutely no cotton, Headlamp + spare batteries, Food & water
Disclaimer: 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 that you have read and understand the above conditions.