Ascent of Kaaterskill High Peak on 2020-12-15
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, December 15, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Kaaterskill High Peak|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3655 ft / 1114 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted the climb from Steenburg Road up the Long Path. There was some snow on the ground but not enough to interfere with hiking much. The path headed through a mixture of bare forest and evergreen stands, with a relatively easy grade. Despite the low temperatures there was an enormous amount of deep mud, especially in the flat areas near the summit.
The Long Path turns around to High Peak's north; on the left here is a snowmobile trail that links up very shortly with the blazed Kaaterskill High Peak Trail. About a hundred feet down this trail is the herd path to the summit, on the left. This was hard to follow sometimes; thankfully there were people hiking ahead of me and I could follow tracks in the snow. The steepest portions of the hike are along here, going up through some icy areas and frozen waterfalls.
There was enough snow at the summit that I couldn't find the survey marker, but the orange canister was hard to miss. About a quarter mile past the summit is Hurricane Ledge, where the best views from the peak are. However, there's a north-facing overlook along the herd path on the way back down the mountain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2359 ft / 718 m|
| Extra Gain:||274 ft / 83 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||8.6 mi / 13.8 km|
| Route:||Long Path, herd path|
| Trailhead:||Steenburg Road 1844 ft / 562 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp, Snow on Ground|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
Summit temperature 15 F, windchill 0 F
| Time:||1 Hours 51 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 40 Minutes|
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