Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail

HARD 55 reviews
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Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Kill, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2132 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

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.

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5 days ago

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1 month ago

Cool quick little hike from the chair lift. The zip line at the beginning looks intense.

1 month ago

Nice hike steady up but gravel road to tower awesome views from tower but that's it on views. Yellow to red to blue down nice hike private and woody 8 mile loop .
Another fire down

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Good trail well maintained. Great views at lean too and fire tower.

3 months ago

An awesome trail. Continued on to SW Hunter ( Leavitt peak). 10.28 mile loop. Well worth it.

3 months ago

Definitely do this loop starting on Devils path vs spruceton road (which is actually abroad...). If you do this you have to walk about .5 to car. Did this on cloudy day so views obscured. Included SW hunter for about 10 miles. Go to top of fire tower for best view and if you are lucky you can get inside the cabin. Its only open weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Coming down spruceton is easy and not at all scenic. Would rather end my day this way. Decent climb on Devils path, no views except for Geiger point.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Great work out for the day. All trail is mostly in the forest, but, your goal is Fire Tower. You will see outstanding views. It's extremely great point to observe all areas. All trail is well-maintained, but it will be better to have the map.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

This should not be rated "hard". Not even moderately hard.

5 months ago

6 months ago

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6 months ago

This is a great hike on a well maintained trail. I combined Hunter and Rusk mountain on this hike giving me two Catskill high peaks. Check out my write up, it includes directions and other things to look for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hunterandruskmountain

10 months ago

Combined with West Kill