Ascent of Cave Mountain on 2017-08-06

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cave Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3100 ft / 944 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked West Cave and Cave mountains with Dan and Sammy. Ski trails were very overgrown, in some places the weeds were over my head. The mountain biking was in full swing so we could not hike up those trails. Because of these facts, we ascended West Cave Mountain via a gravel access road for most of the way to the summit.

We hiked down along the Kaaterskill Cruise as far east as possible, then we bushwhacked up the overgrown Why Not (black diamond ski trail) to the summit. We went up what we believe to be bear trails through the weeds...there were definite paths in the weeds and lots of overturned rocks. We went into the woods and found the true summit, then we hiked back down the access road that went along Wanderer (green circle ski trail) back down to the base lodge.

Overall, good hike, 2 more of the Catskill 102 done...much more of a literal 'whack than I had imagined with the overgrown weeds.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:404 ft / 123 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1424 ft / 434 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:404 ft / 123 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:2696 ft / 821 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1424 ft / 434 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    End Trailhead:1676 ft / 510 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: West Cave and Cave mountains

Complete Trip Sequence:
1West Cave Mountain2017-08-061364 ft / 416 m
2Cave Mountain2017-08-06404 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 1768 ft / 539 m    Total Trip Loss: 1769 ft / 539 m

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