The Six: Friday, Balsam Cap, Rocky, Lone, Table, Peekamoose

This awesome hike is held multiple times a year by the Catskill 3500 Club.

Hike Length: 11.5 miles (18.51 km)

Total Ascent: 3,996ft (1,218m)

Intensity: Hardest Catskills Hike

Route Type: Shuttle

Includes: Blazed Trail, Unmarked Trail, Herd Path, True Bushwhack

Parent Friday

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Hiker climbing Lone Mountain

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 A long and hard (but do-able) hike over six peaks

Hiking Trail Description

I was definitely nervous to go on this hike. I knew it was long and demanding. It crosses six mountains and some of the gnarliest terrain in the Catskills. But tackling it as part of a group made it a fantastic experience.

Friday Mountain is always hard, but Rocky and Lone are in another league, the two prickliest peaks you can tackle in the Park. In our group of eleven, every single one of us bled. It was awesome.

Catskill 3500 Club Group Hike

As a noob, there’s no way I would tackle this hike alone. At least, not on a first pass. Even in a group, I was concerned about my ability to keep up. But our group leader, Marv Freedman, who leads this hike regularly, assured me I could absolutely do it. I’m not the fastest hiker but I’d been on a few previous hikes with Marv and knew I could trust what he said.

If you want to do this hike, keep an eye on the 3500 Club’s hike schedule and sign up as soon as the hike is posted.

As it turned out, at the pace Marv set, the hike was completely do-able. We took regular breaks, nobody felt pressure to hurry, and we even finished a little under our expected time.

About This Post

The first and last parts of this very long hike — starting with Friday and Balsam Cap and finishing with Table and Peekamoose — are covered more deeply by other posts.

Informationally, this post focuses mostly on Rocky & Lone.

Friday Mountain

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The Ramp on Friday Mtn
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Climbing The Ramp on Friday Mtn
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Looking down The Ramp
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Ashokan view from Friday Mtn

Balsam Cap

The hike from the pregnant tree on Friday to Balsam Cap is pretty easy, and super pleasant. Lots of classic Catskills moss, rocks, and roots.

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Balsam Cap seen from Friday Mtn

This is the canister on Balsam Cap.

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Canister on Balsam Cap

Balsam Cap to Rocky

From the canister on Balsam Cap, the herd path runs southwest, descending into a col.

Very quickly, I realized things had kicked up a notch.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Two medium sized lots. Requires a car shuttle.

Google Maps Location: 41.983949, -74.327439

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

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