Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails

HARD 23 reviews
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Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2135 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

27 days ago

This was a tough trail due to the steep ascent. lots of scrambling! It would be easy for a day hike when you’re only carrying a small pack.

we camped at about 3400 elevation however, and it was definitely difficult to scramble uphill/downhill with a full 50L pack w tent.

not a lot of look outs as trees are overgrown but its still a nice view. i’d say its worth it.

hiking
28 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Camping out @ 3500ft. . Three weeks ago we also did an overnight trek at the Indian Head Mountain Loop which All Trails rated as “hard”. Just wondering why Sugarloaf is rated as moderate when this is few notches harder.

1 month ago

Great day hike. Great mix of flat terrain and steep terrain. There’s only 1 great spot for a scenic overlook. It’s on the east side of the mountain. The sugarloaf summit sneaks up on you because it isn’t above the tree line and there isn’t a great place to look out.

I’d definitely do this again.

hiking
1 month ago

The Alltrails app put us right at the trailhead. The weather was perfect for a rigorous hike. When the trail splits for other trials, we decided to stay with Sugarloaf Trail. This is where the moderate difficulty becomes extremely challenging. Fellow hikers, make sure you have the proper footgear and most of the other hikers had hiking poles; we did not have hiking poles. We hiked about 2 miles but the hand over hand ascension got the best of me and the thoughts of the return trip was undermining my hiking experience. I decided not to complete the last mile. I believe this trail should be rated as 'hard.'

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

3 months ago

Catskillmountaineer.com rates this hike as double diamond difficult, and it is. It is MUCH harder than moderate. Sugarloaf is a great hike for experienced hikers who are comfortable rock climbing. Do not bring a dog unless you can lift them. It says 6.69 miles, but my Fitbit clocked 8 miles altogether. It took us 6 hours and we are locals who've hiked a lot (we did get caught in a thunderstorm though).

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Took us about 4.5 hours to complete the full loop. We started counterclockwise and it was the best decision....there are some seriously steep parts where you really need to scramble. I had to pull myself up over rocks numerous times and can't imagine having to go down that way! It rained the day before so very mucky and definitely slippery in sections. I highly recommend hiking boots and taking your time, quite a bit of loose rocks throughout! The views were good but as others said, a bit overgrown. Be aware of the summit, we walked right past the piled rocks marking it and didn't even realise! Overall, a tough hike but very enjoyable.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Did the full loop with 3 friends. We were all fairly athletic at one point and are now at sedentary jobs so we aren't well conditioned, with that in mind it took us about 7-8 hours to do the trail with frequent water breaks and one lunch break on the summit on a cloudy 65 degree day. You need about 3 L of water to do the hike, maybe more if it's hot or sunny. We all enjoyed the ascent, it was steep and challenging. Definitely worth the trip if you like scrambling. All in all a beautiful and challenging hike that I would recommend to most people so long as they are in ok shape and not very overweight.

hiking
6 months ago

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7 months ago

This is NOT a moderate trail, at least not in April 2017. Some incredibly steep and difficult sections on both the way up and down, made treacherous by ice. Completely inappropriate for anyone with a dog or child. We made it (just) but most people turned back halfway.

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great hike! The west side of Sugarloaf had some very steep and rocky hand over hand climbing. Two nice vistas on Sugarloaf (getting pretty overgrown) plus beautiful views at the quarry and pond. One of my favorite hikes.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Good trail. Some steep ascents but all in all not bad. Nice shale lounge on the south side