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Went up the Devils trail path and intersected with Spruceton trail. Enjoyed everything but the bugs, wear bug spray .

1 day ago

Rockier then I thought

Very rocky beautiful views and amazing temperature change at the summit definitely worth the hike up

9 days ago

Let me start by saying, this hike is absolutely beautiful. I backpacked for a day, stayed overnight at the dedicated camp site at the top and left the next morning. The first part of this hike from the trailhead to the loop is straight and goes through pine forest and for the most runs along the Kanape Brook and is absolutely scenic and beautiful. We hiked the loop counterclockwise and for the most the ascent was not difficult but because our heavy backpacks was a little hard. I'm sure as a day hike, the hike to the top would be a piece of cake. The top has a nice view, not the best in the Catskills but very nice none the less. If you're looking for a spectacular view you'll be disappointed. Bring plenty of water because there's no water source after you hike away from the brook.

Here's why I absolutely loved this hike for backpacking. The dedicated campsites at the top are spacious and open so you can see the stars at night. The main site has a nice fire pit is very spacious and very comfortable. For some reason it was amazingly quiet at night and didn't hear any owls or animals scampering, just the wind blowing. We were lucky to have a clear sky and the stars were out in full effect! We made a nice fire which kept the bugs away and had an amazing time! If you're looking for a single day pleasant backpacking trip this is the hike for you! We had a very great time and would do it again!

This is the part of the hike we were totally disappointed. The second part of the loop continues through the campsite where you begin the descent and this is where I would do it differently. The remainder of the other side of the loop needs much needed maintenance. There is overgrown brush neck high or greater which sometimes you feel that you're bush-wacking. There are times when we also thought we weren't on the trail or lost because the brush is so overgrown. I was concerned of what I was touching. I had hiking pants thankfully but my arms, neck and face were rubbing against all sorts of brush and was concerned of getting ticks on me. This also added about an hour to the hike because the dense brush slowed us down. Another issue of the other side of the loop was a multitude of fallen trees. Simply put, the other side of the loop is in disarray and would greatly recommend not taking it and do this as an in and out hike. You will gave a much better time hiking back the way you hiked in.

I'm doing this hike again because its the perfect place to backpack and it's not a popular spot for day hikers. If you love solitude this is the hike for you We only bumped into five people on our way up and absolutely nobody on our way back to the trailhead. I'm giving this hike 4 stars because of the part of the loop which I would recommend you stay away from until it gets the attention it needs. Happy hiking!

This hike was fast going along the Fisherman path and we ended hiking Rocky first by going up the shoulder of it from the Brook. The saddle in between Lone and Rocky was dense and very slow going. Once on Lone we can down the backside and made our time back up on the descent.

On 7/10/18 I completed:

Spruceton Horse Trail --> Hunter Mountain Trail --> Devil's Path --> Diamond Notch Trail

It was 85 degrees and beautiful clear skies.

The Hunter Mountain Fire Tower is by far the best part about this hike. Really stunning.

Everyone gives great reviews on here. The trail can get super muddy when it's raining a lot that week, the flies are omni-present (I use Coleman's Deet-free Oil of Lemon and Euculyptus repellent and it worked like a charm), and there's are a few tough segments (Spruceton Horse Trail is steep as hell and Devil's Path is just downhill and annoyingly choppy-rocky).

One thing that I would add is, make sure you put on high socks or pants. Throughout the trail there are little grasses leaning over to try to graze your leg and drop off a tick. Lyme disease is no joke and be able to enjoy more with your mind at ease.

One, downside to this route is that there are not many lookouts (maybe 3 total?). Mainly, its put your head down and hike ... in a good way though. It's a good challenge. Do it.

A very nice hike! The view is best from the firetower, the tree cover at the top prevents most horizon viewing. We did the loop with our dog and ate a packed lunch at the picnic table at the summit. There were two very nice stewards on duty and the ranger cabin was open to the public, with displays and information. However, we did see quite a bit of what looked like giant hogweed on the trail. The most was on the climb up, especially as we neared the spring location, and there was some on the way down. If that is indeed what it was, be careful. I didn’t want to examine it too closely and risk getting sap on my skin.

We took Spruceton road trail to Hunger Mountain and the Fire Tower. Eric, the guide/post guy, at the tower was friendly, informative, and helpful. The climb up the fire tower was a little scary for me but doable and gorgeous. We took the devils path route down and that was a difficult trek due to descent grade and miles of loose rocks. Overall a great hike.

on Slide Mountain Trail

15 days ago

Great mountain, but it was not easy to get great views. We did an up and back during the winter months. Check out my full write up which has pictures and some things to look out for.

