New York City: Hunter Mountain Loop

This 12.2-mile loop rambles through some of the wildest hardwood forest in the northeast and climbs three rugged peaks taller than 3,500 feet in Catskill Forest Preserve.
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This 12.2-mile loop rambles through some of the wildest hardwood forest in the northeast and climbs three rugged peaks taller than 3,500 feet in Catskill Forest Preserve.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.8

Waypoints

HML001

Location: 42.1841316, -74.2718201

Turn SE from Diamond Notch trailhead

HML002

Location: 42.1812515, -74.2678452

Turn L onto blue trail

HML003

Location: 42.1753044, -74.2577286

Bear L onto red trail; Diamond Notch looms in the south

HML004

Location: 42.1654396, -74.2310333

Devils Acre Lean-To; ditch heavy pack and bushwhack SW to Southwest Hunter, an unnamed peak on USGS maps

HML005

Location: 42.1645279, -74.2336731

Big rock marks route

HML006

Location: 42.1624413, -74.2435837

Sign register on wooded 3,740-foot summit; backtrack to lean-to

HML007

Location: 42.1653862, -74.2300797

Bear L onto Hunter Mountain Trail

HML008

Location: 42.1749268, -74.2288742

Stay straight on yellow trail

HML009

Location: 42.178112, -74.2300797

Fire tower on Hunter Mtn. (4,040 ft.), the second tallest Catskills peak

HML010

Location: 42.1886978, -74.2373428

Go straight onto blue trail, dropping down to Hunter Brook

HML011

Location: 42.1859283, -74.2716446

Turn R to start off-trail route to Rusk Mountain

HML012

Location: 42.1898155, -74.2733307

Giant rock wall; stay left of Ox Hollow

HML013

Location: 42.2007904, -74.2768478

Nice views from Rusk Mountain (3,680 ft.); backtrack to waypoint 11, then head S .3 miles to complete loop @ car