Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2020-10-24

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit
Date:Saturday, October 24, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Dan and Samson from Seager-Big Indian trailhead. We decided to hike some new trails towards our red-lining of the Catskills. The first couple miles to the lean-to was quite easy. The trail followed along old roads through an easement on private property. The trail starts to go up much steeper after the lean-to and goes to more modern-day single track trail. There were some downed trees that we had to go around on the trail, but they were all easy to get around.

Before hiking this way, I read online that the trail was difficult to follow. Yes, at times there weren't many trail markers, however, it follows a wide old road that is quite easy to follow. The trail most of the way to the lean-to is an easement and the property owner has illuminated the trail with a wall of white POSTED signs on both sides of the trail...

There was an awesome mini gorge just fore the lean-to. So beautiful.

The trail to the junction with the Pine Hill-West Branch Trail was of the steeper variety, but then once on the PHWB trail, the trail was pretty mellow. We decided to do Eagle first. We were at the side trail to the summit pretty quickly. We had a snack at the summit cairn and signed the book, then headed out towards Big Indian.

Start: 10:39AM
Lean-to: 2.3 miles at 11:58AM
Junction with PHWB trail: 3.2 miles at 12:34PM
Eagle summit: 4.4 miles at 1:08PM
Left summit: 4.4 miles at 1:18PM
Junction with Seager-Big Indian trail: 5.5 miles at 1:48PM
Left the trail for herd path to Big Indian: 7.0 miles at 2:40PM
Big Indian summit: 7.2 miles at 2:48PM
Left summit: 7.3 miles at 3:07PM
Junction of PHWB trail and Seager-Big Indian trail: 8.8 miles at 3:52PM
Fun spot / trees on trail: 9.5 miles at 4:20PM
Car: 12.1 miles at 5:34PM

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1635 ft / 498 m
    Total Elevation Loss:492 ft / 149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1635 ft / 498 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Seager-Big Indian to Pine Hill-West Branch trail
    Start Trailhead:Seager-Big Indian trailhead  1965 ft / 598 m
    Time:2 Hours 29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Pine Hill-West Branch trail to Mine Hollow Trail
    End Trailhead:3108 ft / 947 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Eagle & Big Indian

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Eagle Mountain2020-10-241635 ft / 498 m
2Big Indian Mountain2020-10-24592 ft / 180 m
Total Trip Gain: 2227 ft / 678 m    Total Trip Loss: 2222 ft / 677 m

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