Catskill 3500: Blackhead Mountain

Saturday, January 23, 2021

At Adventure Untamed she is known as the “Queen of the Catskills” and is arguably one of the most passionate guides when it comes to the 3500 Tall Peaks. Wendy Porter has an amazing wealth of knowledge of the region, having hiked 3500 peaks in the area over 200 times. She can also tell you some of the most spooky and haunted legends about every corner of the Catskill Mountains. January 23rd is Wendy’s birthday, and she is celebrating by guiding you to the summit of one of her favorite peaks. Join our amazing guide to celebrate her birthday (there will be sweet treats!).

Blackhead Mountain is on the northern end of the Catskill Mountains, and today we’ll climb the peak that gives the Blackhead Range its name. This rugged hike is more challenging than the distance leads you to believe and has a little bit of everything, including epic views! We’ll hike over twisted roots and scramble up steep jumbled rocks on our way to Blackhead’s fragrant summit, thick with spruce and fir trees.

This is a required peak for Catskill 3500 Club Membership and #6 Catskill Tall Peak (elevation 3,941’).

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 6.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,811 feet


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:15 am

Departure Time: 6:30 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm


Limited spots remaining

This is a limited-capacity trip.

While COVID-19 remains a concern, we are limiting our van capacity to a 10-person maximum, including guides, and leaving the middle row empty for all trips. The limited-capacity trips have a $20 fee to accommodate the changes we need to make for the COVID protocol. The fees will only be in effect for limited-capacity trips. Learn more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe.


  • 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)