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Escarpment Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

22.0 mile 35.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,054' 1,540 m
Descent: -4,596' -1,401 m
High: 3,910' 1,192 m
Low: 1,766' 538 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by Karl W

A long trail that summits Windham High Peak, follows the ridge to Blackhead Mountain and then descends to the notch.

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Description

This section of the Long Path ascends Windham High Peak (3,524 ft) from a parking area on Route 23. You'll then get to follow the ridge line up and down a number of smaller peaks before making a steep ascent up Blackhead Mountain (3,940 ft), the 4th highest peak in the Catskills. Parts of the stretch up Blackhead are very steep, but don't require much scrambling past balance. There is a good viewpoint near the summit of Blackhead.

The trail then descends to Dutcher Notch, a shoulder between Blackhead and Stoppel Point. You could continue along the Long Path or descend further on the Colgate Lake Trail to the west of Dutcher Notch Trail to the east. This trail would require one to have parking at both ends or be ready for a long return hike.

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Oct 6, 2018
Tiffony Schindler
Aug 6, 2018
Kate H
1.5 mile out and back on the escarpment trail. 3.2mi
Sep 15, 2017
Peter Lawton
Jun 3, 2017
Julia M
3mi

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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