Hunter Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hunter, New York. It is within Hunter-West Kill Wilderness and Catskill Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,005 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 548 feet. The trail ends near Hunter Mountain (elevation 4,045 feet).
Hunter Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hunter Mountain demands a long, gradual climb to the Catskills’ second-highest peak, with a quiet, westerly ledge viewpoint."
--Peter Kick, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club 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."
--Cynthia Copeland & Thomas Lewis, Best Hikes with Children in the Catskills & Hudson River Valley (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."
--Bill Ingersoll, Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills (The Mountaineers Books).
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