After the fire tower, find the yellow-blazed Hunter Trail that leads to the Devil's Acre lean-to. Make right onto rt. The first 1.8mi were pretty easy, once you reach the sign to turn right up hunter Mountain it becomes steep. It climbs the mountain at a slightly steeper rate. Intermediate. Following Hunter, you will follow a trail down to the Devil's Path that is a little rock with stream run off. There is a water source on the trail and a shelter. I ended up clocking 8.4 miles. Sustained steep climbing. Good view from the fire tower. On the other hand, walking out via the Devil’s Path and Southwest Hunter makes the hike long: 10 miles is 10 miles, and that route includes steeper trail sections. It depend on how far they plow. Long inclined walk through the forest. Palenville, NY Intermediate. Decent amount of vertical gain on first half of trail second half gets a little harder. Of all the trails on Hunter Mountain, the Spruceton Trail and Diamond Notch Trail are most suitable for mountain biking. You will pass the John Robb lean to and break off to Colonel's Chair. The forest is located in Greene County in the towns of Hunter, Jewett, and Lexington. The trail itself is a beautiful wooded trail up to the top of Bear Mountain, then continuing north, the trail is a fire road with nice foliage all the way back to Spruceton Rd. Not very technical but some nice incline to get the heart rate up. 3.4 mi 5.4 km #1 Spruceton Trail. The trail the continues to decline, mostly rocky with stream run off in multiple areas. At 2.1 miles the trail passes the John Robb lean-to. Its an easy 35er to complete. This is a well-graded trail and has a few moderately steep sections. Colonel's Chair Trail (1.7 miles, yellow markers) On the Devil's Path, the trail will run directly infront of the Devil's acre lean-to. Hunter Mountain (Spruceton) is open Year Round. Trails in Hunter Mountain - 7. The way up is a steady upgrade for certain but it does level off here and there for some relief! Follow the yellow Colonels Chair trail up 1.1 miles to the intersection with the blue Spruceton trail. 42. There's a few steep sections and a couple nice spots to sit and rest. Did the loop counter clockwise. Great hike and I agree with others that suggest doing this hike counter clockwise, which is the way I approached this hike. At 2.2 miles, the trail passes a lean-to and the diamond notch. Hunter Mountain (Spruceton) is open Year Round. Otherwise, it would have taken a good bit less time. This is featured as a winter day trip with a steady ascent from the parking lot to a shelter on top of Hunter Mountain and back but you can also stay in the shelter overnight or even do this as a nice run. The trail may get busy at this point if there are people coming from the Hunter Mountain ski area, riding to the top of the ski lift and entering the trail here. A short distance passed this is … We kept a fast pace down the mountain which would have been faster except for the many small stones strewn on the trail. When you come down the fire road you do pop out at different parking area and need to walk down the road a bit to get back to the proper parking area. Awesome views from fire tower at the top, but felt at least 15 degrees colder at the top of the tower compared to the bottom. One warning, in the first 1/2 mile we spotted a copperhead that crossed the trail right in front of us. Amazing views the whole way up and even better from fire tower. (see below) Popular hiking trails in the area include the Devil’s Path, Becker Hollow and the Colonel’s Chair. Wide forest horse path/road all the way up to the firetower. Continue straight ahead at this junction, and in about 250 feet, you'll reach the Devil's Acre Lean-to, just to the right of the trail - … In the beginning it will go through a number of switchbacks. On the way up, path gets rocky but it is by no means a scramble at any point. The Spruceton Trail follows the old jeep road that serviced the fire tower. Great hike. Intermediate. Still was a little snow at the top but easy without any snow gear. Ended up clocking about 13 miles. Spruceton Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. There are only two views of note, Diamond Notch Falls and the fire tower at the top of Bear Mountain. Spruceton Trail (3.4 miles, blue markers): The Spruceton Trail extends from the Spruceton Road Parking Lot to the summit of Hunter Mountain. Sheila and I left the parking area and I made up my mind to keep a constant but not necessarily fast pace. The Spruceton Trail is 3.5 miles and an accent of 1,900 feet versus Mink Hollow Trail at 