Sugarloaf Mountain - A lot of lasts in one day

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Some impressive rock formations along the way

Today was sad and nice day at the same time. Nice because I had some friends (Arnoud and Wynanda) over visiting from NL. Sad because my return back to the Netherlands is now getting really close.

I always drag my visitors along for a hike. Also today for a walk to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Catskills, not to be confused with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Hudson Valley which I visited twice (see here and here). The Loaf in the Catskills is with 1160 meters / 3810 feet way higher than its nephew (230 meters / 760 ft) in the Valley. The hike was recommended by my colleague and fellow Catskill fan Pat. Although I had never hiked Sugarloaf before I had hiked its neighbor (Twin Mountain) twice, (see here and here).

On of my last views on the Catskill Mountains, Kaaterskil Heigh Peak
So today would close the complete loop. Another item to tick on my To-Do list.

We unfortunately did not have great sunny weather. Our progress was initially not too great. By the time we reached the summit (nicely marked with a Christmas tree like tree) we had to decide if we would return the same way we came, or just continue and run the risk to walk the last section in the dark. We chose the latter. During the steep descend twilight kicked in, during the slower descend it became less and less light. And the last hundred meters were indeed almost dark. By the time we changed our hiking boots and drove off to Texas Roadhouse it was pitch dark.

A strange way for me to say goodbye to the Mountains. Because that is the sad part of today; this was my last hike in my beloved Catskill Mountains. The dinner in Texas Roadhouse, my favorite post-hike-spot, was also the last one. And even sadder; the drive with the Mazda home would be my last drive in my faithful vehicle.

Sad but fortunately A&W brought me some distraction.

More pictures below.

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Some impressive rock formations al…
Some impressive rock formations a…
On of my last views on the Catskil…
On of my last views on the Catski…
A misty view on the neighbor mount…
A misty view on the neighbor moun…
View from (near) the summit
View from (near) the summit
The summit was marked with this Ch…
The summit was marked with this C…
The beaver Dam which flourished so…
The beaver Dam which flourished s…
View on the Sugar Loaf
View on the Sugar Loaf
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
Sugarloaf Mountain - Catskil Mountains - NY
photo by: mdalamers