Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

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Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby cmu268 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:28 pm

Doing a thru-hike of Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide next weekend 6/20-6/22. We're thinking of trying a little bushwhack side trip to Friday mountain, since it's pretty close from Cornell. Anyone ever try this and know what the terrain between the two is like? Trying to figure how do-able an idea this is!
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby kennykb » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:36 pm

Red spruce.

Like Christmas trees. Planted two feet apart with their branches interwoven.

It's done pretty regularly by those who fancy the challenge. In fact, they often do a nine peak loop, starting with Table and Peekamoose, and then going over Lone, Rocky, Balsam Cap, Friday and finishing with the Burroughs Range. Any time I've been on Witt-Cornell-Slide, I've seen people finishing that loop. They come out bloody.
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby cmu268 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:58 am

Good to know. Thanks for the info, kennykb. We were looking at the maps and it's just so close! W-C-S is a little short for a weekend trip for us, so wanted to add a little extra to it.
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby mike » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:18 pm

Like Christmas trees. Planted two feet apart with their branches interwoven.


PERFECT description Kevin!

If you head towards Friday from the col between Slide and Cornell, you can skip a lot of the dense fir trees. But, that short distance takes a lot of energy to get to the summit of Friday (or the cannister).
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby mtnclimber » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:16 am

Friday Mtn is SO close, but SO far away! But, there is an easy route to get there, but I understand it is hard to find.
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby TrunksWD » Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:10 am

I hiked Slide and Friday in one hike and the trees were extremely thick. I was really scratched up. We were going slower than a mile hour and it was over a mile in the trees each way. I recommend hiking Friday from Moon Haw where the section of thick trees is much shorter.
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Re: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide (plus Friday Mtn?)

New postby donaldjamesperry » Thu May 21, 2015 6:51 pm

The bushwhacking was not too bad, I have years of experience. I got up maybe 700' before the top of Friday Mt starting at 5:00 PM, then came back down before it got too dark. I found two ticks on my clothing, one was stuck in my boot between the rubber and the leather. If I do it again it will be in winter and on a clearly broken in trail somewhere else, I did not like such a long hike with no trail for the Catskills, it really does make a big difference when there is no trail, and I got sick of it after a while after I passed the cabin. I knew which way to go, but I did not like having to be looking all over the place all the time. I also expected it to be much more inclined, it was not too bad really and even a little down hill for a short bit in one place.

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