North Dome and Mount Sherrill [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area

North Dome and Mount Sherrill [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Kill, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.4 miElevation gain3,034 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifePrivate property
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As of Dec 2020, The area at Shoemaker road is private property and now marked as posted. This loop is no longer accessible to hikers. This trail took you through the Westkill Wilderness. You climb two of the 35 catskill peaks that are 3500ft and higher, North Dome and Sherill. The Bushwhack starts out on the devils path. Then take a bearing straight to North Dome. The climb up is very steep and slippery. You have to use caution due to some steep ledges. Once on top of the spruce covered summit, take another bearing to Sherill. The hike to Sherill is much easier.

NY DEC Region 4: 607-652-7365

Take NY throughway (I87) North. get of off Kingston exit or rt. 28. Take rt. 28 West to Shandaken. Make right onto rt. 42. Take rt. 42 through Deep Notch. Make right onto Spruceton Rd Take Spruceton Rd about 3.8 miles and trail head for Devils Path is on right.

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Luke Hoyt
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did it as an out and back from devil's path to north dome then sherrill then back. pain in the neck descending north dome, so steep. not the most fun hike

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christopher schuss
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Hiked Sunday 3/22. The snow was started to soften up. It made for coming down both mountains pretty interesting. Went for 2 peaks and gpad I did. only an added hour each way to from North Dome. some gorgeous views without leaves blocking anything

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Alicia C
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Great day out on the trail. Easy to follow with the snow being tracked out.

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Dave Black
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James, look up Shoemaker Rd. Where that road meets Spruceton Rd. there is a sliver of private property.

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Heidi Tanner
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A really tough and beautiful hike. Deep snow and a cold day!

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James McIntyre
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No offense, but I can not find where the usual bushwhack from Shaft Road over Sherrill and then over North Dome to the Devils Path and then out to Route 6 goes over private property. I can’t even locate a Schoonmaker Road. Can anyone clarify this?

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Ryan Ryan Vance
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Gregory Govan
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Emilson Francisco
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Timothy Newell
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Bill Winter
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These peaks are still accessible via Shaft Road, The Devil's Path or the Fisherman's lot. The actual peaks are NOT on private property.

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Ian Marchant
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This route crosses private property at Shoemaker Rd. Do not Use!

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Jennifer Ho
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Wrong recorder the actual was 7.1 miles 2460 4:30 time. Full of leaves muddy difficult no views. Ankle hurts. Not the best time. The Rick and rewarding not match.

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Eric Rosenfeld
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A true bushwhack which was not easy with all of the leaves on the ground, covering mud and slick roots and loose rocks. Devil's Path start was nice and peaceful, with some streams and peaceful country views. We could not find any type of a herd path up to North Dome but did see a few areas that looked like other hikers had been there. Some very steep and muddy areas that were rewarding to ascend. North Dome to Sherrill had some herd paths that could lead you off trail (AllTrails trail) and alternately help you on your way. Going down Sherrill to Spruceton Rd. was the worst. Lots of rocks, crevasses, downed trees and branches and all covered in leaves. Ankles and knees beware. We couldn't wait for the hike to be over. 1/2 mile from Spruceton we road came across a hunter (luckily we were both wearing bright orange). Be careful during hunting season. The last very long walk along the road 100% sealed the deal as a "this should only be done for 3500 club reasons, and not any other reason, at all," hike.

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flo alban
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Dr. David Ness
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Shawn Connolly
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Eric Scheer
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Tough trail not many view points

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Emilson Francisco
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Darren Davidowich
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Awesome bushwhack, worst part was the first mile coming down off Sherill - hard to find a good path without too many ankle grabbers. Doing this as a point to point is definitely the way to go.

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Joe Spohn
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Nice little bushwhack. Ledges up north dome had a couple of tricky parts. Picked up the herd path and followed to the col, became faint in spots up Sherrill. Coming down Sherrill try to stay NW, there’s private property and a farmers field. Pick a line and go. I really enjoyed this one. If you like bushwhacks this is a good one!

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V N
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Adam K
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Maryam Zargar
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Lots of ledges and a challenging bushwhacking experience. Make sure you know what you're doing!

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Joe Felter
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Made it to the saddle between North Dome and Sherrill when I lost the herd path. Decided to turn around and save it for another day. Considering the bushwhack back down ND I’m glad I did. Getting there.

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narasi motagan
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Extremely difficult trail conditions. Very slippery.

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Matt Hew
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Probably the most bushwhack hike of any of the bushwhacks so far. Did not find a path where the turn off was to North Dome but did find evidence of foot traffic as we pushed along however, it never developed into a herd path like others have mentioned. From the top of North Dome there is a pretty clear herd path that leads down into the col between Sherrill and then disappears only to reappear at the base of Sherrill. Path was pretty well defined to the summit but nothing to discernible as it descends back to the road. Time consuming but not overly difficult or overgrown so very manageable if you have patience.

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John Z
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This MF... North Dome- intense bushwhacking and rock scrambling while defending yourself from bugs and stinging nettles. ONLY DO IF YOU NEED TO GET THE PEAK. Sherrill- bushwhacking descent through lots of stinging nettles and bugs. Great pool at the end to take a dip in. **these were ZERO fun to do and only should be done if you want to get peaks for the 3500 club**

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