Monday, September 18, 2017
Met up with my buddy Jim to do an interesting traverse bushwhack/ trail hike to a familiar mountain, but with a different twist. We both thought it would be interesting to bushwhack up the long southern ridge line of Blackhead from the Colgate Lake area and then head up and over Arizona Mountain, before dropping down to Dutcher Notch and eventually down the eastern escarpment to a spotted car. We left my car at the end of Storks Nest Road and then drove Jim's car over to Colgate Lake's second parking area to get the day started. The hike started on the yellow blazed trail through open fields with views of the surrounding peaks, at a fairly high elevation of about 2160 feet.
Jim arriving at the top of the clearing, scoping things out.
Jim really soaking in the views. This made a perfect lunch spot with a gentle breeze to keep us cool.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Got out of work early Saturday afternoon and headed south to enjoy a beautiful section of the northeast Catskills that I haven't hiked in a couple of years. My game plan was to park at the trailhead at the end of Big Hollow Road and hike up the Black Dome Trail north to the Escarpment Trail. Wasn't sure how much time I'd have, but wanted to head west over Burnt Knob to Windham High Peak and then back east over to Acra Point. On the drive down along Route 23(near the WHP trailhead), I pulled over to the side of the road to capture some of the early fall color.
Turned around here, heading back down to the red blazed Black Dome Trail. Arrived back at the car with about 20 minutes to spare before sunset. Hiked about 8.8 miles RT.