Blackhead Climber's Log

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richdoug - Mar 17, 2023 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2023

final Catskill peak  Sucess!

hiked Blackhead Mtn via the Blackdome Mtn trail from Big Hollow. The snow base was at or near 3 ft given the recent late winter storms that have hit the region.

I planned a late start so as not to have to break trail as I was solo. Breaking trail would have been exhausting and may not have summited had I had to break trail.

As it was I had intended to hike up the Batavia Kill trail to the escarpment and then come down the Blackdome trail - a nice loop. On the ascent when i reached the junction with the Batavia Kill trail i saw the trail had not been broken and was blanketed by a couple feet of snow. As the Blackdome trail was broken, I ascended that route to the summit and returned.

The hike was a slog as it was a sunny and clear day with temps in mid to high 30s. The snow melt was sticking to my snowshoes and snowbaskets on my trekking pole which slowed and fatigued me some.

This was my final Catskill (37th) peak so I will now submit my paper work to the Catskill 3500 Club and look to receive a certificate along with a member number and patch


MW - Jul 6, 2021 12:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2021

Blackhead, Catskill HP #5  Sucess!

Tough scrambly climb from the north on Escarpment.

Video here, did 3 other High Peaks:


TheWolfIsLoose - Nov 2, 2015 3:09 pm

Combined Blackhead Mountain, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole Mountain.   Sucess!

Combined Blackhead Mountain, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole Mountain. Typical rugged Catskills fun!!


JRaphaelson - Aug 22, 2015 5:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2015

First Catskills hike   Sucess!

Coming from the whites and the dacks, these peaks were no slacks. The views weren't the best, but you can't have it all.


Jow - May 17, 2015 10:14 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2015

1st of 3  Sucess!

1st mountain of day on warm May afternoon. Nice hike but the bugs were out in full force.

Hiked again for winter ascent on 3/13/21. Lots of snow and ice. Post holed the descent.


nefarious_1_ - Jan 5, 2014 4:12 pm Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2014

Winter ascent #1  Sucess!

Required Winter Summit for Catskill 35ers. This was my first of the 4 Winter Summits and a fabulous one at that. About 10 inches of snow on the ground at the trailhead with close to 14" near the Summit. Beautiful day, 11F starting out and concluding at 28F. Quick snowshoe/hike, up and back 4hrs. Brought crampons but didn't need them.


nefarious_1_ - Oct 10, 2013 8:55 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2013

Blackhead, Dome and Thomas Cole w/ Camel Hump  Sucess!

Great hike with spectacular fall foliage! Black Dome was the best scramble of the three, in my opinion. Not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. 6hrs round trip with a couple breaks on the Summits.


technicolorNH - Jun 9, 2013 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

final stop of the day  Sucess!

Took two and a half hours hiking in from the west (Barnum Road trailhead). At least the summit was clearly delineated by the trail intersection.

ape - Jun 21, 2012 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2012

Great winter hike  Sucess!

Did the Blackhead range with three friends. Great weather, not too much ice. Microspikes were sufficient (barely, at times), and I was glad we had one ice axe to share between us.

ape - Jun 21, 2012 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2011

Blackhead-Windham hike  Sucess!

Went over the Blackhead range and Windham with two friends. Had called a taxi to pick us up at the end to drive us back to our car, but it left us stranded! Was thankfully able to get a ride from another hiker.


klotito - May 15, 2012 9:26 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2012

4-peak day  Sucess!

with the NYC Hiking Meetup. Also, Windham, Black Dome, and Thomas Cole. Fun, steepness towards the top.


RyanR0815 - Mar 6, 2012 8:42 am Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2012

Fun Day!  Sucess!

Really great hike, highly recommend!

redmond - Aug 3, 2010 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2010

with Black Dome and Thomas Cole  Sucess!

with Black Dome and Thomas Cole via Black Dome Trail from Big Hollow rd. Came down Batavia Kill trail. Overcast day but views were still great from the ledge. Great first hike in the Catskills.


Hotoven - Mar 8, 2010 1:22 pm Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2010

Did after overnight in lean-too  Sucess!

Had to break trail about 1 mile from the top. Hiking in the tree tops!


woodstrider - Nov 3, 2009 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 1996

That's some cold s--t!   Sucess!

Is there a name for the disease of the brain that causes people to obsessively bushwack all peaks- even those with perfectly good trails to the top?
I did this bushwack in the summer and decided it would be even nicer in the winter when everything is frozen in place and covered with snow. Boy- it was cold, my sandwich a frozen block. But the great views made it all worth while.

Approach was from the south.


ScAtTeRbOnE - Oct 9, 2009 10:12 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2009

Black Dome and Blackhead  Sucess!

Nice late summer hike, some chilly breezes at the summit. Nice balsam smell at summits, views on the ledges were nice.


Tahawus - Jun 7, 2009 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2009

Blackhead  Sucess!

Climbed with Black Dome and Thomas Cole via the Black Dome Range Trail from Big Hollow Road. A nice spring day to be out in the woods. Excellent views from the ledge on the trail leading up to the summit.


bricewilson - Mar 15, 2009 10:15 am Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2009

from Big Hollow Road  Sucess!

Hit Black Dome, Thomas Cole and Blackhead from Big Hollow road. Descended Blackhead on N. side via Escarpment Trail - very icy, would have used a rope if I had brought one. Lots of fresh snow, kept snowshoes on all day.


capanache - Jan 27, 2009 12:47 pm Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2009

more than i expected  Sucess!

took the escarpment trail from big hollow road. was definitely a lot more ice than I expected, but only added to the fun. the way the viewpoint west of the summit opened up for views of the indian head range was awesome.


Spindle - Jun 30, 2008 8:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Fun hike  Sucess!

Fun hike on a hot, sticky day.

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