Ascent of Kaaterskill High Peak on 2009-12-06

Climber: Ted Wallace

Date:Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kaaterskill High Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3655 ft / 1114 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the end of Gillespie Road. Bushwacked up to the snowmobile trail and then around Roundtop to the big-ass cairn and followed the semi-marked sunset trail to the summit. Bushwacked back down the north/northeastern face - not such a great idea. There's a beautiful lookout about 150 yards or so from the summit (to the north), but I couldn't find the trail the rest of the way down. Some parts were very steep, though I managed to find one that wasn't so bad and made it down with some difficulty. Found the snowmobile trail and followed it most of the way back around, but ended up on the unmaintained trail to the ski lift (marked on NY/NJ TC map). Followed some of the ski area atv trails for a bit and then bushwacked back to the road. Came out right at the car. Not a bad little detour.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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