3500 Series: The Blackhead Range

Upper West Side
Upper West Side
Broadway and West 76th Street
7:15AM
to 7:30PM
7:15AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
Intensity
7/10
8.6 miles
1,795 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Summit three of the Catskills' highest peaks
  • Stunning views of the Devil's Path

  • Challenging terrain

  • An area full of fascinating history

YOUR DAY

The Blackhead Range is comprised of three peaks that stand shoulder to shoulder at nearly 4,000 feet. Black Dome, Blackhead Mountain, and Thomas Cole Mountain are ranked 3, 4, and 5, respectively on the list of Catskills mountains over 3500 feet. On this intense day hike, you'll have the chance to summit all three. The trail is "aggro" in the best way, to quote our guides. Steep climbs lead to scrambles and more climbing. For nearly nine miles, we will hike the watersheds, escarpments, and ridgelines of three uncompromising peaks, and gain nearly 1,800 feet of elevation.

Perfect for:  Experienced hikers, adventurers seeking a full and challenging day

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Level 7/10
1,795 feet elevation gain
8.6 miles
Upper West SideBroadway and West 76th Street
7:15AM to 7:30PMArrive by 7:00AM

Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
  • Camera
WEAR
  • Layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with wool socks (required)
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits

Drive to Meet Option

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out.  You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 9:00 AM. Please see the map for directions.

 

Intensity Level

Level 7

VIGOROUS — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS WITH BASIC SKILLS

On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.

ACTIVITY

You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

DISTANCES

Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.

SURFACES

We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 2,500 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 12,000 feet.

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