It is with sadness that I must share that the privately owned Doubletop and Graham Mountains in the Catskills are permanently closed. The two peaks ranked 7th and 8th tallest in the Catskills cannot be hiked. These were Catskill 3500 Club required climbs since the clubs beginning and were closed just before hunting season this year.
The club has used South Doubletop and Millbrook Ridge as “replacement peaks” and will so until the board can meet and reevaluate the required peak list. The Catskill 3500 Club has updated its list. Read about it here.
On a personal note, as a 3500 member who has climbed these two peaks over many decades my thanks to the Gould Family for allowing us the privilege of visiting such wonderful mountains. These peaks were a joy to climb! I also applaud the Goulds for taking a stand and understanding the impact of the increase in hiking and wishing to protect their lands. I will miss visiting these summits.
As for aspirants, take heart, the south summit of Doubletop, which I assume the club will adopt as the peak for Doubletop is wonderful with outstanding views. Please respect the Gould family’s request and now only hike the south peak from state land. There are many great approaches to find. That’s what off-trail exploration is all about.
As far as the replacement for Graham, keep hiking Millbrook Ridge. Chris and I hiked Millbrook several months ago and sitting near the summit his GPS read 3493′ and we were not at the true summit. There has for some time been speculation and hearty debate whether Millbrook is over 3500′. Please note that the canister from Doubletop has been removed.
If you want to keep up to date or have questions reach out to the Catskill 3500 Club.
Scott and Chris