Twin Mountain via Pecoy Notch Trail

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Twin Mountain via Pecoy Notch Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length4.7 miElevation gain1,781 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Platte Cove Road closes seasonally with a locked gate during the wintertime. You may need crampons or spikes to use this trail in the winter. This may be one of the easier ways to check a Devil's Path Summit off the list, but that doesn't mean this hike is not strenuous. The Pecoy Notch Trail is a very interesting trail, and it includes the old Dibble's Quarry, a stream with waterfalls, and a type of mountain bog called a fen. There are nice views overlooking Platte Clove from the quarry. When you reach the Devil's Path, turn left to ascend Twin Mountain. The Devil's Path is challenging and includes some very steep scrambles, but this portion is only for about the last 3/4 of a mile. There are outstanding views from the summit. Continue to the south summit if you wish for more lovely views, but this will add over a mile total to your hike.

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Thomas Brodowicz
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5.3 miles, 1900 elv gain, Very steep after junction with Devils Path

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Steve Wingard
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Nice

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Luke Thomas
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Great 5 mile out and back. The entrance via Roaring Kill gets you into interesting terrain quickly, and the ascent up Twin is a fun challenge in snowshoes.

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Joe Proscia
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James B
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During the spring/summer/fall, i think it would not be too difficult, but i went today when there was a ton of snow and ice. Holy moly it was tough! Microspikes are mandatory and so is a rope for one area if doing winter.

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Laura Gust
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This hike is short, but absolutely gorgeous! The first two miles of the hike are fairly moderate, but once you hit the T in the trail to Sugarloaf or Twin, the steep ascent begins. The final .7 miles to the summit is rocky and icy. You’ll want to be wearing your Microspikes (at the very least), but the ice is thick, so crampons would be better for this section of the trail. There are some fun rock scrambles sections and a modest view at the North summit. If you keep going to to the South Summit of Twin you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the mountains to the west. Don’t forget to take a break at the bluestone thrones of the abandoned Dibble’s Quarry on your way back! It’s a great spot to have a bite to eat & check out the view of Roundtop & Kaaterskill High Peak.

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Dana Chilly
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Roberta Mulder
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**important note** platte cove road on the west saugerties side is CLOSED for the winter. There is a gate blocking access. You must access platte cove road from the tannersville side (the northern end of the road). Great hike today, all snow on the way up (ankle deep at the top), some muddy/melted spots near the bottom on the way back. The “rock scramble” (just before the summit) is more of a “boulder scramble” and was quite a (fun) challenge for my short legs!

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Vicki Ferreira
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Great hike... It’s not easy! There was a few inches of snow so crampons or spikes are necessary!! The Quarry is so beautiful! Love the view at the summit! Allow enough time for the last 0.7 miles as it is intense rock scrambles and a lot of steep elevation

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John Tafe
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Went after it rained and it was very muddy but that was expected. Nice view at the top but very steep.

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Camille Desrochers
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carwin m
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Patrick Azzarito
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Great hike. A few icy spots. Easy to get around.

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Marina Alves
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James Pieszala
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Benjamin Stein
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Ben Bewick
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Christina Brown
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Muddy in areas. Many beautiful view points. Worth going to south peak for an even better view (15minutes further no big incline). Camping spots before the chairs and between the peak and south peak

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Joey Gravino
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Very slippery, even with pretty good hiking boots. Not many views. Good workout tho

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Kristine Gravino
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Brian S
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I’m 27 - rock climb and cycle on a regular basis. I usually hike out west, this trail definitely merits its hard rating. The last 0.7 miles has actual scrambling. The majority of the trail has loose rock, roots, and a healthy amount of incline. Hiking boots and trekking poles (with a pack to store them while you scramble) are essential here. View at the top is pretty nice. There’s also some cool rock reclining chairs about a mile or so in. Muddy in spots.

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Doug Skinner
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Trail was good but muddy. Also planned the timing poorly and wound up finishing roughly an hour after sunset. Saw bear Cubs near the marshy area, heard a mountain Lion scream, and saw a paw print on the hike down.

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Tara Tornello
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Interesting terrain throughout this hike, including a creek crossing and an old quarry. Strenuous, technically challenging climb from Pecoy Notch with steep scrambles. Gorgeous panoramic views at the second (south) Twin summit. The trail was slick and muddy which made for a very slow descent, so the total out-and-back took me nearly 5 hours to complete.

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