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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.

We completed the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg out-and-back starting from the West. Mostly an uphill hike on the way to Slide Mountain. Between Slide mountain and Cornell Mountain there are some rock scrambles and climbing that is required. Overall, a really nice trail with some great views as long as the clouds don't roll in.

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

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.

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16 days ago

Great trail. Short, a bit steep at times but I my 3yo did it while holding my hand. Can get pretty slick in the rain. Go early to beat the crowds but there is actually plenty of room on the trail.

Great challenging hike with a little bit of climbing required. Done in 5.5 hours. Its one of those hikes which make your legs buzz when you lay down to sleep that night.

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!

It was a hard hike but I still did it

Beautiful view from the top went to Cornell and back outstanding views of Ashokan from Wittenberg and Cornell had 2 beautiful view one of Wittenberg and the other of slide great hike very difficult. As a bonus saw a porcupine on bruins causeway great day hike!!

This was a challenging hike. You start with a hike up to the sign in then continue climb. It levels off for about a mile before turning in to attack the main climb. There is some awesome rock climbing on the way up that I loved. It says you can bring a dog on the trail but unless your backpacking him up the rock climb I don't see how any dog could make it. The view from Wittenberg is AWESOME well worth the effort!! Cornell not so much, but the crack is fun to climb.

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.

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1 month ago

This is one of those bast bang for your buck kinda hikes. Unfortunately the trail is not maintained and people looking for alternative routes around the scrambles have really done great damage to the area. The trail has now become too wide. they should increase the trail markers to make people aware where the trail is as well as delineate the alternative route around the scrambles so there are not more than one. other than that, the views of Fourth Lake are awesome!

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.

had to give it 5 stars. it was the 2017 solar eclipse so my son and i hiked this very short trail and very steep. for any photographers you should consider this mountain, it may have heavy traffic of people but wow the view is amazing.

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.

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.

Beautiful trail to hike, HOWEVER set the expectation that there is very minimal view. The only indication that you’ve reached the submit of Table Mountain is the Cairn that you should notice around the 4mi mark (if starting from the Denning Road trail head). Make the effort to continue the next mile or so through the Peekamoose summit to the overlook. Decent views, although no real space to spread out and take it all in. Overall, as most have previously stated, the hike isn’t worth the view BUT, at least it’s a good work out.

Devils paths was great steeps.
But any other one not special .

1 month ago

Great short hike! Perfect for little ones. Hiked with 6 kids, ages ranging from 7yr to 5mo.

This is not a 5-star hike, especially when compared to either Twin Mountain or Sugarloaf, which are in the immediate vicinity. Having completed all three, either Twin or SL would be a better - i.e., more rewarding - experience, in my opinion. The overlooks on Indian Head aren’t the best (putting it mildly), as most are overgrown and obstructed. The ones that aren’t blocked look east over the developed Hudson Valley. Even Huckleberry Point across the way - while much easier - offers superlative, unobstructed views to this section of the Devil’s Path. The hike itself is challenging and I’m very happy to have completed it, but if you’re limited on time, you might just want to consider another local option.

Short, rugged hike with a spectacular view of fourth lake

From Spruceton Rd, I did the whole crossing North Dome, Sherill Mt, Balsam Mt to Stateway 42 back by the road. Steep slops with a little rocky ledge to climb to reach North Dome summit. Transition North Dome to Sherill Mt is relatively easy following a poorly marked path. Reaching Balsam Mountain was quite tricky with no view specially to find the correct crest from Sherill top (no path at all, thanks GPS). From Balsam to the top with no name on the west, a little easier. To reach Stateway 42, I followed the border of the private land at first then cut directly in the slop. It's very steep but no need to climb down to reach the road but a good observation is necessary to find the better way among the ledges. More than 9hrs to complete the loop including stops

Great quick hike with a great view!

We hiked the 6 mile route to the fire tower and back. Would suggest taking the second path up to the fire tower (parked at the Dry Brook parking area) as that was a little steeper than the first path to the fire tower and the first path would be easier to come down on. Amazing views and the fresh pine/fir smell wish I could bottle it!

Decent hike with spectacular views. Can't ask for more.

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