3500 Series: The Blackhead Range

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
6:30AM
to 7:30PM
6:30AM to 7:30PM
Arrive by 6:15AM
Intensity
7/10
8.6 miles
1,795 feet
elevation gain
18+
$89

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About the trip

A major Catskills winter challenge

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 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 trek the watersheds, escarpments, and ridgelines of three uncompromising peaks, and gain nearly 1,800 feet of elevation.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

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

Info
Level 7/10
1,795 feet elevation gain
8.6 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
6:30AM to 7:30PMArrive by 6:15AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Gaiters
  • Extra wool socks on the trail
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Warm hat
  • Weatherproof Gloves
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 7:45 AM. From there you'll follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.

Intensity

Level 7

Vigorous - For fit, experienced hikers only

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.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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