Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Distance: 10+ miles
Total Rise: 5,400+ ft
Estimated Time: 10-12 hours (or maybe more)
Highlights: Rocky+Lone (bushwhacks) AND Table+Peekamoose (trail)
This is a bushwhack to the two trail-less peaks in the Catskills - Rocky and Lone + trail hike to Table & Peekamoose peaks if time and conditions permit. All peaks are part of the Catskill3500 high peaks. These two bushwhack peaks are located between the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg trail on the north and the Peekamoose-Table trail on the south.
Descriptions taken from the Catskill 3500 Club website:
- Rocky is the lowest of the Catskill3500 peaks and not as technically difficult as its neighbors, Balsam Cap and Friday. Its difficulty comes from its inaccessibility - having the longest distance from any road and requires the longest bushwhack.
- Lone Mountain is a peak that rises up out of the Neversink Valley. There is a view towards Table south of the summit and a view towards Slide west of the summit.
The unmarked trail along the Neversink river stretches at the bottom across the western side of the ridge. It offers the fastest way back in case we need to bailout at anytime during the hike or from any of the peaks.
Summit Coordinates:(taken from CatskillHiker.net or approximation using Google)
Rocky= N41 58.37 W74 22.38 (41.972764,-74.372978)
Lone= N41 58.15 W74 23.38 (41.970595,-74.389544)
This is a VERY TOUGH and STRENUOUS hike. Only the strong and prepared can join this hike! You must be prepared, both mentally and physically, to take on 10-14 hours of hiking, with many miles of bushwhacking. This is a group effort. So you must do your due diligence - study the required map, know how to use a compass, and learn some orienteering skills.
What to Bring:
Please take note that this hike is more difficult compared to the normal and more leisurely hikes at Harriman and other local hikes. There are several other elements that one should consider and be prepared of. Apart from your normal hiking gear, food and water, you may also need to consider other important items:
- This is winter hiking. Forecast is well below freezing with some winds. Wear the appropriate clothing and bring the necessary winter hiking gear.
- The bushwhacks will go through thick brushes and dense spruce. Be sure to have some form of cover for your arms, legs, head and eyes when needed.
- Most critical of all, bushwhacking requires the use of important navigational tools. Be sure to bring a compass, GPS if you have one, and the topo map of the area (see the map links below).
- Use of whistle and radio will most likely be needed also. So have them ready.
When we work as a team, it makes the outing safe and more enjoyable to all. It is important that we all get a good understanding of our hike plan, and try to contribute in whatever ways to help the group during the hike. Of course your individual physical and mental preparedness is key.
If you have questions or ideas/tips to share, do not hesitate to raise it to the group.
Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.
You will be required to sign the Emergency Contact Info and Release Form. Signing this signifies that you understood the risks associated with this hike.