Plateau Mountain

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The beginning of the trail, which kept climbing like this for at least 3 kilometers

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.

Views from the top towards Kaaterskill High Peak
The notch nowadays carries Route 214. In the past it was so narrow that one could touch both side mountains when passing through it.

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!

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The beginning of the trail, which …
The beginning of the trail, which…
Views from the top towards Kaaters…
Views from the top towards Kaater…
The neighbor of Plateau Mountain: …
The neighbor of Plateau Mountain:…
The last part of the ascend involv…
The last part of the ascend invol…
The trail over the plateau is like…
The trail over the plateau is lik…
Views from the top
Views from the top
Back at street level, view on Plat…
Back at street level, view on Pla…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
Plateau Mountain - NY
photo by: mdalamers