Saturday, October 26, 2013

Big Indian, Catskills

October 26, 2013

Distance: 9 miles
Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Map: Catskill Trails Map Set
Parking: See directions link
Restrooms: None
Notes: Catskill 3500 footer #25, bushwhack
Post hike dinner: Karma Cafe, New Paltz (about an hour away)
Directions: Big Indian

We saw a bear cub cross the road on our drive to the trailhead. It was fast, so we didn't get a photo.
We also saw a flock of around 30 turkeys on our hike.
This hike is long, but moderate. There are actually some sections which are flat!
Most of this hike is on a trail, with a short bushwhack (herd path) at the end.
The herd path is past the 3500 footer sign.
The herd path was easy to find. Our dog found it for us :)
Even though it is supposed to be a well worn path, it was a little hard to see with all of the leaves.
Never fear - our dog led us all the way up the mountain and stopped at the canister!

Year to date miles 332.2

Sign for parking area

The trail starts across the street from the parking area

This hike has a lot of stream crossings.
The water was low, so none of them were difficult.

Passing the lean to at 2.05 miles

Continue past the 3500 footer sign.

The start of the herd path is to the right of this tree

Signing in at the summit

First snow we've seen this year

The level portion of this hike - easy except for the leaf covered rocks that I kept tripping over.

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