Hiking NY – Black Dome and Blackhead – May 2020

All-day difficult 8.98 mile four peak hike located in Windham, NY, part of the Catskills region of New York. Be careful on the hike and bring along light weight crampons as there are dangerous icy sections on the north side of Blackhead Mountain.


  • Stream
  • Good Views
  • Wild Flower

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Fun Fact(s):

Windham High Peak is the northernmost peak that makes up the Escarpment Trail, 22.3 miles in total. Previous hikes that make up part of the Escarpment Trail are

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Getting Here:

Parking located at the end of Rt 56 / Big Hollow Rd. Parking lot is small and fills up quickly, be prepared to park on the side of the street.
NOTE: the access road to parking is closed from November 1 to May 1.

Official Maps:

Trail Map, Elevation and Statistics

Total distance: 10.1 mi
Max elevation: 3992 ft
Min elevation: 2183 ft
Total climbing: 3507 ft

Trail Guide:



Postage at trail head. Many more trails and peaks in the area to extend the trip or to come back for more.

Scenic stop by the trail of stream, rock and moss looking absolutely majestic.

Short little hike to spring water next to the trail.

Spring water.

Go right at this intersection towards Blackdome Mountain.

Beautiful spring flowers.

Look closely, old man’s beard.

Beautiful view from the top of Black Dome. Need to go 100 feet past the apex to see the view on your left.

On the way from Black Dome keep going straight to Blackhead.

After Blackhead go towards Arca Point.

Turn left to Big Hollow Rd taking you back to the parking lot. Going straight is not a loop trail and will take you far away on Route 23. Save hike to Burnt Knob and Windham High Peak for another day.

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