Ascent of Kaaterskill High Peak on 2013-05-19

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Others in Party:Justin Wixson (nephew)
Date:Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kaaterskill High Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3655 ft / 1114 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a rainy Sunday morning, my nephew and I did a loop hike up Kaaterskill High Peak, starting from the Platte Clove Road trailhead and approaching the summit from its steep southern side. Despite heavy fog and lack of views (nothing but fog and clouds were visible from Hurricane Ledge), the climb itself was an absolute pleasure. The rain actually added ALL kinds of atmosphere (it was like something out of a Asian landscape painting) and the wind kept us refreshingly cool for the duration of the hike. In a moment of trail karma, a couple of young hikers alerted us to a hard-to-find bushwhack trail and advised us to do the trail loop in a clockwise direction. Their advice absolutely made the hike--the scramble up the southern face of the mountain to Hurricane Ledge was one of the most exciting I've ever had in the Catskills.

Be wary of the inconsistent (and even nonexistent) trail markings and be careful of your map/GPS directions before taking this hike. There are a couple of spots where it would be quite easy to get turned around and do a MUCH longer loop of nearby Round Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Temperatures were in the mid-50s; rain, fog and cloud cover did little to take away from the pleasur
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kurt Phaneuf
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