Ascent of Roundtop Mountain on 2016-10-23

Climber: Mary Ruth Merkel

Date:Sunday, October 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Roundtop Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3440 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the rain and first snowfall of the season the previous day, I knew this would be an interesting hike. I hiked with the Catskill 3,500 club doing a loop from Gillespie Rd which consisted of a bushwhack up and over Roundtop, a bushwhack up Kaaterskill, lunch at the lookout, hike down the north trail to a snowmobile trail back to Gillespie Rd.

Roundtop was a typical Catskill mountain with several ledges that we had to get up before reaching the top. There was just enough snow cover to make it slippery and a little difficult to see but not enough to warrant any foot devices. There wasn't much of a view on the top but it was cool to see the snow and colored leaves on both the trees and path. We also ran into a few fresh bear prints.

The descent was a little steep but the col between Roudtop and Kaaterskill was an easy hike. There was a steep area to reach the top of Kaaterskill but it wasn't that difficult. We went to the scenic side of the peak where the wind wasn't bad, the sun was out and the views were awesome!

After lunch we headed to the exact peak for a pic then made our way to the steep descent to the snowmobile trail. The path down isn't marked but it's easy to follow. Once we got to the snowmobile trail, it was a fairly flat 2+ mile walk out. There was one last viewing area at an old ski trail.

May my hike stats: 7.4 miles; 1,862' elevation gain; 6:02:44
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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