Catskill 3500 Series: Sleeping Lion & Halcott (Bushwhack)

This is a past event

8 people went

DEC Forest Preserve Parking Area

73 Shaft Rd. · Shandaken, ny

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Cal -- Light blue Chevy Silverado - Plate: HIKE*SK1

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Sleeping Lion (3391') & Halcott (3509' #34)




###### Signups will be wait listed to assure room for those who are capable of the hike and have a good record of showing up for hikes. If I don't know your hiking ability and attendance record, and you have nothing in your profile to indicate your hiking ability, you must let me know that information before I will move you to the going list.

You should have previously (and recently) completed hikes of equivalent mileage and elevation gain to this hike to do this. You should be getting regular cardio exercise to do this.

*EVENT organizer has the right to change event or add/remove anyone from the going list for any reason.

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. Trekking poles can be a great help & safety glasses are a very good idea for bushwhacks.

Rain cancels hike!!

Total Mileage: ~7.5+ miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~2000 feet
Estimated Hike Time: ~7 hours

Getting there: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 19: Kingston. Keep right for Route 28 west. After just under 28 miles turn right on Route 42 north. Go around 3.7 miles north and look for Shaft Road, on the right, for DEC trail head parking. Can be hard to spot, small DEC sign has bushes by it. We will consolidate into fewer cars, dropping some at the trail head parking for Hallcott and taking the rest to the DEC Parking area on Condon Rd.. Be early -- Leave 9 a.m. SHARP.

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, headlamp & extra batteries, camera!

Route Description: From the Condon Rd. lot, we go up an old road to height of land, turn right on the Catskill Divide and follow the ridge line to the summit of Sleeping Lion. From there we continue to the summit of Hallcott. After a break and signing it at the canister, we descend to the parking area on Rt. 42, where we left cars. Need to shuttle drivers back to pick up cars on Condon Rd..

Group Size: NYS DEC limit in the Catskills is 20.

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