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Catskill 3500 Series - Intro to Bushwhacking WEEKEND - Part 3: N Dome & Sherrill

CATSKILL 3500 SERIES
INTRO TO BUSHWHACKING *WEEKEND*
PART 3: NORTH DOME and SHERRILL MOUNTAIN
Saturday 9am
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Part 1: Rusk Mountain - Saturday 9am
Part 2: Halcott Mountain - Saturday 1pm
Overnight: Car Camping
Part 3: North Dome & Sherrill - Sunday 9am

CAPABLE BEGINNERS WELCOME! This is a somewhat more than a "beginners hike" but we'll taking it easy so most abilities are welcome!  I wouldn't recommend this for beginners unless you attend one of the two bushwhack hikes the previous day.

Are you racking up trailed Catskill peaks and asking yourself, "When will I ever get around to all those bushwhacks?" Now's your chance! HVH will be spending the entire weekend in the Catskills taking fresh bushwhackers to FOUR Catskill 3500 Club canisters in three hikes!

PART 3: NORTH DOME and SHERRILL MOUNTAIN

Total Mileage: 6.5 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 2500 feet
Estimated Hike Time: 6 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Warm and cool weather wicking clothing (avoid cotton!), food/water as you feel is appropriate, first aid, insulating layer and rain gear (just in case), trail conference map #142, compass, camera!

Getting there: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 19: Kingston. Keep right for Route 28 - Go just under 28 miles to Route 42 and turn right.  Shaft Road parking area is 3.7 miles ahead on the right.  Look for the little wooden parking sign just before a white ranch house with a hedge of blue spruce along Route 42.

Route Description: We will go in as few cars as possible to the starting point of the Devil's Path on Spruceton road.  We take the Devil's Path (red) 1.5 miles and stop before a hard left turn at the St Anne-North Dome Col.  Instead of turning left with the trail, we will turn right and head into the woods (bushwhack) and climb a series of ledges for less than 1.5 miles to the top of North Dome and search for the summit canister.  After signing in we head west about another 1.5 miles (bushwhack) directly down and up to the top of Sherrill.  After signing in, we finish by heading just over 2 miles west-southwest (bushwhack) down the high ridge line back to Shaft Road.  After generous volunteers return the spotters to their cars, we're off to Brio's to celebrate!

Pace and Time: This is a tough day for beginners, but to accommodate all abilities this may take up to 6 hours.

Group Size: The DEC limits group sizes in the Hunter-Westkill Mountain Wilderness to 12.  If we have more than 12, we will split into two groups and hike 1 mile apart.

WARNING REGARDING BUSHWHACKS: "Bushwhacks" are hikes that go off of maintained trails and through pure wilderness.  Please make sure you are very confident in your ability to navigate through the woods without trails since it is very easy to get lost in these forests, especially in the summer.  Map & Compass REQUIRED. GPS is also recommended, but it is not a substitute for a map & compass and the skills to use them effectively.


The North Dome and Sherrill Canisters - 12/9/2012:

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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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  • Keith

    Another fun HVH hike only made better by top notch weather. Thanks for organizing this one, Jesse . . .

    October 31, 2013

  • David L.

    Jesse, thanks for organizing a great weekend of hiking and camping. I had a blast hiking and hanging out with everyone. Thanks to George and Yuna for showing the way on North Dome and Sherrill.

    October 31, 2013

  • Jesse

    This was Yuna's 80th HVH event!
    This was Ginnet's 50th HVH event!
    This was George's 140th HVH event!
    This was Raj's 20th HVH event!

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • Jesse

    I'm so glad to hear that the main group was able to stick together for this one - great day for a classic Catskill bushwhack!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Tim

    I'd ouble booked...someone else can take my spot. Enjoy

    October 24, 2013

    • Jesse

      Wrong Tim :)

      October 28, 2013

  • Gloria

    I truly had an amazing weekend with all of you!! Thanks to those who entertained us by the campfire- hilarious. My first time bushwacking and camping; it was a great experience. Jesse thanks for your time and effort organizing!

    October 28, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    ouch my body hurts!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Cepaфин

    Thanks Jesse it was an amazing weekend, it was great seeing all who showed up and the ones who didn't were sorely missed. The campfire stories were priceless thanks again Jesse and Richard you are hilarious!!

    October 27, 2013

  • Ginnet

    My 20th!!!! Thanks Jesse for hosting and planing. Also big thank you to the group; great teamwork !!!

    October 27, 2013

  • Raj 🚶.

    Jesse big big thank you for posting all Catskill hikes which bring me closer and closer to dream if being catskill 35 'er.... George and Yuna thank you so much for leading group... Thank you all group members for great company and see you soon on hike......enjoy

    October 27, 2013

  • Jesse

    See everyone tomorrow morning! I have no cell service up there so please be on time or catch up - we start at 9am.

    Some additional nice-to-have items when autumn bushwhacking: bright clothing (blaze orange is best), a whistle, eye protection (safety goggles/glasses), gloves, a pack that doesn't rise above shoulder-level.

    October 26, 2013

  • Jesse

    Time changed to 9am on the meetup! (I'll update the descriptions when I get home)

    Sorry Raj, grab a sleeping bag!

    October 25, 2013

  • Jesse

    I am getting requests to move this up to 9am. Send me a note or reply to this comment to voice your preference. http://www.meetup.com/hvhikers/message/?recipientId=20167231

    October 24, 2013

    • Ariella

      I'm fine with 9. Bushwacks always take a bit longer than trailed hikes...

      October 25, 2013

    • Minhua

      9am

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    if it is going to take 6 hours, the earlier time might be better. I vote for 9:00

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    there seem to be 2 times listed. Are we meeting at 9:00 or 10:00 at the Shaft Road parking area?

    October 24, 2013

    • Jesse

      Fixed - 10:00

      October 24, 2013

  • Richard L. W.

    I'm meet you at trail head just reiterate where that will be.

    October 23, 2013

    • Jesse

      Shaft road parking area. There are two links above. The one in the "Getting There" paragraph has street view.

      October 23, 2013

    • Richard L. W.

      Ok just wanted to make sure.

      October 23, 2013

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