Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
This hike is no joke! We went up the eastern side (red path) -- the first two miles were not too hard, with a nice view and a path past a waterfall. But once you get on the top ridge (after the crossroads) there is an extremely steep ascent where you are scrambling up rocky paths. The descent was almost as treacherous. The day we went, it had rained the previous night and the rocks were very slick on the path down.
Overall, a very diverse and challenging hike! Vistas are not the best but it's a pretty wooded area with a lot of variety.
It was s nice hike. We took the red path up to Twin Peak. The trail is well marked and you begin on yellow, move onto blue and red takes you to the top. We retraced out ascent back down instead of completing the loop as the additional .7 mile trek up to the peak was quite steep. The hike took 5 hours but we stopped for lunch. It was strenuous and we were in all fours part of the time but it was worth the effort. I am a fiit 61 and would do it again. There was a nice stream and a beaver pond on the way up. The views were good but not great.
Absolutely fantastic trail. The forests are lovely and it's constantly in the shade. You go from smooth inclines to really steep climbs, and it's a great hiking experience for those who enjoy some climbing. Forests, swamps, cliffs, everything is wonderfully photogenic. The name Twin Mountain Trail is misleading, however, because the actual trail does NOT go onto Twin Mountain Peak, it goes to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. If you want to to the twin mountain peak, add an additional 1.4 miles to your trek (.7 to the top of twin mtn and then .7 back), that part being a 1000 foot elevation change in a short distance. Take out some time for the hike, it's not short due to the steep inclines. But overall, great challenging trail, and definitely worth it for the hike itself.
It was a great experience with challenges to over come. I recommend doing this trail.
Truly a great hike.very challenging at times, however very rewarding at the end. Twin mountain has two summits or clearing so do not get confused. Also the trail leading up to the peak run towards another mountain, so do not get confused as the loop runs to a fork in the trail and there's a .7 mile hike to the twin mt summit. You will need to back track that .7 miles to get back onto the loop if desired. Over all a very very good hike.
It's a great hike !! But demanding at times but it's worth it !!
i did this trail in combination with indian head. twin mountain is one of my most favorite hikes so far. the trail is well marked with some fun rock scrambles. views from the top are really beautiful. we were able to see some really pretty foliage. it's a tough climb but well worth it.
hiked Twin and Indian head on 2/19/2013, I believe in one the coldest day of the winter, with blistering winds; very streneous, but inmensely happy to have done it.
Absolutely loved this one. Hiked it on the recommendation of these cool str8 homoerotic stoner photographers at the Wittenberg peak. Couldn't tell what they were up to really. Was kind of afraid they were going to storm my camp at night and regale me with war stories. The sacrificial altar midway the trail was very helpful in a utilitarian and aesthetic sense. Sat in three chairs and wondered what it is that I am doing with my life...got pretty sad.
Just recently hiked Twin via Jimmy Dolan notch. Tough hike but totally worth it! The views on Twins summit are some of the best in the Catskills! The hike began relatively easy, but boy did that change. This is a steep hike! But an absolute must when you hiking in the Catskills.
Great day hike! Lots of great things to see along the way, the Chairs and beaver pond were amazing, and there was a small stream (looks like it could be a lot bigger in wet weather), all spaced just right for rest stops. The hike is pretty easy until you hit Pecoy notch (we did an out and back on Pecoy), the last 0.7 miles took about an hour and was really a challenge.
Worth the effort, the views are excellent but getting a little overgrown. Total time was about 4.5 hours, but we could have easily spent another hour at the various rest points if we'd had time to spare.
This is a great days hike. The beginning is not very exciting but it doesn't take long for the terrain to become challenging. It is a workout. Bring plenty of water and some high calorie foods. We enter at jimmy Dolan notch and returned to the second car via pecoy notch. There are a couple amazing vantage points and your body is glad your eyes want to take a moment to soak it all in. Plan for 4 hours from one point to the other.