New York City: West Kill Mountain

This challenging 7.2-mile scramble up rocky West Kill Mountain rewards hikers with stellar views of the Catskills and a waterfall lunch site.
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This challenging 7.2-mile scramble up rocky West Kill Mountain rewards hikers with stellar views of the Catskills and a waterfall lunch site.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0

Waypoints

WKM001

Location: 42.1843948364258, -74.2725219726562

Head SE on Spruceton Rd. (forest road) to Diamond Notch trailhead

WKM002

Location: 42.1811141967773, -74.2676086425781

Climb gently on blue-blazed trail along old mountain road

WKM003

Location: 42.1754150390625, -74.2580490112305

Diamond Notch Falls; lots of perfect lunch rocks and places for soaking feet

WKM004

Location: 42.174934387207, -74.2577972412109

Trail crosses bridge above falls; turn R on red-blazed Devil's Path; hard climb begins

WKM005

Location: 42.1706733703613, -74.2660827636719

Good spring on R; arduous climb continues

WKM006

Location: 42.1666488647461, -74.273193359375

Small cave just off trail on the R; explore with caution

WKM007

Location: 42.1682395935059, -74.2782897949219

View to NE; detour E on spur to WPT 8

WKM008

Location: 42.1686820983887, -74.2755813598633

Buck Ridge Lookout; two spectacular viewpoints to either side of trail; S gives 180-degree view from Hunter to Slide Mtns.; N shows Hunter, Rusk and the Blackheads

WKM009

Location: 42.1677589416504, -74.28955078125

West Kill Mtn.'s forested summit (3,875 ft.); marker but no views; return to trailhead parking via same route