Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Trail

Catskill Park

View from Hunter fire tower - Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Trail - Catskill Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin View from Hunter fire tower - Hunter Mountain via Spruceton Trail - Catskill Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the second-highest peak in the Catskills, with outstanding views from the fire tower at the summit and from several other viewpoints along the trail.

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From the parking area, follow the blue-blazed Spruceton Trail northward. This trail follows a wide dirt road which provides access to the fire tower at the top of the mountain. Soon, you will pass a trail register (please sign). After about half a mile, the trail crosses Hunter Brook on a wide wooden bridge and then makes a sharp right turn. The trail now ascends gradually, following the road...

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Trip Reports

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July 31, 2016
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Camping along the trails on this hike
As the description above makes clear, this hike passes two shelters at which camping is permitted.  Moreover, in general, camping is permitted anywhere in the Catskills under 3,500 feet in elevation, as long as you camp more than 150 feet from the trail and from water sources.  While much of the hike is above 3,500 feet, the beginning and end are below 3,500 feet.  It should be noted that the steepness of the trail and the surrounding terrain makes camping unfeasible for a significant portion of the hike.  The two shelters, though, are wonderful places to camp -- especially the John Robb Lean-to, which was recently rebuilt at a magnificent site, a short distance from the trail.  Nearby tentsites are also available.
Daniel Chazin
July 28, 2016
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Multi-night trip?
I know that a short distance away, most of the trails surrounding North/South Lake are un-campable because of their location and that NSL Campgrounds are the only place to legally camp in the area. How about along this trail?
Bill Reines
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