This is a fun hike over a beautiful range in the Catskills. You will climb 3 different peaks in this hike and have various views from near the wooded summits of each. To do this one-way hike you can shuttle cars or, as I did, drop a bike off at the Big Hollow Trailhead and bike back to the starting trailhead when you are done with the hike.
Directions to Big Hollow Trailhead:
Take exit 21 from I-87 to route 23 west. Folow 23 west for 20.5 miles and then make a left onto Brooksburg Road (County Road 65). Follow Brooksburg road for almost a mile and then make a left onto Sealy Road. Travel 2.1 miles down this road and then make a left
onto Big Hollow Road. Take Big Hollow Road 4.2 miles to the trailhead. Here you will drop a shuttled car or as I did a mountain bike so you can bike back to the other trailhead.
To get to the trailhead you will start off on backtrack on Big Hollow Road thorugh MapleCrest and then turn onto Barnum Road just south of the town off Sealy Road (county road 40). At the end of Barnum road you'll find a parking lot to park in.
Park here and start heading up the trail over Thomas Cole and the rest of the range. You'll reach the top of the ridge after a steep ascent but then you'll have to walk along the range a bit to get to the true summit of Thomas Cole.