Twin Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain Loop Trail

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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.

8.9 miles
3,520 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching








4 months ago

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

4 months ago

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

4 months ago

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

5 months ago

I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

6 months ago

Really fun and engaging hike. There is significant uphill up to Sugarloaf and quite a bit of fun scrambling throughout, however nothing too technical and dangerous in my opinion-no scrambling along a ridge line, etc. I did it solo in about 6 or 7 hours and felt totally safe. The only thing to note is that the area is generally very wet so many of the rocks are a bit slippery, and i do think this would be very challenging to attempt on a rainy day. Sugarloaf does not offer great views, but toward the top of Twin is really spectacular and not that much more of a climb once you have made it to Sugarloaf. Enjoy!

9 months ago

This was my first real hiking. Since I am a crazy person and like to push my body, I start with this very hard trail. Oh my God, this trail is very challenging. I would not recommend for someone to do it solo or out of shape. People must be careful and pay attention of your footing. I don’t want to scare anyone, but people can get hurt very badly on this trail. Stay safe.

Monday, January 22, 2018

This is the most difficult part of Devils Path. I did it from Mink Hollow and climbed Plateau and Sugarloaf. On 1/21 crampons (not just microspikes) were very useful

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Twin mountain has such an excellent summit view.. and the sugarloaf view is also one of my favorites in the Catskills. you can see the Shawangunks in the distance!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Great hike. Very challenging. Left flashlight at home so started descending from the top during sunset so had to use iPhone as flash light. Be aware of animals at sunset. There are two spots with a great view. However I went all the way to the top as well thinking that’s where the best view would be but there was no view from there. Good luck to anyone it’s definitely a great experience :)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Did Twin Mtn trail from Pediger Rd. Decent hike. Lots of rock scrambles. Nice pano view near summit. 4-4.5 hrs.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A tough uphill. Real huff and puff. No view on top of Sugarloaf ( just a tiny 3 rock cairn to mark summit). Still worth it. Rocks are slippery so use caution.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Difficult but fun hike .

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Had to change out of snowshoes and into spikes for the final ascent. There was too much scrambling for snowshoes( (3/25/17), though at lower elevation they were very useful. Only made Twin. One of the better, more technical trails in the Catskills I think, especially in winter conditions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This hike is no joke! We went up the eastern side (red path) -- the first two miles were not too hard, with a nice view and a path past a waterfall. But once you get on the top ridge (after the crossroads) there is an extremely steep ascent where you are scrambling up rocky paths. The descent was almost as treacherous. The day we went, it had rained the previous night and the rocks were very slick on the path down.

Overall, a very diverse and challenging hike! Vistas are not the best but it's a pretty wooded area with a lot of variety.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

It was s nice hike. We took the red path up to Twin Peak. The trail is well marked and you begin on yellow, move onto blue and red takes you to the top. We retraced out ascent back down instead of completing the loop as the additional .7 mile trek up to the peak was quite steep. The hike took 5 hours but we stopped for lunch. It was strenuous and we were in all fours part of the time but it was worth the effort. I am a fiit 61 and would do it again. There was a nice stream and a beaver pond on the way up. The views were good but not great.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Absolutely fantastic trail. The forests are lovely and it's constantly in the shade. You go from smooth inclines to really steep climbs, and it's a great hiking experience for those who enjoy some climbing. Forests, swamps, cliffs, everything is wonderfully photogenic. The name Twin Mountain Trail is misleading, however, because the actual trail does NOT go onto Twin Mountain Peak, it goes to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. If you want to to the twin mountain peak, add an additional 1.4 miles to your trek (.7 to the top of twin mtn and then .7 back), that part being a 1000 foot elevation change in a short distance. Take out some time for the hike, it's not short due to the steep inclines. But overall, great challenging trail, and definitely worth it for the hike itself.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It was a great experience with challenges to over come. I recommend doing this trail.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Truly a great hike.very challenging at times, however very rewarding at the end. Twin mountain has two summits or clearing so do not get confused. Also the trail leading up to the peak run towards another mountain, so do not get confused as the loop runs to a fork in the trail and there's a .7 mile hike to the twin mt summit. You will need to back track that .7 miles to get back onto the loop if desired. Over all a very very good hike.

Friday, July 10, 2015

It's a great hike !! But demanding at times but it's worth it !!

Monday, October 13, 2014

i did this trail in combination with indian head. twin mountain is one of my most favorite hikes so far. the trail is well marked with some fun rock scrambles. views from the top are really beautiful. we were able to see some really pretty foliage. it's a tough climb but well worth it.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

hiked Twin and Indian head on 2/19/2013, I believe in one the coldest day of the winter, with blistering winds; very streneous, but inmensely happy to have done it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Just recently hiked Twin via Jimmy Dolan notch. Tough hike but totally worth it! The views on Twins summit are some of the best in the Catskills! The hike began relatively easy, but boy did that change. This is a steep hike! But an absolute must when you hiking in the Catskills.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Great day hike! Lots of great things to see along the way, the Chairs and beaver pond were amazing, and there was a small stream (looks like it could be a lot bigger in wet weather), all spaced just right for rest stops. The hike is pretty easy until you hit Pecoy notch (we did an out and back on Pecoy), the last 0.7 miles took about an hour and was really a challenge.
Worth the effort, the views are excellent but getting a little overgrown. Total time was about 4.5 hours, but we could have easily spent another hour at the various rest points if we'd had time to spare.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This is a great days hike. The beginning is not very exciting but it doesn't take long for the terrain to become challenging. It is a workout. Bring plenty of water and some high calorie foods. We enter at jimmy Dolan notch and returned to the second car via pecoy notch. There are a couple amazing vantage points and your body is glad your eyes want to take a moment to soak it all in. Plan for 4 hours from one point to the other.

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