Tag Archives: Diamond Notch Trail

Hunter Mountain is the second highest peak in the Catskills and the highest peak in New York with a Fire Tower. Hunter has a complex history as it was a center for logging with much, but not all of its slopes logged. There have been many fires on Hunter one as recent as 2019. The summit fire tower and other viewpoints along trails make Hunter a worthwhile peak to visit. Having said this, it is…

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West Kill Mountain from John Robb Lean-to

West Kill Mountain is the tallest peak on Devil’s Path at 3898 feet. It’s closest higher neighbor is Hunter Mountain that is 3.13-miles away at a Bearing 77.6° True or 90.7° Magnetic. It’s Isolation Limit Point is 3-miles away just below Hunter’s Summit. West Kill’s Isolation Circle Area is a large 27.7 mi² (71.8 km²). It was heavily glaciated and has many ridges with cirques in which small glaciers carved the slopes of this massive…

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John Robb Lean-to

Lean-tos in the Hunter – West Kill Wilderness and Rusk Mountain Wild Forest are included in this description. These lean-tos make for a great overnight or weekend-long outings to explore the surrounding area. They 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…

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Diamond Notch Falls in the Catskills

This short hike from a remote trailhead in the Catskill Mountains has it all. Diamond Notch Falls will give the young hiker a “wilderness” feel with a lot to see along the way. The reward after the 0.86-mile almost level walk is one of the prettiest waterfalls in these mountains. This short hike is popular and great for kids. You’ll share it waterfall enthusiasts, artists, day and through-hikers, swimmers, and more! View from the base…

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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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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. Read more here!

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