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Hike Whittenberg Mountain

We invite 5 members of Ulster County Outdoors to join our sister group Mid-Hudson Valley Explorers to hike Whittenberg Mountain.  We would like to be on the trailhead by 10:00am since the days are getting shorter and this is approximately an 8 mile round trip.  There is quite a bit of elevation so please plan to be on the trailhead for approximately 7 hours or more.  Remember that explorer hikes are unstructured.  This trail is suitable for the more hearty hikers.  Although we will pace ourselves, this trail can be challenging at times.

The most straight-forward approach is to park at the Woodland Valley State Campgrounds and pay a seasonal fee of $4. Follow the red markers to the red-blazed trail. Immediately the trail gives you a hint of what is to come. There is an ascent to even get to the log book! The trail winds around and down and then up. Near the end of the 3.9 mile hike to the summit there are some interesting rock scrambles. When you arrive at the top of Wittenberg Mountain there is a large, open rock shelf. The view is unobstructed by trees and the Ashokan Reservoir lies below. From late spring to late fall, there are usually a large number of hikers at the top taking in the excellent view. After we have enjoyed the view and the company, we will retrace our route back to the parking area.

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  • Willie S.

    Thanks all for a great day.

    September 17, 2013

  • kevin c.

    Great time today! Thanks, y'all. Looking forward to next time...

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to cancel last minute. Work duties got in the way of hiking!

    September 14, 2013

  • maggie

    I'm going to cancel after hearing the struggles I believe I will have .
    Thanks anyway. maggie

    September 11, 2013

  • maggie

    Is this anything like Gertrude Nose? That was too hard for me.
    I have to watch what's sutible for me and not. Please let me know. thanks, maggie

    September 11, 2013

  • Anne

    I hiked Wittenberg Mountain a couple of weeks ago. This is a very challenging hike and should be done by experienced hikers. It's a great hike with great views. It's steep to begin with and then levels off and then becomes challenging. In addition, some of the critical markers (trail blazes) are missing, and we saw people who had missed the turn in the trail and had bushwhacked up. Another hiker almost took the wrong turn going down because the markers were not there. Thankfully, I was doing this hike with two people who had hiked this mountain many times. (The views at the top are spectacular.) To me it was more difficult going down because going down the ledges are more difficult and the bottom third of the trail is steep and rocky and people tend to be tired at that point. I wish all of you a wonderful hike - bring headlamps in case you get caught in the dark and plenty of water. By the way, the fee is $6.00 unless you have an Empire State Park Passport sticker.

    September 9, 2013

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