Ascent of Wittenberg Mountain on 2012-06-24

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wittenberg Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3780 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first time hiking in the Catskills and I really enjoyed it. We took a four day weekend and figured we would like to try a new place farther from home. We did a quick ADK fire tower on the way down Friday, and hiked Hunter Mountain on Saturday then set up camp at Wooden Valley State Campground.

This hike was my favorite of the weekend, though more challenging than I expected from looking at my topo map. Quite a long stretch of easy, but towards the summit a fair amount of scrambling. Summit was very nice with great view over a large reservoir. Going over to Cornell was generally easier, except that last bit before the summit, which I thought about 2 or 3 times before finally pulling myself up. My hiking partner who is not as tall as me decided to wait down below while I went to tag the summit. Nice view to Slide near Cornell summit. The return went well, and cold beer was waiting for us at our campsite!

Hit the Belfry Mountain firetower the next day on the way home, a nice easy hike with a great view to effort ratio.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2839 ft / 865 m
    Elevation Loss:2839 ft / 865 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2642 ft / 805 m
    Extra Loss:262 ft / 79 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Route:Long Path
    Trailhead:Wooden Valley State Campground  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2577 ft / 786 m
    Extra Gain:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.5 km
    Route:Long Path
    Trailhead:Wooden Valley State Campground  1400 ft / 426 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Wittenberg-Cornell

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wittenberg Mountain2012-06-24
2Cornell Mountain2012-06-24

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