Ascent of Peekamoose Mountain on 2021-02-26

Climber: David White

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 26, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peekamoose Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3843 ft / 1171 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took a drive after work to the Catskills for a little trek.
Started at the Peekamoose trail head at 2:25 pm with full crampons. At 2.5 miles I started to sink into soft spots so switched to snowshoes for better traction and to not hurt the trail. Arrived at the summit at 4:55pm. Wooded summit but there is a nice view to the east very close to the summit boulder.
Departed summit at 5:30pm and arrived back to parking lot at 7:10. Kept snowshoes on until the last 3/4 miles. At this time micros or full crampons are needed for traction and your safety. Snowshoes are recommended to prevent trail damage. However, you can make it without snowshoes. But you'll be walking in the snowshoe tracks so that you don't sink in.
The snow is 4-6' deep in spots within a mile of the summit. This makes for an annoying bushwhack in those areas. The trail is so high you are walking in the tree branches in spots. Some trail markers are only 2' above the snow. You look down at a lot of trail markers near the summit.
3 other hikers came down with in the first 1.5 miles. The rest of the out and back was completely alone. It was nice. Was hoping to come down in the moonlight but clouds rolled in and it was dark as dark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2735 ft / 833 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:blue trial
    Trailhead:1308 ft / 398 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes

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