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We did this trail on the weekend as part of the Catskill Firetower Challenge. The actual out and back (you don’t have to do the loop) is more like 7 miles. It’s a steady rise for the first part up a road/horse path, then pitches a little steeper for the second half. The trail is o good shape, no great views though. We got to the summit and were greeted with a blizzard white out, so now views from the tower. I’d suggest that if you’re not up for the 2000 ft in 2 miles elevation of the other trail, this is a great option.

strenuous and gorgeous. Pack your winter gear, it's really icy out!

Did this one today from the Spruceton Road Trailhead. This route is 7 miles round trip with 2000 + feet of elevation. The summit was in blizzard like conditions, but I never needed microspikes, although I had them. No views due to snow squall, but a great hike nonetheless.

did this trail yesterday and it was a great workout! it was a beautiful day and part of the trail was a little muddy. i added up doing 12miles total since i passed table view. there is no sign for either view point so make sure you dont miss it! table is after a steep climb right at a bend. after that view point you qill climb on the summit of table which is like a small forest of ever green type trees. if you enter the forest of beautiful trees then you missed the view point! i completed this in less the 6hours including breaks with my dog. make sure you time properly. i got a late start and the sun was setting as i walked out. in the mountains it starts to get dark at around 4, even though sunset is 445 currently with all the trees you start to lose light earlier. great trail overall

The hike up Vly was pretty well marked with large blue blazes all the way up to the canister. There were some steep sections and some parts where the tread was thick mud, loose rock, or covered in slick leaves. It was a fun scramble and there are some great moss covered boulders, but it wasn't easy. No views up top.

Going up Bearpen was pretty uneventful. Mostly an old secondary road but eventually splits off into a snow machine trail that doesnt seem to get a lot of use. Decent amount of blowdown and A LOT of mud. Once off the road, the blazes become less frequent and I would imagine it would be easy to lose the trail in the winter. Two clearings at the top with some good views.

This is my first! I would go again.

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

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22 days ago

I hiked this on a solo attempt in November of 2003. I will never forget it. No trail, I just followed the contour lines up and my friends description. I summited in no time, already planning a second hike on my way up. On the descent, clouds quickly rolled in and the whole mountain was wrapped in fog. All the features across the valley I was using for reference disappeared. I was young, and panicked. Started almost running down, and slipped. Pulled my groin. I should have stopped to regroup and hike back up to start over, but couldn’t. Long story short, I ended up at base of mountain on the north side. WAY off trail. Took me the rest of the day to find the road and hitchhike to a bus and back to my car. Lesson learned: don’t make decisions while panicking, and obviously use a GPS! Haha. I didn’t have one back then. Great hike otherwise tho.

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

Just completed this trail earlier today. A great work out. Very lengthy up hill to start the trail in a counter clockwise direction. Pretty muddy at times, which is expected with the traffic and recent constant rain. Sudden 20 degree drop in temperature, sleet and severely windy as we reached the fire tower. Pleasant and appreciated descending trail back to spruceton road... Would definitely recommend for those looking for a workout. If you are solely looking for scenary, this trail may not be for you.

10/19/2018. 2 of us with a combined age of 134 did this in 4:30. I don’t think this is a hard hike as there was no scrambling. Yes to being a long trek and a good amount of ascent/descent. We wished we’d done the hike counter-clockwise as that way you’re descending without loose rocks and wet, slippery conditions. Tower views.

Hiked October 13, 2018. Rained the night before, so it was very muddy - not much drainage to speak of. Some mild scrambling, nothing to be afraid of. Some views towards the top. Leaves were out in force, which made it worth it. Be advised that the peak is wooded and unmarked. Made that mistake the first time I did this hike - you’ll have no idea you’re at the top until you start going down again. Pretty slippery on the way down, but we took our time. We did this in just over 5 hours with plenty of breaks. Would rate this as moderate.

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

Amazingly beautiful, and the views from Hurricane Ledge are breathtaking, but very muddy, rocky and almost unmarked in the section up to High Peak and down to Hurricane Ledge. I was glad that I could use the GPS over the Alltrails map to track my location. I would not recommend to inexperienced hikers.

My sister calls this our ‘reverse Hunter hike’ if you like to hike you will like this trail. A long meandering hike up, steep in short sections, but also several sections of flat walking. A gorgeous forest, with streams and little water falls everywhere. Very well marked and easy to follow. Challenging only in the length and steep parts. The way down is very steep but it goes super quick and again the forest is just plain picturesque. Not a lot of views, there are little side trails here or there that lead to scenic views. No views from the top except from the fire tower. Do not expect solitude here on a nice day or weekend. Highly recommend this hike at anytime of year.

Just finished a trip from the Catskills and a hike up to the top of this mountain. Really fun, a few steep climbs, nothing a beginner couldn’t handle. A little challenging but worth it in the end. The view from the Fire tower was amazing! And your above 3500’.

This was a great hike. Strenuous at times (I agree with those who say it's more moderate/hard) the view was worth it and the Forrest itself was beautiful!

Very nice hike overall. Great views from the top of the fire tower. A bit muddy in places but easy enough to get around. Solid climb.

Great hike. The beginning is leisurely and includes views of waterfalls / a stream. Once you get to the bridge take a quick right and head on the other side of the stream (I went left at the bridge initially). The hike up is steep at points and decently challenging - there is some climbing involved and felt a bit longer than 6 miles total. The view at the top is worth the trek but note this is a moderate to hard hike on the way up.

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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2 months 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.

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