Indian Head Mountain Loop

Tannersville, New York 12485

Indian Head Mountain Loop

Indian Head Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"West of Saugerties, this loop rewards with a classic Catskill setting, vistas, and challenge. Central to this hike are the 500-foot cliffs of Indian Head. Wildflowers, fall
foliage, and wildlife sightings lend to the attraction. Above the 3,000-foot elevation, a
rare spruce-fir complex claims part of the journey."

Indian Head Mountain Loop Reviews

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8/16/2009
Nice hike. We made the hike in reverse. The start was nice, then got steep. We had a slight problem with the dogs traversing some of the steep parts of the trail heading down, (up if you follow this guide), the Indian Head peak. If you have dogs on this hike, you may want to bring rope and harness for them. Steep drop-offs at the trails edge are breath taking. Beautiful hike!
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8/10/2008
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5/6/2008
Very good veiws of Albany areas. Not too rockky conditions. Very enjoyable.
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5/21/2007
did this hike in mid may. extremely green and fresh. beautiful and were almost by ourselves.
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10/28/2006
Great trail - but recent rains have made it a creek all the way up and down. We turned back before the summit because it was getting dark fast, so we didn't see the final part of the trail, but something like 90% of the trail that we did see was underwater.
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2/26/2006
As mentioned by others, this is a very rewarding loop, especially if you appreciate scrambling up steep rock sections. I did this in late February, and I would add that crampons are a good idea this time of the year. I did it without them, but I don't recommend it. In fact, there were only crampon tracks on the trail on the steep sections toward the summit.
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8/8/2005
Great trail for advanced hikers. This was by far the most diffecult trail in the Catskills that we have hiked. It had some very diffecult climbs but the toughest sections where the decents. By the time we got back to the trailhead our legs where burning and we where fearing what the next day might bring. Use caution when climbing the very steep (almost veticle) ascents, they are tough. A thunderstrom arrived just as we hit the high point, this was scary and also made for a very diffecult route down. Allow almost 4 hours (our time was 3:30) if you are in good shape becuase this one was tough.
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4/15/2005
We did this hike some time in April. There was still plenty of snow on the top, which made the ascent and especially the descent pretty challenging. Those of us who came in sneakers had a hard time. The views were very rewarding, and it was a great first hike of the season.
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Trail Information

Tannersville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.9
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Spring through Fall
Season
New York State DEC, Region 4, Stamford Office, 65561 Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford 12167; (607) 652-7365; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Contacts
New York–New Jersey Trail Conference Trail Map 41, Northeastern Catskill Trails (available at traditional and online bookstores or from the Conference: www.nynjtc.org)
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