North Dome and Sherill Bushwhack

HARD 11 reviews

North Dome and Sherill Bushwhack is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Kill, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

snow

This trail takes 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. Once on top of Sherill take a final bearing down to the Westkill. When crossing Westkill use caution.

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1 month ago

From Spruceton Rd, I did the whole crossing North Dome, Sherill Mt, Balsam Mt to Stateway 42 back by the road. Steep slops with a little rocky ledge to climb to reach North Dome summit. Transition North Dome to Sherill Mt is relatively easy following a poorly marked path. Reaching Balsam Mountain was quite tricky with no view specially to find the correct crest from Sherill top (no path at all, thanks GPS). From Balsam to the top with no name on the west, a little easier. To reach Stateway 42, I followed the border of the private land at first then cut directly in the slop. It's very steep but no need to climb down to reach the road but a good observation is necessary to find the better way among the ledges. More than 9hrs to complete the loop including stops

hiking
5 months ago

I only hiked Mount Sherrill from Shaft Road. The weather was nice and there was no snow in the lower elevation. The summit had snow but nothing major. Overall it was a decent hike.

9 months ago

great hike for sure.. definitely a steep climb up north Dome..

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is probably the most underrated one in the Catskills. People don't like it, I'm told, because it's a little difficult to navigate, there's much private land to avoid and stinging nettles abound. I felt it was a great challenge though. Should only be rated "hard" in the sense that it can test ones navigational skills.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I completed this route in 2016 as I worked towards my Catskill 35s. The steep ascent up North Dome was enjoyable and strenuous; some views to be had in the right season. This is a great hike to test your newbie navigation skills. The hike up Sherrill is also strenuous but shorter.

hiking
Saturday, November 08, 2014

I did this hike end to end with a car shuttle. Started at the Spruceton Rd DEC Parking Area and hiked the red-blazed Devil's Path for about .7 of a mile and jagged right crossing a small stream and headed for a ridge coming north off North Dome. Once you leave the Devil's Path the rest of the trail, to the finish, is a bushwhack. Once I made the ridge it was a straight shot to the summit. The canister at the summit is a little harder to see when the leaves are off the trees and snow is on the ground, but range around a bit and you should be able locate it. Coming off North Dome heading west to Sherrill, I made for the center of the col between North Dome and Sherrill. There are several ways up Sherrill if you do a map recon but none of them look any better than the others so I just shot a dead-straight azimuth up the mountain and followed it to the summit canister. It should be noted that the east side of both mountains is covered in boulders and ledges. One after another. You should be in good hiker shape to attempt these two peaks. Once I crossed over Sherrill I headed basically west, down hill for nearly 2.5 miles to the DEC Parking area at Shaft Rd, off Hwy 42. My total distance was 6.3 miles and it took me 5 hours 30 minutes exactly. I normally like post my gpx track but on the trail-less peaks I don't do that. You'll enjoy the hike more if you find the canister on your own!

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