Join Ann Roberti on a thru hike of a section of the Escarpment Trail which includes a Catskill 3500 Peak, Windham High Peak (3,524’) and a Catskill 100 Highest Peak, Burnt Knob (3,180’). We’ll soak in the great views to the north and east from the top of Windham High Peak. where on a clear day you can see Albany. We continue on the Escarpment Trail on an up and down journey through interesting terrain and forests passing Burnt Knob on our way to the junction with the Black Dome Trail. We will stop and enjoy multiple view points along the way and there should be lots of opportunities for great photos.
The hike is moderately difficult due to its length (6.9 miles) and elevation changes. We’ll be on marked trails throughout the day, but the terrain can be rocky and there will be elevation change throughout the day with a few steep pitches. Hiking poles can be helpful. We will hike at a moderate pace, staying together as a group and making sure all hikers are comfortable.
The weather in October in the Catskills can vary widely. Dress for comfort in moisture wicking clothing and layers. A wind-resistant, water-resistant shell with hood can come in handy.
Bring snacks, lunch and plenty of water (at least two liters).
As with almost any hike in the Catskills, good hiking boots are a must.
Well behaved dogs with hiking experience are welcome with approval of hike leader.
NYNJTC Map 141 – Northeastern Catskills – see http://www.nynjtc.org/product/new-catskill-trails-map-set-maps-hiking-catskills
Event Duration: 6.9 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult, Difficult
Bring: lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, something to drink, etc.
Registration required by 10/1/2016. Use registration form below to register. Let me know the number of seats in your vehicle and where you are traveling from so we can work out the best way to shuttle vehicles from the two trailheads.
Group size is limited to 12 by DEC guidelines for hikes in the Windham – Blackhead Range Wilderness.
Group size is limited so register early.
Dogs allowed: Yes, only with permission of event leader
Questions about this event can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The two trailheads for the hike are:
Starting at Peck Road Parking Area
At the end of Peck Road in Maplecrest, NY.
From State Route 23 at the east end of Windham, NY take NY-296 S for 1.5 miles which turns into Maplecrest Road. Turn right onto County Road 40 and proceed for 1.8 miles and turn left on Big Hollow Road (Route 56). Proceed on Big Hollow Road for 1.8 miles and make a left onto Peck Road. The trailhead and parking area are .8 miles ahead at the end of Peck Road.
Finishing at Big Hollow Road Road Parking Area
At the end of Big Hollow Road (County Route 56) in Maplecrest, NY.
From State Route 23 at the east end of Windham, NY take NY-296 S for 1.5 miles which turns into Maplecrest Road. Turn right onto County Road 40 and proceed for 1.8 miles and turn left on Big Hollow Road (Route 56). Proceed on Big Hollow Road for 4.2 miles. The parking area is on the right at the end of Big Hollow Road.