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Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:47 pm
by jsowle
We have a view of one part of the Catskills out our window on Old Kings Road in the town of Catskill and I'd like to know what we're looking at, specifically if it might be the location of the Mountain House. Is there a picture or drawing on line or in a book that would show the view from the east and identify the mountain peaks? I could upload a picture of the view if that would help.

Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:59 pm
by kennykb
A lot of us know that skyline - the Great Wall of Manitou - quite well. Post a picture and we'll name the peaks and valleys.

From that side, what you can see on the escarpment, from south to north (left to right)

Meads Mountain, Overlook Mountain, Plattekill Mountain (and Indian Head beyond it), the deep valley of Platte Clove. Huckleberry Point, Kaaterskill High Peak, and the deep valley of the Kaaterskill. South Mountain, North Mountain/Stoppel Point, the valley of Dutcher's Notch. Arizona, the Blackhead Range, Burnt Knob, Acra Point, Windham High Peak. The Overlook Mountain House was a little bit south of the summit of Overlook, and the Catskill Mountain House was on the ridge about a third of the way from South Mountain to North Mountain.

You won't see it all from any one point, but the shapes are distinctive enough that the people here can help you name everything if you post a picture, particularly if you can say where on the Old Kings Road you are - it's a long road, and the views along it change.

Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:11 pm
by jsowle
Here's the view, as you can see it's through the trees so much is hidden.
We're at 2678 Old Kings Road, about a mile from the Ulster County line, above the road on the east side.
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Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:14 pm
by mike
My first guess would be Kaaterskill High Peak. It would be west of your location and maybe slightly south.

Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:46 pm
by kennykb
Kaaterskill High Peal is my guess, too, but I'd have thought that from that vantage point, I'd see Round Top peeking out to the right of it. Any chance you can get a compass bearing on the peak? With that, knowing your location, I could tell you in a jiffy.

If it is KHP, then there's another, somewhat lower cliff to the right of that valley on the right side of the picture. The Mountain House site is along that ridge.

Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:07 pm
by jsowle
Thanks so much for these replies!

The slight rise to the right side of the break in the trees, before it starts going down into the valley to the north, is at 320 NW.

John

Re: Mountain Identification

New postPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:40 pm
by Jon
jsowle wrote:Thanks so much for these replies!

The slight rise to the right side of the break in the trees, before it starts going down into the valley to the north, is at 320 NW.

John

My best guess is that it's North Mountain.

you can download Google earth and draw a line for any azimuth.
I have done that from where google say's you're house is (it might be different in reality), and a different starting location will give you a different location for that azimuth.



Here's the 320 NW line:
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