Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail

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Indian Head Wilderness

Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.9 miElevation gain3,520 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestLakeViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyScramble
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nancy bennett
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HikingIcy

Great trail. We didn't do the loop. We just did Sugarloaf and then back tracked to twin. There was a fair amount of ice still at the top and I would recommend microspikes. Very nice views and nice hike. There were a few scrambles going to twin.

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Lisa Franklin
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Very muddy and wet in beginning with ice and snow at top needing crampons for sure could not find top of sugarloaf proceeded down backside of mountain a long way before turning back ???

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Ben Martino
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The trail was muddy at the start and packed with snow and ice towards the top. My fiance and I did the loop counterclock wise and we are very thankful we choose that direction. The temperature for the day was around 70 and the sun was shining so that made trudging through the deep snow spots worth it. I highly recommend at least some form of extra grip on your boots for the ice at the top. This was a great challenge and not for a beginner hiker.

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Tyran Bethea
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Around this time of the year I wouldn't recommend this hike for those just starting out, trail is very icy, high snow. So for someone just starting out and want a challenge I would recommend on waiting till the ice melts at best.

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Crystal Davis
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Hiking

Excellent hike with Dan for winter credit. Started off cloudy, sun came out by the time we reached the summit. Very windy!! So windy that Dan decided we would come back another time for Sugarloaf.

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Bill Quinn
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScramble

Wow ! Most strenuous hike I’ve done to date ! The scrambles were very challenging but not intimidating. Some of this trail is part of the devils path

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david cho
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Great trail, steep while coming down sugarloaf but overall very fun and challenging terrain. Best viewpoint was at the end of twin mountain.

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Cameron Marchand
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Hiking

Would definitely do this counter clockwise. Tough hike but not unmanageable. LOTS of mud and leaves, makes the trail really slippery. both sides of Sugarloaf and the Twin trail were very steep so be prepared to do some work. Top of Twin has a big rock and we called that the summit. plenty of views along the way. Overall great trail if you come prepared. True milage is about 8.3ish. All in it took us 7 hours to go round trip

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Chris Ark
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Hiking

Set out with a plan to do the entire loop but got a late start and could only get so far as the Mink/Devils Path intersection before having to head back. Never would have made it anyway- slow going for us....steep and rocky, roots and tough. Its a full day gig for the less than serious trail hiker. Still a great day on new terrain. We will be back.

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Ariel Karass
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Hiking

Best foliage hike of the year!!! Such an incredible trail!!

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Marisa Meola
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Logan Sawtelle
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HikingMuddyScramble

Great, aggressive hike. Trail is very rocky and muddy with several technical scrambles. If balance isn't your forte, bring poles and USE them. Especially on downhills, but be prepared to put them aside for some good old fashioned hand over foot climbs.

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Deborah Ragone
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Hiking

Did devils path to Indian head to Twin to sugarloaf to plateau. Took a long time and was hard. This map shows a different option but includes 2 of the peaks I covered and they were hard but doable and very rewarding. Seek the viewpoints. There are some hidden. Use multiple maps to find em. Enjoy. Completed 4 of the 3500’s. Epic day.

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Melinda Dorn
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Brian Jameis
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Hiking

Excellent hike with challenging terrain that’ll have you going “oh snap” quite a few times. Full review and video breakdown at Roulette-Travel.com

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Lars A
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike. Tougher than expected . One of the harder Catskills hikes I’m done so far. Had planned to do Indian too , but decided not to.

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