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Chris at the Seager Trailhead

Doubletop Mountain a 3875′ peak was known as one of the hardest Catskill off-trail peaks and is the Catskill’s highest peak without a trail. Today with a herd path ascending from the north, the going is much easier. No one says you need to climb the herd path. I have been on Doubletop 3-times, but have attempted it five. Each time I missed making the summit was due to time and weather. Doubletop, with its…

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Trail leading to Devil's Kitchen Lean-to

Plattekill Mountain is a 3100’ foot peak just about 1.5-miles southeast of Indian Head Mountain. It is also in close proximity with Echo Lake perched NNE of the lake about 0.75-miles as the crow flys. One can spy the lake from a viewpoint with about a 200-300’ descent south of the summit. Plattekill is one of the Catskill 67 and with the hike from Platte Clove Preserve makes for an outstanding day hike. As seemingly…

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Chris on the summit of West Winnisook

Winnisook Mountain is a 3270’ peak that sits perched at the headwall of the Big Indian Valley. It has east and west summits with the east summit being the high point. However, not all high points are the main attraction and that’s the case with Winni. The high point straddles the Big Indian Wilderness and Winnisook Lake land boundary, so it’s on private land, just barely. The Big Indian Valley is walled by the Big…

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Sleeping Lion from South Beech Ridge Road Catskills

The Sleeping Lion is a 3391’ (3408’ referenced by some) peak northeast of Halcott Mountain in the Central Catskills. It is also known as Northeast Halcott, but that’s boring, so we’ll use Sleeping Lion. The peak is one of the Catskill 67 and it towers over Deep Notch. On its southeastern face are some “minor” but impressive cliffs that ice climbers use for mostly practice. The peak can be hiked from Deep Notch from RT…

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Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top from Plateau Mountain

Roundtop Mountain with it’s taller neighbor Kaaterskill High Peak stand alone at the head of the Schoharie Valley. These two peaks can be seen from many points given their relative isolation from many of the main Catskill chains. Hiking both peaks make for a long day hike. Roundtop is one of the Catskill 67 reaching 3440’ elevation. It is one of three Roundtop Mountains in the 67. Hiking Roundtop from Gillespie Road makes for a…

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5/13

Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully. Read more here!

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