Catskill 3500 July 4th Special - Kaaterskill High Peak - TWO GROUPS

 

Catskill 3500 Series - Kaaterskill High Peak

TWO GROUPS - 1 mile apart as to comply with conservation law

Start your holiday right by ascending a Catskill 35er at an easy pace on this magical mountain with two plane crashes and amazing views that is just an hour and 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge!

Maybe Plattekill Falls afterwards!

We should be done in time for you to attend the HVH Kayaking under fireworks event!

This is somewhat more than a "beginners hike," but we'll be taking our time so all abilities are welcome!



 

 

 

Total Mileage: 8 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 2000 feet
Estimated Hike Time: 6 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Warm weather wicking clothing, food/water as you feel is appropriate, first aid, insulating shirt & rain jacket (just in case), trail conference map #141, camera!

Who's Organizing?
Jesse - no calls/texts prior to final 24 hours please
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Meetup Times and Locations:
8:00 - Platte Clove Parking Lot 


 

 

 

Getting there: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 20: Saugerties. Turn left on Route 212 West. After 2.3 miles fork right on county route 35, then after 1.5 miles keep left to stay on county route 35. The parking area is 4.2 miles ahead on the right at the top of the ravine. The parking area has an obvious dirt road but isn’t well marked, so if you pass a little red cabin on the left, you’ve gone too far.

Route description: 8 miles distance, 2000 feet of total elevation gain.

  • We start on the "Long Path" (blue) one mile to the junction with the Huckleberry Point trail and keep left to remain on the Long Path. 
  • After less than 1.5 additional miles (the height of land of the trail), we turn left and cut through the woods (bushwhack) barely a quarter mile to a well-defined snowmobile trail. 
  • Turn left and follow the snowmobile markers (orange) until we come to a plane crash!  Continue past the plane crash until we come to a giant cairn marking our turn. 
  • Go right into the woods following unofficial markers (blue) up an extremely steep rock scramble to Hurricane Ledge (HUGE views! -of the Devil's Path range) where we can have an extended break for lunch! 
  • After lunch we continue up the herd path to the true summit which is denoted by a USGS marker disc.  Optional: We can head east through the woods and look for trhe other plane crash!
  • From the summit we continue north following the unofficial markers (blue) steeply downhill (big views! -of the Stoppels and Blackhead range) until it ends on the snowmobile trail.
  • Turn right on the snowmobile trail (orange) until it reaches a junction after a very short distance and turn left on the loop's exit - which we follow until it ends.
  • Go right on the Long Path (blue) and follow it about 3.5 miles back down to the parking lot!

Note: While not a true bushwhack, the snowmobile loop and summit trails are not official DEC trails and this is considered a "trail-less" summit.

Pace and Time: This hike is a long day for beginners and contains a steep rock scramble so may take at least 6 hours - especially since there are so many things to stop and look at!

Bonus: If we make good time, we should be able to visit Plattekill Falls, a spectacular waterfall that is just over a third of a mile from the parking area.

Group Size: The DEC limits group sizes in this area to 20.  If we have more than 20 we will split into two groups.  Experienced hikers will leave 15 minutes before the beginners.  I will remain with the second group.

 

Track and elevation profile:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HVH invades Hurricane Ledge on May 5, 2012:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The USGS marker at the summit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lower plane crash:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plattekill Falls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out more pictures from last year's Kaaterskill High Peak hike by clicking here!

 


 

 


 

 

 

NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • Nate

    I really enjoyed this hike. It was a great mountain, a really nice group, and a really cool waterfall. Thanks Jesse!

    July 8, 2013

  • kim

    At the summit! And patiently took me see the big view, which I would have missed. End with big splash at the beautiful waterfall!
    Congrats on 100th! Wow!!! Can't wait for next hike with you!

    July 6, 2013

  • Jesse

    The top of the screen says "Challenge Yourself" and this group did just that! There were those who pushed their limits until there were no limits, those who rarely hike north of the Beacon Bridge, and a bunch of 35er aspirants one of whom (Nate) has ONE TO GO! Top it off with a surprise visit from Crazy Kim and one of the best waterfalls in the Catskills, and you have a perfect holiday. See you all next time!

