Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great hike! The west side of Sugarloaf had some very steep and rocky hand over hand climbing. Two nice vistas on Sugarloaf (getting pretty overgrown) plus beautiful views at the quarry and pond. One of my favorite hikes.
Good trail. Some steep ascents but all in all not bad. Nice shale lounge on the south side
Sugarloaf Mountain can be summed up in one word: fulfilling. I am surprised no one else reviewed this mountain because this hike has it all. I disagree with the consensus that this trail is moderate because it will definitely be difficult for some on the descent. My Uncle and I trekked this mountain at a steady pace with multiple inclines varying from steep to rock scrambles. You will come upon a man-made rock throne that makes for a memorable photo. There are thousands of shale rocks piled in groups that mimic a scene out of Conan the Barbarian. After this encounter, you will stumble upon a beaver dam that is breathtaking. It began to mist as we gazed upon the dam overlooked by looming trees which added to the majestic experience. The views overlooking the Catskill peaks are worthwhile and not as overgrown as most peaks have become in this region. The descent is where things get a little tricky and you have to follow the correct color path you are on. They are not spaced out conveniently so you need to be aware of your bearings. In case of rain, be mindful of the many flat rocks you must shimmy down as the down slope becomes a hazard if you are not taking your time. We fell a few times by taking the lightest step onto these rocks - make sure your hiking boots are in pristine shape. You actually begin to ascend again after a while which may confuse you to believe you took the wrong path back to complete the loop. A pattern of ups and downs happens frequently for about 2 miles until you reach the end of the loop. Overall, this hike has been my favorite of my slew of Catskill expeditions. A true gem that deserves more recognition.