Elevation: 1,615 ft
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Shared By: Robert Hall on May 24, 2017
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Description

Catamount is hardly a rock-climbing "destination" area, but it does provide an interesting option for a group that has both climbers and hikers-only, in that there's a fair* hiking trail that leads within 100 ft of the climbs and then continues on to the summit. Great views both where the trail passes over the slab (within 100 ft of the climbs on the South Summit Slab) and the main Summit.

  • "Fair" because it is quite eroded in places, due to use and, I would think, wash-outs due to Hurricane Irene.

Getting There

Get yourself to the 4-way intersection with Rt 86 in "downtown" Wilmington, NY.
Take the Veterans Memorial Highway for about 2.7 - 2.8 miles, and bear right at the fork (left would take you to the toll booth).
Take this road (County 72) for about 3.5 miles and turn right onto Roseman Road.
Take Roseman about 0.7 miles and take a right on Forestdale Rd.
Follow Forestdale (aka Plank Road) for about 1.7 -1.8 miles to the new NY-State Parking lot on the left. (Holds about 20-25 cars). About half way along this road you get a great view of Catamount. (photo)

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With the newly redirected DEC trail (yellow tags), and the close proximity to Lake Placid, Catamount now attracts lots of hikers. Expect almost an hour of hiking from the parking area to get to the South Summit. The trail from South Summit to the Main Summit is class 4 in spots, and could be very scary to come down if wet, it's easy to get lost on the trail as well. There are numerous rocky outcroppings, and it seems to be a place you could spend a fun summer day "adventure climbing" connecting outcroppings to the top. Nov 13, 2017