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Ascent of Doubletop Mountain on 2017-06-24

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, June 24, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Doubletop Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3860 ft / 1176 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked this with Dan, Sammy, and Richard. We all needed Doubletop and Richard needed Graham. He didn't ask to do it; I suggested it when I saw the two mountains were neighbors. We talked about just doing Doubletop at times along the hike...but we ended up doing them both!

Parked at Seager parking area. Hiked in along Seager-Big Indian Trail. Dan thought we should hike up along first major stream crossing, I thought it was the next one...I was wrong. At a cairn left trail for remnants of an old road. The old road quickly became difficult to follow. We bushwhacked through some very dense woods. Then we came upon what must be a deer super highway...it was a well-worn trail, easy to follow...probably the trail Dan was looking for much earlier. We easily followed the herd path to the summit of Doubletop.

Then Dan wanted to go find one of the plane crashes we've heard about on Doubletop; but he didn't have any specific directions or coordinates or anything. So we ventured around for an hour and 0.9 miles...then we made it back to the summit canister and had lunch. We then headed over towards Graham. We knew it would be a complete bushwhack and it was SO thick. Coming down Doubletop wasn't all that bad, no cliffs to navigate, pretty mild. We found the Beaverkill and soon headed up. The hike up Graham was steep and had some cliffs, but we found easy notches to get through. The top of Graham was treed in with greenery; the view was much better in October with the leaves off the trees.

We relaxed on the summit for a bit and then debated how to get back to the car at Seager parking area. Dan wanted to do a straight bushwhack there. I wanted to go down the Graham herd path (which I knew was well-worn from our first time here) and down this other trail that I saw on AllTrails.com that goes 1.6 miles towards the Seager parking area. It was significantly longer, but it looked like it only had about a mile of bushwhacking. We decided to go the way I wanted...and it was very interesting...

The hike down the Graham herd path is along the Old Tappan Road to the TV station antenna up at the summit. The path is wide and nicely graded. I kept watching out for the trail to the right, and then I noticed on the GPS we were past it the junction. I had feared that the trail was no longer actively a trail of any sorts and that was correct. We used the GPS to find the exact location and just as I had feared, the trail was an abandoned road; we could see the grading and what used to be an open path which is now covered with thin, young trees. Since we were now committed to going this way, we pushed on. At times I could hold both of my hiking poles out sideways to my left and right and be clear. And at times farther down the road the trail was completely washed out and extremely hard to follow. Dan and Richard had to zip there pant legs back on because of the stinging nettles. At times it was nothing but stinging nettles as far as you could see. I had full length pants with gators on. I still got stung through my pants above my knees because the nettles were so big! At one point around a turn there is the remains of a stone wall that was built.

I thought it was weird that the old road went 1.6 miles into the wilderness and then ended. I kept looking out for old buildings or foundations or something. All I found was the small wall. But where does this road go?? It went down to a stream! But according to my GPS, I was still following the road / trail and it had a bit to go. We had to cross the stream a couple times because of small land slides and erosion. Every once and again I could see the gentle grading and openness of the old road. We were still on the old road. We decided to keep following the stream down as it went towards Seager anyway.

I know we weren't on it at times, but then there it'd be again. We found several awesome small waterfalls hidden on this small stream. Then, all of a sudden, there was a fire ring and a rope tied to a dead tree the hung over a lovely deep pool at the base of a small waterfall. Looking around, the road was completely obvious to this little camp site. Now I knew this road was a thru road out to Dry Brook Road / and on to Seager parking area. The old road at this time was very easy to follow and still rather open. All of a sudden we saw the a red roof and someone's woodshed. The old road went right along there property and there was evidence of an old Y intersection with Dry Brook Road. We exited to the right and there we were about 0.4 miles down the road from Seager parking area.

I thought this hike was fascinating for the history and thoughts of the communities that were here so many years ago. Dan wasn't as fond of it as I was. Sammy did awesome! And Richard was happy as always. I don't think he totally minded my out of the way bushwhack adventure.

Notes:
Doubletop start: 10:11AM
Summit: 12:40PM at 3.2 miles
Leave summit: 12:47PM
Back at summit: 1:42PM at 4.1 miles
Have lunch, leave summit: 2:07PM
Graham: 4:32PM at 6.8 miles
Leave summit: 5:17PM
Dry Brook Road: 7:48PM at 11.0 miles
Jetta: 7:57PM at 11.4 miles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1889 ft / 575 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1068 ft / 325 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Bright and sunny, light breeze, low humidity
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1889 ft / 575 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Seager-Big Indian Trail to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Seager parking area  1971 ft / 600 m
    Time:2 Hours 29 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1068 ft / 325 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Col between Doubletop and Graham  2792 ft / 851 m
    Time:1 Hours 13 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Doubletop & Graham

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Doubletop Mountain2017-06-241889 ft / 576 m
Total Trip Gain: 1889 ft / 576 m    Total Trip Loss: 1068 ft / 326 m



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