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Catskill Winter 3500 Series - Wittenberg & Cornell *Winter Ascents*

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Catskill Winter 3500 Series - Wittenberg & Cornell

*Winter Ascents*

Come Challenge Yourself and get serious about your Catskill 3500 list on this STEEP and rugged hike to the top of TWO Catskill 35er peaks, with a very rewarding viewpoint off Wittenberg (weather permitting)!

Moderate to Above Average Pace - Not for beginners

Please be early - we leave on time

Total Mileage: 9.2 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 3940 feet
Estimated Hike Time: 6-7 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: Cold/Cool weather wicking clothing, Winter Traction (Microspikes should be fine), enough food/water for a full day, first aid, insulating shirt & rain jacket (just in case), trail conference map #143, camera!

Who's Organizing?
Matt and Joy
(845) 594-8684- no calls/texts prior to final 24 hours please or prior to final 24hrs

Meetup Times and Locations:
7:20am- Woodland Valley Campground Parking (,Saugerties,+NY&cid=13538931384872495895&ei=_TbPUp_cGPOmsQTsj4GADA&ved=0CLABEPwSMA4)
7:30am- Prompt departure
Please be early - we leave on time

Getting there: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 19: Kingston. Keep right after the toll for route 28 west. Follow route 28 almost 22 miles to Phonecia and take slight right onto Bridge Street. Turn left onto High Street and pass under Route 28. Continue Straight onto Woodland Valley Road for 5 miles to the DEC Parking area on the right.

Route description: 9.2 miles distance, 3940 feet of total elevation gain.

We go up the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail (red) for just under 4 miles - first steeply, then gently, and finally a bit of a scramble to the summit ledge of Wittenberg. (HUGE views!) This is a good place for a good long break (likely on the way back from Cornell)!

Continue on the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide trail (red) for less than a mile to the classic crag known as Cornell Crack. Scramble up to the top of Cornell Mountain and its modest overlook on the left. Turn around and back the way we came!

Depending on our pace, we will stop for a lunch break on our second passing (on way down) of Wittenberg's view!

Pace and Time: We will be keeping an above average pace as we have afternoon plans. This trail is VERY STEEP...there is even a steep hill to get to the trail register! Best estimate of total hike time is 6-7hrs including lunch stoppage.

Group Size: Keeping this group to 12 or less as we want to keep a fast pace. This trail is pretty straight forward, so we will only wait at each summit for a prolonged period of time for any slower hikers.

Huge views from Wittenberg:

Cornell and Wittenberg from Balsam Cap:

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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