Plateau Mountain - NY Travel Blog› entry 792 of 1090 › view all entries
It had been quite a while since I was in the Catskill Mountains. And today I finally had another opportunity. The weather forecast was excellent, the days are nice and long, enough reason to make the long ride to this beautiful area in New York State.
Today's destination: the 1172-meter (3845-ft) high Plateau Mountain. It is the number 12 in the series of the Catskill High Peaks. The name Plateau is probably given because the steep mountain flattens out at the top and remains flat for about 3 kilometers (2 miles).
Plateau Mountain looks very impressive. That is mainly caused by the location of the trailhead, which is in the very narrow Stony Clove Notch.
Plateau Mountain can be accessed via the Devil's Path and the Long Path, in both cases a very steep, almost continuous climb to the plateau followed by an easy forest stroll on the plateau. The plateau is densely forested, the path is like a tunnel through the stems of the trees with scarce viewpoints, it felt almost creepy!
One of the viewpoints gave a nice South via on the Kaaterskill High Peak, a peak I recently viewed from the North see here.
I decided to deviate from the route suggested by my hiking book by not returning via the same way, the Devil's Path, but using the Long Path down. A bit of a gamble since the last part was not marked, according to my map.
With a total climb of 780 meters (2559 ft) this was a nice exercise for my upcoming visit to the Smoky Mountains!
More pictures below!