Pondview slab offers an excellent view of the pond, sunsets, and a few other mountains. South-facing, it receives much sunlight and wind.
The base is very soft, compiling of loose dirt topped with pine needles.
Vegetation is thick, and blow-down after a winter season can make the trail from the pond difficult.
From the parking lot: Hike to the summit. Once at the summit, hang a left heading towards the pond. Right before the trails starts steeply heading downhill, there's a herd path to the slab.
From the pond: find the trail that goes up the side of the mountain (not the front) until you begin to top out. (If you're walking up a dried out stream bed, that is the wrong trail. That will take you around the front of the mountain.) At that point, a herd path will be on your right out to the top of the slab.
This climb is probably more worth the view than the actual climb, but regardless, still rewarding.Start on the ledge after rappelling (see details in location). It starts in a corner which opens up to an arete. Moving right off of the arete is the crux. Once past here, head up, migrating right, over some small trees, eventually leading to a crack below an overhang. Climb to the overhang, escape left, up and over the ledge to the top....[more]Browse More Classics in NY