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Ascent of Catfish Mountain on 2015-11-01

Climber: Melissa Hoffmann

Others in Party:Paul Homkow <12465>
Nolan (age 2)
Date:Sunday, November 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Catfish Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1560 ft / 475 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the Rattlesnake Swamp trail and then ascended to the summit. This was our toddler son's first mountain. We usually hike in the Catskills, so it was neat to see such different sights/terrain. It was very warm for the beginning of November, and we were quickly stripping off our layers. We have been having an unusually warm autumn.

Around the pond were some of the most amazing Rhododendrons we'd ever seen. Some of them had to be 100 years old. Apparently they really like the waterlogged areas. I was kind of disappointed to not be able to hike all the way down to the lake shore, but the thick, largely impassible vegetation there and marshlands serves to protect the lake, and for that I'm thankful. We noticed signs of beaver activity.

A portion of the hike was more or less a road hike, but then there was some decent hiking up to the summit on the AT and even some minor rock scrambles. Tons of views of the surrounding farmland and hills once at the top ridgeline. Most leaves down, but still some autumnal color clinging to some of the trees, even at the summit.
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View from the summit (2015-11-01). Photo by Melissa Hoffmann.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Unseasonably warm
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Intersection of AT with Millbrook Road
Descent Statistics



Other Photos

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View from the summit (2015-11-01). Photo by Melissa Hoffmann.
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