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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley
by Peter Kick (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Hunter Mountain demands a long, gradual climb to the Catskills’ second-highest peak, with a quiet, westerly ledge viewpoint.
Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley
by Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis (The Mountaineers Books)
Surprise! You thought Hunter Mountain was just for skiing, right? Well, when the slopes are green and the skiers are sailing, come to Hunter to explore the extensive, well-maintained trail system. Take the thrilling Hunter Mountain Skyride to the top of the ski slope (the longest and highest such ride in the Catskill Mountains). Enjoy immediate views from Colonel’s Chair before tracking southward for 2 miles to the summit fire tower. It’s not an easy walk, but it’s within the capabilities of most young kids. Once you’ve enjoyed the extensive views from the child-safe mountaintop, you will return the way you came, anticipating the hike’s finale on the heart-thumping Skyride. This one’s a sure winner in the “hike-with-the-funnest-finish” category.
Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills
by Bill Ingersoll (The Mountaineers Books)
Hunter is a massive mountain that presents a number of different personalities, depending on which part you are looking at. The north side is a heavily developed ski resort; the south side is rugged wilderness; and in between is the summit, with its cozy cabin and lofty fire tower. There are perhaps twice as many ways you can climb it. At 4040 feet in elevation, it is the second highest mountain in the Catskills.
Beautiful Hike, strenuous at first but it evens out at the top. The rock formations on the first leg of the trail are particularly stunning.
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