Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails

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Indian Head Wilderness

Sugarloaf Mountain Loop via Pecoy Notch and Mink Hollow Trails is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.6 miElevation gain2,135 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

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James Morris
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Great trail, did the counter clockwise, you end up walking in water a fair bit. Note it’s still icy and snowy at the top, the ascent at the end (red blazers) is a wake up! Could not have done it without spikes Took me 4.5h total

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Tessa HS
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HikingFloodedIcy

Trail was nice but a waterfall/large stream in most parts. Later became snow & icey. we were fine in boots until we got to the 4 limb rock scrambles which were covered in icy. Had to stop about ½ mi from summit due to ice. Bring crampons! Beautiful otherwise!

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Const NYC
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I gotta be honest here I got my a$$ kicked today but so grateful to get out their in the great outdoors! I got about 2.5 miles in and the snow changed to rain and the winds picked up. I didn’t have snowshoes only my boots and crampons but there were parts where I was knee to waist deep in snow. There was no shot I was getting up to Sugarloaf and doing the loop today at all! Can’t wait to go back though. Shout out to the 2 guys I met in the parking lot!!

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Mike K
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abigail k.
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James Scott Merrill
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Backpacking

Micro spikes were sufficient today . All the snow basically gone . A little ice up high . Windy and cold but spectacular day overall. Not many folks out today

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Stephanie C
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I did this the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I went counterclockwise. As I started the ascent from Mink Hollow, the rocks were hanging with icicles. There were 2 short rock scramble sections where i was pulling myself up over ice covered rocks. As I approached the summit, I was hiking in the woods parallel to the trail, because the trail was a sheet of ice. There was snow on the summit. The view points on the way down were beautiful. No snow/ice coming down (this side of the mountain got all the sun, so it had melted). I ended going through the Quarry. It was really cool to save for the end. I didn't see anyone else the entire day.

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Matt Schneck
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This trail is no joke. I hiked this in the Saturday after thanksgiving with my 40 lb golden doodle. The dog made it with a little help on the steeps. This is not for the faint of heart. Lots is mud, talus, and ledges that require the use of hands. I had a nice snow squall up top that reminded me how variable the weather can be on these peaks. I highly recommend counterclockwise direction. The old quarry was a nice treat on the way down.

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Patrick Azzarito
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Great trail. Muddy today.

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Mark Walsh
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Tough conditions. Leaf covered trails, flowing water and a lot of mud made this a real challenge, especially the decents. In would have been really struggling without my trekking poles, water proof boots, and layers to adjust temp. Not for the faint of heart this time of year, but still great to be out in the woods.

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Alan Arellano
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Hiking

Great and challenging trek. We set out to trail run this but soon found out that this would be a full on power hike mixed with some running in flat areas (which were few). Doing the trek counter clockwise was awesome as we climbed steep rock faces and squeezing through incredible narrow slabs. Views were spectacular once summiting and the rock quarry was the icing on the cake with built in rock chairs (slabs). Highly recommended and a very tough but exhilarating workout to boot! Be careful with those rocks and ankles!! Lightweight hybrid hiking/trail running boot to move quickly-Salomon Mid X Ultra Gore-Tex.

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Scott Benson
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tried for Plateau and Sugarloaf, but ran out of gas and sunlight...had to turn back .

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Katie Bath
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They should call this train the ankle twister! Beautiful woods but the path itself is so rocky that it’s hard to enjoy the hike.

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Elliot Osgood
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Hiking

Perfect loop for the athletic hiker. Challenging but not frustrating or boring. Lightly trafficked

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Angelo Pieros
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Laura Gust
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Gorgeous hike, especially during the fall season. I did the loop counter clockwise so I could end at the abandoned quarry. The ascent is pretty moderate for first 3 miles of the loop. At the trail juncture for mink hollow, the steepness of the trail increases (1200’ elevation gain in 1 mile). The rock scrambles were fun, but there is no view at the summit. However, the conifer forest is lovely and smells divine! Soon after I passed the summit, I enjoyed a view from a ledge. Then it’s more rock scrambles downhill. After a few miles, I came across the abandoned bluestone quarry and ate my dinner while sitting in one of the stone chairs constructed from bluestone. Very cool spot! Highly recommend this trail, but parking can fill up quickly.

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Wayne McCarthy
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Morgan Marzella
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Hiking

No view from summit. All viewpoints were from the return trip.

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