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Blackhead Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Purling, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,745 ft Route type Loop

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Lawrence Fialkow
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Hiking

Here is a much more challenging and rewarding variation of this loop trail. Start at the Cole Mountain trailhead in Maplecrest. Hike the entire Blackhead Range, Cole, Black Dome, and Blackhead. Then continue north along the Escarpment trail to Wyndam Mountain. From there, descend along the tail leading to the road to Maplecrest, and go through the small town and back to the starting point. About 18 miles.

C G.
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HikingBugsRocky

Great Hike, Very challenging but doable. My group followed the alltrails app and went clockwise. The trail was great.Going down there is lose flagstone and not as many turns. From the trail head you follow a stream that has a nice swimming spot. There are no views at the summit but you do get views going up and down. Once at the top you can go on a little ways to get a view and go over to the dome, however i did not. Would I do this hike again? Yes Did I like the views? They could have been better, but they were worth the hike.

Gutts Ortiz
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Challenging hike for beginners.

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Raahul Ramakrishnan
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HikingIcyRockyScramble

Blackhead mountain was a really enjoyable trail. We just hiked it yesterday on May 5th 2020, and the conditions were great for a rewarding and challenging hike. It has a good diversity of difficulty levels across the duration of the hike, including some tricky scrambling portions over ice. We managed without crampons or picks. We approached the mountain from the north side, which I would highly recommend as those icy stretches around 3600 ft would be extremely difficult going downhill. The northern section of the loop has you following a beautiful river bed up to the steeper portions of the mountain, while the southern and western part of the loop are down relatively easy, moderate-grade, rocky trails without ice. The total trail took us about three and a half hours. We're all fit and in our late twenties but were reasonably fatigued after the hike - thus we opted out of the second ascent up black dome. get ready to sweat, challenge yourself, and truly enjoy a really nice hike.

Sean Garrity
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Hiking

Pretty cool trail. Went in the direction shown by the map. Very icy at the very end towards the summit at the ~60% grade portion. Was able to pull it off with microspikes and an ice axe but I didn't love it. Crampons would be good a good choice for this part

Ally Engelberg
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HikingIcy

Did Blackhead and Blackdome- the descent from Blackhead was a 0.5 mile sheet of ice. We felt this was pretty dangerous. We had spikes but no crampons. Spent most of it butt-sliding. The rest of the hike was quite pleasant!

Austin Whyte
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HikingIcy

Great trail. It has a little bit of the view at top, slightly rocky going up, and a little ice for the last quarter mile up.

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Corinne L
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HikingIcyMuddy

Hiked this beautiful trail yesterday! Not too many people out when we got there around 10:45 am. We started on the red trail and then went up the on the yellow marked half. Near the summit is still very icy, even with spikes and we did not feel comfortable since it is very steep! We ended up doing this as an out and back which was still a great hike.

Doug L.
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Hiked this as an out and back 3/16/2020. A short distance from the parking area look for the stonewall remains from an 1810 sawmill on your right. First junction stayed on red (right) markers. Above 3000’ spikes needed. Second junction yellow (left) markers. Above short scramble, great views of Hunter Mountain. Snowy summit and Camp Steel overlook.

Autumn Johnson
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HikingIcy

One of my favorite and most beautiful trails in the area. We took the yellow trail up past the lean-to. Definitely need spikes starting around 3000ft & crampons for the last ascent to the peak. Many very experienced hikers turning back due to sketchy ice at the top. Overall a beautiful trail with views of the valley- we had a great time!

Shadey Mercado
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

I did this trail clockwise and I am so grateful for it. It starts off super nice with almost no ice and a nice and steady incline, until you reach the last mile or so. Then it's rocks completely cover with ice. There was very little you could hold on to. Getting up was the most challenging thing I've done in a long time, and there is no view on the summit. I had my spikes, but they weren't enough. I slipped from one of the rocks and fell off trail to the side of the mountain.

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Lauren Hsu
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HikingIcySnow

Super pretty with the snow. Grateful for the crampons and walking pole. Some parts were definitely steep and icy. We went clockwise and I’m glad we did but we did pass a few people coming the other way

Michael Wendolowski
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Spikes are convenient at the start but required at the last push to summit. A few tricky sections but nothing you couldn’t handle by taking your time.

Kat Bridges
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Incredibly beautiful trail, excellent views on this clear day. I'd strongly recommend going clockwise and using crampons.

Becca V.
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HikingIcySnow
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