Family Hike – Spruceton Trail to Jones Gap

Difficulty rating: Easy – Moderate
Best time to visit: Anytime
Trail-head: Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY 12492 – GPS: 42°11’02.9″N 74°16’18.0″W
Hike Log January 2014

See our photos of hiking to Jones Gap

Chris in Jones Gap in Winter
Chris on the Catskill’s Spuceton Trail at Jones Gap in Winter

On this hike there are many features, this is an ideal trip for families including the younger generation. At 3 miles round trip and with easy to moderate grades this is a fun hike. The first notable feature you’ll see is the horse trail and the brook that parallels the it for the first half mile. What child does not like horses and water? However you’ll have to keep an eye on the trail so you don’t step in horse poop!

Next, is probably for the teenager to young adult and who I normally find staring longingly at the views. The views are outstanding but only in the fall, winter and spring when the leaves are down. This short trip is about 1.5 miles Jones’ Gap which is as small junction from which if you want you can start the steeper climb up Hunter.

In the winter it is an open spot that may be windy. In the summer it is shaded with an open grass area to rest at. Finally if you go in the winter season, you under any fine guidance should wear clothing for staying dry and warm as it will be cold and you should bring snowshoes.

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