Blackhead 3/30/2016

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Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby maphiker » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:27 pm

Hi all. This is my first post here.

I couldn't decide whether to hike KHP or Blackhead. I hiked Blackhead last March but decided to go for it again because of the views. What a difference a year makes. Instead of crazy deep snow and thick ice, the trails were in great shaped. I brought crampons and microspikes just in case. For the most part, there was no snow or ice. The last 250 ft up to Blackhead did have quite a bit of soft-ish ice and I decided to don my microspikes. Maybe they were not absolutely necessary but they were much more comfortable.

I am always amazed by the approach near the lean-to as the trail rises to meet the top of the escarpment. The views out to Round Top, Catskill and the Hudson, etc. were outstanding. After reaching the summit I took the detour left for Camp Steel and the lookout approximately 0.25 miles east, an easy walk. I have never seen that spot and I was glad I made the effort, it's not to be missed. The hike down to Lockwood Gap is steep and dramatic. I noticed several steel posts rising about 12 inches out of the ground and supporting rocks. It looks like someone is trying to reinforce the trail to prevent undue erosion. I stopped to take a drink from the spring before descending into the quite forest below. There I stopped to view the multiple waterways and gentle falls.

There were two other groups on the trail. One signed in before me and one after me. I never saw either of them, though both groups signed out before me. :o
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby mike » Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:18 pm

Sounds like you had a nice hike. There are two lookouts down towards Camp Steel. The 2nd one has the best views. Blackhead is always nice to hike. I like to hike it from the lockwood gap side. Nice either way. Years ago, the top of blackhead was cleared off. I bet the views were spectacular.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby maphiker » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:04 pm

Yes, I believe I went all the way to the second lookout. It is quite spectacular.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby mtnclimber » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:34 pm

Yup, the 2nd view is better. blackhead is a real nice hike any time of the year. Just don't want to be there in high winds.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby maphiker » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:09 pm

Here a picture.

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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby mike » Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:49 pm

I think that is the 1st view point. But I could be wrong.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby maphiker » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:28 pm

mike wrote:I think that is the 1st view point. But I could be wrong.


Next time I'm up there I'll go farther. It was quite a large ledge. Hard to imagine it gets better than that.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby mike » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:29 pm

Both view points are excellent. But, the second one is better. The first one has "Camp Steel" painted on the rock.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby maphiker » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:17 pm

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mike wrote:Both view points are excellent. But, the second one is better. The first one has "Camp Steel" painted on the rock.

Yes, I did hit the second view point. It was well past the "Camp Steel." Also I superimposed my GPS track on yours and indeed, I did go as far as you to the second view point.
The first picture above was taken from the extreme right of the view point. Here is a panorama of the entire view. Hope you can enjoy it.
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Re: Blackhead 3/30/2016

New postby mike » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:01 pm

I think that solves it!
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