I ended up clocking 8.4 miles. The trail then begins a long, leisurely but steady 1.5-mile descent down the south side of Hunter Mountain to the junction with the blue-blazed Diamond Notch Trail at a bridge over the Diamond Notch Falls. Spruceton Trail is a trail on West Kill and Hunter Brook in Hunter-West Kill Wilderness, Rusk Mountain Wild Forest, Catskill Park, NY. Best time to visit: Anytime Trail-head: Spruceton Road, West Kill, NY 12492 âGPS: 42°11â02.9â³N 74°16â18.0â³W Hunter Mountain Hike Log November 2012 Thisâ¦ Read more Catskill Fire Tower Project High Peaks Hunter Mountain Kid Friendly Lean-to Rusk Mountain Spruceton Trail There was a pretty waterfall on the way up and a nice stop with a pretty view just off the trail. We also spent a good bit of time at the summit having lunch. Many fellow hikers at the fire tower and the way down. Great Hikes: Hunter Mountain Spruceton Trail The Spruceton Trail is a very popular approach to Hunterâs summit and with a return on Devilâs Path makes a great circuit hike. If you are completing your 3500s, you may as well do that too while you are here. On the other hand, walking out via the Devilâs Path and Southwest Hunter makes the hike long: 10 miles is 10 miles, and that route includes steeper trail sections. Soon, you will pass a trail register (please sign). At 2.1 miles the trail passes the John Robb lean-to. Following Hunter, you will follow a trail down to the Devil's Path that is a little rock with stream run off. Difficult hike to the top but well worth the effort. Description If there's room, you can simply park at the trailhead and follow the road to the top. Make right onto rt. Intermediate. Take the Devil's Path to Hunter Mountain route to complete a loop or just for more seclusion. You will hit a steep incline of the trail following this and then will be at the Hunter Mountain summit and fire tower. Spruceton Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Just before the Devil's Acre Lean-to, the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail departs to the north. Loved this loop!! Shared By: I like the trail and it is relatively easy which is what I wanted as I had not done a 3500 is some time. 3.4 mi 5.4 km #1 Spruceton Trail. Going left will bring you to Rt 214 Becker Hollow. First a short road walk to get over to the Diamond Notch trail then onto the Devils Path to ascend to the can on the SW peak. In winter you may have to park a half mile from trail head. If you aren’t climbing the fire tower you probably won’t see much at the top. Steep in parts but nothing technical. Trails in Hunter Mountain - 7. We did this hike on 8/15/20 with our dog. Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back RECOMMENDED ROUTE. There are multiple ways to reach the summit and tower of this 4040′ mountain. At 1 mile, the trail passes Diamond Notch Falls and the intersection with the Devils Path. I created this Hunter Mountain hiking trail yelp to distinguish it from Hunter Mountain and all the skiing/other activities there. 42 through Deep Notch. The mountain gets crowded on the weekends. But it was a great challenge. We had to spend a lot of time cleaning everything because it was pretty deep mud. The way down is indeed a fire road and can be a bit steep in some spots! Guest Services. Amazing views the whole way up and even better from fire tower. The road used to cross the creek about 100 feet past the sign. I appreciated having water on the trail, but other than that there's very little that could be considered a point of interest. Follow the yellow Colonels Chair trail up 1.1 miles to the intersection with the blue Spruceton trail. Not sure why this trail is marked hard... it is probably one of the easiest if not the easiest 3500' peak to climb. This is featured as a winter day trip with a steady ascent from the parking lot to a shelter on top of Hunter Mountain and back but you can also stay in the shelter overnight or even do this as a nice run. Definitely a challenge. Soon, you will pass a trail register (please sign). The gate at the trail head is part of the old Spruceton Road that goes all the way to Lanesville (Rt 214). This trail is easy and kind of boring, it's just humping it up or down a forest road. Leaving Geiger Point, the trail is very muddy in spots, almost like a bog. If you do this trail, you do need to go ALL the way to the end of Spruceton Road. You‘ll hike along a river and towards the beginning you can take a small detour to cross a bridge and climb onto some rocks where the waterfall is. Pretty steep at times but nothing technically difficult. This is a very beautiful trail. I wish it was more of a trail than a road that a car could drive up but overall it was good. Find the red-blazed Devil's Path and hike 2.1 miles to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail. Intermediate. The latter trail can be followed 0.7 mile to the parking lot at the end of Spruceton Road (Greene County Route 7). Great hike and I agree with others that suggest doing this hike counter clockwise, which is the way I approached this hike. 3 Reviews. 