From Sprucetown, more easy moderate cuz it f the rocky path, but otherwise super trail. Didn’t make it to the falls due to young children (3+), but as far as we got was great. Stopped where we could detour to stream, and was nice to dip toe before heading back.

While I don’t write too many verbal hike reviews on here, this one definitely deserved it. I did Kaaterskill on a super hot day with a heat index of about 100 degrees, but, it’s probably my favorite of all the Catskill hikes I’ve done so far. I’ve heard this one described as a bushwhack but I really wouldn’t call it that. My exact route involved a short portion on a herd path between the long path and snowmobile loop (Stay looking to your left as the trail levels out for the herd path then make a right onto the snowmobile loop. Or head south on the loop for a couple minutes to see plane crash site #1 first.). A bit later a left off the snowmobile loop will take you up an unmarked but well defined trail to the top. The summit is nice, though wooded, but there are great views from Hurricane Ledge to the south of it (path initially points west from the summit). The second plane crash site is also just a short walk east of the summit (path initially points south). As it was such a hot day, there were just the right amount of people out and everyone I ran into was great. On the way back down I did Huckleberry Point on a whim and was glad I did. But, the bump on the way there kicked my butt a little. Between the heat and what I had already hiked that was understandable.

A couple notes for this hike: I noticed that the other trail to KHP on AllTrails is listed as EASY while this one is HARD. While I haven’t done the longer trail that goes past the ravines/falls, I’m going to venture a guess that it’s not easier. It’s about 10 miles versus 7 for this (without Huckleberry) and much more elevation gain. So I honestly think the AllTrails difficulty rating system could use a little work. It is, after all, relative to the experience level of the hiker that posts it. In comparison Catskill Mountaineer calls this hard one a 4 Star difficulty hike and the ‘easy’ longer one a 5 Star. I’m going with that until I can judge for myself. Another thing I noticed was a couple listings in the register where people said they were going to HP. So is that Huckleberry Point (probably) or Kaaterskill, which is also known as just High Peak? Please be specific with info left in the register. On a 100 degree day especially, it just might save your life!

great trail, a little steep for the most part. well worth the hard work up when you see the views at the fire tower.

This made for a wonderful morning hike- took us about 4 hours round trip with a pretty slow and steady pace and a good break at the summit. Views from the fire tower are outstanding and the volunteer at the cabin taught us some neat history about the tower and the mountain. The constant incline made it a great workout, nothing difficult per se but I definitely was feeling the burn.

Lots of the things I want to say about this trip. First, when you park, the trailhead is across the street. You’ll see a sign for it and it’ll lead you towards a bridge and then the registry. If you’re generally inclined to wear shorts on trails (I went in June), I’d highly suggest switching to pants and possibly even a light long sleeve shirt. There was a lot of low brush and moments of full-on walking through bushes. You also need PROPER HIKING SHOES. I would highly suggest not trying to conquer this in Nikes or, as I have recently discovered is popular these days on hikes, Adidas Stan Smith sneakers (just why?). Bring lots of water and a decent snack. It took me 4 hours to do this whole thing.

The hike is a long run, a loop up and around the mountain, and then the same long run back. The long run is pretty mild, somewhat rocky, wide, and with moderate inclines. It is not very exciting, if I’m perfectly honest, and I was anxious to get to the loop. But it would be okay for dogs and young-ish kids. This part took about an hour.

Side note: I am an idiot and decided to do this in the torrentially down pouring rain. Don’t do that. I saw a tree fall in the woods, saw freshly fallen branches all over the place, I fell many times, and after the rain subsided, mosquitos ate me alive. Anyway, back to the trail...

You’ll meet the loop at an intersection with a sign pointing to the left saying “trail.” Go left and get ready. There are a multitude of rocky hills that are very strenuous on the knees. I’m a pretty athletic person and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath. Each time I stopped, I quietly punished myself for all those times I went to happy hour after work instead of to the gym. (Remember at this point that you’re not even halfway finished.) Just when you think you’re done with the hills, there is another one. And another. And another. I cursed a lot. I said a lot of “Are you —- kidding me?!” Luckily, Mother Nature reprieved each hill with moments of flat land in between so you could get your strength back. During these times, you’ll see ferns or loosely packed forest. You’ll also notice the type of trees changing...they become much smaller for some reason. You’ll also wonder if there’s an elevator somewhere.

Eventually, you reach the top of the mountain and see a flat clearing. You can make out a mediocre-sized view through the trees to the valley below. It was a rainy morning and I had caught the clear sky just as the last bit of clouds were departing, so it was quite beautiful. But it wasn’t as breathtaking as many of the views Upstate hikes offer.

