|Quick Look - Irish Mountain|
|Difficulty||Round trip||Total climb||Location||Internet Maps|
|3.1 mi.||1330 ft.||N42.33556° W74.52667°||Google Maps|
Although the parking area for Irish Mountain may be on public lands the peak, like many Catskill Highest Hundred peaks, is privately owned. Be sure to obtain the owner's permission before attempting to hike these peaks!
One place to park for Irish Mountain is on NYS Route 30 just south of Grand Gorge. The parking area is on the east side of the road near a sign that states "Headwaters of the Delaware". This land seems to be owned by the township and the DEP. An old railroad bed without rails or ties runs from the parking area and there is some talk about developing it into a "rail trail". If you park here, you enter the woods and head almost due south and, as always, UP. There are several old roads worth following as they do head toward the peak.Many paths are overgrown and eventually you must go off the trail and bushwhack. During all but the winter season you will encounter a variety of nettles and prickers with the summer being the worst! The first part of the hike after the roads is steep but levels off near the top. The rest of the hike is a matter of walking along the relatively flat summit until you feel you have gained the highest spot.
After tagging the summit, you may return by roughly the same path or continue to walk south to Schultice Mountain. If you intend to do both, spotting a car on the other side may be the best idea. Walking back the entire way would not be the best idea. Few viewpoints worthy of photography can be found on Irish although the lack of vegetation in the winter improves your odds.