Ascent of Thomas Cole Mountain on 2011-08-27

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Others in Party:Justin Wixson
Date:Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thomas Cole Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the more rigorous hikes up Blackhead and Black Dome via the Batavia Kill trail, my nephew and I made our way up Thomas Cole Mountain. The peak has no views and despite being named after an important figure in American art history and its nearly 4000-foot height, Thomas Cole is a rather banal accomplishment. Views are nonexistent and there isn't even a proper sign marking the summit. Still, it was nice to complete all three of the principal peaks in the Blackhead Range in fair weather. The final descent from Thomas Cole over Camel's Hump and Caudal was interesting, particularly the largely overgrown sections of trail that appear to get little use. Plant life was interesting, too...

GPS file is available via my Blackhead Mountain trail report...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Rain began as we descended from Thomas Cole; at times, showers were quite heavy and precipitated a q

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