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The Catskill 67

South Plattekill
Mountain

 

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In the Catskills there are thirty-five peaks that are over 3,500 feet in elevation and are noted in the Catskill 3500 Club. The Catskill 67 are the next highest peaks in the Catskills, of which, 63 are over 3,000 feet in elevation. These peaks are featured in a hiking guide, The Catskill 67, a recommended book from the ADK Mountain Club. South Plattekill Mountain at 3260 feet is the 55th highest point in the Catskills, or #20 for the Catskill 67.

There are two options for hiking to reach South Plattekill Mountain and both require bushwhacking skills. The first option starts from a small parking area on New Kingston Mountain Road. The GPS coordinates are N42 15.102 W74 37.848 for the parking area. Across the road is DEP land and you'll bushwhack along the small sliver of public land on DEC and DEP property. The road that shows on the map is a PRIVATE ROAD, so you'll need to do the tougher bushwhack on state land up to the ridge and then on to the tree covered summit.

Another option starts from a DEC parking area along Harold Roberts Road. The GPS coordinates for the parking is N42 15.819 W74 40.119. The hike starts by following the Plattekill Turnpike Bike Trail and follow it to the col just north of the summit of South Plattekill. From there you'll need to bushwhack the ridge to the summit.

To get more detailed info on the hikes to South Plattekill Mountain and other Catskill 67 hikes, we recommend purchasing the hiking guide The Catskill 67. The book gives more info on the route to this mountain. Look below for a topographic map of South Plattekill Mountain to help assist in planning your hiking adventure.

 

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