42. If it were to have rained a day or two before, a few parts of the trail can get muddy and hard to navigate to. In this area you can cross the brook and head northwest to bushwhack Rusk Mt. Going straight continues you to the Devils Path. We went counter clockwise, and we thought it was a great hike. It took us about 5.5 hours, we had a very long delay when I fell in one of the muddy spots and made a huge mess of myself and my phone. Trail is very well marked with “foot path” placards on trees and signs at forks in the road. When you come down the fire road you do pop out at different parking area and need to walk down the road a bit to get back to the proper parking area. There are several other ways to get there, including a slightly gentler (and horse-accessible) 8-mile hike from the Spruceton Road trailhead, saving yourself around 300 vertical feet. This is probably the most common route up to Hunter Mountain and back down. Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back RECOMMENDED ROUTE. Hunter Mountain from Spruceton On Wednesday, April 1st I wanted to do a 3500 foot peak and had decided early in the week it would be Hunter. Contacts. The fire tower was OPEN, so we got to go all the way up and the view was absolutely beautiful. Follow the blue blazes from the trailhead to the summit of hunter mountain. You will have to find logs and rocks to cross. There were a few short spots that were very muddy, but mostly dry. Loose rocks and muddy/flooded sections that you can get around. Straight will take you down the East side of East Rusk near the West side of Hunter Mtn Ski Bowl. At approximately 4,040 feet (1,231 m) in elevation, it is the highest peak in the county and the second-highest peak in the Catskill Mountains. (see below) Popular hiking trails in the area include the Devil’s Path, Becker Hollow and the Colonel’s Chair. Decent amount of vertical gain on first half of trail second half gets a little harder. In the beginning it follows a flowing brook that will be on the right side of the trail. Note: The hike detailed below shows you the shortest, steepest route to the top of Hunter Mountain. Moderate hike at best but only for the length and unrelenting incline for most part. This is a really great trail. Overall, a fabulous day!! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Spruceton Trail is 3.5 miles and an accent of 1,900 feet versus Mink Hollow Trail at 2.1 miles and 2,200 feet accent. A seasonal spring and the Devils Acre leanto are located near the summit of Hunter Mountain at the trail junction of the Devil's Path and the yellow-marked Hunter Mountain Trail. Take rt. A loop route can be, and frequently is, made by following the Spruceton Trail to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail, descending to Devil's Acre for the bushwhack to Southwest Hunter, then returning to the Spruceton trailhead via a combination of the western portion of the Devil's Path to West Kill Falls and then the Diamond Notch Trail. The steep sections can be a little strenuous, but there is nothing technical on this trail. There is also another great spring at the bottom of a short trail. Beautiful day for a hike! This is probably the most common route up to Hunter Mountain and back down. Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Horse Trail is a 14.6 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hunter, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This trail follows a wide dirt road which provides access to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. Add Your Trails. The loop above starts at the parking area in Spruceton and ascends Hunter first. There is an intersection after the summit on a short spurt to the right where you can view SW Hunter. Fun hike up. Unmarked Trail to Rusk & East Rusk Mountain (on horseshoe turn). NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. The trail itself is a beautiful wooded trail up to the top of Bear Mountain, then continuing north, the trail is a fire road with nice foliage all the way back to Spruceton Rd. The two others are on the Spruceton Trail to the Hunter Mountain fire tower. It depend on how far they plow. Micro spikes recommended at this point. Following Diamond Notch, you can continue west to go towards West Kill, or follow the horse trail out, similar to the one you took up Hunter, back to Prediger Road. We have approached from the east, the Becker Hollow trail on rt 214 just north of the Devil’s Tombstone, as well as the Devils path from Diamond Notch Falls, via Spruceton road. Spruceton Trail Intermediate. At 2.1 miles the trail passes the John Robb lean-to. This is the only flat section for the next 1200 feet of vertical climbing. Hunter Mountain: Spruceton Trail. Shared By: Hiking shoes or at least sneakers with a good grip on the bottom (especially for slippery rocks) are highly recommended. From the parking area, follow the blue-blazed Spruceton Trail northward. The area at the lean to is also very swampy and weedy. Parking lot was almost full by 8:45am on a Saturday. Part of the trail can get really rocky so just beware and bring good foot ware. The area can be accessed from NYS Route 214 and Greene County Route 6 (Spruceton Road). Hours of Operation Please visit our Guest Services page for a detailed list of Hunter Mountain's hours of operation. Shared By: Download Map , opens in a new window. You’ll pass a few other parking areas