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Ascent of North Dome on 2017-10-21

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:North Dome
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3610 ft / 1100 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked with Dan, Sammy, and Richard. Dan and my 34th of the Catskill 35.

Going up North Dome from the fishing area parking area was just plain easy... 3 out 10. It got a whopping 3 because sometimes the old logging roads would fade away or not go straight up. The decent going down North Dome towards Westkill, crazy steep and challenging, I give it a 8.5 out of 10. Definitely the steepest terrain we've encountered in the Catskills.

We could have gone right back down the easy side of North Dome, except that Sammy needed Westkill. We didn't bring him on our initial hike up Westkill because we thought it would be too long for him (little did I know what he was truly capable of!!). So because of this, we felt there was no better time than now to get Westkill for him. The hike down North Dome was very steep and quite challenging in some spots. Soon enough though we found ourselves at the corner junction of the red trail, so up to Saint Anne's and Westkill we went.

The rest of the hike was pretty easy. I was happy to see that the summit cairn on Westkill was rebuilt (it was just a messy pile of scattered rocks our first time there) and there was a brand new summit sign (that was missing previously). The views from Westkill did not disappoint and we looked out over the valley towards Lanesville and Plateau.

Start: 10:27AM from parking area next to Hagodone Brook on Spruceton Road
North Dome summit: 2.4 miles at 12:30PM to 12:51PM
Headed down steep side of North Dome towards Westkill
Trail junction: 3.3 miles at 2:17PM
Saint Anne's Peak: 4.4 miles at 3:12PM to 3:33PM (we had lunch at the summit)
Westkill summit: 6.4 miles at 4:45PM
Waterfall near Spruceton Road: 8.7 miles at 6:25PM
My car at parking area at the end of Spruceton Road (register): 9.6 miles at 6:46PM
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1908 ft / 581 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1908 ft / 581 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Hagadone Brook parking area  1702 ft / 518 m
    Time:2 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: North Dome & Westkill

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1North Dome2017-10-211908 ft / 582 m
2Saint Annes Peak2017-10-21 
3West Kill Mountain2017-10-21 
Total Trip Gain: 1908 ft / 582 m    Total Trip Loss: 1766 ft / 538 m



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