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Highest Elevation Gain in the Catskills ?

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Postby Catskillhiker » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:17 pm

peakamoose from peakamoose road has the most gain, not the steepest though

katterskill high peak from 23a is a huge gain that looks steep on the map, sugerloaf, plateau, and twin in one day would do the job as well, their devils path peaks and are defently are in the ballpark of being the steepest, and are considered harder then some high peaks in the dacks
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Postby rasgoat » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:50 pm

Without a doubt, Kaaterskill High Peak from Palenville... 2950 feet of gain

Steepest, Probably the East side of the Devils Path, you know Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, & Plateau
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Postby rasgoat » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:52 am

Sneaky, but still less gain from the top of Storks Nest Road, unless of course the road is part of the trail. I see no other trails from the bottom of the Wall of Manitou other than the opposite side of the street in Palenville where one could argue a hike to Blackhead from here would trump both of our suggestions.

Yes there is alot of scrambly stuff scattered throughout the range but can you think of a more concentrated section other than the above mentioned.

TOTAL gain on W/C/S yes but thats total gain
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Postby rasgoat » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:16 am

You're welcome, have fun out there! all of these options will be spectacular.




Dutcher Notch a gray area, the trail is shared with the road but there is limited parking at the top of Storks Nest Rd.
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Postby rasgoat » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:27 am

You probably nailed it with Wittenberg and Hunter being the most gain in the shortest distance. You want Gain, go to the Adirondacks. Giant mountain would be a good start.
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Postby Catskillhiker » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:36 am

Friday? realy, looks like a pup hill from slide though
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Postby yaknjorgl » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:02 pm

I aint never been to the east but to virginia - but 2200 feet in 2 miles - yea, and?
We got some hills 'round here you can go 9,000 feet in 9 miles - Im just saying - I gotta get out more I guess
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Postby Catskillhiker » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:45 pm

dam, makes me rethink how i want to approach friday now, but i could see falling to your death, on the slide Cornell whittenberg trail you got that ledgey stuff with the 50 footer on slide,

defently a decent training ground for the bigger stuff, depending on the side, with all the half dome stuff in the cats
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Postby rasgoat » Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:42 am

Catamount wrote:
That's the route I meant. Also, the options expand exponentially if you're willing to go trailless. Back in my 3500 Club days, Friday from Moon Haw Road was a real ball buster. Looking at the topo map, it's about 2,700 gain in under 3 miles. I was just getting over a pretty bad cold when I did it and remember being flat on my back gasping for breath at one point. :shock:


Looks cool, gotta circumvent the private land it looks like now though. I love how in the Catskills the topo just cannot show those random exposed cliffs.
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