Best bird watching trails in Indian Head Wilderness, New York

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#1 - Indian Head Mountain Loop
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
Users report that the offline map can be useful to get oriented as some users have reported that this trail is not well marked. Show more
#2 - Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
#3 - Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
This is a challenging loop along Pecoy Notch Trail and Mink Hollow Trail up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in New York's Catskill State Park. Part of the Indian Head Wilderness, the Sugarloaf Mountain is part of the Devil's Path range and is situated between Plateau Mountain and Twin Mountain. The trail offers panoramic views along the loop. There is a south-facing viewpoint with good views just a short distance beyond the summit. The parking area is at the Roaring Kill Trailhead on Dale Lane where you can take the Yellow Trail to connect with Pecoy Notch Trail and the Mink Hollow Trail ( both are blazed blue trails). This is a strenuous hike and is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. Check out trail maps on Alltrails for other hiking trails in Catskill State Park.Show more
#4 - Twin Mountain via Pecoy Notch Trail
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
Platte Cove Road closes seasonally with a locked gate during the wintertime. You may need crampons or spikes to use this trail in the winter. This may be one of the easier ways to check a Devil's Path Summit off the list, but that doesn't mean this hike is not strenuous. The Pecoy Notch Trail is a very interesting trail, and it includes the old Dibble's Quarry, a stream with waterfalls, and a type of mountain bog called a fen. There are nice views overlooking Platte Clove from the quarry. When you reach the Devil's Path, turn left to ascend Twin Mountain. The Devil's Path is challenging and includes some very steep scrambles, but this portion is only for about the last 3/4 of a mile. There are outstanding views from the summit. Continue to the south summit if you wish for more lovely views, but this will add over a mile total to your hike.Show more
#5 - Pecoy Notch Trail
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
The trail starts off with yellow blazes, and then about a 1/3 of a mile in, you take a left on the blue trail. After another half mile or so, you will come across the old Dibble's Quarry, which provided stone for NYC sidewalks until the 1800s. Over the years, people have piled up old bluestone slabs to make walls, pillars, and chairs. This is a nice place to relax and explore. There is also a nice view from this spot. There are several stream crossings, so spikes are a must in winter and and take care during high water. As you get closer to the notch, you will pass a wetland called a fen, which is caused by runoff from the mountains. Once you reach the red-blazed Devil's Path, you can continue on to Twin or Sugarloaf, but that is a difficult trail and is only recommended for experience hikers.Show more
#6 - Indian Head Mountain and Echo Lake via Overlook
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 18.5 mi • Est. 10 h 27 m
#7 - Devil's Path: NY 214 to Platt Cove
Indian Head Wilderness
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Length: 19.2 mi • Est. Multi-day