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Mt Utsyantha, Bald Hill.

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  • Mt Utsyantha, Bald Hill.

    Two short hikes in the NW corner of the Catskills with excellent views. We parked at the start of the road to the tower and walked up. It was frozen, so barebooted, but there is still 2' on the upper levels. A fire tower allows for views, but this tower counts towards no list. You can see 8 different ski areas; Windham, Hunter, Bellayre, High Mount, Plattekill, Bob Cat, Bear Pen and Scotch Valley. Table is visible in the south, the southern ADK's to the north. Also a couple of fire towers. 2 miles round trip.
    Bald Hill, or the old Scotch Valley Ski resort is accessed from the ball field across from the DEC headquarters on Rt 10, Stamford. The trail follows snow mobile trails to the summit. I believe it is maintained by the Town Of Stamford. Again, fantastic views for little effort. The Schoharie plateau and the Southern ADK's are visible, as well as views south and east into the Northern Catskills.4 mile RT. We spiked it.
    A couple great spots to avoid the crowds, mud and parking issues. One is a CHH, the other a 200 and a Scary 19 peak. Utsy is also on the NY Cell Tower Challenge Both are private but with public access..

  • #2
    What the heck is a Scary 19 peak? What the heck is a NY cell tower challenge?
    Catskills: 39/39, 35W/35W
    ADK: 46/46, 1W/46W


    • #3
      Great idea Jim for a weekend hike!
      And because of all their tears
      Their eyes can't hope to see
      The beauty that surrounds them
      Isn't it a pity
      -George Harrison


      • mudhook
        mudhook commented
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        And it takes you right past the garlic knot spot you love so well (almost).

    • #4
      Nivek, certainly you jest? The Scary 19 is the Schoharie County Challenge born out of the shut down last spring. It encompasses 19 "peaks" or high points. All on State Forests. There are higher spots, but if they are on private property they are excluded. Some are on the long path, others are just out there: USGS markers, ponds, waterfalls, a fire tower, lean -to's ski and snow mobile trails or hard core bush wacking. Old CCC roads, fire ponds and a multitude of old farmsteads lost in the depression era. Hikes range from10' to 10 miles, you are encouraged to explore. I found the biggest challenge was finding them, and hope to finish sooner or later. Comes with a nice patch and a winter rocker. And no people or parking problems! The cell tower challenge has yet to be announced, but why not? We all go to lots of peaks that have them.


      • Nivek
        Nivek commented
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        Ok, i wasn't aware!!!! Thanks Mr. Mudhook!