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Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 10:11 pm
by TrunksWD
I ended up hiking Blackhead today. I had heard about the snow the day before, so I figured to see how much there was. It felt like spring by the car, so I wasn't expecting more than a few patches. I couldn't have been more wrong. We first saw snow just below 3,500' on the escarpment trail. and there ended up being a few inches of quickly melting snow at the top. The trail had turned into a stream towards the top. This was also my brother's second high peak.

Water level was pretty high.
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First view point going up the escarpment trail.
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First bit of snow just before 3,500'
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More snow as we got higher up.
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Looking back down the trail.
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At the signs at the top.
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Just down the escarpment trail.
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Black Dome heading down Blackhead.
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Devil's Path.
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Water flowing just below the spring.
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Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:10 am
by Jon
what? SNow? Waah I heard 2 ft up by Lake Placid! man those pics are great.
I miss winter so much =*(

Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:17 am
by TrunksWD
2 feet that is crazy? The snow in the Catskills will probably be gone in the next couple of days. It was nice to see some snow. Really a shame it won't last.

Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:43 am
by Jon

Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:54 am
by mike
So strange to see green leaves and snow. At least someone got the chance to hike in it.

Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:09 am
by God's Country
Wow. Your post is terrific. My friend, Paul, and I are new to hiking in the Catskills. We went Zipling at Hunter Mountain yesterday and had a blast. We wanted to try some of the trails but we were little overwhelmed by all the choices. We plan to try a few of the easier ones in July on our next trip. Doing a ton of research, talking to folks and taking lots of precautions. Thanks for your post!

Re: Blackhead 5/26/2013 - Freak Snow Storm

New postPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:42 am
by TrunksWD
Jon - That is insane! Nearly 3 feet of snow in late May must be unheard of. I wonder how much fell on Marcy since it is a much bigger mountain.

Mike - I couldn't resist and I figured it was a good chance to show my brother hiking in the snow for the first time. Though I wasn't expecting so much and the trail to have turned into a stream. It was also his first time rock scrambling.

God's Country - It is always best to over prepare.