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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.

on Slide Mountain Trail

hiking
10 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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/slidemountain/

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.

Stated at Big Hollow Road to Black Dome and part of the pass to Thomas Cole. Great view from the top of Black Dome!

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 .

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.

backpacking
22 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!

had someone on the path not told me to make a left at the boulder, I would have totally missed the best part of the hike. I think the trail went on for another half mile after the summit... Steeply down hill. does anyone want to end and in and out hike at the bottom? so I skipped the last half mile, making my total hike 9 miles. Table Mountain was really disappointing. I'm glad I didn't follow the sign pointing to the lean-to. another hiker said there was nothing to see there. i did enjoy the strong scent of pine on the approach to Peekamoose. anyway, this was my first two of the Catskill 3500. I spotted a toad, lots of chipmunks and a few squirrels. no snakes, bears or coyote. :)))

If you like peace and quiet and serious exercise, this is the trail for you.

By the end of the day, we were out of gas and wobbly for the last mile. (Fortunately, and unlike us, the car wasn't out of gas.) We easily burned thousands of calories that day - no exaggeration. Despite bringing a nice lunch and a bunch of snacks, we were ravenous at trail's end and headed to the diner. My dinner was served on what looked like a turkey platter and I was sure there was no way I'd be able to finish it, but finish I did. When we arrived home 3 hours later, I was again famished.

Yes, it's that kind of hike. You'll get a sense of accomplishment when you complete this one.

Hiked this section of trail a few times in the past couple of weeks on different trips in both directions. Nice steep climbs as you close in on Table, reliable spring and shelter as well. Nice views reward the hard work.

This time of year hosted a tremendous amount of flies and mosquitos so bug spray is a must. The trail is pretty difficult, but offers some fun challenges throughout. The view is beautiful, but we personally preferred the Twin Mountain view. If I had to pick, I would say if you were only going to do one, do Twin Mountain. They are pretty equivalent in difficulty, but the view at the end of Twin is much better.

Hiked this today. With my dog, it took us 5 hours (not including time at the top of the mountain for lunch). It was a solid 9 miles. Definitely go past the Peekamoose summit huge boulder 40-50 feet ti find the trail on the left for the view that will make the day worth it! I could write more, but cant say it better than the write up on catskill mountaineer and eastcoast hiker websites. long intermediate trail. 1800 ft elevation increase. Well marked!

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 from Spruceton road today. No view due to fog. there's only twoish miles that are a slow trudge uphill. the rest is pretty easy (obviously the same two miles on the way back are a little slower when its wet and slippery). Good day hike. My golden retriever and I did the hike in 4 hours (not counting a stop for snacks at the top). if I were to pick a hike from Spruceton Road, I think Hinter is better going counter clockwise, but I cant speak to what views Westkill has. definitely check out Westkill Brewing 1.5 miles on the drive out!

great hike just did this yesterday ..always 1 of my fav.

This is a nice loop that has some challenging spots and a few nice lookout points

A nice hike with some great views of the Hudson Valley. The summit views are easy to miss if you are not careful but there is lookout at Peekamoose! Just find the large bolder and turn right, walk through the trees a few feet and there is a nice ledge. Buttermilk waterfall is even nearby if you want to take a quick detour via car afterwards.

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

This was a lovely hike on a lovely day. You get some nice views and challenging hike. Not the best around but it’s certainly a nice hike.

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.

I did the east side of the loop from Platte Clove Preserve - first walked out to Codfish Point and then popped up Indian Head. I did the full loop last year from the west and I think the east side is much nicer to ascend. There are some steep rock sections but the west side is just kind of muddy and wet.
Note: the summit of this peak is hard to find. It's treed in with only a small outlook. There are a few small outcroppings that offer views on the way up; it's not bad for a workout but there are definitely other hikes in the area that are more rewarding.

5/31/18 wet slippery coming down the DP but beautiful trail on this rainy/misty day. No views at the lookouts but the trail made up for it. Stays true to its difficulty rating as the elevation gain is tough.

Second time hiking this mountain. Gets a little difficult towards the top but worth it!

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!

hiking
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.

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