Tag Archives: Diamond Notch Lean-to

John Robb Lean-to

Lean-tos in the Hunter – West Kill Wilderness are included in this description. These lean-tos make for a great overnight or weekend-long outings to explore the surrounding area. These are also located close enough to trailheads to make for a nice first camping experience. Beware that these are popular lean-tos especially on the weekends and holidays. One can find tent spots near each one. There are three lean-tos in the area and all have merit.…

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Southwest Hunter Mountain AKA Leavitt Peak

Southwest Hunter Mountain is also known as Leavitt Peak in honor of the Leavitt’s, two Catskill 3500 Club founders. However, in this writing I will refer to the mountain by it’s official name of Southwest Hunter Mountain to avoid confusion with maps. The peak was originally not part of the official Catskill 3500 requirement list as it was considered a spur ridge of Hunter Mountain. There was disagreement among the early club members and it…

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Diamond Notch Lean-to

Devil’s Path is home to some of the Catskill Mountain’s most dramatic scenery. Most people visit Devil’s Path on day trips, but to experience this trail and get the full impact of the wilderness feel it provides, one should camp at one of its many great camping locations. NOTE: Devil’s Tombstone Campground will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Some stuff you need to know Before we talk about camping spots on Devil’s…

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View from Friday Mountain at the canister of Devil's Path

One of the Catskill’s most visited and dramatic trails is Devil’s Path. It can make an unforgettable multi-day backpacking experience. It can also be broken down into loops for several nice overnight trips using connector / access trails. What’s in a name? The name can be traced to early settlers who thought the Catskill’s were host to the devil. The Devil’s Path mountains were said to be formed by the devil slapping its tail and creating…

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Chris at Buck Ridge Lookout on Westkill Mountain

West Kill Mountain is the 6th highest peak in the Catskills topping out at 3,891 feet. There are two trails to access the mountain, Devil’s Path and Diamond Notch. However, like all other peaks, there are ways to ascend that don’t involve the comfort of a marked path. West Kill is no exception. Chris came to me and said he was looking at the map for West Kill and he thought it would be fun to…

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Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.
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