|Quick Look - West Stoppel|
|Difficulty||Round trip||Total climb||Location||Internet Maps|
|3.0 mi.||1200 ft.||N42.22420 W74.10000||Google Maps|
One way to get to West Stopple Point is to park at Colgate Lake and climb from the north. To find the trail head take Route 23C north from Tannersville. Drive over the top of the mountain and start down the other side. If you have time, park by the chapel at the top of the hill and look south toward the Devil's Path. As you start down the other side of the mountain watch on your right for a sign for Colgate Lake or Route 78. Drive passed Colgate Lake and park in the larger lot on the left hand side of the road.
Walk across the road and start your bushwhack by heading almost due south. It is better to stray a little east to avoid the marshy area on the east end of Colgate Lake. You will have to cross the East Kill at some point. Continue to head south a east a little. Follow any roads that head in this direction and take you up. This was another hike that started out fairly easy and then got harder. I tried to work my way up several drainages as they had less vegetation but the rocks were slippery and this may not have been the best choice. Instead of hitting the Col between West West Stopple and West Stopple, I hit the false summit and then had to work my way up and over it and then down the other side before ascending the main part of West Stoppel. On the rather flatten top I looked for the highest point and then headed back the way I came. I was going to start down from the Col but it was easier to follow Sheba on the return trip. On my way down I took a bad fall in one of the drainages. Nothing was broken but I still have a nice scar on my left wrist.
As I passed Colgate Lake I decided to stop. It was here I got my best pictures of the trip. The dam has been redone and it seems to be a popular stop for visitors.