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Black Dome Mountain Trail

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The trail to the summit of Black Dome, the 3rd highest peak in the Catskills.


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6.0

Miles

9.6

KM

69%

Runnable

3,967' 1,209 m

High

2,124' 648 m

Low

1,978' 603 m

Up

2,054' 626 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Description

This trail starts from the Big Hollow Parking Area. The red-blazed trail runs along a brook for the first 0.6 miles before turning straight south and diverging from the yellow-blazed Batavia Kill Trail. It then gains elevation more quickly along a rocky stretch of trail.

Once at the shoulder between Black Dome and Blackhead, turn right (west) to stay on the red blazes. The trail will get steeper and require some scrambling. The scrambling was pretty fun, with good grips and the route never left you very exposed. The true summit of Black Dome is hard to gauge as it really flattens out and is heavily covered in dark spruce trees (which from a distance appear black, hence the name).

From Black Dome, you can continue onto Tomas Cole Mountain which is the tied for the 4th highest peak in the Catskills with Blackhead. The trail then descends to the parking area on Barnum Road.

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Karl W

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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#7,971

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Gorgeous views await from the summit of Black Dome.
Jan 24, 2017 near Cairo, NY
Along Trail Heading to Camel's Hump
Apr 11, 2019 near Cairo, NY
Old Woods Road
Apr 11, 2019 near Cairo, NY
Big Hollow Road Starting Out
Apr 11, 2019 near Cairo, NY
Red Trail Marker
Apr 11, 2019 near Cairo, NY
Flat Col Between Camels Hump and Thomas Cole
Apr 11, 2019 near Cairo, NY

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