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Best bird watching trails in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area, New York

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Hunter Mountain via Becker Hollow Trail
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
As of April 28, 2020, users have reported that entering the Fire tower is closed, but you can still climb all the way to the top for great views of the Catskill. A 4,000 foot Catskill peak and one of the Northeast 111 in an easy day hike up to a great fire tower lookout. This is the most difficult route up Hunter Mountain, but also the shortest climbing 2,000 feet in just 2 miles! The top of this mountain has a little cabin, picnic table and a great fire tower you can climb for unbelievable views in all directions and down to the ski trails lower on the mountain.Show more
#2 - West Kill Mountain to Buck Ridge Lookout
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#3 - Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
Note: As of October 2020, users have reported that the Tower is currently CLOSED, but you can still climb to almost the top. Hunter Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Catskills and part of the Catskills 3500 club, if you are working on your list. This is a really great trail. On the way up, path gets rocky but it is by no means a scramble at any point. Trail is very well marked with “foot path” placards on trees and signs at forks in the road. If it were to have rained a day or two before, a few parts of the trail can get muddy and hard to navigate to. Hiking shoes or at least sneakers with a good grip on the bottom (especially for slippery rocks) are highly recommended. You‘ll hike along a river and towards the beginning you can take a small detour to cross a bridge and climb onto some rocks where the waterfall is. There are some beautiful viewpoints (marked out on the map) along the way. Hike up Hunter Mountain with the option to turn this hike into a loop by coming back on Devil's Path. The Spruceton Trail is not technically difficult but the gradient gradually increases to 20%. There is a water source on the trail and a shelter. The mountain gets crowded on the weekends. At the top there is a Fire Tower, picnic table and caretaker’s cabin. This loop also works well in reverse.Show more
#4 - North Dome and Sherrill Bushwhack
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
This trail takes you through the Westkill Wilderness. You climb two of the 35 catskill peaks that are 3500ft and higher, North Dome and Sherill. The Bushwhack starts out on the devils path. Then take a bearing straight to North Dome. The climb up is very steep and slippery. You have to use caution due to some steep ledges. Once on top of the Spruce Covered summit, take another bearing to Sherill. The hike to Sherill is much easier. Once on top of Sherill take a final bearing down to the Westkill. When crossing Westkill use caution.Show more
#5 - Devil's Path Red Trail
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 42 m
#6 - Hunter, Leavitt and Rusk Bushwhack Loop
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 25 m
Note: as of Oct. 2020 the top portion of the trail is closed. Show more
#7 - West Kill Mountain, Soutwest Hunter Mountain, and Hunter Mountain Loop
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 8 h 50 m
#8 - Hunter Mountain Loop via Devil's Path
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m