Hiked about 11.5 miles RT with very few open vistas, but the beautiful, warm spring day more than made up for it.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
High Falls Ridge & Doublteop Mountain(Catskills)
Took advantage of some gorgeous, warm spring weather by heading down to the Catskills to bushwhack a couple of peaks with my buddy Jim on Tuesday. Our game plan was to park at the very end of Black Bear Road and then continue north on the Finger Lakes Trail for a short distance and then bushwhack east to 3211 foot High Falls Ridge, before continuing north to 3860 foot Doubletop Mountain. There are two parking areas along gravel Black Bear Road, but we parked at the second one at the end of the road at a snowplow turnaround. The views from this parking area are remarkably good, over a pond and wide open fields towards Red Hill and Denman Mountains, among others.
Fall Brook is a beautiful, remote creek and the air down along the water was refreshingly cooler.
A small climb past the erratic got us to the the 3211 foot, wooded summit. Another Catskill Hundred Highest for me!
The saddle between these peaks was all the way down at about 2900 feet with some deeper snow in spots. The climb up out of the saddle was gentle at first, but grew increasingly steep.
After passing through the fragrant spruce forests between the summits, we soon arrived at the summit canister at Dobuletop's 3860 foot summit.
Arriving at the Fall brook Lean To.