St. Anne’s Peak in the Catskills

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St. Anne’s Peak is the most western-trailed peak in the Devil’s Path Mountain chain. It sits in the shadow of its parent, West Kill Mountain. At 3440′ anywhere else it would standout. However, between the Catskill 3500 peaks of West Kill Mountain and North Dome, it seems diminutive.

The Dirt

The lands on St. Anne’s Peak are administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC works with numerous organizations to maintain trails, lean-tos, and campsites. In the Catskills, the maintenance is done by a volunteer force.

Unless your goal is to tag the peak and return almost nobody climbs St. Anne’s to go to St. Anne’s.

The peak is usually climbed as part of the Devil’s Path Traverse or a loop hike or point-to-point for climbing West Kill Mountain. There are two trailheads for the hiker to start their journey at, depending on your plans. Both are on Spruceton Road. For the extreme adventurer, there are ways up St. Anne’s that do not require a trial. St. Anne’s is ranked 44th highest in the Catskill 100 and 9th of the Catskill 67. The peak is located in the Hunter – West Kill Mountain Wilderness Area. The summit of St. Anne’s is about 100′ north off Devil’s path as it reaches its high point on the mountain. There are no views from its summit.

To add spice to the hike to St. Anne’s it simply makes sense to add West Kill and Diamond Notch falls to the route.

Featured Photo: West Kill Mountain from Hunter. Above clockwise from top left: View from Buck Ridge Lookout looking southeast; View from Buck Ridge Lookout toward Rusk, Windham High Peak, and the Blackhead Range; Trail sign at Diamond Notch Falls; Bridge on Diamond Notch Falls over West Kill Creek; “Cave” on the way to West Kill; Diamond Notch Falls; Flume above Diamond Notch Falls; West Kill Mountain Trailhead.

Geeky Stuff

Elevation:3420+ feet, 1042+ meters
Lat / Lon:42° 10’17” N, 74° 19’14” W
Nearest higher neighbor:North Dome (3606′) 1.46-miles WNW
Line parent:West Kill Mountain (3898′) 1.59-miles ESE
Key-col:3220′ Col dropping off of St. Anne’s to West Kill.
Prominence:200′, 61m
Range:Catskill Mountains > North Peaks*
Land Unit:Hunter – West Kill Mountain Wilderness Area
Summit forest:Mixed in first growth
Nearest town:West Kill and Hunter (has best Amenities)
USGS Quad:Lexington O42074b3 1:24,000
Maps and Guide:Catskill 67, A Hiker’s Guide
NYNJTC Catskill Map Set
NY-NJTC Digital Trail Maps
* noteRange used to coincide with Catskill 67, A Hiker’s Guide.

Trail approaches

The hiker has several options hiking St. Anne’s Peak. One can simply hike to and tag the summit from the western trailhead on Devil’s Path as an out-and-back. The next three options include hiking West Kill Mountain and are highly recommended. First, is a loop hiking from one of the trailhead with a road walk in between. The other two are point-to-point with a car at either end which obviously avoids the road walk. The road walk is pleasant and might be a consideration.

Full Loop (starting at north Diamond Notch Trailhead)

Distance:10.6-milesRoute Type:Loop
Total climb:2696′ on loopHike type:Trails
How hard?DifficultTrailhead:Diamond Notch North/West Kill Mountain TH

Point-to-Point (starting at north Diamond Notch Trailhead)

Distance:7.4-milesRoute Type:Point-to-Point
Total climb:2344′Hike type:Trails
How hard?DifficultTrailhead:Start: Diamond Notch North/West Kill Mountain TH
Finish: Western Devil’s Path TH

Point-to-Point (Starting at Western trailhead for Devil’s Path)

Distance:7.4-milesRoute Type:Point-to-Point
Total climb:2668′Hike type:Trails
How hard?DifficultTrailhead:Start: Western Devil’s Path TH
Finish: Diamond Notch North/West Kill Mountain TH

Out-and-Back (starting at north Diamond Notch Trailhead)

Distance:9.96-milesRoute Type:Out-and-back
Total climb:3180′ out-and-backHike type:Trails
How hard?DifficultTrailhead:Diamond Notch North/West Kill Mountain TH

Out-and-Back (Starting at Western trailhead for Devil’s Path)

This is the only route that doesn’t go by Diamond Notch Falls or the great views on West Kill Mountain.

Distance:4.9-milesRoute Type:Out-and-back
Total climb:1927′ out-and-backHike type:Trails
How hard?Moderately-difficultTrailhead:Western Devil’s Path TH

Map of St. Anne’s Peak

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Map of St. Anne's Peak & West Kill Mountain
Scott | copyright Challenged Hiking Map of St. Anne’s Peak & West Kill Mountain

Contact information

Hunter-West Kill Wilderness
Contact Information:DEC Region 4 Stamford
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (607) 652-7365;
Backcountry Emergency: (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-408-5850 or dial 911
Location: Town of Lexington and Hunter, Greene County and the Town of Shandaken, Ulster County
Map: View Hunter-West Kill Wilderness/Rusk Mountain Wild Forest Map
Amenities:Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Hunter, Tannersville, and Woodstock.
WeatherHunter Mountain Weather