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!
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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:
Check out more pictures from last year's Kaaterskill High Peak hike by clicking here!
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See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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