2.1 miles and 2,200 feet accent. The trail extends south from Spruceton Road through Diamond Notch, and descends down to connect with Diamond Notch Road. Hunter is the second highest in the Catskills. Besides the gorgeous tower, which offers one of the finest views in the Catskills, the trail is everything you’d want to find in a mountain hike, assuming you want to be immersed in wilderness while spending a few (thousand) calories clambering your way up very steep inclines. Hunter Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Catskills and part of the Catskills 3500 club, if you are working on your list. 28. The area at the lean to is also very swampy and weedy. A gentle three mile hike with an ascent of 1,300' from the south of … Continue straight ahead to the devil's Acre lean-to and spring. There was also a stretch with some nice wildflowers lining the path on the way up. Colonel’s Chair Trail (1.7 miles, ascent 457′ to Spruceton Trail, yellow markers) An interesting trail that starts at the Colonel’s Chair on the Hunter Mountain Ski Center. The Spruceton Trail extends from the Spruceton Road Parking Lot to the summit of Hunter Mountain. Terrain is easy and there isn’t much variation in it throughout the trail. There were a few short spots that were very muddy, but mostly dry. The mountain gets crowded on the weekends. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Some parts are covered with driveway gravel. --Jennifer. To follow this approach, park at the end of Spruceton Rd. If you aren’t climbing the fire tower you probably won’t see much at the top. Difficult hike to the top but well worth the effort. Moderate hike at best but only for the length and unrelenting incline for most part. The trail is open to all who will pay the price of a chair lift ride to the trailhead at the Colonel's Chair. The way down is indeed a fire road and can be a bit steep in some spots! The views from the fire tower are worth it, but be prepared to take breaks. In the beginning it follows a flowing brook that will be on the right side of the trail. Check out the view from the lean-to on the way down. The Spruceton Trail is not technically difficult but the gradient gradually increases to 20%. The trailhead for Hunter Mountain is for hiking and no where is stated on the trail board that primitive camping is allowed. The last stretch was challenging because we were getting worn out, and wanted to finally reach the summit. Just before the Devil's Acre Lean-to, the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail departs to the north. You will hit a steep incline of the trail following this and then will be at the Hunter Mountain summit and fire tower. There was good amount of water in the brook which made the hike pleasant. Beautiful day for a hike! The herd path is well defined and easy to follow. Take rt. Fast hike to top and easy to run down. Lean to has great views as well. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. I didn't feel that this hike was all that difficult, maybe on the harder side of moderate. We went counter clockwise, and we thought it was a great hike. It reaches the trail junction at the site of the old fire tower after 1.35 miles (2.17 km). You will have to find logs and rocks to cross. Many fellow hikers at the fire tower and the way down. Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road, Southwest Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Road, Hunter and Leavitts Peak via Devil's Path, Devils Path Hike: Spruceton Road to Prediger Road, Westkill Mountain via Diamond Notch Trail (Blue, Rusk Mountain and Evergreen Mountain Bushwack via Devil's Path Trailhead, Southwest Hunter Mountain via Devil’s Path, Hunter Mountain and Southwest Hunter Mountain Loop via Spruceton Road, West Kill Mountain, Soutwest Hunter Mountain, and Hunter Mountain Loop, Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail. Your best option is to sleep in your car or truck and run the risk of DEC giving you … get of off Kingston exit or rt. It is part of the old Jeep Trail. Not only counterclockwise, but maybe a better way might have been to go back the way I came after the fire tower - which was closed, but you can go up the stairs to almost the top - I didn't like the carriage trail down too much - the forest on the way up was way cooler - keep an eye out for the 'party' with the grey birch and the pines - lots of good energy in that spot - peace out. Great Hikes: Hunter Mountain Spruceton Trail 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. Going straight continues you to the Devils Path. It’s a wide trail the whole way up. The steep sections can be a little strenuous, but there is nothing technical on this trail. Enjoy rewarding vistas from the top of Hunter Mountain. This trail follows a wide dirt road which provides access to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. I walk slowly and walked for 5 hours. 