Ascent of High Peak on 2013-05-19
|Others in Party:||Justin Wixson (nephew)|
|Date:||Sunday, May 19, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3655 ft / 1114 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn a rainy Sunday morning, my nephew and I did a loop hike up Kaaterskill High Peak, starting from the Platte Clove Road trailhead and approaching the summit from its steep southern side. Despite heavy fog and lack of views (nothing but fog and clouds were visible from Hurricane Ledge), the climb itself was an absolute pleasure. The rain actually added ALL kinds of atmosphere (it was like something out of a Asian landscape painting) and the wind kept us refreshingly cool for the duration of the hike. In a moment of trail karma, a couple of young hikers alerted us to a hard-to-find bushwhack trail and advised us to do the trail loop in a clockwise direction. Their advice absolutely made the hike--the scramble up the southern face of the mountain to Hurricane Ledge was one of the most exciting I've ever had in the Catskills.
Be wary of the inconsistent (and even nonexistent) trail markings and be careful of your map/GPS directions before taking this hike. There are a couple of spots where it would be quite easy to get turned around and do a MUCH longer loop of nearby Round Mountain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
Temperatures were in the mid-50s; rain, fog and cloud cover did little to take away from the pleasur
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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