Ascent of Castle Point on 2011-10-16

Climber: Doug Harple

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Castle Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2180 ft / 664 m

Ascent Trip Report

I set out for a training walk at Minnewaska State Park. My goal was 12-18 miles, which I hit, coming in at ~13.5 miles. I didn’t get a chance to take my normal route, since Hurricane Irene tore up both the Lower Awosting Carriageway (though I never found out where) and all of the bridges across the Peters Kill. Even the main (solid) car bridge had been replaced by a giant piece of metal and a few Jersey barriers. Presumably Irene took out the crossing over Fly Brook (which eventually flows in to the Peters Kill), but the culverts on that were massive (over 6’ tall).

So, I headed up the Sunset Carriageway to the Castle Point Carriageway around noon, and after dodging both crowds and insane mountain bikers flying down the trail, I made it to the summit of Castle Point. A storm had come up, and the promised wind had come up, so I hunkered down under a ledge to enjoy some lunch at 2:00.

I headed out after 15 minutes in an attempt to get over to Mud Pond, since I wanted to get another look at it. I was bound by the park’s closing time (7:00) but I also wanted to get home at a somewhat decent hour, since my kids would most likely be waiting up for me, and it was a Sunday.

Off I trudged, and made it down to Lake Awosting, and around to the Mud Pond trail by 3:20. I was starting to slow down by this point, dropping down from 3 mph to 2.5 mph, and ended up having to give up on Mud Pond due to time constraints. I headed back, down-trodden and tired of getting buzzed by mountain bikers. (One pair of whom nearly knocked me off the trail as I was heading from Castle Point to Lake Awosting. For some reason they were riding side by side along a section with a 100’ drop on side, not paying a lick of attention except to themselves.)

By the time I made it back to my Lake Minnewaska, the gravel that had been put down everywhere to counter and repair erosion had taken its toll on my feet. I literally limped the last mile back to my car.

On that note, as I was heading back, I was behind a family of four, off for a walk in the woods with their young kids. Every once in a while the older of the kids would look back at me and say “Mom!” and they would look back and then hurry off along the road, as if I was some zombie chasing after them in the twilight. I may have looked like one.

That’s it, I guess. I won’t be going back anytime soon, and when I do, I’ll either be taking a different approach (on actual hiking trails), be wearing snow shoes, or I’ll have a mountain bike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:779 ft / 237 m
    Total Elevation Loss:779 ft / 237 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.5 mi / 21.7 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:779 ft / 237 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Sunset Cwy / Castle Point Cwy
    Start Trailhead:Lower Awosting Parking Lot  1401 ft / 427 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:779 ft / 237 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Castle Pt Cwy / Upper Awosting Cwy / Sunset Cwy
    End Trailhead:Lower Awosting Parking Lot  1401 ft / 427 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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