    July 5, 2013

    • kim

      Jesse, thank you so much let me join hike without hesitation and welcome me with open arms o

      July 6, 2013

  • John R.

    Fun, muddy hike followed by the nearby falls made for a great 4th! Good to see everyone, what with all the new faces, Jesse's organizing/planning of course, and the help of Cal and others in that wet stretch of Hurricane Ledge. The experience of the climb itself and views that immediately followed made for a rewarding hike.

    July 5, 2013

  • Sherry

    Great hike esp the little scramble with a side of rejection ;) And as usual, Jesse was great.

    July 5, 2013

  • Gloria

    My first mud hike...:-) thanks Jesse for putting together a fantastic hike!

    July 5, 2013

  • Billy

    Congratulations Jesse on your 100th HVH hike! Thanks for organizing a enjoyable and challenging hike. Great group of people, fantastic views, and nice weather made for a perfect way to spend the 4th. Thank you, Richard and Cal for helping me with the tricky parts.

    July 5, 2013

  • Lindsley C.

    Great day. Great people, nice talking with everyone. Thanks so much for organizing Jesse. Appreciate the somewhat slower pace. Such a supportive group, Jessie, Richard and Cal for helping. Couldn't have done it without you. Congrats Jesse on your 100th, such an accomplishment. You rock.

    July 5, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Great photo's everyone. Nice job!

    2 · July 5, 2013

  • Keith

    Excellent hike with a fantastic group of folks. Great views and superb company always make for a good day. Thanks to Jesse for organizing this fun 4th of July outing (and for sweeping), thanks to Richard and Cal for helping and thanks to nature for not raining on us as we scrambled up to Hurricane ledge.

    July 5, 2013

  • Hoai-Huong T.

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful hike!! Great adventure. Great nature. Great people. Thanks!!

    July 5, 2013

  • Kim

    My favorite 35er yet, and a fun time for Jesse's 100th HVH event! Great group.

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • Sally

    THANK YOU EVERYBODY! What an excellent hike and first meetup with this group for me. Great group action, great support. Not only Jesse sweeping, also Richard and Cal during the tricky spots. Proud of everybody for achieving this. Thanks also to wonderful carpooling to Andrea, Hoai and Christy, good communication, no complications and no drama. It was absolutely worth getting up at 3.30 am.

    July 5, 2013

  • Andrea

    Jesse rocked as always:) Special thanks to Cal and Richard for the support. It was a wonderful day with a lovely group. A great challenge getting up to Hurricane Ledge. We did it!! The falls afterwards was the perfect end to an amazing day. Special shout out to my car mates Sally, Christy and Hoai. Thanks for waking up at 3:30 and making the drive. Fantastic hike and day!!

    July 5, 2013

  • Cal

    Excellent hike on an awesome little Catskills peak, one of my favorites - hiked it at least 20 times. Congratulations to those who were challenged by Hurricane Ledge, but still made it up those last three tricky sections at the top. Fortunately it was considerably cooler up there than down in the valley. 90 degrees in the direct sun on Hurricane Ledge but 77 and lower on the tree shaded trails.

    July 4, 2013

  • rita c

    Crap, just woke up

    July 4, 2013

  • Ashley

    Sorry to have to cancel but my eye is messed up and I can't even put in my contacts (they're kinda necessary for hiking!) I will be at the BBQ later though. Sorry again.

    July 4, 2013

  • Jesse

    I am picking up 1 (maybe 2) at New Paltz Park and Ride just before 7:00 -- 1 more is welcome along.

    July 3, 2013

    • rita c

      Jesse , can I join your ride in New paltz. I am not going to BBQ after. No boat... Lol

      July 3, 2013

  • Jesse

    Update email sent: http://www.meetup.com/hvhikers/messages/boards/thread/35962272/

    We have some milestones on this one:

    Richard's 40th HVH event!
    Meredith's 30th HVH event!
    Ashley's 10th HVH event!
    Nate's 38th out of 39 climbs to complete the Catskill 3500!
    My 100th HVH event!

