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I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

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11 days ago

Good trail to hike, especially if, like me, you're training for future goals. Not an easy trail, but not very difficult either. Nearly 1800 feet climb in just over 3 miles on a well marked trail. As is typical for many of the highly-used Catskill trails, some long stretches of exposed tree roots and rocks. Limited view to the south just before the peak, and an expansive view north just after the peak. (No view at the actual peak - just a survey marker in the trail.)

This was a hike up a rocky trail which is also a snowmobile trail. The bushwhack from the trail is very obvious and we went up the ledges. The views on top of the ledges were very nice. The plane crash is right on the trail. We didn’t go to the second crash site.

Meilleur hike que j’ai fais jusqu’à présent ! La vue était incroyable. 4h allez/retour avec les pauses et le dîner au sommet. Je le recommande

Challenging, scenic hike, removed from the worst of the Catskill Mountain summer crowds, with longer options easily available (adding Black Dome and/or Thomas Cole, specifically). Personally, I would recommend following this route in a clockwise direction (opposite to what’s posted here). There are several spectacular viewpoints along the trail; I especially loved looking up the spine of Black Dome, as we descended into the notch, after summiting Black Head.

This is a logging road, very steep straight up trail. Do not recommend. But pretty drove to get there.

Great solitary hike! My wife and I did this hike on the Wednesday before Labor Day and we didn’t see a single other person the entire time. So if you like “lightly trafficked” this is your hike!

Some things to note: The views on the summit are spread out. You have to go past the summit as indicated on the AllTrails map to get to some ledges with outstanding views.

The “moderate” rating of this trail turns hard towards the summit when the snowmobile trail becomes a steep rock slide.

Also, the trail splits where there is a danger sign. I stayed on the well established snowmobile trail as the danger sign trail is becoming overgrown.

This would be an amazing hike during late fall or early spring as the views would be spectacular.

This was definitely challenging especially with the 90 degree temperature and humidity. We decided to do this while hiking to Echo Lake so I don't think we were mentally prepared. Challenging both ways. At the top not much of a view but there were a few nice overlooks with great views before reaching the top. I would do this again but wait for a cooler day.

Did this along with twin mountain yesterday. Super muddy but definitely not impossible. Nice climbs and super rocky at parts. Took longer than expected to finish and some views have overgrown trees unfortunately. A nice workout nonetheless.

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1 month ago

Loved this. Hard challenging uphill. Spectacular views. Descent was challenging even more so by torrential rain (that wasn't in the forecast for another 4 hours..!). Can't wait to do it again. Total immersion in nature. You need to be less fit and more resourcefully able to do it. Took my thighs a few days to recover.

Great hike! Beautiful from the minute you get on the trail all the way up to the outlook! The waterfalls were awesome! Gets pretty steep and a little tough to hike on the way up but nothing extremely difficult. We hiked on a mild summer day after rain the day before so it was a little muddy in some spots. We really took our time to enjoy the waterfalls, the outlook point, and we took a little break on the way up so it took us about 6 hours to complete the entire trail.

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1 month ago

Easy to follow, beautiful view at top

Great hike beautiful view just before Table and awesome view Ashokan high peaks at the summit of Peekamoose when you get to the rock look for the trail on the left side coming up from denning road

Phenomenal hike. Was very wet due to heavy rains the previous few days. Came up the north side, down the south side, and then bushwacked from the crash site east to the long path. Worth nothing that the south side was exceptionally steep in places with two rock chimneys that took very careful planning. Would not recommend taking a dog on this trail, especially the south access.

Sunday aug 5 started at 830 to beat heat. 2 hours up about 40 minutes summit time and 1:20 back down. No bugs! Some water on trail but after all that rain it’s fine never had to walk through water. Creek beautiful being a bit higher

Had low expectations due to hunter and it’s skiing reputation but I was wrong. Less then a dozen people all day well all morning. Tim the Seward was friendly and informative. Very sturdy and beautiful tower. Awesome views 360 and guide in the tower that is circular shows the surrounding area and peaks. Reminder no ground views so climb is a must

Never would know a major nys ski area is so close. Trail is easy gravel and fast. Bring the permethrin for covering the clothes prior to hiking as a precaution. Great time of year to get out there and enjoy this season. The trip and the firetower made a great summer day.

not well marked but if you pay attention and read up on it, it's semi- easily navigated. beautiful trail- the view off of Hurricane Ledge is phenomenal and the plane crash was a very cool site.

Hiked on 7/28. Awesome hike, steep in spots, great lookouts when offered. Recommend going up the Devils Path and down through Jimmy Dolan Notch.

Really fun and engaging hike. There is significant uphill up to Sugarloaf and quite a bit of fun scrambling throughout, however nothing too technical and dangerous in my opinion-no scrambling along a ridge line, etc. I did it solo in about 6 or 7 hours and felt totally safe. The only thing to note is that the area is generally very wet so many of the rocks are a bit slippery, and i do think this would be very challenging to attempt on a rainy day. Sugarloaf does not offer great views, but toward the top of Twin is really spectacular and not that much more of a climb once you have made it to Sugarloaf. Enjoy!

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1 month ago

Hiked on the most perfect day we've had all summer 2018 - this is a beautiful trail. So much to see and experience, including the "spooky woods". I was a bit disappointed at the lack of views at the summit but was still a really great hike. I'd say on the moderate to easy side as it's a very gradual climb with many areas where it levels off enabling you to catch your breath. Coming down was a breeze, except for a few muddy areas. I'd love to do this one in the winter - it must be magnificent during/after a snowfall.

Great vertical ascents and views! Especially between Blackhead and Black Dome. You can cruise through these 3 peaks if you time the crowds and weather right.

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

Fire tower was cool when I went to the top and the tv thing was awesome I loved it

Beautiful views from fire tower and small pocket view at the top of Graham mountain which is private property you have to call be for you go. Overall left turn is very steep but worth it

We started at Peekamoose and hiked through to the river at the bottom of Table. There were some nice views just off of the path. The trail was well marked but definitely difficult terrain as this was a steep up and down hill. Beautiful camping spots on the river.

We didn’t do the loop. We started and returned via Devil’s Path. Be aware that you need to buy a pass to park here. I’ve been towed in these mountains before and no note was left. I was simply stranded with no cell service and no car. Buy the parking pass! The trail itself is steep, as others described if go you up and/ or down Devil’s path, but the length of the climb is reasonable and doable for anyone that has their mind set on doing it. Loose rocks add to the adventure. Give friends space in case they slip and wear proper hiking shoes with some kind of grip.

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.

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.

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2 months ago

Very nice hike.Not extremely difficult.I went on 4th of July with my husband. It was 88F but the trail ist mostly in a shade. There are 2 view points on the way. 2nd one is perfect for a lunch pause. Beautiful forest. The teail is not crowded. We saw 3 people on our way. worth going.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Not wonderfully marked but the view is pretty at the top. Quite a steep climb at points. Enjoyed this hike for the workout as much as the view.

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!

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