Explore the most popular Camping 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.

My recording failed (phone died), but we had a great hike. Muddy and wet due to recent rains. Small icy patches starting to form near the summits -- watch where you step!

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26 days ago

Great hike today! Got a little confused and went the wrong way, but I enjoyed my day out! Trail was pretty muddy in spots and the Fire Tower was pretty crowded.

Don’t try at dusk for your first time. Leaves make the trail slippery and hard to discern at times.

I recorded 12.5 miles with a diversion up the tower so distance is accurate. It is real challenge at the beginning and end! Beautiful forest and fauna at the top. Nice waterfalls at around mile 8 (counterclockwise). Hiking purists might not like the fact that about 4 miles is on a one-lane gravel road, but the loop is a definite challenge nonetheless. Great views as well. Thank you to our Hunter Mountain fire station volunteer. Please bring a couple of dollars to donate for the work they do keeping us safe.

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2 months ago

Great trail I was able to do it in one long day bring lots of water

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I completed this trail yesterday all in one day. Loved it!

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3 months ago

Through-hiked this yesterday with a friend. Arrived in Tannersville Friday evening to meet Smiley’s Taxi for our shuttling to trail’s end on Spruceton. Their service was great and much appreciated. They’ve done this for years and laid out specifics on meeting, timing, and cost when I called the week prior. Dropped at trailhead on Prediger Rd as darkness fell. We hiked maybe 1/2mi up the trail, which was marked extremely well, and hung out hammocks and a bear bag. Woke and started our death march at ~4:45am with headlamps. We each had ~4L water to start and plenty of snacks. The hike was described well by other with ledge scrambles and relentless ups and downs. Switchbacks were not part of the design for this trail; straight paths were preferred, accounting for the steep pitches and cliffs over its entire traverse. We arrived at halfway point around noon, where we discovered our biggest obstacle. Nearly out of water we found a deserted Devil’s Tombstone campsite for summer repairs and no potable water, a dry creek bed, and very nasty looking small lake. I imagine our filters would have done the job purifying that water, but neither of us were keen on trying. A scout troop arrived soon after and were parked on the highway. They did their “good turn daily” and exemplified some of the best scout laws by giving us a gallon of water from their car trunk. And off we went for the 2nd section, which is technically easier albeit still a beast. As we summited West Kill, a thunderstorm and downpour rolled in. Drenched, we kept a busy pace for the final 5mi to limit our exposure time for lightening strikes and arrived at Spruceton ~6:55pm. Changed into some clean dry clothes and headed off to Rip Van Winkle Brewery for a beer and dinner, then set off for our 4hr drive home. Key takeaways in my opinion: mentally and physically brutal pitches over many peaks, good company on a sparsely traveled trail, dry country only salvaged by a serendipitous run-in with friendly prepared scout troop, and some sketchy weather God protected us from. Tough but gratifying day hike.

From Devils Tombstone to SW Hunter. Quarter mile in, stay left. Steep in the beginning, then not bad. Bugs all over the herd path and bushwack to SW Hunter. Out to Geiger’s point, only views of the hike

This loop is a doozy for a day hike, but one of my favorites to date! We clocked in at 14 miles in a little over 8 hours with lunch/snack breaks, so anticipate it being a longer hike than AllTrails describes. First couple of miles are a steep ascent (which you will also descend on your way back to the parking lot). Beautiful forest on your way up to the Hunter Mtn Fire Tower, which delivers truly amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Definitely stop at the John Robb Lean-to off the Spruceton Trail (after the firetower) - perfect sunny lunch spot with a view. There’s a water source on trail not far off from there as well. Spruceton Trail is a rocky horse road leading to a parking lot, follow your AllTrails down the road from there to some awesome falls. One more ascent from there puts you back up on Devil’s Path, there was a good amount of mud and water to navigate through. We were so tired for the final push, but it was so worth it!

Did this yesterday. Picture perfect day, clear skies, no humidity. Took me about 11 hours. All I can recommend is make sure there is a car at the midpoint fully stocked with water, snacks, electrolytes. Hiking Poles are highly recommended if you want to keep your knees. Lots of places to get water along the trail so bring some decontamination tabs with ya. Wear a running vest, and light hiking boots.

Great trail. Hiking. Camping. Great views. Fire tower was awesome. Definitely a hard trail. Recommended for experienced hikers.

A short out and back hike starting from Devil’s tombstone campground to Hunter mountain fire tower. Started at 10:30AM and back at 4PM. A bit of strenuous uphill stretch in the beginning, but the rest were easy. A good easy hike to start the hiking season!

just under ten hours, great day! crisp morning led to blue bird day. pretty hard, most ultra runners will be successful....run East to West.

Did it last weekend, very beautiful but steep. I read that there wasn't much water but didn't find this to be an issue. Camped at the Devil's acre lean to about 16 miles in which was very nice and right next to a stream. Only issue was it snowed the entire second day, making the steep descents very slippery and difficult and obscured some views

One of the best circuit hikes in the Catskills.

This is a pleasant hike.. Not so strenuous compared to WestKill. No view until to climb the Fire Tower. 360 view from FireTower! Trail well marked throughout.

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