After dropping cars at the Hunter Mtn. ski area (lodge open – rest rooms), we will drive to the start by Notch Lake on Rt. 214, about a 5 minute drive. We will ascend the very steep Devil’s Path and, shortly after the land levels off, just past the lean-to, follow the long abandoned railroad bed and then a short herd path to the summit of SW Hunter (3740′). This unmarked trail is usually a very easy bushwhack, however, there may be blowdown to go over or around. After recording our visit in the canister, we will backtrack to the lean-to and take the HU trail to the summit of Hunter (4040′), 2nd highest peak in the Catskills. We will take a short side trail to a ledge area with a great view and then continue on a short distance to the fire tower. The tower is usually open on summer weekends, along with the spotter’s cabin. When finished taking in the spectacular 360 degree views from the tower, we will go down the Spruceton and Colonel’s Chair trails to the summit of the ski area, from where we will descend ski slopes to the parking lot. Distance is around 9 miles with around 2100′ of climbing. At a 1.5 MPH pace, the hike will take about 6-7 hours. Sturdy hiking boots or trail shoes required. Steady rain or no sign-ups by Oct. 1 cancels.
Event Duration: 9 miles, Approx 7 hours
Level of Difficulty: Difficult with Bushwhack
Bring: lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, something to drink, etc.
Registration required by 10/1/15. Use registration form below to register.
Group size is limited so register early.
Fee: Yes, for parking fee (split for shuttle)
Dogs allowed: No
Questions about this event can be directed to: Cal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving Directions: From Rt. 23A in Hunter, turn into the Hunter Mtn. Ski area. Turn right at the sign for “Parking” and turn right into the first parking area. Look for a red Chevy Silverado truck, with matching cap on back. I will provide my cell phone number to those who sign up and contact me.