Catskill 3500: Balsam, Eagle, Big Indian, Fir *BUSHWHACKS*
Sat, May 11, 2019 at 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Biscuit Brook Parking Lot - Claryville, NY
County Route 47
Catskill 3500 Series - Balsam, Eagle, Big Indian, Fir *****Partial Bushwhack! ***** ***This should only be attempted by experienced hikers*** Moderate/fast Paced. We will do our best to stick together. Especially when it comes to the bushwhacking. +++This is a partial bushwhack. Car spotting. Please clean and make some space in car for other hikers. The 1st half of hike will be on a marked trail. +++ Show up "BEFORE" 8:15 to get prepared. Promptly we will leave to our Starting point at the McKinley Hollow Trailhead Total Mileage: 14 miles Total Elevation Gain: 3800 feet Estimated Hike Time: 8-9 hours - Sun glasses and or clear goggles for Bushwhacking. Appropriate weather wicking clothing & insulating layers, at least 2-3 litres of water, enough food for a long day, hand and feet warmers, first aid, trail conference map #142, #143, & compass, headlamp & extra batteries, camera! Meetup Times and Locations: 8:15am - Biscuit Brook Parking (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.991399,-74.484886&ll=41.991447,-74.485175&spn=0.001208,0.006539&num=1&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=41.991446,-74.485175&panoid=YKsznU3tRnOUSKg61OIjlg&cbp=11,115.54,,0,7.16) WARNING REGARDING BUSHWHACKS: "Bushwhacks" are hikes that go off of maintained trails and through pure wilderness. Please make sure you are very confident in your ability to navigate through the woods without trails since it is very easy to get lost in these forests, especially in the summer. Map & Compass REQUIRED. GPS is also recommended, but it is not a substitute for a map & compass and the skills to use them effectively. Getting there: From Lower Hudson Valley, NYC, and NJ: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 16: Harriman. After the toll keep left for Route 17 west and go 55.5 miles to exit 100A: Liberty. Turn right on Route 55 and go 10 miles then turn left on Claryville Road (county 19). After 4.5 miles turn left on county 157. Continue 8 miles as the name changes to county 47 to the parking area on the right. From north of Newburgh: The the New York State Thruway to exit 19: Kingston. After the toll keep right for Route 28 west and continue 31 miles then turn left on county 47. Go about 12.5 miles to the parking area on the left. Route description: 14 miles distance, 3800 feet of total elevation gain. We take a few cars to the McKinley Hollow Trailhead and start on the Mapledale Trail (red) - one of the steepest trails in the Catskills - for 1.9 miles to the ridgeline. Turn right on the PHWest Branch Trail (blue) and go a gentle 0.8 miles to the top of Balsam. Turn around and follow the blue trail 5.25 miles over Haynes (non-35er), Eagle, and up the side of Big Indian. We will locate the herd path (bushwhack) and turn left to bushwhack about a quarter mile up to the Big Indian summit canister. We will continue east through the woods (bushwhack) for a little over a mile and a half to the Fir summit canister. Then we will descend southwest along the high ridge line until we re-acquire the PHWest Branch Trail (blue) and turn left to go just over 2 miles to the cars. Group Size: The DEC limits group sizes in the Big Indian Wilderness to 12. Track and Profile from 1/13/13: North to south (left to right) *organizer reserves the right to change hike or add/remove people from the going list for any reason* NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.