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This peak is usually done in conjunction with Black Dome and Blackhead. This makes sense since getting up to the ridge is the longest part of the hike. Each of these three peaks is challenging alone and even more so as a trio. Both of the Blacks have some areas with rock scrambles and exposed rock faces.




Trailhead Coordinates
Name Coordinates
Batavia Kill N42.2886 W74.1143
Barnum Road N42.2639 W74.1767

Quick Look - Blackhead Range from Big Hollow
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.7 mi. 2850 ft. N42.2677 W74.1053 Google Maps

Catskill 35 peak map

Park at the trailhead at the end of Big Hollow Road. Find the red-blazed Black Dome range Trail and hike .6 miles. At this point bear right to stay on the red trail. A yellow-blazed trail goes off to the left. After another 1.4 miles of ascent with switchbacks to make the climb "easier", you arrive at the Blackhead Mountain trail with only .65 miles to the summit. There is a rather steep ascent here over an open rock face. Make sure you have a good foothold and look back over your shoulder for a great view of Black Dome. The exposed rock that you see is where you will be shortly as you ascend that mountain. A more stable and equally fine view is available as you finish this short, steep climb. Retrace your route back down Blackhead to the col where you picked up the yellow trail. At this point you can simply retrace your route to the parking area if Blackhead was your only goal for the day. If you want to include the other two mountains, get back on the red trail and follow it for .6 miles to the summit of Black Dome. As you climb over the steepest rock scrambles, hold on and look over your shoulder. The exposed rock you see on Blackhead is where you were just a little while ago. From the summit of Black Dome you continue for another rather uneventful .8 miles to the summit of Thomas Cole Mountain. To return, retrace your route back to the col between Black Dome and Blackhead. Stay on the red trail and proceed back to the parking area.

Catskill 35 peak profile
(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike starting at the Batavia Kill PA. This includes the trail to Lockwood Gap, up Blackhead and back down. It then proceeds up Black Dome and Thomas Cole before returning the same way to the Gap.)


Quick Look - Blackhead Range Loop from Big Hollow
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 7.0 mi. 2800 ft. N42 16.06 W74 06.32 Google Maps

This route includes all three Blacks but uses a longer route of the very STEEP east side of Blackhead. Park at the trailhead at the end of Big Hollow Road. Find the red-blazed Black Dome range Trail and hike .6 miles. At this point bear left on the yellow-blazed Batavia Kill trail. Follow this yellow trail for .9 miles where it meets the blue-blazed Escarpment Trail. Tale a right and follow this trail for 1 mile until the junction with the yellow-blazed Blackhead Mountain Trail at the summit of Blackhead Mountain. Go right on the yellow Blackhead Mountain Trail and descend .65 miles to the col between Blackhead and Black Dome. Go straight ahead on the red Black Dome Trail and follow it for .6 miles to the summit of Black Dome. As you climb over the steepest rock scrambles, hold on and look over your shoulder. The exposed rock you see on Blackhead is where you were just a little while ago. From the summit of Black Dome you continue for another rather uneventful .8 miles to the summit of Thomas Cole Mountain. To return, retrace your route back to the col between Black Dome and Blackhead. Turn left to say on the red trail and proceed 2.0 miles back to the parking area.

Catskill 35 peak profile
(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike starting at the Batavia Kill PA. This includes the trail to Lockwood Gap, up Blackhead and back down. It then proceeds up Black Dome and Thomas Cole before returning the same way to the Gap.)


Quick Look - Thomas Cole only from Barnum Road
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 5.2 mi. 2230 ft. N42 16.25 W74 08.2 Google Maps

Catskill 35 peak map

Park at the trailhead on Barnum Road of the Maplecrest Road. Find the red-blazed Black Dome Range Trail that follows an old road for about .45 miles. Turn left off the road and register for the hike. Follow the red trail which climbs steadily for 1.6 miles over two hills named Caudal and Camel's Hump. Some believe that Camel's Hump should be resurveyed as it appears to be over 3500 feet and far enough away from Thomas Cole to be considered a new 35. On the way up the Caudal there is a lookout off the trail to the right. It offers some nice views to the south. Some parts of this trail are steep while others have switchbacks to help keep the climb manageable. Near the top of the Camel's Hump is another more popular lookout to the right. This also offers views to the south but they are more extensive. Continue on the red trail for another .85 miles to the summit of Thomas Cole Mountain. The descent from Camel's Hump into the col is not very difficult. There are very few views along the way. At one point as you walk along the flat area in the col between the Hump and Cole, Thomas Cole Mountain is directly in front of you. The final ascent up Thomas Cole is steep in parts and rather long. There are no views from the summit. Retrace your path back to the parking area.

