Tag Archives: Blackhead Mountain

Blackhead Mountain Catskills From Colgate Lake Trail

The Escarpment Trail is one of the Catskills longest and most scenic paths. Following the Catskill escarpment above the Hudson Valley is exhilarating. Backpacking the entire 23.9 miles from Scutt Road to the trailhead at Rt 23 or the reverse, makes for an outstanding 3-day outing. However if you only have 2 days there are other options. One option as we did on this trip is to enter the Escarpment Trail from Colgate Lake. The…

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Trailhead sign for Acra Point Loop Hike

In the shadow of the big peaks that line the Black Dome Valley (aka Big Hollow Valley) in the Catskills sits Acra Point. This 3100′ peak is located just north of Blackhead Mountain and is part of “The Catskill 67”. The Acra Point Loop makes for a great day hike any time of the year. This peak is especially nice on busy days when loads of people are scrambling up into the Blackhead Range. You’ll be able to hike in…

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View of Blackhead Mountain from Black Dome

Blackhead Mountain is a massive peak. When viewing it from the lowlands in the Hudson Valley, simply put, it’s huge. It offers some great views, just not from the summit but hiking it is an awesome experience. There are several things you’ll need to keep in mind when you hike in the Blackhead Range and in particular Blackhead. All approaches have steep sections, some approaches are long (here and here), and you’ll need microspikes/crampons in…

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View from Friday Mountain at the canister of Devil's Path

See update on this closure. The NYSDEC has announced on its web site a section of Devil’s Path is closed until further notice due to vandalism. The closure is from Pecoy Notch to the summit of Twin Mountain. This act comes not long after another unlawful event of illegal blazing on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks and a wildfire at 3,100′ on Blackhead Mountain’s in the Catskills due to an unattended/abandon campfire. Those events did…

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Summit ledge on Blackhead Mountain in Catskills

Standing about 3,900 feet above the town of Catskill along the Hudson, Blackhead Mountain is an icon among peaks in the Catskills. It is seen from almost every sizable mountain in the area and towers over the valleys below. It is the highest mountain in full view from the Hudson Valley. It also commands endless views from different points on its slopes. Sadly, it bestows no vista from its summit. The Town of Catskill &…

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