Saturday, December 26, 2015

St. Anne's Peak and West Kill Mountain, Catskills

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
12/26/2015 8.9 miles 5 hours 1 minute 2,901' 1.93 mph 804.2

Trail Map
Parking: Spruceton Road
Catskill 3500 List: Winter Peak #5
Catskill 67 List: #7
Catskill All Trails Challenge: Map 141

Follow red blazed Devil's Path.
Hike over St. Anne's Peak.
Hike to West Kill Mountain (cairn at summit).
Retrace steps.
We woke up early enough to get in a longer Catskill hike today. After hearing that 40% of people who complete the Catskill 3500 footers go on to do the peak list in winter, Glen is ready to work on this peak list as well. It will definitely be a challenge for us - due to shorter daylight hours and snowshoeing being exhausting. Today's hike included a Catskill 67 peak as well as a winter 3500 footer. It was a challenging hike on the Devil's Path, made easier with the lack of snow. I was sweating so much from climbing that I had to strip down to a short sleeve shirt on the way up. There was a joke on the Catskill 3500 footer page that people would have to do 20 push ups on their winter peaks now - to make them more challenging due to the lack of snow. So, I did do a few :) We only saw 2 other people hiking today. Today's hike had a combination of level areas and steep climbs. Lots of balsam and green moss and green ferns today.

Hmm...our mileage to West Kill didn't match. Nor does the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower distance make sense!

St. Anne's Peak

West Kill

West Kill

Pushups on West Kill!

Now I see I need to work on a more neutral head position!

Trek checking out my form

Glen opted out of the push up challenge :)

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