Ascent of Catfish Mountain on 2015-11-01
|Others in Party:||Paul Homkow <12465>|
Nolan (age 2)
|Date:||Sunday, November 1, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Jersey|
| Elevation:||1560 ft / 475 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe took the Rattlesnake Swamp trail and then ascended to the summit. This was our toddler son's first mountain. We usually hike in the Catskills, so it was neat to see such different sights/terrain. It was very warm for the beginning of November, and we were quickly stripping off our layers. We have been having an unusually warm autumn.
Around the pond were some of the most amazing Rhododendrons we'd ever seen. Some of them had to be 100 years old. Apparently they really like the waterlogged areas. I was kind of disappointed to not be able to hike all the way down to the lake shore, but the thick, largely impassible vegetation there and marshlands serves to protect the lake, and for that I'm thankful. We noticed signs of beaver activity.
A portion of the hike was more or less a road hike, but then there was some decent hiking up to the summit on the AT and even some minor rock scrambles. Tons of views of the surrounding farmland and hills once at the top ridgeline. Most leaves down, but still some autumnal color clinging to some of the trees, even at the summit.
View from the summit (2015-11-01). Photo by Melissa Hoffmann.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Unseasonably warm|
| Route:||Intersection of AT with Millbrook Road|
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