We found an old woods road and followed that up quite a ways.
Passing through a maze of huge rocks and boulders on the Sherill's shoulder.
While following the woods road, I happened to notice an old circa 1950's school bus, parked in a small clearing. The bus is now used as a rough shelter for hunters and campers.
Jim posing with the bus. He was extremely pleased as this had been on his radar for quite a while and had proved elusive.
The woods level out above 3400 feet and gradually ascend to the 3540 foot summit.
Signing in at the summit canister. My 33rd Catskill High Peak.
The descent off Sherill's summit is about 500 feet in a little over half a mile. Nearing the col, the slopes get a bit steeper.
.....an old rusted stove.
We dropped off the summit area, heading generally southeast on the herd path and then began bushwhacking to North Dome's southeast ledges. A small opening in the trees provides outstanding views. St Anne's Peak is directly across Mink Hollow, with West Kill Mountain behind that and Hunter Mountain behind that.
Sweeping 180 degree views provide a great place to stop and relax. Here is a view southeast.
Wildflowers growing along the steep rock face of the ledges.
The east side of North Dome is extremely steep, no matter which route you take. The further south you go the steeper it gets, with some areas being unsafe to pass. We found a safe route down, dropping about 1300 feet in about one mile. From there we crossed mostly dried up Mink Hollow Brook, pausing to cool off in the cold mountain water.
Once crossing Mink Hollow Brook, we picked up the Devils Path, staying on the trail north for just over a mile, arriving back at my car. We had a great day in the woods, bagging three summits. Total mileage was a little over 8 miles with over 3000 feet elevation gain.