Tag Archives: Blackhead Range

The mass of Thomas Cole Mountain looking east from Camel's Hump

In his funeral oration delivered before the National Academy of Design, New York, May 4, 1848 William Cullen Bryant described in exceptional detail the life of his dear friend and celebrated artist Thomas Cole. As you climb Thomas Cole Mountain, spend some time thinking about his grand works, Falls of Kaaterskill (1826), View on the Catskill – Early Autumn (1837), His Master piece The Clove, Catskills (1827) and some of his spiritual works which he might…

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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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Shoulder of Black Dome Mountain from Black Head

The trailhead for Black Dome Mountain, Blackhead Mountain and the Escarpment Trail is reached at the end of Big Hollow Road and space for about 8-9 cars exist. When the lot is full one can find parking along the road. You will find a kiosk and trail register here, please sign in. The trail leaves from the lot walking the last few yards on the road. The trail turns right (southeast) just before a bridge over…

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Blackhead Range from Windham High Peak

Like most big brothers they always seem to be just a few inches taller than the rest of us. Black Dome is the loftiest peak in the Blackhead Range but only by about 40 feet and is third highest in the Catskills. Black Dome provides the hiker with excellent vistas from the east and south. No view exists from the northern edge of its summit. There are several approaches to Black Dome, one from Big Hollow…

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View from Black Dome Mountain looking south Devil's Path in view

There are some renowned hikes in the Catskills and this is one of them. The bulk of the Blackhead Mountains consists of four peaks over 3500 feet. Blackhead, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole all reach almost the 4,000-foot mark. Although not considered a peak (in my opinion it is), Camel’s Hump eclipses 3,500 feet. All peaks are great destinations and have superb features along the way. The range can be climbed from the north or south at…

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5/8

The Adirondack Mountian Club has closed the Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid), Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley), and Member Service Center (Lake George) until at least May 14th.

The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (“AMR”) is immediately reducing the parking capacity on its lot located on the southerly end of Ausable Road where it intersects with Route 73 in St. Huberts.

Effective until further notice all NYS Fire Towers are closed. Also hiking Doubletop and Graham has been closed by the landowners.

The trails connecting to the upper viewing platform to the famed Kaaterskill Falls will be closed until further notice. Read more here