Table Mountain and Peekamoose Mountain

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The trail head

Since the days are still long I use them to add some more Catskill High Peaks to my "collection of Catskill Peaks". Last week I hiked the number 6 (West Kill Mountain), today I was cheap and added the number 10 and 11 at once. These are Peekamoose Mountain and Table Mountain. Neighbors, only a few hundred meters apart, separated by a notch of just 50 meters (160 ft) deep.

Table Mountain is, with 1173 meters (3847 feet) the tallest of the two, beating Peekamoose by just two meters (7 feet). The difference is so small that my GPS indicated that Peekamoose is the taller of the two.

I find Peekamoose Mountain one of the nicest names of all mountains in the Catskills.

Strange boulders
It always makes me think of a cartoon moose. Yet the name has nothing to do with moose. It is probably derived from the word 'broken off smooth' (whatever that may mean) in the Algonquin Indian language.

I approached the two mountains from Denning Road, an old mountain pass that is no longer in use. The first 10 kilometers (6.6 miles) of Denning Road are still open for cars, but then it is a matter of park-your-car and start hiking. After the first 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on the old turnpike the trail becomes a real hiking trail and almost immediately leads over two impressive wooden bridges that span the Neversink River. The bridges have been washed away numerous times. They are back and look really sturdy now. They are also pretty high above the river.

Then the trail goes up steady through a dense forest with unfortunately not many vistas. The forest itself is pretty nice.

View from Peekamoose Mountain
Table Mountain is a real table. On its summit the trail flattens out and for a few minutes one would think that one is just walking in a not mountainous forest. Then the notch appears forcing the hiker to descend 50 meters (160 ft) which have to be reclimbed almost immediately to reach Peekamoose Summit. Unfortunately another wooded summit. The summit could be marked by a pile of stones, I assumed a big boulder was the summit. The DEC has been so kind to cut some of the vegetation near the summit allowing the hikers to claim their vista reward.

A nice hike, but not one of my favorites. More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te


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The trail head
The trail head
Strange boulders
Strange boulders
View from Peekamoose Mountain
View from Peekamoose Mountain
Nice flora at the trail head
Nice flora at the trail head
The new bridge at the Neversink Ri…
The new bridge at the Neversink R…
The new bridge at the Neversink Ri…
The new bridge at the Neversink R…
The Neversink River does not look …
The Neversink River does not look…
The new bridge at the Neversink Ri…
The new bridge at the Neversink R…
Branch of the Neversink River
Branch of the Neversink River
Second bridge at the Neversink Riv…
Second bridge at the Neversink Ri…
The second bridge at the Neversink…
The second bridge at the Neversin…
Green!
Green!
Strange boulders, look like someon…
Strange boulders, look like someo…
Strange boulders, look like someon…
Strange boulders, look like someo…
More strange boulders
More strange boulders
View from Table Mountain
View from Table Mountain
More strange boulders
More strange boulders
View from Peekamoose Mountain into…
View from Peekamoose Mountain int…
Clouds!
Clouds!
The summit of Peekamoose?
The summit of Peekamoose?
More views from Peekamoose
More views from Peekamoose
I had to share the viewpoint with …
I had to share the viewpoint with…
View from Table Mountain on van Wy…
View from Table Mountain on van W…
The valley of the trail head just …
The valley of the trail head just…
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height Profile. My GPS wrongly…
GPS Height Profile. My GPS wrongl…
Peekamoose Mountain - Catskills - NY
photo by: mdalamers