Catskill 35 peak profile
(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike starting at the Barnum Road parking area to the summit of Thomas Cole and back.)


Quick Look - Thomas Cole and Black Dome from Barnum Road
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.92 mi. 2720 ft. N42 16.25 W74 08.2 Google Maps

Catskill 35 peak map

Park at the trailhead on Barnum Road of the Maplecrest Road. Find the red-blazed Black Dome Range Trail that follows an old road for about .45 miles. Turn left off the road and register for the hike. Follow the red trail which climbs steadily for 1.6 miles over two hills named Caudal and Camel's Hump. Some believe that Camel's Hump should be resurveyed as it appears to be over 3500 feet and far enough away from Thomas Cole to be considered a new 35. On the way up the Caudal there is a lookout off the trail to the right. It offers some nice views to the south. Some parts of this trail are steep while others have switchbacks to help keep the climb manageable. Near the top of the Camel's Hump is another more popular lookout to the right. This also offers views to the south but they are more extensive. Continue on the red trail for another .85 miles to the summit of Thomas Cole Mountain. The descent from Camel's Hump into the col is not very difficult. There are very few views along the way. At one point as you walk along the flat area in the col between the Hump and Cole, Thomas Cole Mountain is directly in front of you. The final ascent up Thomas Cole is steep in parts and rather long. There are no views from the summit.

Continue on the red trail for .8 miles to the summit of Black Dome. The descent into the Col and subsequent ascent of Black Dome are both steep and you will repeat them as you retrace your steps back to the parking area! Just before the summit on Black Dome is another lookout again to the south. Retrace your path back to the parking area.

Catskill 35 peak profile
(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike starting at the Barnum Road parking area to the summit of Black Dome and back.)


Quick Look - Blackhead Range from Barnum Road
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.92 mi. 2720 ft. N42 16.25 W74 08.2 Google Maps

Catskill 35 peak map

Park at the trailhead on Barnum Road of the Maplecrest Road. Find the red-blazed Black Dome Range Trail that follows an old road for about .45 miles. Turn left off the road and register for the hike. Follow the red trail which climbs steadily for 1.6 miles over two hills named Caudal and Camel's Hump. Some believe that Camel's Hump should be resurveyed as it appears to be over 3500 feet and far enough away from Thomas Cole to be considered a new 35. On the way up the Caudal there is a lookout off the trail to the right. It offers some nice views to the south. Some parts of this trail are steep while others have switchbacks to help keep the climb manageable. Near the top of the Camel's Hump is another more popular lookout to the right. This also offers views to the south but they are more extensive. Continue on the red trail for another .85 miles to the summit of Thomas Cole Mountain. The descent from Camel's Hump into the col is not very difficult. There are very few views along the way. At one point as you walk along the flat area in the col between the Hump and Cole, Thomas Cole Mountain is directly in front of you. The final ascent up Thomas Cole is steep in parts and rather long. There are no views from the summit.

Continue on the red trail for .8 miles to the summit of Black Dome. The descent into the Col and subsequent ascent of Black Dome are both steep and you will repeat them as you retrace your steps back to the parking area! Just before the summit on Black Dome is another lookout again to the south. Continue on this trail for 1.25 miles passing through the col on the way to Blackhead Mountain. The summit of Blackhead as no views but as you ascend the western flank of Blackhead there are great views back to the west at Black Dome. After reaching the rock and trail junction that mark the summit, turn around and retrace your path back to the parking area.

Catskill 35 peak map
(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the entire hike starting at the Barnum Road parking area to the summit of Blackhead and back.)