    2 · July 3, 2013

  • Richard

    Driving from Rutherford, NJ. Room for 3

    June 29, 2013

    • Richard

      yes guy. Billy and Amit lets meet at 6am. My address is 130 orient way
      Rutherford. Meredith where would you like to meet?

      1 · July 2, 2013

    • Billy

      Thanks Richard, see you tomorrow.

      July 3, 2013

  • rita c

    Anyone interested in carpooling from Westchester or Rockland. My car or yours..

    July 3, 2013

  • Jags

    I like to come to this hike if I can get ride. Is any one have room for one from Manhattan/jersey city. Happy to chip in for expenses.

    July 3, 2013

  • Sally

    We have one spot in a car leaving from Brooklyn. It is a zipcar with shared costs. Is anyone still in need for a ride?

    June 29, 2013

    • Hoai-Huong T.

      is there still room?? [masked] coming from UWS\

      July 2, 2013

    • Cal

      Hoai - noticed that you are also signed up for the Indian Head & Twin hike for this day. You need to RSVP=No for one of them!!!!!

      July 2, 2013

  • Jesse

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Jesse

      Google is correct.

      July 2, 2013

    • Jesse

      Go to bed early and get a coffee on the way, you'll do great!

      July 2, 2013

  • Sandis

    other plans

    July 2, 2013

  • Andrea

    Would like to join a carpool from NYC or along Metro North or path. Very flexible about meet up location. Will share expenses. Thanks.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Hikers,

    I'm looking for a ride from NYC. I'm in Morningside Heights/West Harlem, but will meet anywhere withing a 1 hr diameter accessible by public transport. Will share costs. Thank you.

    Regards
    Carolina

    July 1, 2013

  • nicole

    Am I still in for this hike ?

    July 1, 2013

  • nicole

    Am I still in for this hike ?

    July 1, 2013

  • Angela P.

    Last minute family event... Next time...THX...

    June 30, 2013

  • Cal

    We've been getting more rain in the Catskills since I hiked this route on June 20. There absolutely will be mud and large water holes on the trail. If you don't wear waterproof hiking boots, you better bring shoes to change into after the hike. The ascent of Hurricane ledge will be even more challenging if wet.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jesse

    Everyone has been placed on the waiting list - please update your RSVP to 'yes' if you're sure you're still coming or 'no' if you're not coming and no longer want to receive updates. RSVPs close at 8pm Saturday.

    Update email sent! http://www.meetup.com/hvhikers/messages/boards/thread/35872392

    June 30, 2013

    • Jesse

      Er, RSVPs close 9pm Wednesday - sorry

      June 30, 2013

  • Alexis

    Sorry getting there is a problem. Not going to be able to come

    June 30, 2013

  • Wendy

    Have to go out of town unexpectedly :(

    June 30, 2013

  • Alexis

    Hi everyone. Does anyone have three spots available in their car? All three of us are coming from Brooklyn but can meet you also in the city and queens. We will share tolls/ gas of course.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ana

    Is anyone doing this event an the Hudson firework one afterward? I would like to do both but am not a boat person, lol, so if anyone has a two person kayak or wants to share rental let me know!

    June 13, 2013

    • Siddhartha

      Hi Ana, I am not sure I will be able to go on the hike as I am recovering from a foot injury, but an interested in the anoe option. Would it be possible to find out rates?

      June 29, 2013

    • Ana

      I was given the price of $75 for the canoe, but the more I thought about it worried that the hike might take too long. Wish it was the kind of thing we could play by ear. I'm a bit too afraid to rent and then not make it.

      1 · June 29, 2013

  • Alexis

    I'm coming from Brooklyn. Can I get a ride from someone? I can meet you in the city and help with gas.

    May 25, 2013

    • Sally

      Hi Alexis, yes, we are. The drive from my home would be 2 hrs 15 min. I'm waiting on one more confirmation and then will work out a plan about where to meet. Leaving latest at 6.15 am sounds like a good idea. That way, if anyone needs a restroom or else, we have plenty of time to get there and get geared up before we hike.