for trails but this one is literally at the end. Of all the trails on Hunter Mountain, the Spruceton Trail and Diamond Notch Trail are most suitable for mountain biking. Completed 2/21/20 through snow. Not overly challenging but not a walk in the park. The trail then begins a long, leisurely but steady 1.5-mile descent down the south side of Hunter Mountain to the junction with the blue-blazed Diamond Notch Trail at a bridge over the Diamond Notch Falls. Hunter Mountain Ski Center and continues to State land where it intersects the Spruceton Trail. Park at the Hunter Mountain trailhead on Spruceton Road. A seasonal spring and the Devils Acre leanto are located near the summit of Hunter Mountain at the trail junction of the Devil's Path and the yellow-marked Hunter Mountain Trail. Very enjoyable day hike, and another NE 111 completed! There are only two views of note, Diamond Notch Falls and the fire tower at the top of Bear Mountain. This loop also works well in reverse. The trail is open to all who will pay the price of a chair lift ride to the trailhead at the Colonel's Chair. A gentle three mile hike with an ascent of 1,300' from the south of the notch, and a 700' ascent from the north to the notch. When you sign in, look down at the creek and you can find the old bridge pillars. The trailhead connects to the blue blazed Spruceton trail which is a straight (2,000 foot) shot up to the fire tower. There’s a nice spot to put your feet in the stream, if you’d like, just near the end. Some parts are covered with driveway gravel. --Jennifer. Spruceton Trail (3.4 miles, blue markers): The Spruceton Trail extends from the Spruceton Road Parking Lot to the summit of Hunter Mountain. Find the red-blazed Devil's Path and hike 2.1 miles to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail. At 2.4 miles the trail passes the Colonel's Chair Trail that leads to the Hunter Mountain Ski Area. The way up is a steady upgrade for certain but it does level off here and there for some relief! After crossing a small bridge across the brook, you will come to a hairpin turn to the right. Hunter Mountain from Spruceton On Wednesday, April 1st I wanted to do a 3500 foot peak and had decided early in the week it would be Hunter. From there it is 0.2 miles (0.32 km) to the summit on a level but often wet extension of the Spruceton Trail, for a total hike of 3.7 miles (6 km) and vertical ascent of 2,060 feet (628 m). Fast hike to top and easy to run down. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. The picture on the right is another example of the trail up to West Kill Mountain summit. Right will take you to the summit of Hunter Mountain. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from March until October. Continue straight ahead at this junction, and in about 250 feet, you'll reach the Devil's Acre Lean-to, just to the right of the trail - another good place to take a break. The view from the tower is great. "Tom, Anna, Yong Ae and myself hiked the classic loop of SW Hunter, Hunter, Rusk East and Rusk starting on the Spruceton trail and finishing with a short road walk. This road continues down the other side of the mountain range, and comes out near the West side of Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl. Did the loop counter clockwise. The Hunter Mountain Trail descends gently for 1.4 miles, making two sharp turns on the way. This trail follows a wide dirt road which provides access to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. Make right onto Spruceton Rd Take Spruceton Rd to end and trail head for Diamond Notch trail is on right. Outside of the lean-to, there are also several other great designated camping spots to set up for the night. Tower was closed but you could still climb to almost the top. The trailhead connects to the blue blazed Spruceton trail which is a straight (2,000 foot) shot up to the fire tower. Diamond Notch is beautiful, but heavily populated. After 2,000 feet of hiking up, youâll reach the fire tower where youâll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding region. This is featured as a winter day trip with a steady ascent from the parking lot to a shelter on top of Hunter Mountain and back but you can also stay in the shelter overnight or even do this as a nice run. The Trails: Spruceton Road. A loop route can be, and frequently is, made by following the Spruceton Trail to the junction with the yellow-blazed Hunter Mountain Trail, descending to Devil's Acre for the bushwhack to Southwest Hunter, then returning to the Spruceton trailhead via a combination of the western portion of the Devil's Path to West Kill Falls and then the Diamond Notch Trail. Look to your right as you ascend the trail after the hairpin for imposing views of West Kill. Colonel's Chair Trail (1.7 miles, yellow markers) After about half a mile, the trail crosses Hunter Brook on a wide wooden bridge and then makes a sharp right turn. Land Manager: NY Dept of Environmental Conservation. On approach is to park at the Devil's Tombstone State Campgrounds on Stony Clove Road and pay the $4 seasonal parking fee. Shared By: SpencerB BB. It was a long day. On Monday, January 16th I wanted to do a 3500 foot peak and decided the night before to do Hunter from Spruceton.