3.22: 4,015’ Trail Junction (4-corner) - Go RIGHT : 3.26: 4,006’ Beautiful Ledge looking over Spruceton Valley : 3.30: 4,015’ Return back to 4-corner Trail Junction. We walk slow. Add Your Trails. Dog friendly and easy to follow. Summit of Hunter Mountain & Fire Tower. Going left will bring you to Rt 214 Becker Hollow. The picture on the right shows the entrance to the trail to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower. This hike goes straight up and straight down with only a bit of plateau at the summit. Wonderful wide trail that goes up to the Hunter fire tower. But it was a great challenge. It was a long day. Micro spikes recommended at this point. Spruceton Trail is a trail on West Kill and Hunter Brook in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness, Rusk Mountain Wild Forest, Catskill Park, NY. This loop also works well in reverse. This trail was developed during the 1937 season primarily as a ski trail from the Stony Clove Road (Route 214) near Lanesville to the Spruceton Road near its junction with the old Spruceton-Hunter Road. Great day for a hike 1-5 inches of ice/snow depending on where you are on the trail. Here I am starting up the mountain, with trail-less high peak Rusk Mountain in the distance. Still some ice at the top. This is a really great trail. At 2.4 miles the trail passes the Colonel's Chair Trail that leads to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area. Hunter Mountain “ A forest road climb to a fire tower and ranger station on the the second highest peak in the Catskills. "Tom, Peter, Mimi and I met in the Spruceton trail PA to get in a quick romp of SW Hunter and Hunter before the big snowstorm comes arrives. The trail begins at the rusted yellow gate. Take the scenic sky-ride to the 3200′ knob and hike your way to the summit. Soon, you will pass a trail register (please sign). Fun hike up. The fire tower was closed at the top of Hunter mountain due to COVID-19*. At 2.4 miles the trail passes the Colonel's Chair Trail that leads to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area. Not overly challenging but not a walk in the park. Diamond Notch is beautiful, but heavily populated. There are some spots where the trail gets steep, but the entire trail is a wide horse trail free of rocks or boulders, that you could essentially drive a vehicle up. Definitely muddy is some spots. Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hunter, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 42 through Deep Notch. Very enjoyable stream and woods on the way up. 2778 Spruceton Rd West Kill NY 12492. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. This is a very beautiful trail. Steep in parts but nothing technical. Make right onto Spruceton Rd Take Spruceton Rd to end and trail head for Diamond Notch trail is on right. Very well marked and easy to follow trail. Upstate New York's premier four season resort featuring skiing & riding terrain for all abilities and snow tubing during the winter; plus events & activiti You‘ll hike along a river and towards the beginning you can take a small detour to cross a bridge and climb onto some rocks where the waterfall is. There are some beautiful viewpoints (marked out on the map) along the way. The trailhead for Hunter Mountain is for hiking and no where is stated on the trail board that primitive camping is allowed. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hiking Project is built by hikers like you. There was a pretty waterfall on the way up and a nice stop with a pretty view just off the trail. Definitely a challenge. Sections of this part of the Devil's Path rise sharply but others are relatively flat. If you are completing your 3500s, you may as well do that too while you are here. We did this hike on 8/15/20 with our dog. A trail to the Colonel's Chair at the top of the Hunter Mountain Ski Area is clearly marked about halfway up the trail. Take NY throughway (I87) North. Mild incline the entire first half then steep incline for around a mile & then the top is flat. Definitely do it counter clockwise. I wish it was more of a trail than a road that a car could drive up but overall it was good. Hunter Mountain Fire Tower via Colonel's Chair. It ends at a junction with the red-blazed Devil's