Trying to catch myself up with the hiking posts. I know I’ve missed many over the years but it is a great resource for myself to look back on now that I’m hiking more / completing them in the winter again. Here we go…
In early November Paula and I decided to hit the trails and hike Wittenberg Mountain in the Catskills. We had intended on hiking this mountain back in May 2013 when we hiked Slide and Cornell, but were turned around due to ice. Luckily, we had blue skies and just dry leaves covering the trail.
Side note: we drove down Woodland Valley Road to reach the campground and parking area for the trail head and there are the cutest, most desirable homes – to me at least. This house is for sale : can you imagine spending an entire summer there with friends and family? Or living there year-round? I’d need a stay at home kind of job because there’s no way I’d travel that road in the winter – but I guess if I had the money for this home, I’d also buy me a jeep, ha!
Back to reality: like many Catskill mountains, you get out of the car and go up! We climbed a short distance before signing into the register and then continued on. Wasn’t long before we each took off our fleece layer (while I was warm, I was thankful I hadn’t worn shorts). The trail eventually evens out – or at least it no longer felt super steep – and about 2.6 miles in, you come to a junction for Terrace & Wittenberg Mountains; follow the signage to the right.
During this last mile or so is when the scrambling happens. There were a couple of sections that I was thankful there wasn’t any ice and can only imagine going down it if there were – no thank you! We were moving at a steady pace and I never felt winded, despite being out of shape. It could have been that Paula and I had much to catch up on, but the miles ticked away for me. Before I knew it, the ground was evening out and up ahead I could see a clearing: we had reached the top! And the views were spectacular on that chilly morning!
We didn’t sit for too long – the wind was blowing and we both started to get cold. I layered up before heading down and wore my gloves for almost the entire trip out – which I never have to do! I think because it was my first colder hike of the season, my body was adjusting. It sure did smell like winter was right around the corner.