Mt Tobias is the 2,520ft mountain located south of NY212 and just west of Cooper Lake. There are roads snaking up its south side, but much of the forest above those roads is impeded by laurel. We’re going a different way, following an old woods road for part of the ascent as we swing around the tall, interesting cliffs guarding the summit to find a slightly more ‘relaxed’ route for the last 500′ to the wooded top. Along the way we’ll get a look at a pole stand that appears to have been an meadow, before the final ‘whack to the summit. This is a strenuous hike for bushwhackers who don’t mind a little exploring as we’ll be checking out another woods road high on the mountain that we didn’t get to last winter.
Being November, hikers are expected to have Microspikes in their packs, weather appropriate boots and clothing (no cotton, please), and be agreeable to staying with the group for the entire hike.
Round trip: 3.5 to 4miles with 1,500ft of ascent. We’ll likely be in the woods for 6 hours which should give us time for a couple of short breaks, summit lunch, and a little exploration. Group size will be limited and rain cancels. Experienced, well behaved dogs – only by prior approval of leader.
Leader: Alan Via Peakbagr100@gmail.com
Registration: No later than 11/7. Cancel by email to Alan Via no later than Saturday, 11/9; or last minute by phone to Wendell George at 845-254-4546 before 8 AM on Sunday.
Directions: On SR 212 east of Mt. Tremper and west of Woodstock in Willow, park on the roadside about .1 miles west of Sickler Rd. past the curve.