Path, also marked by a sign. Completed 2/21/20 through snow. Personal preference, but hikes like this aren’t very interesting to me. This trail follows a wide dirt road which provides access to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. Tower was closed but you could still climb to almost the top. Trail to Hunter Summit is a wide, well graded, horse trail. We passed the spur trail to the lean-to at 11:35 AM. Following Diamond Notch, you can continue west to go towards West Kill, or follow the horse trail out, similar to the one you took up Hunter, back to Prediger Road. I created this Hunter Mountain hiking trail yelp to distinguish it from Hunter Mountain and all the skiing/other activities there. If it were to have rained a day or two before, a few parts of the trail can get muddy and hard to navigate to. The lean-to is heavily used and is it a bit disrepair, it could probably be fixed up soon. Awesome trail. There’s a nice spot to put your feet in the stream, if you’d like, just near the end. This trail is wide enough that it also makes for a nice easy ski back down or can be used to access other ski runs in the area. At 1 mile, the trail passes Diamond Notch Falls and the intersection with the Devils Path. A nice hike! Going up about 5 miles but coming down around 3.5 miles is great!! I had considered doing the loop to Southwest Hunter but I decided against it for the sake of time. Hunter Mountain Wild Forest encompasses almost 11,000 acres in the northeast portion of the Catskill Park. Trail is very well marked with “foot path” placards on trees and signs at forks in the road. It was pretty steep so you get cardio, but terrain was easy to navigate (except of course when I fell in the mud lol). Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back RECOMMENDED ROUTE. Great views from the top of the chairlift (see them here). The Old Hunter Road (abandoned 1937) is straight, wide, and modest ascent. At 2.1 miles the trail passes the John Robb lean-to. I wasn’t a fan of the loose gravel trail on much of the way down, it’s tedious, but it was a short trip down. Not sure why this trail is marked hard... it is probably one of the easiest if not the easiest 3500' peak to climb. After passing the lean-to, you will go past the SW Hunter herd path. Hike up Hunter Mountain with the option to turn this hike into a loop by coming back on Devil's Path. "Tom, Peter, Mimi and I met in the Spruceton trail PA to get in a quick romp of SW Hunter and Hunter before the big snowstorm comes arrives. Loose rocks and muddy/flooded sections that you can get around. First a short road walk to get over to the Diamond Notch trail then onto the Devils Path to ascend to the can on the SW peak. Oh... Great views from the firetower!!! Palenville, NY 3 1.5 mi 2.4 km #2 Hunter Mountain Trail. Outside of the lean-to, there are also several other great designated camping spots to set up for the night. 3 Reviews. From the parking area, follow the blue-blazed Spruceton Trail northward. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Take the Hunter Mountain Scenic Skyride to the 3,200-foot summit to access the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower trail. This trail was nice and long. This part can be fairly muddy in parts. I appreciated having water on the trail, but other than that there's very little that could be considered a point of interest. Full Details. There is also another great spring at the bottom of a short trail. Parking lot was almost full by 8:45am on a Saturday. Very enjoyable day hike, and another NE 111 completed! Spruceton Trail is a 10.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. After about half a mile, the trail crosses Hunter Brook on a wide wooden bridge and then makes a sharp right turn. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Leaving Geiger Point, the trail is very muddy in spots, almost like a bog. Soon, you will pass a trail register (please sign). In winter you may have to park a half mile from trail head. There are basically no views from the trail itself, but you can take a detour to the John Robb shelter, or climb the fire tower at the summit. 