Plateau Mountain from Stony Clove Trail is a 10.1 mile loop trail located near Hunter, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
Nice view from the lookout before the summit. Would be a good place to camp overnight because it is only 1.2 miles from the road. But it is a very steep climb to this view. The actual summit of Plateau has no view.
I hiked to this mountain (Plateau) from Notch Inn Road, not the usual route. I made a loop out of the hike at the turn around by following the Devil's Path down to Notch Lake and then following Hwy 214 back to Notch Inn Road. A total loop hike of 9.65 miles. The advantages of this hike is that I encountered all of the vistas along both the Blue Blazed Long Path/Warner Creek Trail but also those along the Red Blazed Devils Path. The start of the trail is Yellow Blazed (a connector trail) for the first .75 miles. Be careful where you park and be sure to pull as far off the road as possible. There is no designated parking at the trailhead on Notch Inn Road, and no trail register. The trail up Daley Ridge is steep but the switch backs are helpful. Right now there are LOTS of nettles out. Once you reach the top of an unnamed 3400 foot peak the rest of the hike to the Devil Path and Plateau Mtn is relatively mild. The hike down Devil Path to Notch Lake and Hwy 214 is brutal, very steep and lots of loose rocks. The final hike back to the start point along 214 is easy because it's all down hill. Highly recommend this hike, although I rate the trail as difficult, but the views make the effort worthwhile. I did not encounter another hiker on this route for the entire hike. If you are looking for solitude, this one may work.
Steep and strenuous. Just keeps going up. The top is worth it. Amazing updrafts cool you off and you can see great views of hunter mtn. Then it's like a nature trail for the plateau section. Getting back down is harder than going up. Lots of loose stone and pebbles. And lots of bear poop! Make plenty of noise. And bring plenty of water