Windham High Peak
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Another heat wave in New York City! Time to flee the hot and humid city. I considered it a nice moment to visit my beloved Catskill Mountains.
Today's choice was the 1074-meter (3524-feet) high Windham High Peak. With this altitude it barely makes it a member of the Catskill High Peaks, a collection of all the 35 peaks that are taller than 3500 feet. It ranks second last in this community. That does not mean that there is nothing to climb, the elevation difference from the parking to the summit is still a small 500 meter (1600 feet) of almost continuous climbing.
My hike book, which almost always gives me correct estimates of the hike duration said the return trip to the summit would take 5 to 7 hours. To my surprise I reached the summit in 1.5 hours. Given the fact that we still have long days I decided to extend the hike by adding the lower (969-m (3179-ft) neighbor mountain Burnt Knob to the hike.
At some point the views were really great. I could take a good look at the trio Peaks of Thomas Cole Mountain, Black Dome, and Black Head Mountain, all higher than Windham. Black Head had already been already added to my collection (see here).
Via my new route I descended the ridge more to the east, making the hiked distance 10.6 km (6.6 miles), still in 3.5 hours. In order to get back to my car I had to add another 5.4 km (3.4 miles) of hike on a country road to the hike. Making the duration still less than 5 hours.
On my way back out of the Catskills I briefly visited Colgate Lake. A nice sight with the soft evening light.
More picture below!