It took me a moment to find the blazes back to the trail in the leafy wilderness, but eventually I was back on, ready to loop back. It’s nice that the way back is pretty much all downhill. There were, however, many moments of thickly packed brush that sacrificed only a sliver of itself so hikers could walk through the trail. This wasn’t very pleasant. I was concerned what I was rubbing up against and it’s not the greatest feeling getting a leaf or two in your mouth. Or eye. (I am Asian and have the smallest eyes of any race on this planet... and a leaf managed to find my eyeball. How?) You keep going for what seems like forever. You realize the loop on the map is much smaller than in real life and you’re wondering what’s it take to find phone service so you can call a helicopter to come pick you up. Kidding aside, it’s an enjoyable hike and you do, eventually, at some point, reach a fork in the road where you’ll see a blaze nearby going right and one far off on the left. This is a weird, confusing moment because you’re tired and it seems like you should go left, according to the map, but you should actually head toward the closer blaze and make a right. This isn’t the end of the loop (remember that sign in the beginning that said “trail”? Wait for that).

When you reach “trail” sign and go right, you’ll double back on the way you came. You’re quite winded and pretty much ready for bed at this point. It’s the same stuff you saw on the way coming, which I generally don’t like, but at least you kind of know how much farther you have to go. I was so tired and hungry at this point. The end is a proud moment as you check off the registry, cross the bridge back, and head to the car.

Overall, it’s a nice hike and a great workout. I don’t know why this was rated Moderate — it’s not difficult but it is exhausting. Perhaps we need a new rating system? You won’t have to do anything that requires particular hiking skills but it is long, hilly, and you have to watch your footing closely. If you decide to go on this trail, enjoy yourself! Be safe! Pack lots of water and some food!

One of the best bushwhacks in the catskills!! A very well worn path all the way up both peaks. Also a very cool WW2 Mitchell bomber plane crash below balsam cap from 1948 very cool!!

27 days ago

For the most part this trail is a pretty simple trail, after you get over all the rocks ( a lot more than expected). Then after you hit top elevation (4190) and continue down the mountain your skills really get tested. Overall this mountain is truly amazing and all the work to get to the top really pays off with the view. I would definitely recommend this trail to everyone!

Save this hike for the fall foliage as it’s one of the best foliage hikes in the Catskills. Pretty steep ascent with use of your hands needed towards the end

This was such a great hike! We overnighted in between Cornell and Slide and it was tough with the elevation gain + big backpacks but so worth it for those views!

I'm not sure where to start, but a very poor hike. After 2 wonderful hikes in the Catskills (Devils Path, Hunter Mountain), we came upon this. I can't think of one good thing to say about this trail, other than the fact people hike it just to say they've reached the highest peak in the Catskills. After hiking up a rock bed with a creek flowing through it, we reached the summit. There were zero good viewpoints on the way up. When we finally made the top it was overgrown and we could barely see anything. The bedrock trail was also poorly marked and very confusing. There are a dozen or more better hikes in the Catskills! Don't waste your time.

Hiked this in November. It was a comfortable temperature at the bottom but freezing cold at the top. The fire tower had some great views but couldn’t stay their long because of the bitter cold and Wind. But a nice hike and a light snow made it pretty

Wittenberg has lookout ledge. This was a challenging hike but well worth it.

There are such better hikes in the Catskills. It’s long, crowded and the view as nothing special. How it is so popular is beyond be.

Loved this hike!!! Did it with my 4 children ages 5,7,12 and 15. Alot of traffic of other hikers but the end is soo worth it!

1 month ago

Went on a late spring day. Nats were crazy. Definitely recommend a bug net or waiting till mid summer before hiking if you dont like bugs in your face. Other than that, it was a very easy hike straight up. Gradual climb the whole way. A handful of views from the top. Took the blue loop on the way down. Nice walk through varying types of forest that change like night and day. Lots of birding you can do as well. Crosses several little creeks on the way down. Very nice hike for any beginner and leisurely walk. Distance isnt hard at all. Took maybe 3.5 - 4 hours total.

1 month ago

Overall, this was a great moderate hike! We only traveled to the first peak because the full loop was longer than we expected (approx. 12 miles). There were a few trees that obstructed the view from the top, but close to the peak there were two amazing overlooks. If you decide to do this hike in the spring/summer - remember to bring plenty of bug spray!!

Beautiful views fun waterfall access to more challenging trails and safe

1 month ago

This is a very challenging and long hike and very worth it!

To get to the trail you have to cross a stream and idk if it varies on days of water height I would assume it does but just be prepared to get your feet wet. After that it's a rocky trail up. Trekking poles or sticks would be nice with this trail. There is no summit. There are a few look out points. Overall it was a nice hike.

2 months ago

Steep hike can be challenging at points. Definitely a staple hike in the Catskills, great views toward and on the summit. Go when it's been dry for a couple days.

Very steep, challenging hike. The view is worth every ache and pain.

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