Tag Archives: Hunter Mountain

Hunter fire tower view

The Spruceton Trail is a very popular approach to Hunter’s summit and with a return on Devil’s Path makes a great circuit hike. The Spruceton Trail follows the old jeep road that serviced the fire tower. This is a well-graded trail and has a few moderately steep sections. You can hike an out-and-back on the Spruceton Trail or extend your day on Devil’s Path and make it a wonderful, but more challenging loop. The trail…

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Sanford Robinson Gifford [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hunter Mountain is one of our favorite year-round go to hikes. At one time named Greenland Mountain, Hunter Mountain is a central part of the mountains of Devil’s Path and the Lexington Range. It was named for John Hunter a landlord from New York City. Hunter is the highest peak in this range and is the second loftiest summit in the Catskills and is one of two peaks of the 3500 footers with a fire tower. For…

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View from Hunter Mountain Fire Tower

Hiking in the Catskills is challenging and fun!. Add some fire tower steps and this boosts the experience. Every now and then climbing a fire tower is as exhilarating as the hike itself. As one starts up the wide stairway at the tower base well below the canopy the ascent quickly becomes more narrow and the treetops get closer. As the visitor ascends near or above the canopy fantastic views begin to show and the…

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Place among the Catskill 35 High Peaks: 2nd Difficulty rating: Moderate to Strenuous depending on the route Elevation: 4040 feet above sea level. Interesting Features: Historic Fire Tower & Observers Cabin, Ski Lift to Colonels Chair Trailhead, Devils Tombstone, and First growth in Becker Hollow & small section on Colonels Chair Trail (last remaining on Hunter!) Best time to visit: Anytime Trail-head: Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY 12492 –GPS: 42°11’02.9″N 74°16’18.0″W Hunter Mountain Hike Log November 2012 This…

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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 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…

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