Catskills Backpack: Burroughs Range and More

  • May 18, 2012 · 5:00 PM

**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.

Gear List:
Boots
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
Headlamp
Hiking poles (helpful)
Catskills Map #143

MEETUP LOCATION: Peekamoose-Table trailhead located on Rte. 42 near Sundown, NY.

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 you have read and understand the above conditions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    don't forget to post pix :)

    May 21, 2012

  • Yelena

    Great opener to the backpacking season. We totally lucked out w/the weather!

    May 21, 2012

  • DorothyD

    A perfect weekend! 2 nights at great campsites, especially by Giant Ledge where we were lucky to catch the sunset. Amazing weather and a strong, friendly, fun backpacking group. Good job Chris!

    May 20, 2012

  • Chris D.

    @Aamar-we should be done by 2 but as always, nothing is guaranteed.

    May 17, 2012

  • DorothyD

    Yes, I can even meet you at the campsite at Giant Ledge so you don't have to wait for me.

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris D.

    Yuna &Dorothy: can you meet us at the hairpin turn on Rt. 47 (the parking area for giant ledge/panther)?

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris D.

    Thanks Flavio. See you then. My cell #[masked].

    May 17, 2012

  • Flavio C.

    chris, my cell # [masked]

    May 17, 2012

  • Flavio C.

    see u there!

    May 17, 2012

  • Aamar

    What time would you expect to be finished on Sunday?

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris D.

    Flavio: Are you able to meet Yelena and I at the table/peek parking area on Rt. 42 at 5:30 to help shuttle a car?

    May 17, 2012

  • Flavio C.

    Yes, I'm in. Need to know where to meet and confirm at what time.

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris D.

    Flavio, are you still in?

    May 17, 2012

  • Chris D.

    I was trying to meetup around then to shuttle cars. Let me see what happens though. If thats the earliest you can get there, that's fine.

    May 17, 2012

  • DorothyD

    Hey Chris, is the meeting spot really 5pm? I don't get out of work until 5, the earliest I can do is 6:30

    May 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe, Guys any of you live around NYC to share a ride?

    May 13, 2012

  • Yelena

    Does anybody want to share a tent? I have a 5lb spacious 2 person tent I wouldn't mind sharing if we could take turns carrying it ...

    May 9, 2012

  • Jeff

    I like that answer

    May 8, 2012

  • Chris D.

    We do have to cover quite a few miles on Saturday, so expect a steady pace of 1.5-2 mph. I don't move particularly fast while backpacking but I like to keep moving. I always stop for the views though. If you find that we are moving too quickly for you, feel free to meet us in camp (both spots defined on the catskills map).

    May 8, 2012

  • Jeff

    Sounds fun, and i want in, but I've never done your advanced backpacking trips, and I'm wondering as to your intensity. I've the experience, and the capability, but if I slow or want to take a rest...how does that bode? Are we racing? or taking in the scenery?

    May 8, 2012

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