Ascent of Blackhead on 2016-09-11

Climber: Derek English

Others in Party:Jen Suwak
Date:Sunday, September 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Windham a few weeks back I decided to tackle blackhead on a Sunday afternoon with my girlfriend. I figured it would be a quick, easy climb. I was wrong. The last mile is as steep as many sections of trail in the 'dacks. The first 1.3 miles of this hike was pretty easy, with few climbs. The bottom of the trail is mostly rocky and follows Batavia Kill. Once we reached the Escarpment Trail we turned right and soon started to climb. You gain about 1300 feet in elevation over the last .9 miles. There were three very steep parts that required climbing. About halfway between the junction with the Escarpment Trail and the summit there are some good views to the left on the trail. The summit itself does not offer much in the way of views. At the summit junction we bore left for about .1 miles for a view, but it was mostly grown in. On the return we went down via the Blackdome Trail. About .25 miles down from the summit there are good views to the south and west and good view of Windham Ski Resort. At the col junction we started down the mountain, which was a generally easy hike, with a few switchbacks thrown in. The last mile was a lot of loose rock, making it tough to get good footing. I rolled my ankle more than once. All in all it was a challenging hike, but the views from just beyond the summit made it worth it. Next time, when it's not so late in the day, I plan on bagging Blackdome and Thomas Cole.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1840 ft / 560 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Mild and clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1740 ft / 530 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Batavia Kill Trail; Escarpment Trail, Blackhead Tr
    Start Trailhead:Big Hollow Rd. Trailhead  2200 ft / 670 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Blackdome Range Trail
    Time:1 Hours 

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