Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

New York City Trails

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.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

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