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We had a nice hike up to the summit. There was very little mud and a very few small patches of ice still hanging around which was totally avoidable. The bugs were out in full force and the views from the lookout were very nice. I will definitely do this hike again.

Beautiful pine forest and lookout at the top.

Girlfriend and I both liked this hike a lot. First mile-ish is pretty flat, following along a beautiful stream. Rest of the hike is fairly steep but not too bad. Still quite a bit of snow when we went, crampons were definitely necessary. The view from the look out is amazing and the overall terrain and surrounding forest is interesting and unique through out. Lots of old stone walls and structures along the beginning.

I only hiked Mount Sherrill from Shaft Road. The weather was nice and there was no snow in the lower elevation. The summit had snow but nothing major. Overall it was a decent hike.

I finally made it to the summit as the conditions were right. It’s a nice hike with decent views along the way.

This was just a quick hike exploring around Diamond Notch Falls. The trail was icy in places and the falls were free flowing.

This hike wasn’t bad at all but we had to break trail to the summit and back out to the parking lot. We didn’t make it to summit, we were a couple hundred feet short. We kept getting our snowshoes caught on things buried underneath the snow during the final push, so we turned around and headed back out.

Went up in mid November and it was already snowy and icy at the top. Beautiful.

Steady incline to the tower, but once you reach the top you get the amazing 360 views. The descent towards devils path is rewarded being surrounded by pine forest. The second day, diamond notch falls was nice with the sun rise hitting coming through the trees hitting the water.

great hike for sure.. definitely a steep climb up north Dome..

Very pretty creeks. Nice views from the hunter mountain fire tower. Lots of great tent sites at John Robb shelter. One good one at diamond notch. Nothing at devil's acre.

Beautiful trail with waterfalls at beginning and some minor technical climbs. Would say it’s moderately difficult. The lookout is breathtaking. Summit ecosystem very nice as well. My top 10 of Catskills hikes.

This hike is probably the most underrated one in the Catskills. People don't like it, I'm told, because it's a little difficult to navigate, there's much private land to avoid and stinging nettles abound. I felt it was a great challenge though. Should only be rated "hard" in the sense that it can test ones navigational skills.

Cool quick little hike from the chair lift. The zip line at the beginning looks intense.

Nice hike steady up but gravel road to tower awesome views from tower but that's it on views. Yellow to red to blue down nice hike private and woody 8 mile loop .
Another fire down

Beautiful mountain! The steep ascent was a workout and well worth the lookout just .1 from the summit. Perfect round-trip mileage. From Spruceton Parking round trip is about 8 miles.

Great moderate difficulty mountain. Very little scrambling, fun challenge. Seem to be closer to 8 or 9 miles round trip, not 6.

Great trail. Bit difficult with moderate scramble. This trail is part of the Devils Footpath and lives up to its name. Went up and over, Summiting St. Anne also. Well worth the trip. Another 3500'+ bagged.

Good trail well maintained. Great views at lean too and fire tower.

I completed this route in 2016 as I worked towards my Catskill 35s. The steep ascent up North Dome was enjoyable and strenuous; some views to be had in the right season. This is a great hike to test your newbie navigation skills. The hike up Sherrill is also strenuous but shorter.

An awesome trail. Continued on to SW Hunter ( Leavitt peak). 10.28 mile loop. Well worth it.

Definitely do this loop starting on Devils path vs spruceton road (which is actually abroad...). If you do this you have to walk about .5 to car. Did this on cloudy day so views obscured. Included SW hunter for about 10 miles. Go to top of fire tower for best view and if you are lucky you can get inside the cabin. Its only open weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Coming down spruceton is easy and not at all scenic. Would rather end my day this way. Decent climb on Devils path, no views except for Geiger point.

I hiked Westkill via the Diamond Notch. Challenging for me but my daughter looked like it was stroll in the woods. The falls and Westkill Creek were pretty. It was slippery due to recent rains. Beautiful views from the lookout.

Great work out for the day. All trail is mostly in the forest, but, your goal is Fire Tower. You will see outstanding views. It's extremely great point to observe all areas. All trail is well-maintained, but it will be better to have the map.

This should not be rated "hard". Not even moderately hard.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

This is a great hike on a well maintained trail. I combined Hunter and Rusk mountain on this hike giving me two Catskill high peaks. Check out my write up, it includes directions and other things to look for.

Combined with Hunter total 16.2 miles, 7 hrs

Combined with West Kill

Challenging but fun. Fantastic view at the top. 4 to 4.5 hr hike.

Friday, November 04, 2016

We turned this hike into a loop by coming back on the Devil’s Path. The Spruceton Trail is not technically difficult but the gradient gradually increases to 20%. There is a water source on the trail and a shelter. The mountain gets crowded on the weekends. At the top there is a Fire Tower, picnic table and caretaker’s cabin. We had lunch on the front porch of the cabin. The spur trail to the Devil’s path was flooded and we spent a lot of time doing walk-arounds. The rocks on the Devil’s Path inflamed my knee and Plantar Fasciitis to the point where if I were to do this hike again, I would go up the Devil’s Path and down the Spruceton Trail.

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