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Great trail. The first half is one of the tuffest trails ive hiked. Be ready because there is no ridge line. You have to hike up and down ever single mountain. But the shelters are well kept and adaquitly spread apart.

1 day ago

Excellent hike. Trailhead was not difficult to find based on the AllTrails directions. It took us right to the parking lot which had signs towards the trail across the street. The path was wide for the most part and very easy to follow. There was one confusing part about 1mi into the hike which was a fork in the path. There were two wide paths so we did not know which one to follow, but we stuck to the right and it took us the correct way. At the end we took a swim in the water which was cold but felt amazing as it was a hot summer day. The hike back was a breeze, mostly downhill. The hike to get to the falls was not very challenging and perfect for a quick and easy thing. Mostly shaded. Took us 40min, and the way back was maybe 20min. Would do it again! Very fun.

Hike itself is a 1/5 stars (nonstop loose rock and gravel track at steep incline for 2.4 miles)
Ruins of the old Outlook Hotel are a 9/5 stars
View from the fire tour is 5/5 stars

Total Rating: 5 Stars

Very very worth the hike up for the views and attractions.

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.

3 days ago

beautiful views, wear a hat during hot weather, no shade. will be back in the fall

4 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!

Beautiful views and fun trek through the mountains.

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.

Awesome hike! This was a very well maintained trail and I would highly recommend it. While it is certainly not easy, it is still doable for beginners that are up for a challenge. The view and the hotel make it well worth 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.

Really well maintained trail. Not a lot to sew until you get to the top. But the views are so worth it! Definitely recommend.

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.

10 days ago

Easy hike. Nice Forrest views with a small set of falls at the top. Great place to cool down. Quick little hike

on Slide Mountain Trail

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.

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.

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!

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.

Well maintained trail. Not much to see until you get to the hotel and all up hill. Easier after hotel and the view makes it all worth it. Moderate difficulty, difficult for beginners but doable. Definitely worth the effort. Get there early it is a small lot and it fills up by 9 or 10 on weekends.

Easy hike , falls were visually appealing.

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

I’m so glad I found this trail! It offers the views on every turn. From open vistas on the ridge to interesting rock formations and interesting and non monotonous forest.
I started counter clock wise and both myself and two other families took a wrong turn off the trail on the first half mile of trailhead. Maybe there should be an additional trail marker. But if you pay more attention that we did today, you won’t get lost.
I saw some people with dogs but not sure how dogs manage climbing the boulders part. The elevation gain is very gentle and climbing parts make the trail interesting. Red trail portion is a little wet and offers some magical deep forest feel.
Saw a wild turkey and a deer.

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.

Great view at the fire tower. Lots of annoying flies. Really cool to walk inside the abandon hotel.

Nice hike and beautiful waterfalls.

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.

How do you get there for nyc on public transportation?

Hiked 2 days ago. Trail is a well worn old jeep road so not exactly a nice trail, but good footing. Grade is mild to moderate the entire way. You can make better time than “book time “ due to trail conditions. Decent views from fire tower stairs (cabin closed)

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