28 West to Shandaken. Find the red-blazed Devil's Path and hike 2.1 miles to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail. Part of the trail can get really rocky so just beware and bring good foot ware. Nothing rewarding when you reach the top and the hike down was merely a fire road. Leaving SW Hunter, you will come up on Geiger Point, one of most gorgeous views on this hike. Tagged on Southwest hunter. After about half a mile, the trail crosses Hunter Brook on a wide wooden bridge and then makes a sharp right turn. 3.41: 3,812’ Return back to Trail Junction for summit loop : 5.40: 1,792’ DEC Parking lot where your car is … Virtual Tour of Spruceton Trail. At the top there is a Fire Tower, picnic table and caretaker’s cabin. It is only a 15 minute detour from the Devil's Path. You will pass through a large swath of stinging nettles as you near the bottom of the mountain near the intersection of Diamond Notch. Go left on the Spruceton trail (blue) all the way up to the Hunter Mountain fire tower. From the parking area, follow the blue-blazed Spruceton Trail northward. It took us about 5.5 hours, we had a very long delay when I fell in one of the muddy spots and made a huge mess of myself and my phone. Hiking shoes or at least sneakers with a good grip on the bottom (especially for slippery rocks) are highly recommended. Took four hours round trip with out pushing ourselves and a decent lunch break at lean to. The trail gets really beautiful following this point, with a wonderful blend of conifers and hardwoods. Follow the blue blazes from the trailhead to the summit of hunter mountain. Your best option is to sleep in your car or truck and run the risk of DEC giving you … You may have to wait to view the falls at times. The Spruceton Trail to Hunter has several areas that usually have ice flows that cover most of the trail. Eventually you will come to a beautiful spring that pours out into a wooden horse bucket. These trails are used primarily to access the Summit of Hunter Mountain, although … I got my gear on and we started back at down the Spruceton Trail. Pretty steep at times but nothing technically difficult. Right after the spring, you will find a break off for the John Robb lean-to. Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road, Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail, Southwest Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Road, Hunter and Leavitts Peak via Devil's Path, Devils Path Hike: Spruceton Road to Prediger Road, Westkill Mountain via Diamond Notch Trail (Blue, Rusk Mountain and Evergreen Mountain Bushwack via Devil's Path Trailhead, Southwest Hunter Mountain via Devil’s Path, Hunter Mountain and Southwest Hunter Mountain Loop via Spruceton Road, West Kill Mountain, Soutwest Hunter Mountain, and Hunter Mountain Loop. The view from the tower is great. Hunter Mountain Ski Center and continues to State land where it intersects the Spruceton Trail. This trail is easy and kind of boring, it's just humping it up or down a forest road. Leaving the brook, you will cross a wooden bridge and the trail will begin to elevate. Scary walk up the tower leading to amazing panoramic views of the area. First a short road walk to get over to the Diamond Notch trail then onto the Devils Path to ascend to the can on the SW peak. The Trails: Spruceton Road. Loved this loop!! Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Great views from the fire tower. Take rt. This trail intersects the red-blazed Devil's Path after about 1.35 miles. Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hunter, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. There is an intersection after the summit on a short spurt to the right where you can view SW Hunter. NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. It's a good route if you're just in a hurry to bag Hunter Mountain, but I wouldn't recommend it for people who like to go on hikes. The Hunter Mountain Trail descends gently for 1.4 miles, making two sharp turns on the way. Hunter Mountain: Spruceton Trail hike up Hunter Mountain - See 455 traveler reviews, 213 candid photos, and great deals for Hunter, NY, at Tripadvisor. You’ll pass a few other parking areas for trails but this one is literally at the end. Shared By: SpencerB BB. If you do this trail, you do need to go ALL the way to the end of Spruceton Road. Highly recommend counter clockwise for this loop. The area can be accessed from NYS Route 214 and Greene County Route 6 (Spruceton Road). We also spent a good bit of time at the summit having lunch. Back on the main trail again, you will find a cut-off for the Colonel's Chair and ski life at the top of the Hunter Mountain skiing resort. Overall, a fabulous day!! The ascent via the Spruceton trail is moderate 7 miles. We had to spend a lot of time cleaning everything because it was pretty deep mud. Watch out for them in the leaf piles! The fire tower was OPEN, so we got to go all the way up and the view was absolutely beautiful. 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