Windham High Peak

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The north view of Windham High Peak, at the horizon the Adirondacks

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.

South view from Burnt Knob, on the triplet (left to right: Black Head, Black Dome, Thomas Cole)
The trail did surprisingly not go right over this summit, but bypassed it.

At some point the views were really great. I could take a good look at the trio Peaks of Thomas Cole MountainBlack 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.

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The north view of Windham High Pea…
The north view of Windham High Pe…
South view from Burnt Knob, on the…
South view from Burnt Knob, on th…
Walking on the toes of the trees
Walking on the toes of the trees
The triplet (left to right: Black …
The triplet (left to right: Black…
Black Head and Black Dome. From he…
Black Head and Black Dome. From h…
South view from Burnt Knob, with W…
South view from Burnt Knob, with …
South view from Burnt Knob, on Win…
South view from Burnt Knob, on Wi…
Att he end of the trail, one of th…
Att he end of the trail, one of t…
Along the road, walking back to th…
Along the road, walking back to t…
Colgate Lake, not in the area of W…
Colgate Lake, not in the area of …
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Windham High Peak - NY
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