Explore the most popular walking trails near Hunter with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

The first 1.7 miles to the first overlook was where you gained all of your elevation and it was a little rough. Once on the overlook the 2 mile hike to the summit was practically flat and easygoing.

hiking
7 days ago

Super steep but the view from the top is amazing

Hiking Devil's Path next weekend over two days. Hiked about six of the 3500s and am a bit nervous about taking on Devil's Path. Any advice to make it a safe and fun adventure? We are giving ourselves two full days to finish staying at campgrounds in between. Thanks!

Very steep, challenging hike. The view is worth every ache and pain.

Trail runners; this is a fun route but the majority of it is not runable. You climb roughly 2000ft in the first 2 miles, I’m talking super steep, a power walk at best. It gets the steepest roughly the last 1/2 to 1/4 mile. Once you summit though you can take the yellow trail to devils path which is much more runable. Devils path quickly descends roughly 3 miles to a small but cool waterfall at mile 6. I turned around and ran back up devils path running the same route backwards. In total I ended up with roughly 12 miles with over 4000 ft of climbing. Ohh, and today is may 7th 2018, and there is still snow and ice at the summit pretty much all of the way down the yellow trail to devils path.

Very steep but. Very rewarding hike. Beautiful trail.

it's a steep trail and can be rough towards the top. there was still plenty of ice for the last 0.6 miles in 1st week of May. in the end you are awarded with amazing views and a sweet ache in your legs. downhill was tricky too with slippery rocks and stones. took me 3 hours with minimal rest. reminded me of trekking in the Himalayan in Nepal. liked it and would do it again.

One of my favorite hikes in the Northeast. It is physically challenging but you are rewarded with a few different ecosystems, beautiful forest streams, and various mountaintop views. The weather shifted on me a few times over the three days I spent - be prepared for rain and with layers. Descending these mountains is incredibly slick and slower in the rain. Save enough daylight to seek out flat ground for camping (which, for example, you won't find while headed up Sugarloaf or Plateau). I was swamped with mosquitoes on West Kill, so find some [nature-friendly, non-toxic] bug spray for your trip.

I had a friendly local (met earlier as he brought friends in directly from Hunter) come pick me up after hitch hiking to the firestation for a phone... I had no cell signal after finishing the trail. Otherwise you can call a taxi to drive you back to your car.

Hiked yesterday in the sunshine approx mid 40’s. Very intense and steep hike to the top of the summit. Challenging to say the least, with ice and snow as you reach the 2,000 ft mark. All uphill, but once to the top the views from the fire tower were amazing. Took about 4 hours round trip and would highly suggest spikes or crampons!

Amazing day! Trail is not broken above 3500’. Microspikes and poles are a must! Snowshoes would be a big help as well. Enjoy every step!

Just went up and back on this trail. Snowshoes are definitely required as there is a lot of snow. Coming down is easy since the trail is essentially a toboggan run with very little sticks and branches and stones to get in your way. No view from the top unless you climb the tower but there are handrails on both sides and so we went all the way to the top. Note that the viewing room at the top of the tower and the cabin at the base of it will likely be locked

Attempted 3/17/18. Trails are not fully broke so snowshoes are necessary right now. I’m >200lb so I break through a little easier but still pretty soft. I made it about 1/2 mike in and was just post-holing. Great trail for the distance I did it but stow is almost 20” deep and hasn’t been packed enough to travel without flotation.

Pretty tough and steep at times, came here with my boyfriend and our husky and made it to 3500 ft elevation before we decided to turn back because the ice made it super slippery and dangerous. Will be back in the warmer weather!

Started great, takes you straight up. Very icy! Definitely need crampons and an ice axe. My husband and I were using our micro spikes. Got close to the summit but unfortunately didn’t get to reach it. Decided to turn back as we felt it would’ve been unsafe. Lots of slipping and sliding lol BUT we will be back

Great forest at the top. Beautiful views from ledges. Windy! trek down was a knee buster but worth it.

Do not forget about spikes for shoes during the winter.
A lot of ice is hidden under the snow.

Really fun with amazing views.

Great hike, challenging ascent but fantastic views from the fire tower.

Steep the first mile or so, then a ridge walk. Pretty vistas but the summit itself is treed in and marked with a small cairn and some jingle bells. Pay attention or you'll walk right past it.

Hiked this mountainous montage a few weeks back. Totally worth the challenge. Spent a night between sugarloaf and plateau and the second night on buttermilk falls. Plateau mountain was by far the most challenging and offered two excellent viewpoints. Westkill summit best view for sure. Getting back to the car after 25 miles of hiking was a great sight as we reached the end of our journey.

holy crap. this was an amazing epic hike that I couldn't finish after coming off plateau to route 214. I met up with three women this spring that I had never met before and they kept me going. super tough trails. one minute you're going straight up and another trying to figure out how the hell to get down. I still have yet to complete the second part. lots of ledges to take in views from. loved how the forest and terrain changed mile to mile.

Did the western half from tombstone campground to the northern trailhead. 11.5 miles. 3700 elevation gain. Raining. It was tough but the elevation was quite low in comparison to posted elevations. 4 hours.

Completed in 14 hours. Excellent trail but not one to underestimate in 1 day

Great pace and interesting features. Make sure your foot work game is on point!

The view is worth the climb up

It was very touchy at first because we started through devils path but I’m a very inexperienced hiker tbh and I was able to do it. So anyone could it is difficult amazing views I’d love to do it again

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and nice views at the top, but really steep. Be careful on the way down!

weather was great. Hard trail. Round trip 3.5 hrs
Worth it

hiking
7 months ago

Easily one of our favorites. Steep incline for the first mile but not hand over foot steep. Expected it to be worse than it was, I’d liken it to a staircase just without the stairs. The views are awesome from the two outlooks we saw. Didn’t make the actual summit because of plans to attend Oktoberfest at hunter mountain but after the first 1.2 miles or so it levels off and the rest of the hike to the summit seemed like a gradual, almost flat, climb through some beautiful forest. Planning to summit next time.

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