Ascent of Indian Head on 2013-05-13

Climber: Jeff Hicks

Others in Party:Josh
Date:Monday, May 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Indian Head
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3573 ft / 1089 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mon. 5/13/13 Indian Head and Twin Mtn. (Catskills)
Josh and I left the house at 5:15am to get an early start on this hike because I had to get back for a softball game in the evening. The drive took about 2.5 hours, and we started hiking just after 8am. There was only one other car in the parking lot when we got there and it had Ohio plates. The day was cloudy and cold, and it was actually flurrying for most of the hike, and we saw many icicles still hanging from the rocks near the top. We started out wearing fleece, but it didn’t take too long before we were sweating and had to remove the fleece even though it was very cold. This hike is on a portion of Devils Path which is supposed to be one of the most difficult hikes. We hiked up the east side of Indian Head where we had some nice views overlooking the Hudson River valley and the community of Platte Clove. After making the summit and having a snack we headed down into Jimmy Dolan Notch, and had more snacks before heading up Twin Mt. We must be getting into pretty good hiking shape because we maintained a pretty good hiking pace through this whole hike without any problem, even climbing up Twin which might have been the most difficult part of the hike. There were nice views from the false summit of Twin, looking off towards Sugarloaf Mtn. and many more rolling mountains. Sugarloaf may be another upcoming hike. We finally got to the summit of Twin where we ran into the group from Ohio. There were 2 couples and they were trying to heat up some water. They were in the middle of a 4 day hike, and they looked very cold. We chatted a bit, took in more views from the ledge, and headed back down to Jimmy Dolan Notch where we turned left onto the blue dot trail toward the parking lot. It was a very long descent, but we finally made it back to the car. The entire hike was 8.4 miles, and took us about 5 hours and 45 minutes. It was a nice hike. It wasn’t easy, but in all honesty it wasn’t that bad. I know we’re both models of fitness :), but this wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting…certainly not one of the most difficult hikes in the world. However, we did build up quite an appetite, and it was now time to get back to that McDonalds we passed on the way in to replenish all of those lost calories. We got home a little after 5pm, just in time to make it to the game with Caleb…which we won 17-13. I had a HR and 2 doubles and Caleb had a HR too. No pulled muscles on the day either. Not a bad way to start the week!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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