Saturday, February 11, 2023

This rugged hike traverses five Catskill peaks over 3,000’ in elevation – Blackhead, Black Dome, Thomas Cole, Camel’s Hump, and Caudal – in just under 10 miles. We’ll hike over twisted roots and scramble up jumbled rocks on our way to Blackhead’s summit before continuing on to Black Dome and Thomas Cole. On this adventure through the beautiful northern-Catskill wilderness we’ll see some of the most gorgeous views in the region. The same views inspired mid-19th century Hudson River School landscape painters.

Black Dome, Thomas Cole and Blackhead are required peaks for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #3, 4, and 5 Catskill High Peaks (elevations 3,995’, 3,953’ and 3,941’). Blackhead is one of the four peaks that must be climbed twice, at least once in winter (December 21 – March 21).

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 9.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 3,730 feet

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:15 am

Departure Time: 6:30 am

Return Time: Approximately 8:00 pm


Out of stock


  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Buff
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Adventure Untamed will provide any traction devices you need, but if you have your own microspikes/snowshoes/crampons, feel free to bring them
  • Insulating puffy and insulating pants
  • Fleece / mid layer
  • Windproof/waterproof top and bottom layers that can fit over all other layers
  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water (*note* if temperature is below freezing do not bring hydration bladders – will freeze)
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand / foot warmers (optional)
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)