Ascent of Indian Head on 2012-05-20

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Others in Party:Justin Wixson (nephew)
Date:Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Indian Head
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3573 ft / 1089 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather in the Catskills was GLORIOUS as my nephew and I climbed Indian Head Mountain from the Prediger Road trailhead. We ran out of time or else we'd have also bagged Twin.

The going was a bit muddy in in few spots just after the intersection of the main trail with the Jimmy Dolan Notch trail. The variety on this trail makes it a treat--one gets peaceful woods walk with placid streams, steep pitches of ascent, narrow paths hovering over long, dangerous drops, scrambling, and multiple viewpoints (at least 4 distinct spots that I found) from which to view and photograph the surrounding landscape (I particularly enjoyed my glimpses of the Overlook Mountain tower/summit and Karma Triyana Dharmachakra).

In addition to the exciting climbing to get to the viewpoints, the long, peaceful walk along the summit ridge of Indian Head was a sheer joy. The descent down the Notch--though steep--went very quickly.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kurt Phaneuf
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