Hiking: Indian Head Mountain - Devil's Path Challenge with Hal Brodie & Alan O'Mara - November 24, 2015
|Icy crack the author and his companion|
traversed as they hiked over Indian Head
- INDIAN HEAD - November 24, 2015
- TWIN MOUNTAIN – December 9, 2015
Indian Head is the first peak on the Devil’s Path, so that’s where we started.We were at the Prediger Road Trail Head, and on the trail at 9:10 AM. Temperatures ranged from 26 to 36 degrees, and as the day was clear with no wind, it was perfect.
We went up the Devil’s Path, turning left and hiked 1.8 miles to where the trail intersected with the Overlook Trail. Rolling hills, and flat terrain made it a good warmup & pleasant start to the hike. We only went up 60’ or so, so that gave us an idea of how steep the rest to the hike would be. I’ve done Indian Head before, but only as an up and out from Jimmy Dolan Notch. After a short distance the Devil’s Path turned north and we started to climb. The trail was very steep & icy in spots, especially one about 35’ crack where Hal had to pull me up onto the top ledge.
On the way to the summit there were many open views thru the bare trees, and one small outcropping with great vistas. We had lunch on a huge outcropping, right on top of the icy crack. There were great views of the Hudson River, Overlook Mountain, the Shawgunks, and the Taconics.
We met three young guys from Brooklyn, who maneuvered the crack in about one quarter of the time it took us. We told them we were doing a loop over Indian Head, and they liked that idea better than going back the way they came.
At 1:30 PM after the lunch stop of 30 minutes, we were back on the trail. One steep part remained before we crossed the ridge to reach the summit. On the way down to Jimmy Dolan Notch, after crossing the summit, we had to be very careful, because of multiple icy patches. We reached the Notch, and worked our way back about 1000’ on the Jimmy Dolan Trail, which is one of the rockiest that I remember in the Catskills. It seemed like it took forever before we were back at Prediger Road, arriving around 5 PM. It was getting dark & the moon was visible.
The hike was exhausting & challenging, but we were very satisfied because of what we had accomplished.
7:55 hours on the trail
Total Ascent of 1893’
Maximum elevation of 3575’,
Descent of 1928’
Minimum elevation of 1991’
Read about Hal and Alan's adventure and challenge on Twin Mountain, the next peak along the Devil's Path.
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