Ascent of Blackhead on 2014-10-25

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, October 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

We enjoyed this range as a nice thru hike from Barnum Rd to Big Hollow with our friend Nancy and "Rob" whom we met at the trailhead and who joined us to continue on the hike thru. It was a nice easy to moderate hike over ~6.5 miles with roughly 3100' of gain under a mixture of cloud/sun skies. The trail starts off gently along an old logging type road for about 0.45 miles and then hooks a left towards the Blackhead Mountain range. The initial climb is fairly easy and as you go through the range thru Caudel, Camels Hump, Thomas Cole, Black Dome and Blackhead the trail is in nice shape with some open meadow-like and conifer ridges interspersed with ledges and cols. The cols become progressively deeper as you move through the trail and the last dip of the trail after the Black Dome summit towards parking includes a nice little set of scrambles and then some excellent views as you descend the ridge. Excellent hike which took us about 6 hours which included many photos stops, side trail excursions for views and stopping to talk with many hikers along the way. Very fun day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:580 ft / 176 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2280 ft / 693 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:580 ft / 176 m
    Loss on way in:620 ft / 188 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:red to yellow trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Dome  3980 ft / 1213 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1660 ft / 505 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:yellow to escarpment to Big Hollow pkg trail
    End Trailhead:Big Hollow Pkg  2280 ft / 694 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Thomas Cole-Blackhead-Black Dome

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Caudal2014-10-251280 ft / 390 m
2Camels Hump2014-10-25420 ft / 128 m
3Thomas Cole Mountain2014-10-25560 ft / 171 m
4Black Dome2014-10-25320 ft / 98 m
5Blackhead2014-10-25580 ft / 177 m
Total Trip Gain: 3160 ft / 964 m    Total Trip Loss: 3000 ft / 914 m

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