Ascent of North Dome on 2017-02-19

Climber: Michael Stonek

Date:Sunday, February 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Dome
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3610 ft / 1100 m

Ascent Trip Report

Raj and I drove to the parking area on Spruceton Rd where we met 4 other hikers. These 2 mountain were going to be my Winter 35 finale and also one of our other hikers (Chris) regular Catskills finale also, so I couldn't wait to get going. We started a little after 9 AM with our snowshoes and followed the red markers of the Devil's Path. At 10 AM, after 1.55 miles of an easy and flat walk we reached a sign indicating there was 4.7 miles to the Westkill Mt summit and additional miles to Buttermilk Falls and other destinations beyond. All this following the red trail, which turned sharply left at that point. We continued straight instead, leaving the trail and starting our bushwhack.

There was a small elevation in front of us that we went around, but soon we started climbing. At 11:10 AM we reached a section with some frozen waterfalls that we had to climb. I slipped a bit but recovered quickly. One of the girls on our group slipped down more, but no harm came to her, luckily. After a flat section, we came to another icy and rocky ascent that we were able to handle fairly well.

After that, the ascent got more gradual with no rocky sections. We found the canister for North Dome fairly easily. We signed up the book, took some pictures and had a break to eat. It was noontime. The elevation was 3,610 ft.

From there we could see Sherrill Mtn in the distance, about a mile away. We descended gradually for about 500 ft to the col between the two mountains and then we started our ascent. Not as rocky as North Dome. We made it to the canister fairly quickly. We, again, signed up, took pictures and a short break. Our leader Marty suggested getting briefly off our route to get to an overlook a short distance away. We did, but it was rather disappointing since there were no interesting views.

From there we went mostly North to slightly North-East as we tried to make it quickly down towards Spruceton Rd to finish our loop. The descent was uneventful since it wasn't very rocky going this way and we reached the edge of the West Kill river at 3:30 PM. We could see the road at the other side so Marty had the idea of crossing the river at that juncture. I thought that was kind of crazy since the river was flowing freely, with fast currents and no visible rocks or ice to help the crossing. I was convinced that if we stayed on this side of the river going East (to our right) we eventually would get to the road without having to wade the river. I was right! Within 10 minutes we reached an overpass that took us to Spruceton Rd. It was 3:45 PM. From there it was a 1.5 mile or so road walk to our cars. We made it at 4:30 PM.

The final tally was this: 8.4 miles and 2,800 ft of elevation gain in 7 hrs and 15 minutes. Awesome hike! And my Winter 35 finale! Yeah!
Summary Total Data
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Devil's Path and then bushwack
    Start Trailhead:Spruceton Rd  
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Spruceton Rd  
Ascent Part of Trip: North Dome - Sherrill

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Dome2017-02-19 
2Mount Sherrill2017-02-19 
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