      June 28, 2013

    • Alexis

      Perfect. So where do you want to meet

      June 28, 2013

  • Olga P

    Hey guys, not to be redundant here, but anyone come from Brooklyn or Manhattan? Can meet anywhere off the N, R, or F lines. Live in Bensonhurst. Thanks!

    June 12, 2013

    • Sally

      Hey Olga, I'm going to get a ZipCar and have one spot left. All costs shared. I'll be working out a plan this weekend on where to meet. Would you still be interested?

      June 28, 2013

  • Siddhartha

    Would greatly appreciate a ride from Manhattan!

    June 21, 2013

  • Cal

    Hiked this great route today with a group of very experienced hikers, at a moderate pace and minimal breaks, in 7 hours. Plenty of mud, water holes and nettles (aka razor weed). Long pants and sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are a VERY good idea. Hurricane ledge is one of the most difficult spots to get up in the Catskills - anyone with a fear of heights won't like it at all. Nothing that hard to climb on the alternate hike over Indian Head & Twin.

    June 20, 2013

  • Jesse

    An alternate hike has just been opened up - basically right around the corner from ours if anyone is interested in joining that one instead to break up this group size a little: http://www.meetup.com/hvhikers/events/125607712/

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi this will be my 2nd time hiking in my LIFE so I'm definitely a beginner. I guess there will be 3 groups since there is a 20 ppl limit per group....any suggestion on which "group" a beginner should go with? thanks

    June 17, 2013

    • Jesse

      People will drop out so we will probably have 1-2 groups. This is pretty aggressive for a 2nd hike ever, but it is your call. Please note the statement in red at the top: "This is somewhat more than a 'beginners hike,' but we'll be taking our time so all abilities are welcome!"

      June 19, 2013

  • Jesse

    This is two weeks away. Some notes: +1's were disabled intentionally. This is NOT offset by comments. Since this hike goes off-trail, I need everyone signed up so that we all know that everyone has checked the waivers - that way your guests are protected from liability to others and others are protected from liability to your guests. Please send me a personal message if you think you have a special exception.

    On June 30th or July 1st, everyone is going to be placed on a waitlist and asked to rejoin so I can weed out potential no-shows and get a more accurate count. Please re-rsvp only if you're sure you're coming.

    Carpooling is encouraged due to possible parking limitations. New Paltz Park & Ride or Saugerties McDonalds are good car-consolidation spots.

    June 19, 2013

  • H

    I also need a ride from upper west side. Anyone driving up there ?
    Thanks

    June 17, 2013

  • Sherry

    Anyone driving from NJ that would like to carpool? Def don't mind sharing expense I'm just too lazy to drive.

    June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi John, I'm waiting on a friend to rsvp but if she doesn't go, can I also ride with you? I live in Jersey City however, I can get to Parsippany since my parents live there since I think Nutley is close from there? Or wherever you and Sherry are meeting?

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      oh and are you guys going to the bbq & kayaking afterwards?

      June 17, 2013

  • AliciaDevero

    Is anyone driving through Manhattan? I will need a ride - can meet anywhere and happy to share costs :)

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving up from Manhattan or nearby? I'm on the Upper West Side and happy to chip in for gas. Thanks

    June 11, 2013

  • Sarah

    I'd love to join this hike, but could somebody give me a ride. I'm in Brooklyn but can meet you at just about any train station/subway stop. Thanks in advance!

    June 4, 2013

    • Sally

      Yes, I do: I'm in BedStuy, close to Myrtle & Bedford. Where in BK are you? Alexis from the thread right above is also going to join. I'm traveling now until June 21 and should have a more detailed plan after that.

      June 11, 2013

    • Sarah

      I'm in Crown Heights. Near Eastern Parkway and Nostrand.

      June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to do this hike so bad, but Ill be out of town on the 4th. Let me know if you do this again!

    May 26, 2013

    • Jesse

      Whew! So you mean we'll have nice weather then? :-p

      May 27, 2013

  • Jesse

    I have repaired all of the broken links on this page - everything should work now - sorry for any inconvenience.

    Whenever you run into similar problems on this site, just replace "hudsonvalleyhikers.com" with "meetup.com/hvhikers" in your browser's address bar and it will work fine. We're fixing them as we find them though!

    May 20, 2013

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