CATSKILL 3500 SERIES
NORTH DOME and SHERRILL MOUNTAINS
**READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS HIKE**
Do not sign up for this hike if you haven't read through the full event description
* Not a beginner hike *
*** This should only be attempted by experienced bushwhackers and experienced winter hikers ***
RSVP Note: Everyone who RSVPs will be automatically placed on the waiting list. I will contact you before confirming your spot.
Total Estimated Mileage: approximately 6.5 miles
Total Estimated Elevation Gain: approximately 2500 feet
Estimated Hike Time: approximately 6 hours
MEETING TIME AND LOCATION:
Shaft Road parking area along Rt. 42
Please be early - we leave on time
Coordinates for the initial meeting point parking area are:[masked], [masked]
We will then spot cars, leaving some at the Shaft Road parking area and driving the rest (with us in them) over to our starting point at the parking area on Spruceton Road at the western end of the Devil's Path. The coordinates for that parking area where we will drive to after meeting and then start our hike from are approximately:[masked], [masked]
Please meet at the Shaft Road parking area (don't drive directly to the Spruceton Road trailhead) so that we know how many cars we'll need to spot before taking off to the starting point.
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. A working, charged GPS is also recommended, but it is not a substitute for a map & compass and the skills to use them effectively.
*You should not do this hike without having a topographic trail map for this area and a compass on you.*
** NOTE: You are responsible for yourself and what equipment you bring, but it will be assumed and expected that you have the relevant map, and a compass, on you during this hike, and that you are not so foolish as to come on it without them and the knowledge to use them. It will be very easy for you to drop out of my sight during this hike - maybe because you're hiking at a different pace than I am, or you stop for a water break, or to go to the restroom, or to tie your shoelace, or to tie your shoelace while going to the restroom, or whatever - and if that happens I will not concern myself with whether you have the tools necessary to navigate around this area or with whether you know where to go, as it will be assumed and expected that you do if you sign up for this.
Suggested Special Gear / Requirements:
Hiking footwear; cold weather non-cotton wicking clothing; enough food/water for the hike (if you don't know how much food and water you'll need for a hike like this, you should not be on it); first aid; emergency whistle kept some place where it is easily accessible while you are hiking; insulating shirt & rain jacket (just in case); MICROSPIKES or HILLSOUND TRAIL CRAMPONS; Snowshoes may be necessary depending on conditions; Gaiters; Headlamp and extra batteries; Compass; GPS with appropriate trail junctions, turn off points, summit locations, etc. programmed in; Catskill Trails conference map #142
** If you're signing up for this hike, it's expected that you're an experienced winter hiker and bushwhacker, that you know what equipment/supplies you need, that you're responsible for yourself, and that no one else is responsible for you or for making sure you have proper equipment/supplies.
We will go in as few cars as possible from Shaft Road to the hike starting point at the western end of the Devil's Path on Spruceton Road. We will first take the Devil's Path (Red trail) for about 1.5 miles and stop before a hard left turn in the trail at the St Anne-North Dome Col. Instead of turning left with the trail there, we will turn right and head off trail into the woods (bushwhack) and climb a series of ledges - sometimes steeply - for less than 1.5 miles to the top of North Dome and search for the summit canister. After signing in we will head west about another 1.5 miles (bushwhack) directly down and then up to the top of Mt. Sherrill. After signing in there, we will 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'll head off to celebrate with a post-hike meal.
PACE AND TIME:
I'll be keeping a moderate pace. Note that moderate does not mean slow - though I won't exactly be trail running either. Everyone coming on this hike should feel comfortable with keeping a moderate pace (not especially fast, but certainly not slow, either) over the mileage AND elevation gain, involved here.
Be prepared to hike alone if you can't keep up or if you feel like setting a land speed record (or pick a hiking buddy who keeps a pace similar to yours and stick with them).
There will NOT be a sweep on this hike.
**FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH MAPS OF THE RELEVANT TRAILS AS WELL AS ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE DOING THIS HIKE.**
There will NOT be a sweep on this hike. I will wait for people to regroup ONLY TO A LIMITED EXTENT at trail junctions and summits, but because of time constraints and likely cold weather will not be able to wait more than 5-10 minutes or so at any given junction or summit, so don't count on me waiting at junctions or summits if you're too far behind (especially if it's cold the day we hike).
**** Everyone must come prepared to be responsible for themselves. ****
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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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