3500 Series: Kaaterskill High Peak

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:00AM
to 8:00PM
7:00AM to 8:00PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
Intensity
7/10
8.3 miles
1,775 feet
elevation gain
18+
$109

About the trip

A winter climb of a Catskills peak

What We Love

  • Stunning views from Hurricane Ledge
  • Challenging scrambles
  • Observe unique wildlife
  • Learn the region's history

Your Day

Kaaterskill High Peak (KHP), known as "High Peak", stands at 3,655 feet and is the 23rd highest peak in the Catskills range. Dominating the view from the Hudson Valley, it's easy to see why early surveyors and mountaineers mistook it for the tallest mountain in the Catskills, leading to the misnomer. This trail is packed with history and physical challenges. We'll hike roughly 8 miles, encounter an old Mohawk Indian Camp, gain nearly 1,800 feet of elevation, and see the remains of two plane crashes dating back to the late 1980's. We'll brave an unmaintained network of footpaths and social trails to bag our summit, where we'll lunch on the famed Hurricane Ledge and enjoy the hard-earned spectacular views.

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

Perfect for: Experienced hikers, fit adventurers looking for a challenge

Info
Level 7/10
1,775 feet elevation gain
8.3 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:00AM to 8:00PMArrive by 6:45AM
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 8:15 AM. Please see the map for directions.

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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